What are Diverse Intelligences? with Dr. Pranab Das (podcast)

By Templeton Staff
July 25, 2021
A discussion about the definition of intelligence and a look at ground-breaking research projects focused on the broad diversity of intelligences found in humans, animals and AI.

Dr. Pranab Das is a professor of physics at Elon University and Principal Advisor to Templeton World Charity Foundation’s Diverse Intelligences initiative (DI,) which has a three-part mission: to map the contours of intelligence found in the natural world; to nourish the dimensions of human intelligence, including social, moral, and spiritual intelligence; and to encourage the practical and positive applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

In this conversation with Richard Sergay, Professor Das discusses the definition of intelligence, including why the “s” at the end of the phrase “Diverse Intelligences” is intentional. Professor Das also gives a brief overview of some DI projects that represent what diverse intelligences mean, and are featured in-depth on other “Stories Of Impact'' podcast and video episodes — including research headed by: Dr. Andrew Barron, Dr. Jana Schaich Borg, Dr. Brian Hare, and Dr. Fred Sharpe.

Learn more about TWCF-funded research projects related to this episode.

Read the transcript from the interview conducted by journalist Richard Sergay, presented by podcast producer Tavia Gilbert. Featuring: Dr. Pranab Das, professor of physics at Elon University and Principal Advisor to Templeton World Charity Foundation’s Diverse Intelligences initiative (DI.) With excerpts from Diverse Intelligences grantees: Dr. Andrew Barron, Dr. Jana Schaich Borg, Dr. Brian Hare, and Dr. Fred Sharpe.


Built upon the award-winning video series of the same name, Templeton World Charity Foundation’s “Stories of Impact” podcast features stories of new scientific research on human flourishing that translate discoveries into practical tools. Bringing a mix of curiosity, compassion, and creativity, journalist Richard Sergay and producer Tavia Gilbert shine a spotlight on the human impact at the heart of cutting-edge social and scientific research projects supported by TWCF.

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