David Dunning on the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Masters in Business | 21 March 2020 | 1h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with social psychologist David Dunning – of “Dunning-Kruger effect” fame. Discusses why people have problems recognising their own incompetence and how we can get better at decision making. Covers ideas from his book Self-Insight: Roadblocks and Detours on the Path to Knowing Thyself.

Isabella Tree on Wilding

EconTalk | 16 March 2020 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Isabella Tree about her book Wilding. Describes how Tree and her husband turned their three and a half-acre farm, the Knepp Castle Estate, into something wilder, a place for wild ponies, wild pigs, wild oxen, and an ever-wider variety of birds and bugs. Covers the re-wilding phenomenon, the complexity of natural systems, and the nature of emergent order.

Matt Ridley – How Innovation Works

Five Good Questions Podcast | 20 March 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book How Innovation Works. Discusses the most important event in human history, innovation lessons from the history of how we light our homes, whether debt allows us to pull innovation from the future, lessons from past epidemics for dealing with covid-19, and whether science is now too complex for gentlemen science.

Neil Shubin on Evolution, Genes, and Dramatic Transitions

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 16 March 2020 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Neil Shubin about his book Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA. Discusses the discovery of Tiktaalik Roseae, an ancient species of fish that was in the process of learning to walk and breathe on land; how these major transitions happen – typically when evolution finds a way to re-purpose existing organs into new roles – and how we can learn about them by studying living creatures and the information contained in their genomes.

Alexey Guzey – Is Matthew Walker Lying to Us About Sleep?

Smart People Podcast | 11 February 2020 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alexey Guzey about his demolition of Matthew Walker’s book Why We Sleep, which proselytised about the health risks of insufficient sleep. Fascinating both for the evaluation of the evidence on sleep, but also for Guzey’s research process and way of thinking.

Emilie du Chatelet: a Free-Spirited Physicist

The Forum | 27 February 2020 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the life and work of Emilie du Chatelet, the 18th-century French physicist, mathematician, and thinker. Du Chatelet’s insights into kinetic energy foreshadowed Einstein’s famous equation and her suggestions for experiments with the different colours of light would only be carried out half-a-century after she’d written about them. Plus she was a remarkable personality, determined to live a life of an independent woman, often pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable even in the liberal social circles of her day.

Balaji Srinivasan: Exploring Covid-19

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 13 March 2020 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes
A timeless, multidisciplinary conversation on Covid-19. Enduring lessons on thinking clearly include base rate versus growth rate thinking, second- and third-order consequences, scientific thinking in political leadership, top-down versus bottom-up responses, and regulatory barriers to innovation.

It Takes a Cosmos to Make a Human

On Being with Krista Tippett | 27 February 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jill Tarter about her life and work on SETI – The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence – using telescopes and satellites to look for signs of other civilizational intelligence.