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.

How Well Do You Understand Your World?

More or Less: Behind the Stats | 3 September 2018 | 0h 9m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Bobby Duffy, author of The Perils of Perception: Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything about why we are often wrong about a lot of basic facts.

Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet

Freakonomics Radio | 22 August 2018 | 0h 51m | Listen Later  | iTunes
While environmentalists say we’re doomed if we don’t drastically reduce consumption, technologists say that human ingenuity can solve just about any problem. Discusses the ideas in Charles C. Mann’s The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World. Nicely frames why each side can’t get the other.

Thinking About Thinking

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 21 August 2018 | 0h 56m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen, author of the Marginal Revolution blog, and the recent books Average is Over and The Complacent Class. Fascinating insights into the future of labour, media, race relations, decision making, parenting, reading and chess.

Dean Simonton on the Causes of Scientific and Artistic Genius

Rationally Speaking | 22 July 2018 | 1h 06m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Professor Dean Simonton, who has spent his life quantitatively studying geniuses, from Einstein to Mozart.

What You See is a Function of the Question You’re Answering

EconTalk | 23 July 2018 | 1h 04m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Teppo Felin about perception, cognition, and rationality. Argues against the omniscient thinking that interprets cognitive errors as biases and irrationality. Discusses the implications of different understandings of rationality for economics, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Tali Sharot – Optimism, Decision Making, and Mistakes

Capital Allocators | 4 June 2018 | 0h 47m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tali Sharot, an expert on human decision-making, optimism and emotion and author of The Influential Mind, The Science of Optimism, and The Optimism Bias. Sharot combines research in psychology, behavioural economics and neuroscience to reveal the forces that shape our decisions, beliefs and inaccurate expectations of the future.