COVID, Innovation, and Optimism with Matt Ridley

The James Altucher Show | 23 November 2021 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Alina Chan. Discusses the purpose, and journey of writing the book against the context of his earlier books, especially The Rational Optimist. Considers whether we should be optimistic about the pandemic, whether anything good will come out of it, and why it is so hard to look for the origin of the virus.

Alexander Young: Everything You Want to Know About Cognitive Genomics

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 4 November 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Alexander Young discussing his work on cognitive genomics. Covers the heritability of complex traits; the large datasets required; twin studies; why Iceland’s isolation and homogeneity make it the ideal place for research distinguishing sociological explanations from biological; and the evidence that characteristics such as educational attainment are mediated to a large extent by inherited genes.

Alina Chan: Covid-19: What is the Real Truth? The Origin?

The James Altucher Show | 16 November 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Alina Chan about her book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Matt Ridley. Discusses their investigation into the source of covid-19; why Covid-19 is much deadlier than other flu-like diseases; and the role of viruses in the world and whether there could be another virus that can eliminate the covid-19 virus.

Endangered Foods, with Dan Saladino

Instant Genius | 3 October 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Dan Saladino about his book Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them. Describes examples of foods endangered by our increasingly homogenised diet and discusses the costs of losing food diversity: flavours, smells, and resilience to climate change, pests, and parasites.

Nancy Segal – Deliberately Divided

The Michael Shermer Show | 9 November 2021 | 1h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Nancy Segal about her book Deliberately Divided: Inside the Controversial Study of Twins and Triplets Adopted Apart. Reveals the stories of the adoption agency that deliberately separated twins; the collaborating psychiatrists who observed the twins’ development; and describes the effects on the twins and their families.

Rob Dunn and Monica Sanchez on Delicious

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 23 September 2021 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Rob Dunn and Monica Sanchez about their book Delicious: The Evolution of Flavor and How It Made Us Human. Considers the role that flavor may have played in the invention of the first tools, the extinction of giant mammals, the evolution of the world’s most delicious and fatty fruits, the creation of beer, and our own sociality.

Freddie deBoer: the “Hereditarian Left”

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 7 October 2021 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Fredrik DeBoer discussing his book The Cult of Smart and Kathryn Paige Harden’s The Genetic Lottery. Backgrounds the evidence for heritability as a major determining factor when predicting intelligence and explores the implications of that for education policy.

Paul Bloom on Happiness, Suffering, and the Sweet Spot

EconTalk | 25 October 2021 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Paul Bloom about his book, The Sweet Spot: The Pleasures of Suffering and the Search for Meaning. Argues that suffering is underrated – suffering is part of happiness and meaning. This is a wide-ranging discussion of popular culture, religion, and what we hope to get out of life.