A Founding Contradiction

Hidden Brain | 27 June 2022 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Annette Gordon-Reed about her book “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, co-authored with Peter Onuf. Uses the contradiction between Thomas Jefferson’s professed beliefs and his ownership of slaves to explore the psychology of how our minds justify our choices.

Healing Your Heart

Hidden Brain | 4 April 2022 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with resilience researcher Lucy Hone questioning the five stages of grief. Shares techniques to help cope with tragedy. Draws from her books What Abi Taught Us: A Mother’s Struggle to Come to Terms With Her Daughter’s Death and Resilient Grieving: Finding Strength and Embracing Life After a Loss that Changes Everything.

Putting Our Assumptions to the Test

Hidden Brain | 7 March 2022 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Abhijit Banerjee about his early life experiences and how they spurred him to take an experimental approach to development economics. Argues that we often have faulty mental models of the world, which we need to test. Economics should be proven with experiments rather than theory.

The Easiest Person to Fool

Hidden Brain | 1 February 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Grant about his book Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know. Describes the magic that unfolds when we challenge our own deeply-held beliefs – we too easily imagine we know more than we do.

A Conspiracy of Silence

Hidden Brain | 30 November 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Timur Kuran about ideas from his book Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification. Backgrounds preference falsification – where we pretend to believe the opposite of what we truly think. Offers a frame for understanding the behaviours of tyrants, and modern-day politics.

Bullshit Jobs

Hidden Brain | 3 September 2018 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Graeber about the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs, and how these positions affect the people who hold them. Discusses the ideas in Bullshit Jobs: A Theory.

Buy, Borrow, Steal

Hidden Brain | 22 June 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sufi Amir about ideas from his book House of Debt. Examines the role of debt as a hidden driver of recessions, and how we might create a more stable system. Argues against stimulus packages and low-interest rates intended to encourage borrowing to spend.