Babies, Grandmas, and Our Most Human Capacities

Many Minds | 18 August 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Alison Gopnik discussing the optimisation of the explore-exploit trade-off in various contexts: childhood as a time of exploration ahead of exploitation as an adult; older hunters training young hunters, freeing up the more productive middle-aged hunters; the division of labour among bees; octopuses distributing explore/exploit across their tentacles and head; the role of climate change in evolution; and more.

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This Changed How I Think About Love (with Alison Gopnik)

The Ezra Klein Show | 13 June 2019 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alison Gopnik on parenting, friendships, marriage, and schooling. What makes us feel love for each other. How we can best care for each other. How our minds really work in the formative, earliest days, and what we lose as we get older. The role community is meant to play in our lives. Draws on ideas in The Gardener and the Carpenter.

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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.

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Alison Gopnik on Parenting and the Downsides of Modernity

Rationally Speaking | 30 April 2018 | 1h 03m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik explains why modern parenting is too goal-oriented. Discusses whether anything parents do matters, whether kids should go to school, and how kids learn discipline if you don’t force them to do things.

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