Gerd Gigerenzer on How to Stay Smart in a Smart World

EconTalk | 1 August 2022 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Gerd Gigerenzer about his book How to Stay Smart in a Smart World: Why Human Intelligence Still Beats Algorithms. Explains why computers aren’t nearly as smart as we think; argues that when it comes to life-and-death decisions, we’ll always need real, not artificial, brains; and suggests that human beings need to get smarter in order to avoid being manipulated by people who use AI for their own ends.

The Overconfidence Game

Against the Rules with Michael Lewis | 17 May 2022 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Michael Lewis with a primer on the extent and prevalence of mansplaining – the not-so-secret power of men to offer themselves up as experts, when they clearly are not.

Why Accidents Aren’t Accidental

Vox Conversations | 19 May 2022 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jessie Singer about her book There Are No Accidents: The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster―Who Profits and Who Pays the Price. Argues for a complete rethink of our understanding of accidents as seemingly random, blameless, harm-inducing events. Discusses what drug overdoses, car crashes, and apartment building fires have in common, the systemic structural vulnerabilities that lead to accidents, and how we can press for greater accountability.

Scott Hershovitz on Nasty, Brutish, and Short

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 19 May 2022 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Scott Hershovitz about his book Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with My Kids. Uses the perspective of children to explore philosophy. Covers punishment, authority, sex, gender, race, and more.

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.