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Barry Schwartz on Practical Wisdom

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Barry Schwartz on Practical Wisdom

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It's shocking when you see someone delivering a very clear and powerful message on a topic extremely related to something you have struggled to communicate.

So when I saw Barry Schwartz on TED talking about our loss of wisdom, it resonated a lot on me. I won't add anything else, as Barry put it much better than what I could:

“...rules and incentives may make things better in the short run, but they create a downward spiral that makes them worse in the long run. Moral skill is chipped away by an overreliance on rules that deprives us of the opportunity to improvise and learn from our improvisations. And moral will is undermined by an incessant appeal to incentives that destroy our desire to do the right thing. And without intending it, by appealing to rules and incentives, we are engaging in a war on wisdom.”

— Barry Schwartz, On our loss of wisdom.

But it's not all about logical, dry arguments. His delivery of the argument is really superb. It's only 20 minutes so go ahead and take a little time to see his inspiring talk!