Bryan Caplan – The Economics of Housing Abundance

The Joe Walker Podcast | 13 May 2024 | 1h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bryan Caplan about his book Build, Baby, Build: The Science and Ethics of Housing Regulation. Backgrounds the evidence that regulation causes low property supply and high prices. Advocates radical deregulation to free up the supply of new property, with consequent improvements to equality, economic growth, homelessness, fertility rates, and more.

See also The Curious Task interview with Caplan about Build, Baby, Build.

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Roanne van Voorst – The Scary Future Of Robot Sex & Artificial Love

Modern Wisdom | 11 May 2024 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Roanne van Voorst about her book Six in a Bed: The Future of Love – from Sex Dolls and Avatars to Polyamory. Discusses sex robots and what the future of sex work may look like, whether polyamory is going to become more popular, why young people aren’t having as much sex as they used to, what it’s like to go to a sex doll brothel, what a better definition of love is, what it’s like to be in a virtual relationship and more.

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Sarah Blaffer Hrdy on Father Time

On Humans | 8 May 2024 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sarah Blaffer Hrdy about her book Father Time: A Natural History of Men and Babies. Discusses myths about parenting, attachment, and human nature; the limitations of comparing humans to chimpanzees; “allomothers”; the tragedy of infanticide; and the remarkable social changes in fatherhood and the neuroscience that has enabled it.

See also the The Life Scientific episode on Hrdy’s life and work.

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The Science of Social Networks with Nicholas Christakis

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 29 April 2024 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nicholas Christakis about his research on social networks and biosocial science – ideas from his books Connected, Blueprint, and Apollo’s Arrow. Discusses how genes can influence our social networks, the dynamics of social contagion, and why the arc of human evolution bends towards goodness. Highlights include the efficiency of learning by copying what others do, the principle that the benefits of a connected life outweigh the costs, network science, and the influence of modern technology on human social interactions.

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Beth Linker on Slouch: Posture Panic in Modern America

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 21 March 2024 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Beth Linker about her book Slouch: Posture Panic in Modern America. Tells the story of twentieth-century America’s largely forgotten posture panic – a decades-long episode in which it was widely accepted as scientific fact that Americans were suffering from an epidemic of bad posture, with potentially catastrophic health consequences. Discusses that bad posture was seen as an individual health threat, an affront to conventional race hierarchies, and a sign of American decline.

Even as a child, I never believed the horseshit about what would come my way due to poor posture.

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Henry Oliver on Second Act: What Late Bloomers Can Tell You About Success and Reinventing Your Life

Ben Yeoh Chats | 19 April 2024 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Henry Oliver about his book Second Act: What Late Bloomers Can Tell You About Success and Reinventing Your Life. Explores the concept of late bloomers, elaborating on societal pressures, hidden talents, and how these impact individual successes at various life stages. Advocates for a broader recognition of potential beyond conventional timelines. Discusses the significance of networks, the role of luck, and the historical context of late blooming, challenging prevailing notions of talent and achievement. Delves into the philosophical contributions of John Stuart Mill, particularly focusing on his expansion of utilitarianism and its inadvertent influence on contemporary moral behaviors like vegetarianism. Offers advice on the importance of personalized approaches to absorbing content, seeking expertise, the application of tailored advice over generic guidance; and to ignore those who do not have recent advice experience.

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Nick Bostrom on Deep Utopia

The Michael Shermer Show | 16 April 2024 | 1h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nick Bostrom about his book Deep Utopia: Life and Meaning in a Solved World. Discusses an AI Utopia and Protopia; Trekonomics and post-scarcity economics; the hedonic treadmill and positional wealth values; colonizing the galaxy; the Fermi paradox; mind uploading and immortality; Google’s Gemini AI debacle; LLMs, ChatGPT, and beyond; how would we know if an AI system was sentient?

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Jonathan Haidt on Adjusting to Smartphones and Social Media

Conversations with Tyler | 3 April 2024 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jonathan Haidt about his book The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness. Debates whether “phone-based childhood” is to blame for the rise in teen mental illness.

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