Neil Monnery on Hong Kong and the Architect of Prosperity

EconTalk | 8 October 2018 | 1h 13m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Neil Monnery, about his book Architect of Prosperity, a biography of John Cowperthwaite, the man often credited with the economic success of Hong Kong. Describes the policies that Cowperthwaite championed and the role they played in the evolution of Hong Kong’s economy.

Andrew Mason on the Rise of Groupon

Without Fail | 1 October 2018 | 0h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Part 1 of a two-part conversation about the rise and fall of Groupon, described as the fastest growing company in history. The first of the new Without Fail series of candid conversations with entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, visionaries of all kinds – about their successes, and their failures, and what they learned from both. Hosted by Alex Blumberg of the excellent Startup podcast.

Man Up

Hidden Brain | 1 October 2018 | 0h 42m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Male workforce participation is falling, in part due to men’s reluctance to move into sectors traditionally viewed as women’s work. Explores definitions of masculinity; research that suggests that manhood is “hard to earn and easy to lose”; and the compensations deployed by men undertaking traditionally female work.

Robin Hanson Will Change How You Think

The Not Unreasonable Podcast | 3 January 2018 | 1h 02m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Robin Hanson, co-author of The Elephant in the Brain, about how we are not motivated in the way we say we are or think we should be.

Think Like a Computer to Make Better Decisions

TED Talks Daily| 14 September 2018 | 0h 11m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths, co-author of Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions. Discusses how we can apply the logic of computers to untangle tricky human problems, sharing three practical strategies for making better decisions – on everything from finding a home to choosing which restaurant to go to tonight.

A Giant Crawling Brain: The Jaw-Dropping World of Termites

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 28 September 2018 | 0h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
A lovely narrative about the world of termites, with perspectives on evolution, superorganisms, fungi, symbiotic relationships, and emergent systems.

Julia Galef – Soldiers and Scouts

Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking | 12 September 2018 | 1h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Long Now presentation by Julia Galef setting out why our minds weren’t built for truth and how we can change that. Our capacity for reason evolved to serve two very different purposes that are often at odds with each other. Reason helps us figure out what’s true; but it also helps us defend ideas that are false-but-strategically-useful. Explores these two different modes of thought and what determines which mode we default to.