David Hand on Dark Data

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 8 July 2024 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Hand about his book Dark Data: Why What You Don’t Know Matters. Argues that data analysis can benefit from a “dark data” perspective – carefully considering what is unseen. Discuss examples showing how this perspective sheds light on concepts as classical as random sampling and survey design and as cutting-edge as machine learning and the measurement of honesty.

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Robert Wright: Navigating Moral Realism

Lives Well Lived | 4 July 2024 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robert Wright about his books The Evolution of God, Nonzero, The Moral Animal, Three Scientists and their Gods, and Why Buddhism Is True. Discusses the evolutionary explanations for altruism and sympathy, and how human sexual psychology impacts societal norms; the role of technology and non-zero-sum interactions in human history; the ethical challenges posed by artificial intelligence; moral realism; and the concept of being judged by a higher power.

See also the EconTalk interview about Why Buddhism Is True.

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Robert Greene – Optimizing Your Reality

Invest Like the Best | 25 June 2024 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robert Greene about his books 48 Laws of Power and Mastery. Discusses his work studying why people behave like they do, why some go on to build great things, and finding your life’s purpose.

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Why Do We Still Teach People to Calculate?

People I (Mostly) Admire | 22 June 2024 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Conrad Wolfram about his book The Math(s) Fix: An Education Blueprint for the AI Age. Argues for transforming the way we teach mathematics, making use of computers, rather than teaching kids to calculate as if computers did not exist.

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Shakespeare’s Maths

More or Less: Behind the Stats | 15 June 2024 | 0h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rob Eastaway about his book Much Ado About Numbers. Discusses Shakespeare’s knack for numbers and the simple maths that brings Shakespeare’s work to life.

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Climate, Risk, and the Rise of Agriculture

Many Minds | 12 June 2024 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrea Matranga about his paper​ The Ant and the Grasshopper: Seasonality and the Invention of Agriculture. Discusses his unifying theory of the rise of agriculture in our species; weaknesses of earlier explanations of agriculture, including explanations that focused on climate; the historical datasets he used to test his theory; the downstream effects that agriculture seems to have had; agriculture as a franchise model; Milankovitch Cycles; risk-aversion and consumption-smoothing; interloping in the debates of other disciplines; and how we inevitably project our own concerns onto the past.

See also the GrowthChat episode with Andrea Matranga.

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