Season 8, Episode 48

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If you aren’t listening to a certain style of music by the time you’re in your late 20’s, there’s a 95 percent chance you’re never going to. (Photo: Magni/Pexels)

There are a lot of barriers to changing your mind: ego, overconfidence, inertia — and cost. Politicians who flip-flop get mocked; family and friends who cross tribal borders are shunned. But shouldn’t we be encouraging people to change their minds? And how can we get better at it ourselves?

Also: a psychology professor argues that the brain’s greatest attribute is knowing what other people are thinking.

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “How to Change Your Mind” and “‘It’s Fun to Smoke Marijuana.’