Michael Muthukrishna: Human Culture, The Cultural Brain, And Political Corruption

The Dissenter | 9 May 2019 | 1 h 13m | Listen Later
Interview with Michael Muthukrishna about the psychological and evolutionary processes that underlie culture and how culture is transmitted, maintained and modified. Discusses the interplay between biology and culture in explaining large-scale human cooperation; the biological bases of human culture; the Cultural Brain Hypothesis; the relationship between individual-level psychology and group-level traits; genetic and cultural evolution; group selection; prosocial institutions; political corruption and how societies might promote it and also common strategies to fight it that might backfire.

Yuen Yuen Ang – China’s Gilded Age

New Books in Economics | 18 December 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Yuen Yuen Ang about her book China’s Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption. Defines four types of corruption: petty theft, grand theft, speed money, and access money, Explains that not all types of corruption carry the same harm and have the same impact on growth. Overviews research on corruption and argues that countries that appear free of corruption are just characterized by more sophisticated forms of corruption.

Tom Burgis on Kleptopia

AML Talk Show | 11 November 2020 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tom Burgis about his book Kleptopia: How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World. Discusses the dirty money flooding the global economy, emboldening dictators, and poisoning democracies. Includes hard-hitting criticism of the rather-too-flexible morality of western politicians and bankers.