Scholarstage on Chinese Politics & Philosophy

ChinaTalk | 18 August 2020 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tanner Greer of the blog Scholarstage discussing Xi’s ideology, incentives in western China-watching, Mormons in China, why it’s worth studying classical Chinese history, and AI-assisted writing.

Michael Mauboussin – Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing

What Got You There with Sean DeLaney | 19 July 2020 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Mauboussin discussing leadership in sport, his thinking and writing processes, books, behavioural biases, and the Santa Fe Institute. Draws in particular on ideas from his book The Success Equation, which is all about distinguishing skill from luck.

Sam Harris on the Value of Conversation

The Book Club | 12 August 2020 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sam Harris about his book Making Sense: Conversations on Consciousness, Morality, and the Future of Humanity. Discusses why civilised conversation is what the world needs now more than ever, why ‘cancel culture’ is real and J.K. Rowling’s trans-rights-activist opponents are ‘insane’, how ‘bad philosophy’ has ruined the social sciences, the circumstances under which totalitarianism might be okay – and why, as a liberal, he thinks the left is in danger of destroying America.

Hamlet Was Wrong

Revisionist History | 6 August 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell makes the case for a nihilistic approach to recruitment given that the processes we use are so poor at predicting future employment success.

Carl Bergstrom on Information, Disinformation, and Bullshit

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 3 August 2020 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Carl Bergstrom about his book Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World. Discusses how to see through the ever-increasing bullshit presented in the language of maths, science and statistics.

Stanislas Dehaene explores “How We Learn”

Brain Science with Ginger Campbell | 14 February 2020 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Stanislas Dehaene about his book How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine . . . for Now. Describes how neuroscience has revealed that human babies are incredible “learning machines” whose abilities exceed those of the best current artificial intelligence. Explores why this is so and how this information could be used to help learners (and teachers) of all ages.

Maria Konnikova: Less Certainty, More Inquiry

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 4 August 2020 | 1h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Maria Konnikova discussing how best to learn, her mentors, making decisions in environments of uncertainty, the importance of reflection, cooling down your emotions, and Sherlock Holmes. Draws on her books The Biggest Bluff and Mastermind.

Upstream: Solving Problems Before They Happen

The Next Big Idea | 14 July 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Heath about his book Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen. Explores what it takes to root out problems at their source, both in our own lives and in the larger world.