In this episode (recorded 7/23/19), we interview David Epstein, author of the best-selling books Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World and The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance. We talk to David about what it means to have range and how the 10,000 hour rule falls short; how to adapt to “wicked” learning environments; why “omnivorous generalists” are good at forecasting; how his research influenced how he plans to raise his own child; what we get wrong about Mozart and Tiger Woods; the advantages of having students explore topics broadly rather than teaching them narrow skills; the advantages of “skill-stacking”; and his experience interviewing Sir Roger Bannister.
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