Jonathan Losos: Urban Evolution

EdgeCast | 1 April 2017 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Jonathan Losos discusses the history of coming to terms with the fast pace of evolution. Covers examples of urban evolution by natural selection; small population genetic drift; the greater capacity for adaptation afforded by the mixing together of genetically differentiated populations; and phenotypic plasticity. Draws from his book Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution.

Christopher Phillips on Scouting and Scoring Baseball

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 29 January 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Christopher Phillips about his book Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know about Baseball. Argues, counter to Moneyball, that both scouts and scorers use quantified judgements to assess the value of baseball players.

Adam Hart’s Unfit For Purpose

Little Atoms | 13 July 2020 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Hart about his book Unfit for Purpose: When Human Evolution Collides with the Modern World. Discusses the mismatch between our biological adaptations and our modern environment, so that our bodies struggle to cope with the modern diet, stress, social media and “fake news”.

How to Decide, Convey vs. Convince, & More

a16z | 8 October 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Annie Duke about her book How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices. Offers concrete advice on strategies, mindsets and tools to make better decisions under uncertainty.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams: The Making of Science in Europe

The Book Club | 7 October 2020 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Hugh Aldersey-Williams about his book Dutch Light: Christaan Huygens and the Making of Science in Europe. Discusses the life and work of Christiaan Huygens. Argues that this half-forgotten figure was the most important scientist between Galileo and Newton. Describes his advances in optics, geometry, probability, mathematics, astronomy – as well as the invention of the pendulum clock and the discovery of the rings of Saturn – against the backdrop of a turbulent post-Reformation Europe and the beginnings of an international scientific community.

Sean B. Carroll on Randomness and the Course of Evolution

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 5 October 2020 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sean B. Carroll about the importance of randomness and unpredictability in life, from the evolution of species to the daily routine of every individual. Includes an overview of the evolution of the thinking about evolution, especially the modern evo-devo revolution. Draws from his book, A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You.

Rebecca Wragg Sykes on The Neanderthals

Travels Through Time | 1 September 2020 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rebecca Wragg Sykes about her book Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art. In three scenes describes interglacial age known as the Eemian: the catastrophic flood that separated Britain from the rest of Europe 123k years ago; the weird and wonderful animals that populated the continent at the time; and how the Neanderthals lived, worked and loved in this warm woodland environment.

How to Make the World Add Up – Tim Harford

At The Margin | 16 September 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tim Harford about his book How to Make the World Add Up: Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers. Warns against being misled by statistics but also warns of the need to get statistics right and take them seriously. Offers some rules of thumb for making sense of the information we see around us.