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.
Freakonomics | 1 October 2015 | 0h 42m | Listen Later
Anne-Marie Slaughter was best known for her adamant views on Syria when she accidentally became a poster girl for modern feminism. As it turns out, she can be pretty adamant in that realm as well.
FT Alphachatterbox | 1 October 2015 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of “Unfinished Business.” Discusses her ideas for achieving equality between men and women in the home and workplace.
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.
RNZ: Saturday Morning | 22 May 2018 | 0h 47m | Listen Later
Interview with Barbara Ehrenreich about the ideas in her latest book, “Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer.” Deliciously contrarian, punctuated with evidence that many medical interventions are bad for us.
Analysis | 28 June 2015 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Why have British attitudes towards homosexuality changed so far and so fast? Less than 50 years ago, sex between men was a criminal act. Now they can marry. It’s not just the law that has changed: we have. Surveys suggest that public opinion about homosexuality has undergone a dramatic shift over the same period. Explores what drives this kind of change in collective attitudes.
EconTalk | 20 January 2014 | 1h 03m | Listen Later
Interview with Jonathan Haidt, author of The “Righteous Mind”, discussing the nature of human nature, and how our brain affects our morality and politics. Haidt argues that reason often serves our emotions rather than the mind being in charge. We can be less interested in the truth and more interested in finding facts and stories that fit preconceived narratives and ideology. Haidt tries to understand why people come to different visions of morality and politics and how we might understand each other despite those differences.
Analysis | 16 February 2015 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores the implications of downward social mobility. Politicians worry that insufficient people from less-privileged backgrounds get the opportunity to move up in life. But are we prepared to accept that others must necessarily lose out — and move in the opposite direction?