Paul Bloom on Empathy

EconTalk | 27 February 2017 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Paul Bloom about his book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion. Bloom argues that empathy – the ability to feel the emotions of others – is a bad guide to charitable giving and public policy. Bloom argues that reason combined with compassion is a better and more effective guide to making the world a better place.

Living the Good Life with William Irvine

The Sunday Stoic Podcast | 1 October 2017 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with William Irvine about his book A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. An accessible introduction to the practical application of Stoicism.

Robert Wright on Meditation, Mindfulness, and Why Buddhism is True

EconTalk | 2 October 2017 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Wright argues that our evolutionary past has endowed us with a mind that can be ill-suited to the stress of the present. He suggests that meditation and the non-religious aspects of Buddhism can reduce suffering and are consistent with recent psychological research.

Game Theory

In Our Time | 10 May 2012 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses game theory, the mathematical study of decision-making, which entails devising ‘games’ to simulate situations of conflict or cooperation. It allows researchers to unravel decision-making strategies, and even to establish why certain types of behaviour emerge. Game theory is now a vital tool in fields such as evolutionary biology, economics, computing and philosophy.

The School of Hard Facts

Analysis | 28 October 2012 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with E.D. Hirsch who advocates a school curriculum strongly grounded in facts and knowledge. He believes that there are specific ideas, works of literature and scientific concepts which everyone should know so that they can be active participants in society. Discusses with the former English schools minister, Nick Gibb, the reasons for embracing Hirsch’s ideas and how they could counteract what he describes as a prevailing left-wing ideology among teachers.

The Lady Vanishes

Revisionist History | 16 June 2016 | 0h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell uses a number of stories, notably the treatment of Australia’s first woman prime minister, to explain moral licensing – our habit of using a good deed to self-justify a bad one.

Steven Johnson on Decision-Making

Curious Minds | 6 October 2018 | 0h 47m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Steven Johnson, author of Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions that Matter the Most. Sets out concrete methods and processes to improve decision-making.

Larissa MacFarquhar on Getting Inside Someone’s Head

Conversations with Tyler | 16 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Larissa MacFarquhar about the thinking and thinkers behind her profiles, essays, and books, including notions of moral luck, who stays in small towns and why, effective altruism, why she avoids describing physical appearances in her writing, the circumstances that push humans to live more extraordinary lives, and more.