What Evolutionary Biology Can Teach Us About Diet, Exercise, and Staying Alive

Plain English with Derek Thompson | 2 April 2024 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Lieberman about his book Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding. Discusses what the science of ancient humans and the lifestyle of hunter-gatherers teachs us about how to be healthy today; the mismatch between our evolutionary adaptedness and modern lifestyles, and why exercise is the ultimate miracle drug.

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Jonathan Haidt – The Hidden Dangers Of Social Media On Mental Health

Modern Wisdom | 4 April 2024 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jonathan Haidt about his book The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness. Discusses the role of social media and helicopter parenting in the declining mental health of children.

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The Godfather of Influence w/ Dr. Robert Cialdini

We Study Billionaires | 22 March 2024 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robert Cialdini about his book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Discusses the story of Charlie Munger giving a Berkshire A share to Cialdini; How Buffett and Munger use reciprocity to enrich the world and themselves; what Cialdini learned in his personal interactions with Munger; how the commitment and consistency bias affect investors; how to utilize the principles of Influence honestly and ethically; why trust is at the foundation of all great business relationships; why the principle of scarcity is so powerful even in a world full of abundance; and how to guard against the liking bias when assessing management.

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Culture as Human Super Power in Evolution feat. Lesley Newson and Peter Richerson

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 6 February 2024 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lesley Newson and Peter Richerson about their book A Story of Us: A New Look at Human Evolution. Discusses evolution and human culture, with particular attention to women and children; how the use of tools and the stacking of technologies set humans apart from other animals; the transitions our primate ancestors had to make to evolve; and how modern cultural roles affect and inform and explain current human birthrates.

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Benjamin Breen on Margaret Mead, Psychedelics, and Utopia

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 26 February 2024 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Benjamin Breen about his book Tripping on Utopia: Margaret Mead, the Cold War, and the Troubled Birth of Psychedelic Science. Discusses the role of Margaret Mead, and her onetime-husband Gregory Bateson, in social anthropology and its impact on sex & gender mores, the early psychedelic drugs and their potential use for therapeutic purposes, and how the possibility of a realistic utopia didn’t always seem so far away.

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Caleb Everett – A Myriad of Tongues: How Languages Reveal Differences in How We Think

The Dissenter | 11 March 2024 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Caleb Everett about his book A Myriad of Tongues: How Languages Reveal Differences in How We Think. Discusses how people sometimes assume too much universality in language, and where linguistic diversity stems from; how people talk about time, numbers, space and directions, social relationships, and colours and odours; how the environment influences the evolution of languages, focusing on the example of extreme ambient aridity, and whistled languages; the limitations of studying grammatical patterns in idealized and written sentences; whether words are arbitrary, and if we can accurately translate every word and expression; the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, and the broader study of universality and diversity in human cognition.

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Frans de Waal on What Animals Teach Us About Ourselves

Reading Our Times | 9 November 2024 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Frans de Waal has died at 75 (Emory University obituary). This 2021 interview about his book Mama’s Last Hug explores the moving and fascinating world of animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves. And serves nicely to showcase his work describing the rich inner life of primates and some other species.

See also other episodes with Frans de Waal. And John Hawks’ remembrance of Frans De Waal.

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Is Therapy Bad for You? with Abigail Shrier

Conversations with Coleman | 1 March 2024 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Abigail Shrier about her book Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren’t Growing Up. Argues that the mental health industry is harming our children as it intrudes ever more into the ways we teach, treat, and discipline children.

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