How to Disagree Better

The Ezra Klein Show | 16 July 2018 | 1h 38m | Listen Later  | iTunes
“Contempt is the conviction of the utter worthlessness of another person. Anger leads to reconciliation, contempt to permanent enmity.” Interview with Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, an America think tank. Discusses how to disagree better, why civility shouldn’t be the goal in conversation, why it’s healthy to have a lot of arguments, and why anger is a healthy emotion and contempt isn’t.

Richard Haier – The Neuroscience of Intelligence

The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast | 4 June 2018 | 1h 25m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Richard Haier about the ideas in his book “The Neuroscience of Intelligence”. Covers the history of the politically-charged debate about intelligence. Research points to genetics playing a more important role than environment as intelligence develops from childhood. Intelligence test scores correspond strongly to specific features of the brain assessed with neuroimaging.

Robin Hanson on Signalling and Self-Deception

Conversations with Tyler | 28 February 2018 | 1h 05m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Wide-ranging discussion with Robin Hanson, co-author of “The Elephant in the Brain”, which makes the case that as much as 90% of human behaviour is motivated by sub-conscious signalling, not the selfless motives typically professed.

Effective Altruism – the Science of Doing Good

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 11 July 2018 | 1h 05m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with William MacAskill, co-founder and President of the Centre for Effective Altruism, Associate Professor in Philosophy at Oxford University, and author of “Doing Good Better: Effective Altruism and a Radical New Way to Make a Difference.” Makes the case that we should use reason and evidence to find the best possible ways to use our resources to make the biggest possible impact in the world.

Collective Action and Evolutionary Psychology

Cato Daily Podcast | 16 September 2016 | 0h 15m | Listen Later 
Interview with Leda Cosmides, a pioneer of evolutionary psychology, on how relationship dynamics change as group size increases. Our brains have evolved a collection of programmes, with the one used depending on the circumstances. We assess the role of luck and effort in deciding whether to cooperate and share. Offers an explanation for tyrants emerging from communism.

Freedom from the Known

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 28 May 2018 | 1h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Michael Pollan about his new book “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.” Covers the the resurgence of interest in psychedelics in clinical practice and end-of-life care, the “betterment of well people,” the relationship between thinking and mental suffering, the differences between psychedelics and meditation, the non-duality of consciousness, the brain’s “default mode network,” their experiences with various psychedelics, and other topics.