Julia Galef on Spock and Rationality

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy | 16 April 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Julia Galef about her book The Scout Mindset. Discusses rational thinking; how to distinguish epistemic confidence from social confidence; the status quo bias; the outsider test; and her analysis of Star Trek episodes that show that Spock was no paragon of rationality – with a poor prediction track record and an abject failure to update his approach.

William Green on Richer, Wiser, Happier

Trend Following with Michael Covel | 26 April 2021 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with William Green about his book Richer, Wiser, Happier: How the World’s Greatest Investors Win in Markets and Life. Discusses the interviews he’s conducted over twenty-five years with many of the world’s greatest investors. Argues that the best investors can teach us not only how to become rich, but how to improve the way we think, reach decisions, assess risk, avoid costly errors, build resilience, and turn uncertainty to our advantage.

The Story of Numerals

Many Minds | 14 April 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Stephen Chrisomalis about his book Reckonings: Numerals, Cognition, and History. Discusses the anthropology of numbers, mathematics, and literacy. Describes various systems for representing numbers, building on tally systems that emerge in the Upper Paleolithic, their association with writing, and debunks the notion that Roman numerals fell from favour due to being difficult to calculate with.

The Scout Mindset with Julia Galef

Venture Stories | 4 April 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Julia Galef about her book The Scout Mindset. Discusses why everyone, including entrepreneurs, should want to see reality more clearly; the fact that the bottleneck to more rationality is not lack of knowledge, but lack of motivation to see the world as it really is; why the “soldier mindset” is the default mindset and why signalling keeps it that way; why thinking probabilistically has a calming psychological effect; how to adopt the scout mindset by thinking in bets, considering what you’d do if another person was in your shoes, and noticing where you’re defensive of your beliefs; how to get your organization to adopt a scout mindset; her thoughts on changing minds with mistake theory versus conflict theory; and the evolution of the rationality space over time.

The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life with Luke Burgis

Venture Stories | 7 March 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Luke Burgis about his book Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life. Discusses how he’s making the audience for Rene Girard’s work bigger; why innovation became high status while imitation was high status earlier in history; what is most often misunderstood about mimetic desire; the difference between internal and external mediators; what all this has to do with entrepreneurship; how leaders can manage mimesis in their company; the difference between mimetic and objective value; the founder’s mythology and mimetic theory; and why Nietzsche was right about resentment.

Adam Grant and Tim Harford – The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

How To Academy | 8 March 2021 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Adam Grant and Tim Harford discuss Grant’s book Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know. Explores how to question and update beliefs and get comfortable with being wrong.

Intellectual Honesty, Cryptocurrency, & More (Vitalik Buterin)

Rationally Speaking | 4 March 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Vitalik Buterin (creator of the open-source blockchain platform Ethereum) exploring his intellectually honest approach to leadership, why prediction markets appear to be biased in favour of Trump, whether it was rational to invest in Bitcoin ten years ago, effective altruism, Vitalik’s defence of life extension research against its critics, and more.

Understanding Moral Disagreements (Jonathan Haidt)

Rationally Speaking | 18 February 2021 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Haidt about his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Discusses his Moral Foundations Theory and whether liberals should expand their moral horizons by learning to think like conservatives.