Chanelle Moriah on I Am Autistic

Coppuccino | 1 April 2022 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts
Interview with Chanelle Moriah about their book I Am Autistic. Describes being diagnosed with autism at age 21; the dearth of information from the perspective of someone with autism; and discusses what it is like to be autistic.

Manvir Singh: Going Beyond the Nomadic-Egalitarian Model of Hunter-Gatherers

The Dissenter | 17 June 2022 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Manvir Singh about his paper Human Social Organization During the Late Pleistocene: Beyond the Nomadic-Egalitarian Model. Argues that some of our late Pleistocene forbears lived in large, sedentary, dense communities, not just as nomadic-egalitarian hunter-gatherers. Discusses the nomadic-egalitarian hunter-gatherer model, his diverse histories model, the implications it has for our evolved psychology, and how we think about evolutionary mismatches; how human societies get organized; the origins of agriculture; the transition to large-scale agricultural societies, and non-agricultural state societies; the sympathetic plot in fiction, and its psychological origins; and the functionality of beliefs.

I nearly missed this episode – don’t make that mistake – it is truly excellent. I suggest checking out his writing. I also recommend Razib Khan’s interview.

Frank Close on Elusive: How Peter Higgs Solved the Mystery of Mass

New Books in Science | 6 July 2022 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Frank Close about his book Elusive: How Peter Higgs Solved the Mystery of Mass. Tells the story of Peter Higgs, the Large Hadron Collider, and the search for the Higgs boson. Backgrounds the importance of the Higgs boson to our understanding of modern physics.

Amanda Little on the Fate of Food

The Next Big Idea | 21 July 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Amanda Little about her book The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World. Backgrounds the challenges climate change poses to food: the collapse of food systems, less flavoursome food, and crops we rely on, like corn and soy, getting harder to grow. Argues that we must change our agricultural practices, combining the wisdom of traditional farming practices with radical advances in agricultural technology.

Daniel Pick – a New History of Thought Control

How To Academy | 22 July 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Pick about his book Brainwashed: A New History of Thought Control. Discusses the history of the notion of brainwashing, from early fears driven by soldiers not wanting to return home at the end of the Korean War, through Bond films, to the history of research on mind control.

Nicklas Brendborg on Jellyfish Age Backwards

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 19 July 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nicklas Brendborg about his book Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature’s Secrets to Longevity. Discusses why we age, a jellyfish that ages backwards, large animals outliving small ones, genetics and lifespan, why eradicating major diseases doesn’t extend lifespans much, hormesis, the epigenetic clock, whether old people benefit from young blood transfusions, the microbiome and aging, fecal transplants, caloric restriction, insulin and the aging process, and exercise.

Melanie MacEacheron: The Evolution of Motherhood and Feminism

The Dissenter | 11 July 2022 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Melanie MacEacheron about her research on motherhood and marital surname changes. Discusses the evolutionary psychology perspective on motherhood; sex differences in mateships and romantic relationships; marital surname changes and the factors and predictors associated with them; and whether feminism and evolutionary psychology need to be in conflict with one another.

Vinay Prasad on the Pandemic

EconTalk | 18 July 2022 | 1h 27m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Vinay Prasad about what we learned and didn’t learn from covid so far and how we should handle a future pandemic. Considers whether the risk of myocarditis is greater than the vaccination benefit for a healthy male teen; whether natural immunity is better than vaccination; and whether we were right to mask children.