Charles Murray on Human Diversity

Quillette | 28 January 2020 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Murray about his book Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class. Discusses the evidence for genetic causes of phenotypic differences, implications for meritocracy and the controversy around The Bell Curve.

A History of Honey

The Forum | 16 January 2020 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the history of honey. From sweetening and preserving food, to treating wounds and sore throats, honey has played an important role in nearly every society around the world. In the ancient world, it held religious significance, while in the 21st century, scientists are researching how honey could combat lethal diseases and finding ways to identify so-called fake honey.

The Power of Bad – Overcoming the Negativity Effect

The Art of Manliness | 8 January 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Tierney, who co-authored The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It. Begins with how bad is much stronger than good and how many good things it takes to offset a bad one. Digs into the implications of bad things having a stronger impact than good ones, including how you need only be a good-enough parent to your kids, the best way to deliver criticism, and why religions that emphasize Hell win more adherents than those that focus on Heaven. Also covers how negativity is contagious, why it’s true that one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch, whether or not social media is a negative force in our lives, and advice on how not to let the media make us think that things are worse than they really are.

The Amazing Dr Darwin

The Forum | 23 January 2020 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Erasmus Darwin was a man of many talents: not only was he a successful physician, a popular poet, an ardent abolitionist and a pioneering botanist, he also worked out how organisms evolve, some 70 years before his grandson Charles’s theories about this revolutionised science. He is credited with many inventions and discoveries including the steering mechanism used in modern cars, the gas laws of clouds and a document copying machine.

Barbara Tversky on How the Mind Works

Masters in Business | 24 January 2020 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with cognitive psychologist Barbara Tversky about her book Mind in Motion: How Action Shapes Thought. Covers the way language affects thought and vice versa, and her 9 laws of cognition.

Marriageology: What Makes a Lasting Relationship

CBS This Morning | 10 July 2019 | 0h 24m | Listen Later
Interview with Belinda Luscombe about her book Marriageology: The Art and Science of Staying Together. Luscombe shares her research about what strengthens relationships – six ‘F categories’ that couples should focus on: familiarity, fighting, finances, fooling around, family and finding help. She explains why people should stop looking for a soul mate, why we lash out at the people we love and why she says we’re doing marriage backwards.

Predictions for Genetics in the 2020s

The Insight | 15 January 2020 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Spencer Wells and Razib Khan offer 10 predictions for what genetics will bring in the 2020s, from free sequencing to going beyond “Out of Africa” for human origins.

The Last Decade was the Best in Human History

IEA Conversations | 15 January 2020 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley running through the evidence that we are living through the greatest improvement in human living standards in history. Covers poverty, inequality, child mortality, famine, disease, the economy, and more.