EF23 (BTP-EF6): Scaling Mount Wisdom Without Suffocating Under an Avalanche of Ego — Behind The Podcast of Episode EF6

(EF23) BTP-EF6: Scaling Mount Wisdom Without Suffocating Under an Avalanche of Ego Behind The Podcast of Episode EF6

(EF23) BTP-EF6: Scaling Mount Wisdom Without Suffocating Under an Avalanche of Ego — Behind The Podcast of Episode EF6

PLAY | DOWNLOAD The idea of wisdom goes back to Ancient Greece, from Socrates and Plato, to modern day reinterpretations and research by sociologists like Monika Ardelt. Even if we can define wisdom, is that enough to come by it? Can anyone become truly wise in this world of rapidly changing information? More...

How Do You Acquire Widsom?

The big question driving Episode EF6 is … How do you acquire wisdom? To make something out of your life, you need knowledge. From the moment you’re born, you begin to absorb the basics of living. You start school and gather even more knowledge that hopefully will become useful later in life. But what about wisdom? Is it possible to learn to be wise? Or maybe wisdom only comes with age. But that would imply every old person is wise?

An even better question: is wisdom necessary for leading a satisfying life? It certainly seems useful, but what exactly do you get from it? Finally, does prudence require you to know more than the basic math back from elementary school? Or maybe, wisdom overshadows traditional knowledge and a person can be wise (or dumb) no matter the number of finished books under their belt?

Episode EF23 Summary

Spoiler alert: You’re about to listen to a Behind The Podcast  (BTP) of Episode EF6, which was Season 1, Episode 4 of the Evolve Faster Podcast titled Information Mainlining and the Folly of Modern Wisdom.  The driving question of this episode (and this BTP) for you to think through is … what is wisdom?!

As a reminder about Episode EF6: Paul, a child prodigy who became a leading theoretical physicist in his early 30s, is facing a personal dilemma that is making him miserable—the realization that he might be woefully deficient in the one thing he most reveres. Although filled with endless knowledge, he isn’t wise. But how? Isn’t harnessing more and more information the key to becoming wise? In his attempt to figure it out, Paul might realize the obstacle he’s facing isn’t even close to being the final one. And can he feel like a complete person without it?

The fourth episode of the first season of the Evolve Faster Podcast Episode is driven by the big question What Is Wisdom? Is it possible for all of us to attain true wisdom and if so, how do we do that? Are there rules to the game or does each one of us have to take their own path towards wisdom?

To peek behind the curtain of Episode XXX, we’ll dissect the following submitted questions:

  • Why the question “What is Wisdom?” and how did the episode come to be?
  • Is Paul modeled after anyone?
  • Do you find yourself in Paul?
  • What happened to Paul as he lay on the floor?
  • Why did you decide for Paul to be so eccentric and rude? Can that type of person be wise?
  • What does the ending mean? It somehow feels as if Sid replaces Paul as the protagonist.
  • And more…

Into The Rabbit Hole

SHOW NOTES: This episode is dedicated to Richard Dawkins. See the EF23 Show Notes for details of the dedication, inspirations, references, selected quotes and more.

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