Ridley on Trade, Growth, and the Rational Optimist

EconTalk | 18 October 2010 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves. Discusses why he is optimistic about the future and how trade and specialization explain the evolution of human development over the millennia. Argues that life is getting better for most people and that the underlying cause is trade and specialization. Discusses the differences between Smith’s and Ricardo’s insights into trade and growth and why, despite what seems to be strong evidence, people are frequently pessimistic about the future. Also addresses environmental issues.

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Purely By Coincidence

The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg | 16 November 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Alina Chan. Discusses the evidence that covid-19 could have emerged from a lab, the implications for virological research, how to prepare for future pandemics, science more generally, and climate change.

COVID, Innovation, and Optimism with Matt Ridley

The James Altucher Show | 23 November 2021 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Alina Chan. Discusses the purpose, and journey of writing the book against the context of his earlier books, especially The Rational Optimist. Considers whether we should be optimistic about the pandemic, whether anything good will come out of it, and why it is so hard to look for the origin of the virus.

Alina Chan: Covid-19: What is the Real Truth? The Origin?

The James Altucher Show | 16 November 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Alina Chan about her book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Matt Ridley. Discusses their investigation into the source of covid-19; why Covid-19 is much deadlier than other flu-like diseases; and the role of viruses in the world and whether there could be another virus that can eliminate the covid-19 virus.

Matt Ridley: Evolutionist, Thatcherite, and Writer

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 18 March 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his 1999 book Genome and how its insights on genomics have held up since. Touches on his other books and discusses the relevance of evolution to everything, why Francis Crick is going to get “cancelled” at some point, if he’s still a happy Thatcherite, Britain’s response to Covid-19; and the origin of Covid-19 (his next book project).

Matt Ridley: Infinite Innovation

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 23 March 2021 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley discussing writing books about science, the age-old battle between viruses and humans, rational optimism, the difference between innovation and invention, the role of trial and error and the effects of social media on seeing others’ points of view.

Matt Ridley: Rational Optimism

The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast | 31 January 2021 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about ideas from his books The Origins of Virtue, The Rational Optimist, and How Innovation Works. Discusses economic optimism, trade through the reciprocity of nations, enlightened self-interest, how virtue relates to trade, feeding nine billion people, the triumphs of cities, escape of Malthusian population trap, and more.

Bjorn Lomborg and Matt Ridley on Climate Change

Best of the Spectator | 25 August 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Best of the Spectator | 1 September 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Best of the Spectator | 8 September 2020 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Three-part miniseries with Bjorn Lomborg and Matt Ridley on climate change. Discusses (1) how to conduct a calmer conversation about climate change; (2) whether human innovation can stop climate change, or merely manage and delay the challenges it poses; and (3) sets out the trade-offs involved with a green agenda, especially for the poor. Argues that while climate change is important, solving it shouldn’t come above all else.