The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 28 September 2018 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
A lovely narrative about the world of termites, with perspectives on evolution, superorganisms, fungi, symbiotic relationships, and emergent systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.