More or Less: Behind the Stats | 2 March 2019 | 0h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes
Debunks the science behind recent media stories that more than 40 percent of insect species are decreasing and that they could disappear in 100 years.
The Sunday Stoic Podcast | 1 October 2017 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with William Irvine about his book A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. An accessible introduction to the practical application of Stoicism.
Context with Brad Harris | 7 March 2019 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with historian Niall Ferguson about his efforts to ensure that policymakers and the public better understand how to apply historical lessons to current issues. Discusses the changing politics of academia, the growing challenge of interpreting history productively, the problem of judging the past by the moral standards of the present, and more.
EconTalk | 2 October 2017 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Wright argues that our evolutionary past has endowed us with a mind that can be ill-suited to the stress of the present. He suggests that meditation and the non-religious aspects of Buddhism can reduce suffering and are consistent with recent psychological research.
Freakonomics Radio | 25 August 2016 | 0h 37m | Listen Later
We spend billions on end-of-life healthcare that doesn’t do much good. So what if a patient could forego the standard treatment and get a cash rebate instead? Thought provoking. Easy to see the pitfalls as NZ debates choice about end-of-life.
In Our Time | 10 May 2012 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses game theory, the mathematical study of decision-making, which entails devising ‘games’ to simulate situations of conflict or cooperation. It allows researchers to unravel decision-making strategies, and even to establish why certain types of behaviour emerge. Game theory is now a vital tool in fields such as evolutionary biology, economics, computing and philosophy.