Rationality: Steven Pinker’s Love Song to Critical Thinking

The Next Big Idea | 30 September 2021 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Steven Pinker about his book Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters. Argues how and why we should all learn a bit of logic, get better at sniffing out fallacies, embrace institutions that safeguard empirical truths, and acknowledge that halting, imperfect progress is better than no progress at all.

Leidy Klotz on Why the Best Solutions Involve Less – Not More

People I (Mostly) Admire | 18 September 2021 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Leidy Klotz about his book Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less. Explains our bias to improve things with additions, overlooking solutions that take something away. Discusses experiments that demonstrate this bias and examples where the best solutions are subtractions.

Julia Galef – The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t

The Michael Shermer Show | 21 August 2021 | 1h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Julia Galef about her book The Scout Mindset. Discusses how to think more rationally; her scout mindset metaphor; how the empirical claims of things like climate science and vaccines compare with religious, political, or ideological beliefs; implicit racism; and the value of being able to describe your opponent’s view to their satisfaction.

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.