The Beginning of Infinity

Naval | 2 July 2021 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Naval Ravikant and Brett Hall discuss David Deutsch’s book The Beginning of Infinity. Covers the importance of good explanations; that all knowledge is conjectural; the fallibility of mathematical methods; reading the best books over and over again; probability and its relationship to the multiverse; that science is an error-correcting mechanism that should not presume to predict the future from the past; that we tend to pessimism because it’s easy to extrapolate how things will get worse, but it’s rational to be optimistic; and more.

Balaji Srinivasan – Optimizing Your Inputs

Invest Like the Best | 6 July 2021 | 1h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Balaji Srinivasan discussing a wide variety of topics, including advancements in health tracking, ways to evaluate your information diet, and how technology is driving decentralization and what that could mean for countries, corporations, and individuals.

Machiavelli, Master of Power

The Forum | 27 May 2021 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Exploration of the life and impact of Niccolò Machiavelli who wrote The Prince more than five hundred years ago, long read as a priceless guide to power and what holding it truly involves. Discusses the man behind the work, his claim that a leader must be prepared to act immorally, and why his name has become a byword for cunning and sinister strategy.

Ian Leslie on Conflicted

EconTalk | 7 June 2021 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ian Leslie about his book Conflicted: How Productive Disagreements Lead to Better Outcomes. Argues that, far from being a negative thing, conflict is often the essential ingredient that helps us get to the right answer or best solution. Because some of our best thinking comes in collaboration with others, learning how to disagree civilly when our views conflict is the key to productive conversation in business and in marriage. The conversation includes a surprising defense of confirmation bias.

How to Get Anyone to Do Anything

Freakonomics Radio | 27 May 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Cialdini about the expanded and revised edition of his book Influence. Backgrounds the science of persuasion and gives a master class in the seven psychological levers that bewitch our rational minds and lead us to buy, behave, or believe without a second thought.

Jason Riley on The Life And Times of Thomas Sowell

Uncommon Knowledge | 26 May 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jason Riley about his book Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell. A wide-ranging discussion of the events and people that helped Sowell become one of the most important American voices on cultural, economic, and racial matters of the last 50 years.

Daniel Kahneman on Behavioural Economics

Masters in Business | 14 May 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later
Interview with Daniel Kahneman about his book Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment, coauthored with Olivier Sibony and Cass Sunstein. Defines noise as the variance in expert judgements, backgrounds examples of noise in many fields, argues that it is usually much greater than commonly perceived, and sets out remedies to improve decision-making by reducing noise and bias.