Understanding Moral Disagreements (Jonathan Haidt)

Rationally Speaking | 18 February 2021 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Haidt about his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Discusses his Moral Foundations Theory and whether liberals should expand their moral horizons by learning to think like conservatives.

The Easiest Person to Fool

Hidden Brain | 1 February 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Grant about his book Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know. Describes the magic that unfolds when we challenge our own deeply-held beliefs – we too easily imagine we know more than we do.

Michael Blastland on the Hidden Half

EconTalk | 28 December 2020 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Blastland about his book The Hidden Half: How the World Conceals its Secrets. Argues that the deeper you delve into science, medicine, astrophysics – pick a topic – the more you realize there is a lot we don’t understand and can’t explain. Suggests we would all do well to stop pretending that everything is knowable and every problem solvable.

Richard Meadows: The First Roaman, Optionality

RoamFM | 21 December 2020 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Meadows about beta testing Roam Research and his book Optionality: How to Survive and Thrive in a Volatile World. Discusses the early development of Roam Research and how he uses it for his writing process. Discusses Optionality, the philosophy he has developed to be both resilient to and profit from a volatile and uncertain world.

Optionality is my favourite book for 2020. That’s very high praise for a year where Matt Ridley published a book.

Optionality by Richard Meadows

Richard Meadows has released his book Optionality: How to Survive and Thrive in a Volatile World.

It’s a beautifully written book that synthesises the ideas of many thinkers to argue that the good life is a function of good options.

He covers why having high-quality options is the best proxy for the good life; decision making under uncertainty; using options with capped downside and open upside to build health, wealth, skills, and social capital; risk management; when to deliberately constrain your options; and making meaning in a meaningless universe.

Never have I read something so profound and erudite delivered so lightly. This is a must-read book that you will be talking about for a long time.

There is further background, including a free chapter to download, at Richard’s blog Deep Dish.

Russ Roberts on Whether it’s More Effective to Help Strangers, or People You Know

80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin | 3 November 2020 | 1h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Russ Roberts about charity, the reliability of data to inform decision-making, and utilitarianism. Discusses effective altruism in light of the limited data and uncertainties.

Musa al-Gharbi on the Value of Intellectual Diversity

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 19 October 2020 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Musa al-Gharbi about the value in intellectual diversity, both by keeping ourselves honest and in allowing ideas from unexpected quarters. Discusses why there are a lot more liberals than conservatives on university faculties, the extent to which that’s a problem, Heterodox Academy, and how we should better think about the value of diverse viewpoints.

How to Decide, Convey vs. Convince, & More

a16z | 8 October 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Annie Duke about her book How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices. Offers concrete advice on strategies, mindsets and tools to make better decisions under uncertainty.