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.

A Faustian Pact

Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years | 15 April 2018 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Deliciously narrated story of Johannes Gutenberg’s medieval tech start-up and his invention of the printing press that unleashed a societal revolution.

Jonathan Haidt – The Coddling of the American Mind

Making Sense with Sam Harris | 9 September 2018 | 1h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Haidt about the ideas in The Coddling of the American Mind. Covers hostility to free speech, recent moral panics on campus, the role of intentions in ethical life, the economics of prestige in “call out” culture, bigotry, systemic racism and the paradox of progress.

Coffee: Sobering Up for The Enlightenment

How It Began | 18 December 2017 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Coffee’s arrival into Europe in the 1600s helped awaken Western Civilization from centuries of booze-induced slumber, catalyzing an entirely new age of progress that featured revolutionary change on practically every front.

David Pilling, The Growth Delusion: Wealth, Poverty, and the Well-Being of Nations

New Books in Economics | 4 April 2018 | 0h 46m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with David Pilling about his book The Growth Delusion: Wealth, Poverty, and the Well-Being of Nations. Sets out how we typically evaluate national economies and offers some alternatives, even though each of those presents their own challenges.

The Edge of Humanity

Making Sense with Sam Harris | 19 September 2018 | 2h 06m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Yuval Noah Harari about his book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Discusses the importance of meditation, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilisation, threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism and the implications of AI and automation.