Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”

The Great Books | 1 May 2018 | 0h 29m | Listen Later 
Interview with Kelly Scott Franklin about Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, which challenges us to evaluate our lives and what is most important.

Alison Gopnik on David Hume and Buddhism

The Wright Show | 7 September 2017 2018 | 1h 00m | Listen Later 
Intrigued by the parallels between Buddhism and David Hume’s philosophy, Gopnik researched a potential novel about Hume encountering Buddhism – only to discover evidence that it might actually have happened.

People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard

Freakonomics Radio | 20 December 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Good humoured interview with Richard Thaler about winning a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions. Backgrounds behavioural economics. Describes his unlikely route to success; his reputation for being lazy; and his efforts to fix the world — one nudge at a time.

Resilience After Unimaginable Loss

On Being with Krista Tippett | 24 April 2017 | 0h 51m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, authors of Option B: Facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy. Sets out the path to growth from tragedy. It’s about the 3Ps: avoiding personalization (“this was my fault”), pervasiveness (“this affects everything”), and permanence (“nothing will ever be the same again”).

Earning Your Stripes: Patrick Collison

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 2 May 2018 | 1h 49m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO of Stripe, the leading online payment processing company. Brilliant throughout, with insights on success, failure, management, decision making, learning and much more. A masterclass in how to think.

Matt Ridley and The Evolution of Everything

The Seen and the Unseen | 26 November 2018 | 1h 16m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley. Seamlessly links together the key ideas in The Evolution of Everything, which makes the case for the bottom-up emergence of order where we typically perceive a top-down process.
This distils the thinking of the author who has most changed my understanding of how the world works. Be prepared to listen at a slower speed. It’s worth it.

Carol Tavris on Mistakes, Justification, and Cognitive Dissonance

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 4 July 2018 | 1h 11m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Social psychologist Carol Tavris on the ideas in Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me), which explores the effect that cognitive dissonance has on how we think. Discusses the process by which people justify the mistakes that they make, and how that leads to everything from false memories to political polarization.

Annie Duke – Thinking More in Bets

Capital Allocators | 19 November 2018 | 0h 46m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Follow up interview with Annie Duke covering the challenge of separating signal from noise in making decisions, the formation and confirmation of beliefs, forming decision groups, communicating with teams, mistakes Annie’s advisory clients have made after reading her book and stories of how Annie approached being a woman in the male-dominated poker world.