Musa al-Gharbi on the Value of Intellectual Diversity

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 19 October 2020 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Musa al-Gharbi about the value in intellectual diversity, both by keeping ourselves honest and in allowing ideas from unexpected quarters. Discusses why there are a lot more liberals than conservatives on university faculties, the extent to which that’s a problem, Heterodox Academy, and how we should better think about the value of diverse viewpoints.

Anne Applebaum on the Twilight of Democracy

EconTalk | 12 October 2020 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Applebaum about her book Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism. Discusses the rise of populist and nationalist movements and their appeal even when they begin to erode or destroy democracy.

Kate Manne on Misogyny and Male Entitlement

Philosophy Bites | 4 October 2020 | 0h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kate Manne discussing the notions of misogyny, male entitlement, and the term that she coined, ‘himpathy.’ Draws on ideas from Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny and Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women.

Greg Lukianoff on Free Speech

The Psychology Podcast | 24 September 2020 | 1h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Greg Lukianoff eloquently arguing the case for free speech. Covers the need to know what others think, why you cannot ban something simply because it is offensive, protections against inciting violence against vulnerable people, depression and cognitive behavioural therapy, how anti-free speech administrations taught students habits of anxiety and depression by repressing free speech, reasons for the sudden spike in anti-free speech activism, and more.

Lisa Cook on Racism, Patents, and Black Entrepreneurship

EconTalk | 21 September 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lisa Cook discussing her research into the impact of racism, lynching, and segregation on Black inventors and entrepreneurs and the consequent effect on innovation and the wider US economy. Nicely contextualised with her work studying the barriers to innovation in the Russian economy. Also considers the best measures to move forward from here.

Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy

The Hour of History Podcast | 1 August 2020 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Danielle Giffort about her book Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy. Backgrounds the rise, fall, and reemergence of psychedelic research and discusses the new generation of researchers working to rehabilitate psychedelic drugs and usher in a new era of psychedelic medicine.

Geoffrey Miller – Virtue Signaling: Essays on Darwinian Politics & Free Speech

Science Salon | 2 December 2019 | 2h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Geoffrey Miller about his book Virtue Signaling: Essays on Darwinian Politics & Free Speech. Discusses virtue signaling and why we all do it; how the phrase “virtue signaling” became a derogatory political meme; how virtue signaling really works and why it is not a bad thing; why evolutionary psychology is not based on “just so” story telling; how multiple traits can be selected at once; individual selection versus group selection; the role of virtue signaling in the evolution of the moral sentiments; how virtue signaling helps produce real morality (and not just fake altruism); gender differences in career preferences; neurodiversity and speech codes; cultural diversity; and why social groups tend to splinter and defenestrate members who are not sufficiently virtuous.

How Democracy Dies

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 20 July 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Applebaum about her book Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends. Discusses the growing authoritarian strain attacking many democracies and how it came to be embraced and celebrated by many elites around the world.