Confessions of a Recovering Chess Addict

KERA’s Think | 21 August 2019 | 0h 47m | Listen Later
Interview with Sasha Chapin about his memoir All the Wrong Moves: A Memoir About Chess, Love, and Ruining Everything. Insightful throughout, with perspectives beyond chess on relationships, social skills, travel, psychology, decision making, talent versus 10,000 hours, and, of course, chess.

I’ve since read the book, which is beautifully well written. It reminded me of William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days, also a beautifully written memoir of growing up and relationships, but anchored on surfing rather than chess.

The Evolution Of Human Violence

KERA’s Think | 12 February 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with anthropologist Richard Wrangham about the ideas in The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution. Draws on evolutionary evidence to suggest that as we domesticated ourselves, we reduced our tendency to reactive violence, whilst simultaneously retaining our capacity for organised violence.