Losses Loom Large

Choiceology with Katy Milkman | 29 October 2018 | 0h 34m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Uses emotionally powerful stories and academic experts to explain loss aversion – the irrational way we distinguish between losses and gain – and the link between loss aversion and unethical choices.

Yuval Noah Harari – Are You Imagining The Future Correctly?

The James Altucher Show | 18 September 2018 | 1h 04m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Yuval Noah Hariri about his book, 21 Lessons for The 21st Century. Covers the myth of free will, perception, mental health, the rise of robots, algorithms, hackers, automation and how to prepare for these changes.

Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems for Decision Making, Habits, Radical Honesty

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 27 February 2018 | 2h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Naval Ravikant, prominent early stage investor and CEO and co-founder of AngelList. Lots of wisdom throughout, but especially insightful on how to be a better reader.

Matt Ridley on the Evolution of Everything

EconTalk | 22 February 2016 | 1h 09m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book, The Evolution of Everything. Ridley applies the lens of emergent order to a wide variety of phenomena including culture, morality, religion, commerce, innovation, and consciousness.

Steven Pinker: A New Enlightenment

Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking | 14 March 2018 | 1h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The Enlightenment worked, says Steven Pinker, by promoting reason, science, humanism, progress, and peace. The programs set in motion by the 18th-Century intellectual movement became so successful we’ve lost track of what that success came from. Some even discount the success itself, preferring to ignore or deny how much better off humanity keeps becoming, decade after decade, in terms of health, food, money, safety, education, justice, and opportunity.

Tyler Cowen on Stubborn Attachments

Conversations with Tyler | 16 October 2018 | 2h 30m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen about the ideas in Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals. Makes the moral case for prioritising economic growth by not discounting future humans relative to those currently alive.

What Causes What?

Planet Money | 17 October 2018 | 0h 19m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Charles Wheelan, author of Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data. Uses stories about school performance and hormone replacement therapy to show how clever natural experiments can distinguish cause from correlation.