Innovating in Bets

a16z | 8 May 2019 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Annie Duke, author of Thinking in Bets in conversation with Marc Andreessen and Sonal Chokshi. Concrete examples and advice about improved decision making, particularly in a venture capital context.

Popping the Filter Bubble

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 14 May 2019 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with Gabriel Weinberg, DuckDuckGo CEO and co-author of Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models. Covers data privacy; protecting yourself online; mental models, especially grey thinking; and parenting.

Thoreau: The Writer Who Went to the Woods

The Forum | 9 May 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores the life and legacy of the American thinker Henry David Thoreau and his famous work Walden, which describes the Thoreau’s experiment in living simply at Walden Pond in Massachusetts in the 1840s. Walden offers insights into work and leisure, nature, solitude, society, the good life and more. Discusses Walden and his essay Civil Disobedience, and reflects on the legacy of Thoreau’s work.

Malcolm Gladwell’s 12 Rules for Life

Revisionist History | 29 June 2018 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell contrasts what is rational in sport with what we typically do, showing the role of disagreeableness in allowing us to engage with the world as it really is.

The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom

Context with Brad Harris | 2 May 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the ideas in Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students. Published in 1987, the book sold millions of copies and instigated a battle over the soul of the American University that’s been raging ever since. Bloom decried what he saw as a morally and intellectually crippling relativism and argued that the goal of education is not to become open to all ideas, but to cultivate the search for the best ideas.

Lazy: A Manifesto

The Tim Ferriss Show | 2 April 2015 | 0h 16m | Listen Later
An essay from Tim Kreider’s We Learn Nothing: Essays. Makes the case for emptying the clutter from our lives to give room for what’s important to emerge.

Maria Konnikova on Learning to Play Poker

The James Altucher Show | 10 May 2018 | 1h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Maria Konnikova immersed herself in poker to write a book about luck. Now, having made $200k in her first year playing, she’s on her way to play in the world series. An excellent discussion of both decisionmaking and the process of getting good at something.

Matthew Syed on Maximising Mental Performance

Beyond Victory with Nico Rosberg | 6 November 2018 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Former F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg discusses concrete skills and practices to aggregate marginal gains and maximise performance with Matthew Syed, author of You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything.