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.

Robin Hanson Will Change How You Think

The Not Unreasonable Podcast | 3 January 2018 | 1h 02m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Robin Hanson, co-author of The Elephant in the Brain, about how we are not motivated in the way we say we are or think we should be.

Think Like a Computer to Make Better Decisions

TED Talks Daily| 14 September 2018 | 0h 11m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths, co-author of Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions. Discusses how we can apply the logic of computers to untangle tricky human problems, sharing three practical strategies for making better decisions – on everything from finding a home to choosing which restaurant to go to tonight.

Julia Galef – Soldiers and Scouts

Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking | 12 September 2018 | 1h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Long Now presentation by Julia Galef setting out why our minds weren’t built for truth and how we can change that. Our capacity for reason evolved to serve two very different purposes that are often at odds with each other. Reason helps us figure out what’s true; but it also helps us defend ideas that are false-but-strategically-useful. Explores these two different modes of thought and what determines which mode we default to.

The Trust Battery

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 18 September 2018 | 1h 45m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tobi Lütke, founder and CEO of Shopify. As well as the Shopify story there are fascinating perspectives on how video games prepared him to run a company, the advantages of being headquartered outside of Silicon Valley, lessons scaling from 2 to 4,000 employees, antifragility, decisionmaking and company culture.