Curious Worldview Podcast | 7 September 2023 | 1h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Russ Roberts replete with wisdom. Discusses Christopher Hitchens, good communication versus good talking, whether some cultures create more good communicators than others, Nassim Taleb and randomness, the role that serendipity played in Roberts’ life, and more.
See also the EconTalk episode with Christopher Hitchens discussing George Orwell.
The Decision Education Podcast | 19 July 2023 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Kahneman discussing common misconceptions about decision-making and “System 1” and “System 2” thinking; the significance of evaluating individual components before making judgments; the surprising parallels between human cognition and modern Artificial Intelligence; and more.
Ben Yeoh Chats | 2 July 2023 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Edmonds about his book Parfit: A Philosopher and His Mission to Save Morality. Discusses “trolley problems” and the ethical implications of choosing between lives now and in the future; the usefulness of thought experiments; Derek Parfit’s life – his personality and obsessions, whether he might have been a good historian (vs philosopher), the pros and cons of All Souls College, and if an autistic cognitive profile mattered.
Conversations with Tyler | 7 June 2023 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Peter Singer discussing utilitarianism, the meat-eater problem, why he might side with aliens over humans, at what margins he would police nature, the utilitarian approach to secularism and abortion, the Journal of Controversial Ideas, Effective Altruism, Derek Parfit, to what extent we should respect the wishes of the dead, why professional philosophy is so boring, how to enjoy our lives, and more. Draws from his book Animal Liberation Now: The Definitive Classic Renewed.
EconTalk | 29 May 2023 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Luca Dellanna about his book Ergodicity. Makes the arcane concept of ergodicity understandable, stressing the importance of avoiding ruin when facing risk, and demonstrating the importance of avoiding ruin in everyday life.
Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 2 April 2023 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Steven Pinker about his book The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, published in 2002. Discusses where we are today vis-a-vis the book’s three major themes: the blank slate or tabula rasa view of the mind as having no innate traits; the noble savage view of human nature where society corrupts individuals; and the ghost in the machine, particularly as repurposed today in service of gender ideology.
“Upstream” with Erik Torenberg | 24 March 2023 | 1h 36m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Marc Andreessen discussing his intellectual and political journey and his quest to find out how the world works. Includes mental models, master morality and slave morality, James Burnham’s worldview, and more.
This is the first of a new podcast series by Erik Torenberg about ideas that matter across tech, culture, and politics.
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.