Toby Musgrave – The Multifarious Mr Banks

Talk Radio Europe | 22 March 2020 | 0h 18m | Listen Later
Interview with Toby Musgrave about his book The Multifarious Mr. Banks: From Botany Bay to Kew, The Natural Historian Who Shaped the World. Argues that Banks, the botanist on James Cook’s first circumnavigation, and the longest-serving president of the Royal Society, was a leading figure of the English Enlightenment.

Jeff Hawkins — A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

The Michael Shermer Show | 4 April 2021 | 1h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jeff Hawkins about his book A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence. Explains how simple cells in the brain create intelligence by using maplike structures to build hundreds of thousands of models of everything we know. Insights on how we perceive the world, why we have a sense of self, and the origin of high-level thought.

Bruce Greyson on Near-Death Experiences

Trend Following with Michael Covel | 8 March 2021 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bruce Greyson about his book After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond. Discusses his scientific research into near-death experiences and the implications for our understanding of consciousness.

The Scout Mindset with Julia Galef

Venture Stories | 4 April 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Julia Galef about her book The Scout Mindset. Discusses why everyone, including entrepreneurs, should want to see reality more clearly; the fact that the bottleneck to more rationality is not lack of knowledge, but lack of motivation to see the world as it really is; why the “soldier mindset” is the default mindset and why signalling keeps it that way; why thinking probabilistically has a calming psychological effect; how to adopt the scout mindset by thinking in bets, considering what you’d do if another person was in your shoes, and noticing where you’re defensive of your beliefs; how to get your organization to adopt a scout mindset; her thoughts on changing minds with mistake theory versus conflict theory; and the evolution of the rationality space over time.

Walter Isaacson on CRISPR, Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

The Tim Ferriss Show | 4 March 2021 | 1h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Walter Isaacson about his book The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. Backgrounds CRISPR, tells the story of its development, and discusses the future for genetic technology.

The 2020s, Economic Growth, and Deep Tech with Eli Dourado

Venture Stories | 23 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eli Dourado of the Center for Growth and Opportunity discussing why he wants to radically increase GDP per capita and the current bottlenecks to achieving that; why he thinks the 2020s will be the decade of atoms; why amazing scientific breakthroughs like CRISPR haven’t translated into new products or treatments; why he’s excited about geothermal power and how it could change geopolitics if its potential is realized; his breakdown of his position as a technological optimist and cultural pessimist; where he agrees or disagrees with Tyler Cowen, Bryan Caplan, Peter Thiel, and Samuel Hammond; and why entrepreneurs shouldn’t shy away from areas with regulatory risk, since “that’s where all the action happens.”

Voice: You Are What You Speak

The Next Big Idea | 25 March 2021 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Colapinto about his book This Is the Voice. Backgrounds how our voices are our social presence, conveying high-resolution information about such things as our sex, class, background, education and emotional state. Discusses the evolution of deeper male voices, the recent deepening of female voices, and political oratory. Explores the future of audio, arguing that podcast conversations are a higher-bandwidth way of delivering ideas than books.

Matt Ridley: Infinite Innovation

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 23 March 2021 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley discussing writing books about science, the age-old battle between viruses and humans, rational optimism, the difference between innovation and invention, the role of trial and error and the effects of social media on seeing others’ points of view.