Razib Khan on “Stuff I’ve Been Wrong About”

Rationally Speaking | 20 August 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Razib Khan about his blog post Stuff I Was Wrong About. Covers human evolution, economics, religion, evolutionary psychology, and optimism about human progress. Also discusses lessons from the replication crisis about how not to be taken in by studies that do not replicate.

What If Our Ignorance Outgrows Our Potential?

Context with Brad Harris | 5 August 2019 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
What happens when rich and powerful societies lose their wisdom and forget what made them great in the first place? Backgrounds the rediscovery after thousands of years of Lucretius’s modern sounding On the Nature of Things. (As told in Stephen Greenblatt’s book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern.) Draws lessons for today from how a paradise of wisdom was once lost.

Andy Matuschak on Books and Learning

EconTalk | 7 August 2019 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andy Matuschak about his essay Why Books Don’t Work. Matuschak argues that most books rely on transmissionism, the idea that an author can share an idea in print and the reader will absorb it. And yet after reading a non-fiction book, most readers will struggle to remember any of the ideas in the book. Matuschak argues for a different approach to transmitting ideas via the web including different ways that authors or teachers can test for understanding that will increase the chances of retention and mastery of complex ideas.

Susan Cain Takes Us Into the Mind of an Introvert

The TED Interview | 12 June 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Susan Cain, drawing on ideas in Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids. Offers ideas for better offices, better schools and better relationships.

Nineteen-Eighty-Four Turns 70

Late Night Live – with Phillip Adams ABC RN | 26 June 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dorian Lynskey about his book The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell’s 1984. Discusses Orwell’s life and society’s relationship with the book we turn to when the truth is mutilated, language is distorted, and power is abused.

Thomas Gilovich on Human Behaviour

Masters in Business | 25 January 2018 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Thomas Gilovich discussing his work in social psychology, decision making, behavioural economics and happiness. Draws on ideas in How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life and the paper he co-authored with Amos Tversky on the “Hot Hand” in the NBA.

Puzzle Rush

Revisionist History | 20 June 2019 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
The fourth season of Revisionist History starts with Malcolm Gladwell questioning the merits of examinations that deliberately rush the student. It turns out that ranking by ability is a function of how much thinking is rushed.

Annaka Harris on Conscious

Making Sense with Sam Harris | 6 June 2019 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Annaka Harris about her book Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind. Delves into the illusions of self and free will, the felt experience, where consciousness arises from, and panpsychism – the notion that consciousness might be a fundamental property of matter.