In this short keynote from How To Academy’s How to Change the World 2019 conference, internationally bestselling author, podcaster and New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual adventure into the darker side of human nature. Featuring Barack Obama, evolutionary theory, Cuban spies, codenames and CIA hijinks, this witty talk explores why humans are so bad at detecting lies - and the consequences this has for our society.
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five international bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History and is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. Previously, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business and science, and then served as the newspaper’s New York City bureau chief. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He lives in New York.