A Synthesizing Mind

FRI, OCT 9, 2020 (58:41)

Long an authority on the human mind, Howard Gardner’s latest book reflects on his own childhood and intellectual development in addition to a review of his groundbreaking work on multiple intelligences- including his own.

Throughout his career, Gardner has focused on the human mind in general, and on specific minds of particular creators and leaders. Reflecting now, he concludes that he has a “synthesizing mind” – possessing the ability to survey experiences and data across a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. The thinkers he most admires – including biologist Charles Darwin and literary critic Edmund Wilson – are exemplary synthesizers. Gardner contends that the synthesizing mind is particularly valuable at this time and proposes ways to cultivate a possibly unique human capacity.

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Howard Gardner is Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Best known as the originator of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, he is the author of more than thirty books.

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