February 8, 2014


Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #57: Ungifted With Scott Barry Kaufman

What does it mean to be “gifted”?

Is it talent? Creativity? Intelligence? A mixture of all three?

Is giftedness something you’re born with or can you nurture it?

Is it possible to measure and predict giftedness?

Our guest today, Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, has tackled all these questions in his most recent book Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. Scott is a cognitive psychologist who specializes in creativity and intelligence. Besides writing books and scholarly articles on the intersection of creativity and intelligence, Scott is a co-founder of The Creativity Post, a blog dedicated to exploring the science behind creativity and imagination.

In today’s episode, Scott and I talk about intelligence, talent, and giftedness. I think if you’re a dad, this show will have a lot of food for thought for you on how to raise your kids to be their best.


Show highlights:

  • Scott’s story of how he was labeled ungifted as a child but ended up graduating from Carnegie Mellon, doing at fellowship at Cambridge, getting his PhD from Yale, and doing groundbreaking research on intelligence as an adult
  • What’s wrong with the way we view intelligence in America
  • The history of IQ testing in America
  • Are IQ tests even useful?
  • How being labeled gifted or ungifted as a child can affect the rest of your life
  • What dads can do to help their children achieve greatness
  • Why it’s never too late to achieve greatness in your own life
  • And much more!

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