Conventional Wisdom Is Not Always Right

Conventional wisdom often limits our chances at finding solutions for pressing issues. There is value to approaching common issues from fresh angles. Stephen Dubner, co-author of “Freakonomics”, argues the president has a limited scope to his abilities, and obsessive focus on the president takes time away from other very worthy stories. Susan Cain, author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” shares how society has benefited from those who don’t fit the Extrovert Ideal. Michael Sandel, a political philosopher, cautions against relying on the markets and consumerism for achieving public good. In different ways, these thinkers all break with using conventional wisdom to find solutions to society’s problems.

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