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.

Tucker Max – Speak Your Truth or Be Silenced

The James Altucher Show | 25 September 2018 | 1h 07m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Tucker Max about book publishing, media, the Overton window, virtue signalling, and separating the truth from everything else.

A Faustian Pact

Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years | 15 April 2018 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Deliciously narrated story of Johannes Gutenberg’s medieval tech start-up and his invention of the printing press that unleashed a societal revolution.