Kathryn Paige Harden || Genetic Inequality, IQ, and Education

The Psychology Podcast | 30 September 2021 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Kathryn Paige Harden about her book The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality. Explains what genetic information can and can’t illuminate and argues for the importance of taking account of genetics to improve social policy.

See also Kathryn Paige Harden on Genetics, Luck, and Fairness.

Herbert Gintis on Game Theory, Evolution, and Social Rationality

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 13 September 2021 | 1h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Herbert Gintis arguing that game theory, together with an expanded model of rational behaviour (that includes social as well as personally selfish interests) provides an understanding of human behaviour that integrates ideas from biology, economics, psychology, and sociology.

How Did the British Royals Survive WW1?

History Extra | 27 September 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Heather Jones about her book For King and Country: The British Monarchy and the First World War. Explores the royal family’s role during the war, which they not only survived but were strengthened by, in contrast to the many European royal families that faced abdications and revolutions.

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen: Freud’s Patients

The Book Club | 22 September 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen about his book Freud’s Patients: A Book of Lives. Discusses the lives of the patients anonymised in the case studies on which Sigmund Freud based his theories. Describes how Freud falsified the data to fit his theories, kept incurable cases coming back week after week to keep the fees rolling in – and how the global industry of Freudian analysis resembles a religious cult more than a science.

Douglas Carswell: Threats to the Enlightenment

The Human Progress Podcast | 24 September 2021 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Douglas Carswell discussing Brexit as a liberal cause for democratic self-determination; the rise of authoritarianism and protectionism and the threat they pose to liberty and economic growth; political polarisation; and the retreat from the Enlightenment.

Kyle Harper – Plagues upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 1 October 2021 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Kyle Harper about his book Plagues upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History. Presents a “big history,” tracing the role of disease in the transition to farming, the spread of cities, the advance of transportation, and the stupendous increase in human population. Explains why humanity’s uniquely dangerous disease pool is rooted deep in our evolutionary past, and why its growth is accelerated by technological progress.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes on Shackleton

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 26 September 2021 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Ranulph Fiennes about his biography of Shackleton. Describes the incredible journey Shackleton and his men made to save themselves after the loss of their ship the Endurance to the Antarctic ice. Also discusses Fiennes’ life of exploration and what it takes to plan and execute a successful mission in the most extreme environment on Earth.

Kim Hill: Human Sociality, Human Universals, and Protecting Isolated Societies

The Dissenter | 27 September 2021 | 1h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Kim Hill about hunter-gatherer tribes and human sociality. Discusses what anthropologists learn from traditional societies, how we can compare contemporary hunter-gatherers with the societies we evolved in. Considers aspects of human sociality, including foraging, food sharing, life history and parental investment, human cooperation and cultural norms, fission-fusion phenomena, co-residence, marriage, inter-band interactions and cumulative culture, and wealth and economic inequality. Explains how best to protect isolated tribes.