Annie Duke on Poker, Probabilities, and How We Make Decisions

Conversations with Tyler | 1 July 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Annie Duke about ideas from her forthcoming book How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices. Discusses how poker is a perfect laboratory to study human decision-making. Covers how payoffs aren’t always monetary, the benefits and costs of probabilistic thinking, the “magical thinking” behind why people buy fire insurance but usually don’t get prenups, linguistics, how public policy would change if only the top 500 poker players voted, whether Trump has a tell, the power of open-mindedness, and more.

Maria Konnikova on Poker, Psychology, and Reason

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 22 June 2020 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Maria Konnikova about her book The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win. Backgrounds her path from a PhD in psychology, to writing, to learning about poker for the book, to becoming a successful tournament poker player. Discusses what poker can teach us about rational thinking and human psychology.

Eric Jorgenson: The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

Infinite Loops | 4 June 2020 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eric Jorgenson about his upcoming book The Almanack of Naval Ravikant. Discusses Naval Ravikant’s background, key lessons from Naval’s writing and career, what made Eric want to write the book, wealth, happiness, leverage, and more.

Robert Zubrin on Merchants of Despair

Power Hour with Alex Epstein | 4 December 2019 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Zubrin about his book Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism. Zubrin describes the history of what he calls “antihumanism” – the belief that “human beings are pathogens whose activities need to be suppressed in order to protect a fixed ecological order with interests that stand above those of humanity.” Traces how Malthusianism led to sterilization campaigns, racism, and the environmental movement’s opposition to life-saving energy, pesticides, and genetically-modified organisms.

The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski

Free Thoughts | 27 September 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Timothy Sandefur about his book The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski: The Life and Ideas of a Popular Science Icon. Discusses the life of the famous scientist, philosopher, and poet: making his series The Ascent of Man, his political philosophy, his views on the role of politics in science, his work assessing the aftermath of the atomic bomb in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and his friendship with Leo Szilard, the inventor of the atomic bomb.

Adam Smith and The Good Life with Ryan Hanley

The Good Life – The Investor’s Podcast Network | 13 January 2020 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ryan Patrick Hanley about his book Our Great Purpose: Adam Smith on Living a Better Life. Parses Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments to distil Smith’s advice for achieving the Good Life. Discusses why people should seek wisdom and virtue, not wealth and fame; the importance of love in a happy life; why it’s more important to give love than to receive it; and what steps we can take to get more out of life.

Philip E. Tetlock on Forecasting and Foraging as a Fox

Conversations with Tyler | 22 April 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Philip Tetlock discussing his book Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction. Backgrounds that the best forecasters are fox-like integrative thinkers capable of navigating values that are conflicting or in tension. Covers whether the world is becoming harder to predict, whether Goldman Sachs traders can beat forecasters, the importance of interdisciplinary teams, how research on counterfactuals can be applied to modern debates, how to become more fox-like, and more.

Ethan Nichtern, ‘The Dharma of The Princess Bride’

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris | 16 August 2017 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ethan Nichtern about his book The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships. Backgrounds his life as a Buddhist teacher before analysing The Princess Bride as “a deconstructed fairytale that’s… really about trying to navigate relationships from this space of compassionately not knowing.” Highlights the need for compassion when figuring out relationships.