What sparked you to write A Whole New Mind? What was your internal motivation behind writing this book?
How did your research for "The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" lead you to the qualities autonomy, mastery, and purpose? Were there other qualities that you found important for a better life?
Do you think there is an opportunity that your prediction of a right brained future might not come true?
Can a left brainer make a difference in the future? Can they rule the world?
Has your personal story had any affect on the way A Whole New Mind was written? How? What was your original inspiration or idea to begin writing?
What made you want to study and write about motivation?Are you motivated by autonomy, mastery, and purpose?Are there other aspects to intrinsic motivation?
Do you believe that it is important for everyone to become right brained in order to succeed? Or do you believe that everyone should instead learn to use each hemisphere of their brain equally? Have you ever considered writing a book for right brainers about how they can engage the left hemisphere of their brain?
What was your motivation for writing "A Whole New Mind"?
Do you consider yourself a left brained or a right brained individual? How do you decide what you or another person is?
In your book A Whole New Mind, you discussed the idea of six high concept and high touch qualities a machine cannot replace. If a human brain and a circuit board are both essentially a series of connections through which electric impulses travel to process information, why can’t computers eventually replace people in this respect? What makes human contact so unique and valuable?
How are the jobs changing from left brained to right brained? Left brained jobs seem to be successful and fulfilling to society, why are right brained jobs coming into prominence?
While I was reading the book, I noticed that A Whole New Mind is very business-oriented. Did you intend to write the book as a business book or as social book?
You state in A Whole New Mind that outsourcing will ultimately lead to the demise of left brained thinkers in the United States. However, because of technological advances, automation, and an increase in worker's pay in Asia, jobs are being back sourced to America(Apple Computers). So essentially, isn't the rise of outsourcing no longer an effective reasoning tool for the demise of left brained thinkers in America? Instead, shouldn't you focus more on automation?
How should educators begin to incorporate right brained thinking into learning? The grading scale, common assessments, and SAT's seem to discourage this type creative and imaginative thinking.
What happened in your life that motivated you to write A Whole New Mind and other texts that mean a lot to you?
In your book “Drive” you explain how extrinsic rewards can be more detrimental than motivating. Would you consider grades in school to be an extrinsic reward? Should students continue to be rewarded (or punished) with grades?
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Was the wording of the subtitle "Why Right-Brainers will Rule the Future" of your book "A Whole New Mind" sales driven? If not, do you believe it as it is literally written?
Why did you decide to begin studying the mind and human motivation in the first place?
How will businesses begin to incorporate more right brained jobs and what will happen to the less valuable left brain jobs? Will left brain jobs eventually be almost extinct as right brainers gain prominence?
I agree with you that the future is moving into a time where right-brain jobs will be more successful than left-brain jobs, but do you think that this is a positive change? Are there just as many right-brain jobs as there are left-brain jobs? Should society as a whole try to stop this change in order to help people keep their sense of purpose?
Do you believe that children have more of the right brained qualities than adults? If so, do you think the education system is educating children to be more left-brained and essentially killing their natural creativity? Why or why not?
What is your purpose, your drive? What gets you up in the morning and what are your goals?
You mentioned in your book that you have children; how are you preparing your children for this future you speak of?
When you speak of the overwhelming popularity of right brains, should people be more aware that they are right brained? Do you believe that the knowledge of how you think makes you think more and want to know about yourself more?
When mention in your book that children should be more creative, would you recommend that children take a test to take creativity, or would this diminish their creativity by labeling them with a grade/score?
Do you think that extrinsic motivators really exist, or are they all just indirect forms of intrinsic motivators? For example, I strive to get good grades so that I will get into a good college, find a career I'm passionate about, support my family and ultimately be happy in life. I would not do anything that is based on extrinsic factors if I didn't have any internal motivational factors that are driving me. Do you agree/disagree? Why/why not?
Do you believe that creativity can be taught? If so, who would teach it and how would it be taught?
Considering all the discoveries we have made about brains and how they function, why do schools still operate in a way that goes against what scientists have found? How do you suggest we modify school systems to incorporate this 'whole new mind'?
