Judith Rich Harris: Why Home Doesn’t Matter

ABC: Life Matters | 8 May 2007 | 0h 16m
Judith Rich Harris, author of The Nurture Assumption and No Two Alike has died at 80 (NY Times obituary). Harris made the case that parents play less of a role in shaping their children than commonly assumed. Rather, the most crucial aspects of a child’s environment are outside the home. Parents should lighten up and stop treating their children like projects. Day-to-day happiness is more important than moulding and shaping by parents given that genes and the external environment are more significant influences.

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Carl Zimmer on Heredity, DNA, and Editing Genes

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 6 August 2018 | 1h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with science writer Carl Zimmer, author of a comprehensive book about heredity: She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. Discusses how our understanding of heredity has changed over the years, how there is much more to inheritance than simply listing all the information we pass down in our DNA, and what the future might hold in a world where genetic manipulation becomes widespread.

Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”

The Great Books | 1 May 2018 | 0h 29m | Listen Later 
Interview with Kelly Scott Franklin about Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, which challenges us to evaluate our lives and what is most important.

Talent, Tech Trends, and Culture

a16z | 29 December 2018 | 0h 38m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with venture capitalists Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. Covers their relationship; the evolution of VC and “talent as a network”; and where are we right now on industries being affected by tech (such as retail) and tech trends (such as virtual reality, augmented reality and wearables).

Catharine MacKinnon on Gender Crime

Philosophy Bites | 26 March 2011 | 0h 17m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon about the concept of gender crime – a crime that happens as part of a social system of male domination and female subordination.

Mariana Mazzucato on the Value of Everything

EconTalk | 24 December 2018 | 1h 07m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Mariana Mazzucato about her book The Value of Everything, which argues that economists have mismeasured value and have failed to appreciate the role of government as innovator. She argues for a more active role for government in the innovation process and for government to share in revenue proportional to its role in the creation of new technology.

Alison Gopnik on David Hume and Buddhism

The Wright Show | 7 September 2017 2018 | 1h 00m | Listen Later 
Intrigued by the parallels between Buddhism and David Hume’s philosophy, Gopnik researched a potential novel about Hume encountering Buddhism – only to discover evidence that it might actually have happened.

Bryan Caplan on the Case Against Education

EconTalk | 12 February 2018 | 1h 11m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Caplan on The Case Against Education. Argues that very little learning takes place at university and that very little of the return comes from skills or knowledge acquired in the classroom. Caplan marshals the evidence to support his claims, finding that just 11% of the economic gains from education are due to the training received; 45% from the greater ability of the students who go to university; and 44% is pure signalling – from being credentialed.