Barbara Tversky on How the Mind Works

Masters in Business | 24 January 2020 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with cognitive psychologist Barbara Tversky about her book Mind in Motion: How Action Shapes Thought. Covers the way language affects thought and vice versa, and her 9 laws of cognition.

Mik Scarlet

How We Got Here | 25 November 2019 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mik Scarlet as he journeys by public transport in his wheelchair. Describes what train travel looked like as a New-Romantic-wheelchair-user in the 80s – when trains weren’t accessible and he had to be carried across the tracks and thrown into the guards van. Also discusses internalised ableism, how music and Sci-Fi cinema helped him out of depression, and how he found unlikely sex advice from lesbian women.

Japan’s Sakoku Period

In Our Time | 4 April 2013 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Japan’s Sakoku period, two centuries when the country deliberately isolated itself from the Western world. Sakoku began with a series of edicts in the 1630s which restricted the rights of Japanese to leave their country and expelled most of the Europeans living there. For the next two hundred years, Dutch traders were the only Westerners free to live in Japan. It was not until 1858 and the gunboat diplomacy of the American Commodore Matthew Perry that Japan’s international isolation finally ended. Although historians used to think of Japan as completely isolated from external influence during this period, recent scholarship suggests that Japanese society was far less isolated from European ideas during this period than previously thought.

Clay Christensen – Innovator’s Dilemma

Moonshots – Adventures in Innovation | 17 September 2018 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Clay Christensen has died at 67 (NY Times obituary). This discusses ideas from his books The Innovator’s Dilemma and How Will You Measure Your Life? Includes excerpts from presentations illustrating his ideas on innovation.

Books I’ve Loved – Steve Jurvetson

The Tim Ferriss Show | 30 December 2019 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Steve Jurvetson shares wisdom on parenting and the future of technology in the course of discussing three books: Alison Gopnik’s The Scientist in the Crib, Kevin Kelly’s Out of Control, and Ray Kurzweil’s The Age of Spiritual Machines.

Melanie Mitchell on Artificial Intelligence

EconTalk | 6 January 2020 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Melanie Mitchell about her book Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans. Overviews artificial intelligence (AI) and where we might be going. Mitchell argues that much of what is called “learning” and “intelligence” when done by machines is not analogous to human capabilities. The capabilities of machines are highly limited to explicit, narrow tasks with little transfer to similar but different challenges. Along the way, Mitchell explains some of the techniques used in AI and how progress has been made in many areas.

Marriageology: What Makes a Lasting Relationship

CBS This Morning | 10 July 2019 | 0h 24m | Listen Later
Interview with Belinda Luscombe about her book Marriageology: The Art and Science of Staying Together. Luscombe shares her research about what strengthens relationships – six ‘F categories’ that couples should focus on: familiarity, fighting, finances, fooling around, family and finding help. She explains why people should stop looking for a soul mate, why we lash out at the people we love and why she says we’re doing marriage backwards.