Yuval Noah Harari – Are You Imagining The Future Correctly?

The James Altucher Show | 18 September 2018 | 1h 04m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Yuval Noah Hariri about his book, 21 Lessons for The 21st Century. Covers the myth of free will, perception, mental health, the rise of robots, algorithms, hackers, automation and how to prepare for these changes.

Robert Plomin: Blueprint

Spectator Books | 24 October 2018 | 0h 35m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with behavioural geneticist Robert Plomin about his book Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are, in which he argues that it’s not only height and weight and skin colour that are heritable, but intelligence, TV-watching habits and the likelihood of getting divorced. Also discusses the risks of publishing the book, race and eugenics, and implications for the future of our data and medical care.

How to Make Prisons More Humane

Future Perfect | 17 October 2018 | 0h 22m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Sets out the evidence for a more humane approach to prisons. Told through the eyes of a US prison guard who had a conversion experience after visiting a Norwegian prison without bars and uniformed guards, but prisoners living in small cottages with common areas, private bedrooms, and kitchens with real knives.

What We Learn from People Who Lived as Both Men and Women

The Inquiry | 3 May 2018 | 0h 23m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Ben Barres, a world-leading neurobiologist, lived the last 20 years of his life as a transgender man. He used his unique perspective of having lived as a woman and a man to become an outspoken opponent of gender bias. Explains what society can learn from people who’ve lived life as both a man and woman.

Understanding the North Korean Economy

FT Alphachat | 16 February 2018 | 1h 01m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Marcus Noland, economist and executive vice president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, explains the North Korean economy, which is not entirely the communist museum piece we commonly think. Describes the bottom-up emergence of market processes in response to the failure of state institutions.

Steven Pinker: A New Enlightenment

Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking | 14 March 2018 | 1h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The Enlightenment worked, says Steven Pinker, by promoting reason, science, humanism, progress, and peace. The programs set in motion by the 18th-Century intellectual movement became so successful we’ve lost track of what that success came from. Some even discount the success itself, preferring to ignore or deny how much better off humanity keeps becoming, decade after decade, in terms of health, food, money, safety, education, justice, and opportunity.

John Gray on the Seven Kinds of Atheism

EconTalk | 15 October 2018 | 1h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Philosopher and author John Gray talks about his book, Seven Types of Atheism. Rather than being about atheism, this is really a rejoinder to the rational optimism of Matt Ridley and Steven Pinker. While conceding that technological know-how and scientific knowledge improve over time, Gray argues that morality and political systems are cyclical and that there is no reason to be optimistic about the future.

Tyler Cowen on Stubborn Attachments

Conversations with Tyler | 16 October 2018 | 2h 30m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen about the ideas in Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals. Makes the moral case for prioritising economic growth by not discounting future humans relative to those currently alive.