Rana el Kaliouby on Girl Decoded and the Human Side of AI

Elevate with Robert Glazer | 21 January 2020 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rana el Kaliouby about her book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. Discusses growing up in Egypt and Kuwait, studying at the world’s top educational institutions, her work developing artificial intelligence that understands human emotions, AI ethics, and more.

The Principia by Isaac Newton

The Great Books | 15 December 2020 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rob Iliffe about Isaac Newton’s The Principia. Describes how the Principia transformed natural philosophy, introduced the concept of universal gravitation, put mathematics and measurement at the heart of science, and laid the foundations for classical physics.

Daniel E. Lieberman on Exercised

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 29 December 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Lieberman about his book Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do is Healthy and Rewarding. Discusses how our activity levels compare with primates and modern hunter-gatherers; whether sitting is the new smoking; the legitimacy of ten-thousand steps and eight hours of sleep; the benefits of walking, running, and resistance training; how exercise can help with cancer and mental health issues; and more.

How Men and Women Socialize Differently

The Art of Manliness | 26 August 2016 | 0h 39m | Listen Later
Interview with Joyce Benenson about her book Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes. Debunks popular notions that social conditioning makes women more social, and men more competitive. Discusses the biological origins of male and female socialization; why men prefer all-male groups; why women can be just as, if not more competitive, as men; how men compete to cooperate; and why men can make up much faster with an enemy than women can.

Michael Blastland on the Hidden Half

EconTalk | 28 December 2020 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Blastland about his book The Hidden Half: How the World Conceals its Secrets. Argues that the deeper you delve into science, medicine, astrophysics – pick a topic – the more you realize there is a lot we don’t understand and can’t explain. Suggests we would all do well to stop pretending that everything is knowable and every problem solvable.

Tom Levenson on Money for Nothing

Versus History Podcast | 11 September 2020 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Thomas Levenson about his book Money for Nothing: The South Sea Bubble and the Invention of Modern Capitalism. Backgrounds the South Sea Bubble and how it lead to the birth of modern financial capitalism – the idea that you can invest in future prosperity and that governments can borrow money to make things happen. Also explores how the scientific revolution extended to the idea that empiricism and maths could make sense of everyday life; and how the invention of modern ideas about money both made the world rich and exposed us to predictable hazards that we fail to fully prepare for.

Nicholas Carr on Deep Reading and Digital Thinking

The Ezra Klein Show | 29 June 2020 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Nicholas Carr about his book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. Discusses how speaking, reading, and the Internet have each changed our brains in different ways, why “paying attention” doesn’t come naturally to us, how human memory works, why having your phone in sight makes you less creative, what separates “deep reading” from simply reading, why deep reading is getting harder, why building connections is more important than absorbing information, the benefits to collapsing the world into a connected digital community, and more.

Simon Baron-Cohen on Pattern Seekers

Noncompliant | 10 December 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Simon Baron-Cohen about his book The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention. Describes the evidence that the genes that cause autism are critical to human inventiveness; a benefit that sometimes comes at the cost of cognitive empathy, but not affective empathy. Stresses the importance of recognizing and valuing neurodiversity.