Thursday, November 15, 2007

'People do differ in how self-important, conceited, egocentric they are'

‘The best and most lasting changes are voluntary’
Human beings have great potentials for good and evil, says Mr Howard Gardner , the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
“We have Slobodan Milosevic but also Nelson Mandela. Both Goethe and Goebbels were outstanding in the German language; one created great art, the other fomented hatred. Mohandas K. Gandhi, in my view, was the most important human being of the last 1000 years,” mentions Mr Gardner in a recent email interaction with Business Line.
“No one is born good or bad. How they turn out depends on the values of those around them, the models that they observe, the reactions to their behaviours, the events of the wider world, experience and luck.”
Mr Gardner, a leading thinker about education and human development, has studied and written extensively about intelligence, creativity, leadership, and professional ethics. His most recent books include: ‘Good Work, Changing Minds’, ‘The Development and Education of the Mind’ and ‘Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons’. His latest book ‘Five Minds for the Future’ ( was published in April 2007.

Excerpts from the interview:

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