“A Low Moment in Higher Education”

Freakonomics Radio | 25 January 2024 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Roth about his LA Times opinion piece College presidents are supposed to be moral leaders, not evasive bureaucrats. Discusses the role of university president, morality, antisemitism, free speech, and more.

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Michael Munger on How Adam Smith Solved the Trolley Problem

EconTalk | 18 September 2023 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Munger about his article Adam Smith Discovered (and Solved!) the Trolley Problem. Argues that Adam Smith anticipated and answered the classic trolley thought experiment about diverting a runaway trolley to save five people, at the expense of killing an innocent person. Along the way, discusses effective altruism, the moral claims of Peter Singer, what the trolley problem really tells us, if anything, and how our moral choices differ according to context.

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David Edmonds on Derek Parfit

Ben Yeoh Chats | 2 July 2023 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Edmonds about his book Parfit: A Philosopher and His Mission to Save Morality. Discusses “trolley problems” and the ethical implications of choosing between lives now and in the future; the usefulness of thought experiments; Derek Parfit’s life – his personality and obsessions, whether he might have been a good historian (vs philosopher), the pros and cons of All Souls College, and if an autistic cognitive profile mattered.

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Matthew Cobb – As Gods: A Moral History of the Genetic Age

The Michael Shermer Show | 27 December 2022 | 2h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matthew Cobb about his book As Gods: A Moral History of the Genetic Age. Discusses objections to genetic engineering (political, religious, cultural), selective breeding, recombinant DNA, the ethics of genetics, patenting life, gene therapy, gene editing, CRISPR, literature and films on the dangers of genetic engineering, bioweapons, 3 Laws of Behavior Genetics, and what people fear about it.

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Victor Kumar on A Better Ape

The Dissenter | 29 August 2022 | 1h 26m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Victor Kumar about his book A Better Ape: The Evolution of the Moral Mind and How it Made us Human. Discusses gene-culture coevolution; the three ingredients of the moral mind: core moral emotions, core moral norms, and a capacity for open-ended moral reasoning; moral intuition; moral reasoning; moral progress; institutional moralities; the role of religion, and moral philosophy; whether it is possible to a universal ethical code; political correctness, and a theoretical framework for addressing injustice and inequality.

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Rise and Kill First, An Interview With Ronen Bergman

Stratfor Podcast | 9 Mach 2018 | 0h 23m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Ronen Bergman, author of Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations. Includes stories from the history of the Mossad, Shin Bet and the Israel Defense Forces and evaluates the moral justification and effectiveness of Israel’s targeted killing programmes.

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Tyler Cowen on Stubborn Attachments

Conversations with Tyler | 16 October 2018 | 2h 30m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen about the ideas in Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals. Makes the moral case for prioritising economic growth by not discounting future humans relative to those currently alive.

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