Time Management for Mortals: Malcolm Gladwell and Oliver Burkeman

The Next Big Idea | 3 March 2022 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Oliver Burkeman about his book Four Thousand Weeks. Discusses Burkeman’s background behind the book. Advocates that rather than being more productive to squeeze ever more in, we should slow down, and focus on those things that bring a joyful sense of purpose.

Oliver Burkeman on Four Thousand Weeks

The Next Big Idea | 18 February 2022 | 0h 14m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Oliver Burkeman summarises 5 big ideas from his book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. Argues that we should resist the siren song of pointless busyness and embrace life’s finitude.

This was the last of a 22 episode miniseries counting down the most popular book bites published by The Next Big Idea Club in 2021.

Reality+: Are We Living in a Simulation?

The Next Big Idea | 24 March 2022 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Chalmers about his book Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy. Explains the thinking behind his estimate that it is 25% likely that we are living in a simulation. Sets out why we can still lead a meaningful life – even if we are living in a simulation.

Pleasure and Pain: The Philosophy of Jeremy Bentham

The Forum | 27 January 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Discusses the life and work of Jeremy Bentham, especially his philosophy of utilitarianism – judging actions by their outcomes, not intentions; and focussing on increasing human happiness. Includes his thinking on prisons, justice, rights of the ruled to hold rulers to account, education, women’s suffrage, and animal rights.

Humanity on the Precipice (Toby Ord)

Rationally Speaking | 10 December 2021 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Toby Ord about this book The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity. Explains the possible existential risks we face, including climate change, pandemics, and artificial intelligence. Discusses what led him to take existential risk more seriously, which risks he considers underrated versus overrated, and how to estimate the probability of existential risk.

David Spiegelhalter: COVID Statistics, Risk and Medicine

Ben Yeoh Chats | 11 January 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Spiegelhalter about his book COVID by Numbers, co-authored with Anthony Masters. Discusses what was most surprising and misunderstood about COVID statistics; how numbers can be emotional and weaponised and what we can do to protect ourselves; what risk techniques we should teach children and think about in everyday life; unintended consequences; agency challenges of regulators; the “Rose Paradox” and “Cromwell’s law”; and the risks of alcohol and how to think about medical statistics.

Duncan Watts – Everything is Obvious

Getting to Yes, And | 2 May 2017 | 0h 31m | Listen Later
Interview with Duncan Watts about his book Everything Is Obvious: *Once You Know the Answer. Discusses how and why many of our predictions are wrong and we invent stories to make sense of an often insensible world.

I loved this book when I read it years ago.

Ryan Holiday || How to Have Courage

The Psychology Podcast | 6 January 2022 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Ryan Holiday about his book Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave. Discusses his unique definition of courage, and how people can practice it in their daily lives; whether the stories of American heroism are as honourable as we’ve been led to believe; and touches on social justice, hope, stoicism, resilience, and virtues.