Searching for Hobbits

Time to Eat the Dogs | 17 November 2018 | 0h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Paige Madison about her work at the Liang Bua cave in Indonesia, where she studies the new hominid species Homo floresiensis, as well as the team of researchers who have worked at the cave for years, sometimes for generations.

Darwin Comes to Town

Quirks & Quarks | 26 October 2018 | 0h 16m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Menno Schilthuizen about his book “Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution.” Backgrounds examples of very rapid evolution as animals and plants adapt rapidly to expanding cities.

Claude Shannon and Information Theory

Hidden Forces | 11 June 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Jimmy Soni, author of “A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age.” Provides an accessible introduction to the key ideas in information theory, packaged into the story of Shannon’s life.

Andrea Wulf – The Invention of Nature

Channel History Hit | 26 February 2017 | 1h 10m | Listen Later 
Speech by Andrea Wulf about the ideas and adventures of scientist Alexander von Humboldt, the subject of her book “The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science”, which won the 2015 Costa and Royal Society Prize.

Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West

Context with Brad Harris | 10 July 2018 | 0h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Review of Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West, by Margaret Jacob. Explains how scientific knowledge became integrated into the culture of Europe through the 1600s and 1700s, and how the different social and political conditions of different European countries influenced the application of science to material prosperity. Insight on why Britain’s distinctive approach to the utility of science enabled it to industrialize generations earlier than any other country.

Annie Duke – Thinking More in Bets

Capital Allocators | 19 November 2018 | 0h 46m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Follow up interview with Annie Duke covering the challenge of separating signal from noise in making decisions, the formation and confirmation of beliefs, forming decision groups, communicating with teams, mistakes Annie’s advisory clients have made after reading her book and stories of how Annie approached being a woman in the male-dominated poker world.

Annie Duke – Improving Decision Making

Capital Allocators | 5 February 2018 | 0h 59m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Annie Duke, author of “Thinking in Bets.” A wonderful synthesis of evolutionary psychology, behavioural biases and what to do about it from an expert in psychology with a grounding in the real world of poker.

Embodied Cognition, Mirror Neurons, and Empathy

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 19 November 2018 | 1h 07m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, a psychologist and neuroscientist who uses imaging technologies to study how different parts of the brain and body are involved in different cognitive tasks. Backgrounds embodied cognition, the theory that thinking takes place in the body as a whole, not just in the cells of the brain.