Michelle Baddeley on Social Herding

Social Science Bites | 2 February 2017 | 0h 15m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with economist Michelle Baddeley discussing social herding, which often follows from an information imbalance, real or perceived, in which a person follows the wisdom of crowds. Touches on finance, neuroeconomics, groupthink, reputation and safety in numbers.

Matt Ridley and The Evolution of Everything

The Seen and the Unseen | 26 November 2018 | 1h 16m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley. Seamlessly links together the key ideas in The Evolution of Everything, which makes the case for the bottom-up emergence of order where we typically perceive a top-down process.
This distils the thinking of the author who has most changed my understanding of how the world works. Be prepared to listen at a slower speed. It’s worth it.

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, co-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.