The Best Anti-Fragility Speech Ever Came From a Surprising Source

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A psychologist named Jonathan Haidt believes that we are entering an anti fragility state of mind. He shows a lot of evidence of people trying to protect young people too much and that will lead to becoming fragile. You should be protecting them, but at the same time they need to know why they are being shielded in the first place. He does state that just like the immune system, you need to build up that tough skin.

Key Takeaways:

  • Jonathan Haidt, professor at New York University, gave a speech on his book The Coddling of the American Mind.
  • Van Jones, who served in the Obama administration, has said he doesn’t want people to be safe, he wants them to be strong.
  • Dan Sanchez has written about how exposure to bad ideas builds up our intellectual defenses.

“He’s a progressive activist, but he sees serious problems with the approach many universities are taking to stifle open discourse and debate.”

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