Research shows that to be successful, both sides of the brain need to be used simultaneously. Yet, in A Whole New Mind, you focus on how to use the right side of your brain. Why did you write it this way?
schools tend to teach and test the left side of the brain, how can the right side of the brain be taught and tested in schools to improve our future?
How did your work with Vice President Al Gore influence your book?
The right side of our brains are considered the creative sides of our brains. The public education system does not let creativity shine, in fact it smothers it. If the world is going to be more focused on right brained people, do you think the education system needs to be changed? If so, how?
Will there be a gradual transition to include right brain aspects to left brain jobs so that both sides are necessary to occupy the position entirely?
In A Whole New Mind, you are extremely biased towards the right side of the brain. What do you think will happen to left-brained people in the future? We still need left-brained jobs, but do you think that America will have mostly have all right-brained jobs and will just outsource the left-brained jobs? What is your opinion on outsourcing?
In writing the book "A Whole New Mind" and in teaching about the importance of the right brain, do you ever worry that the left brained qualities will be lost?
Do you believe that there is truly such a thing as extrinsic motivators?
Do you believe that in today's society right brained people are more valuable than left brained people? Should schools concentrate more on subjects that enhance the right hemisphere of the brain?
Are schooling systems preparing the next generation for our changing world? If so, how? If not, what do you think should be implemented in schools to create a successful future for youth?
Do you think the education system smothers creativity in students? If so, how can creative thinking and activities or right-brained thinking be incorporated into schools?
In the introduction of Drive you discuss a study by Edward Deci, who concluded that "When money is used as an external reward for some activity, the subjects lose intrinsic interest for the activity." Once a person's long-term intrinsic motivation has been depleted by being offered extrinsic motivation, how would one be able to regain this internal drive again?
In "A Whole New Mind" you talk about business using story to make a lasting impact on employees, but how can business use this method when sharing data?
After the Conceptual Age, do you think history will repeat itself, allowing another century where left-brainers thrive more than right-brained people? Or will a completely new age rise?
What or who inspires you to write? Does it vary based on what the subject is?
Do you think that based on your research someone can effectively switch your dominant brain side, if so is it easier to switch left to right or right to left
What made you want to study the particular topic of creativity and right-brainers? What was your motivation?
If you were to die today what would you want people to say about you(your drive sentence)? Have you accomplished everything you want to in life? What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
In you opinion which of your books has meant the most too you? Which has inspired the largest amount of people?Which is the most impact full?
Do you think that the world has the ability to continue shifting from era to era (like the current shift from the Industrial to Creative Era) in the future?
If you could change one aspect about the education you received what would it be?
If you could ask everyone to do something meaningful what would it be and why?
Do you want the change from left to right brain to occur? Do you think this is best for the world?
What do you think is the perfect balance between intrinsic and external motivation in society today?
Within the RSA Animate video you stated that the research done in India and other places such as MIT what is the truth towards the bigger the reward the less cognitive think and skill? For myself I am the polar opposite of the data presented in the video.
How do you think we can create a balance in the future between left-brain and right-brain directed education? How can you ensure it is equally balanced, and flexible enough to accommodate all students, not mainly left-brain dominated, like today's education?
How have you grown, as a person, through writing A Whole New Mind? Do you think students can grow and inspire themselves by writing or sharing their opinions?
You believe that right brain is what will be important in the future, and sometimes mention the left brain, saying we still need both. Do you really think we need both, or just right?
What do you suggest to someone who wants to be as influential as you in the future?
In your book, "A Whole New Mind," you present your arguments in a very left-brained manner, and yet the whole book is based upon the power of right-brained people. So then, which side are you? And why did you chose to write your book in a way that sends conflicting messages?
1.) When do you see this change in society really taking place now that we have reached the Conceptual Age?2.) Where do you place L- directed thinker in society?3.) Are there an errors in your research? If so, what are they and why do you think they occur?
After the conceptual age, do you think there will ever be a time where left-brainers reign supreme again?