David & Goliath

David & Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell [ Mindset ] PRASAD SETTY: Good afternoon everyone. Welcome to our Talks at Google session today. We are very fortunate to have a guest amidst us who doesn’t need any introduction. Seriously, how many people need an introduction to Malcolm Gladwell? PRASAD SETTY: Malcolm was the bestselling author of “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers,” et cetera. He’s received many honors. But

Proof Pudding

Proof Pudding

Malcolm Gladwell [ Mindset ] I was recently asked to give a public lecture at the University of Pennsylvania on the subject of “proof.” My question is: How much proof do we need about the harmfulness of something before we act? I began with the strange history of how long it took for society to grasp the seriousness of black-lung disease, and then

Rocking Boat

Rocking Boat

Margaret Heffernan [ Mindset ] In Oxford in the 1950s, there was a fantastic doctor, who was very unusual, named Alice Stewart. And Alice was unusual partly because, of course, she was a woman, which was pretty rare in the 1950s. And she was brilliant, she was one of the, at the time, the youngest Fellow to be elected to the Royal College

Buddha Brain

Buddha Brain

Rick Hanson [ Mindset ] I’m not here to push Buddhism or any ism, but it’s a source of great insight into actually how the mind works, as well as psychology and neurology. That said, I think it’s humbling and appropriate to appreciate the fact that there’s really, literally, so little we actually know about the mind and the brain these days. No

Pink’s TED

Pink’s TED

Daniel Pink [ Mindset ] I need to make a confession at the outset here. A little over 20 years ago, I did something that I regret, something that I’m not particularly proud of. Something that, in many ways, I wish no one would ever know, but here I feel kind of obliged to reveal. In the late 1980s, in a moment of

Overconfidence

Overconfidence

Malcolm Gladwell [ Mindset ] Cocksure: Banks, battles, and the psychology of overconfidence. In 1996, an investor named Henry de Kwiatkowski sued Bear Stearns for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. De Kwiatkowski had made—and then lost—hundreds of millions of dollars by betting on the direction of the dollar, and he blamed his bankers for his reversals. The district court ruled in de