Robert Sapolsky on Free Will and Determinism

The Michael Shermer Show | 17 October 2023 | 1h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robert Sapolsky about his book Determined: A Science of Life Without Free Will. Discusses free will, determinism, compatibilism, and libertarian free will; how what people believe about free will and determinism influences their behaviors; punishment and retribution versus restorative justice; whether the self is an illusion; and more.

Sapolosky articulates exactly what I think about free will. The Dissenter interview is also worth a listen.

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M. Chris Fabricant on Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 22 May 2022 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with M. Chris Fabricant about his book Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System. Discusses the birth of junk science as a jury-swaying courtroom tool; ‘peer reviewed’ as a misunderstood term regarding science; the challenge of swaying those whose careers have been built on a belief in junk science; the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) uncovering major flaws with the most popular forensic sciences; debunking the uniqueness and certainty of fingerprints; and more.

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David Friedman – Legal Systems Very Different from Ours

Ideas Having Sex | 25 April 2022 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Friedman about his book Legal Systems Very Different from Ours. Describes the legal systems of societies throughout history and around the globe, including saga-era Iceland and examples where law enforcement is private and decentralised.

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The Persecution of Julian Assange featuring Nils Melzer

Primary Sources | 26 January 2022 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Nils Melzer (UN Special Rapporteur on Torture) about his book The Trial of Julian Assange: A Story of Persecution. Explains that our intuitions about Assange have been deliberately misled and that judicial machinery was used to persecute and silence the Wikileaks dissident, who has not committed a crime.

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Ravi Shankar Interview

Thecuriousmanspodcast | 5 January 2022 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Ravi Shankar about his book Correctional: A Memoir. Details his harrowing experiences with the law – incarcerated once innocently, and then again justly as his promotion to full professor was finalized. Describes his time in Hartford Correctional Center and those he shared time with. A story about the criminal justice system, mental health and self-journey.

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Gregg Caruso on Free Will and Punishment

Probable Causation | 29 June 2021 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gregg Caruso about his book Rejecting Retributivism: Free Will, Punishment, and Criminal Justice. Explores the implications for the judicial system of free will being an illusion and sets out arguments against retributive justice. Proposes a public health quarantine model for criminal justice and a public health approach to preventing violence, replacing the reactive approach to crime with a preventative approach based on the social determinants of crime.

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Revisiting Just Mercy (with Bryan Stevenson)

Stay Tuned with Preet | 26 December 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Stevenson about his memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, also released as a movie. Discusses his work as a civil rights attorney representing death row prisoners, and challenging racial injustice and mass incarceration.

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Justice and Retribution

Hi-Phi Nation | 27 June 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Considers the arguments for and against eliminating punishment from the justice system. Ranges across the denial that we have free will, the view that perpetuating injustice disqualifies the state from punishing, and arguments for the necessity of retributive punishment. Considers whether any of us have the right to punish anyone else, and questions the very purpose of the criminal justice system.

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