Liberty, Democracy, Piracy w/ Marcus Rediker

Novara Media | 23 February 2023 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Marcus Rediker discussing the late David Graeber’s final book Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia, which argues that the Enlightenment contained a swashbuckling admixture of antiauthoritarianism and democracy from pirates. Discusses pirates and the radical history of the high seas. Also draws on Rediker’s book Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age.

 

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Tim Urban – Idea Labs and High-Rung Thinking

Invest Like the Best | 21 February 2023 | 1h 28m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tim Urban about his book What’s Our Problem?: A Self-Help Book for Societies. Offers a framework for thinking about political discourse taking account of how we think as individuals and groups. Emphasises the value of constructive disagreement.

 

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Tom Holland on Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind

The Book Club | 4 December 2019 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tom Holland about his book Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind. Explains the myriad ways, many of them invisible to us, that Christianity has shaped and continues to shape Western culture. Argues that there is a single distinctive Christian way of thinking.

I mistakenly triaged this out in 2019 but returned to the episode after reading Misha Saul’s excellent review.

 

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Ann Hartle on What Happened to Civility

Reading Our Times | 6 December 2022 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ann Hartle about her book What Happened to Civility: The Promise and Failure of Montaigne’s Modern Project. Explores the origins of the notion of civility in Montaigne’s essays, the reasons civility is failing in our own time, and advocates for free speech and the need to be able to disagree productively.

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Happiness and the Predictive Mind

Many Minds | 19 October 2022 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mark Miller about the predictive processing framework for cognition. Discusses how this approach can inform our understanding of depression, addiction, and PTSD; sketches notions of loops and slopes, stickiness and rigidity, wobble and volatility, edges and grip; also touches on video games, play, horror, psychedelics, and meditation.

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Bo Sea on Good Arguments

The Next Big Idea | 17 November 2022 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bo Seo about his book Good Arguments: How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard. Shares time-honoured techniques for getting your point across, changing minds without hurting feelings, dealing with bullies, and knowing when to shut up.

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Jacob Mchangama: The Historical Limits on Free Speech

Saturday Morning | 4 November 2022 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jacob Mchangama about the history of free speech and the problems encountered historically with attempts to place limits on hate speech. Draws from his book Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media.

I am a member of the Free Speech Union, which brought Jacob Mchangama to New Zealand, as part of its campaign against New Zealand’s proposed hate speech laws.

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