Daniel Kahneman on Cutting Through the Noise

Conversations with Tyler | 19 December 2018 | 1h 09m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Daniel Kahneman about bias, noise, happiness, memory, the replication crisis in psychology, advice to CEOs about improving decision-making, superforecasters, the influence of Freud, working in a second language, the value of intuition, and why he can’t help you win arguments with a spouse.

Why Mathematics is at the Heart of Life

RNZ: Jesse Mulligan | 6 June 2017 | 0h 24m | Listen Later 
Interview with Geoffrey West, author of Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies. West explains that the basic mathematical laws of physics governing growth in the physical world apply equally to biological, political and corporate organisms.

Hard Words: Why Aren’t Our Kids Being Taught to Read?

Educate | 10 September 2018 | 0h 52m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Scientific research has demonstrated that phonics is critical to teaching children how to read. But many educators don’t know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.

Judith Rich Harris: Why Home Doesn’t Matter

ABC: Life Matters | 8 May 2007 | 0h 16m
Judith Rich Harris, author of The Nurture Assumption and No Two Alike has died at 80 (NY Times obituary). Harris made the case that parents play less of a role in shaping their children than commonly assumed. Rather, the most crucial aspects of a child’s environment are outside the home. Parents should lighten up and stop treating their children like projects. Day-to-day happiness is more important than moulding and shaping by parents given that genes and the external environment are more significant influences.

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Carl Zimmer on Heredity, DNA, and Editing Genes

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 6 August 2018 | 1h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with science writer Carl Zimmer, author of a comprehensive book about heredity: She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. Discusses how our understanding of heredity has changed over the years, how there is much more to inheritance than simply listing all the information we pass down in our DNA, and what the future might hold in a world where genetic manipulation becomes widespread.

Myers-Briggs Personality Testing

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 28 September 2018 | 0h 51m | Listen Later 
Interview with Merve Emre on the ideas in “The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing.” Describes the history and (lack of) science behind the Myers-Briggs personality test and backgrounds the mother-daughter team who conceived it almost 100 years ago.

Michelle Baddeley on Social Herding

Social Science Bites | 2 February 2017 | 0h 15m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with economist Michelle Baddeley discussing social herding, which often follows from an information imbalance, real or perceived, in which a person follows the wisdom of crowds. Touches on finance, neuroeconomics, groupthink, reputation and safety in numbers.

Matt Ridley and The Evolution of Everything

The Seen and the Unseen | 26 November 2018 | 1h 16m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley. Seamlessly links together the key ideas in “The Evolution of Everything,” which makes the case for the bottom-up emergence of order where we typically perceive a top-down process.
This distils the thinking of the author who has most changed my understanding of how the world works. Be prepared to listen at a slower speed. It’s worth it.