Sean B Carroll: The Serengeti Rules

Ideas Books | 5 May 2016 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with biologist Sean B Carroll about his book, The Serengeti Rules. Covers how wolves can change the physical shape of rivers and why, on the plains of the Serengeti, 150 kg is the number that determines whether you’re likely to be eaten or not. Explains how nature produces the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna and the processes for regulation that apply at all scales in biology.

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Kinder-Gardening

Hidden Brain | 12 December 2017 | 0h 29m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with psychologist Alison Gopnik, author of The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children. Many parents think they can shape their child into a particular kind of adult, like a carpentry project. But Gopnik explains why it’s more realistic to see parenting as akin to gardening, where you create the best conditions, without any promises on the outcomes. Includes astonishing insight that both children and AI robots learn more about an item’s functionality if they play with it rather than being taught.

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Downward Social Mobility

Analysis | 16 February 2015 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Explores the implications of downward social mobility. Politicians worry that insufficient people from less-privileged backgrounds get the opportunity to move up in life. But are we prepared to accept that others must necessarily lose out — and move in the opposite direction?

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