Simon Baron-Cohen on Pattern Seekers

Noncompliant | 10 December 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Simon Baron-Cohen about his book The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention. Describes the evidence that the genes that cause autism are critical to human inventiveness; a benefit that sometimes comes at the cost of cognitive empathy, but not affective empathy. Stresses the importance of recognizing and valuing neurodiversity.

Elizabeth Laugeson – From Socially Awkward to Socially Outward

Full PreFrontal | 29 October 2020 | 0h 51m | Listen Later
Interview with Elizabeth Laugeson about ideas from her book The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults. Discusses the evidence-based methods she has developed in her UCLA PEERS clinic to help people to learn social skills who have autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, bipolar, or other conditions. Via Alexey Guzey.

Geoffrey Miller – Virtue Signaling: Essays on Darwinian Politics & Free Speech

The Michael Shermer Show | 2 December 2019 | 2h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Geoffrey Miller about his book Virtue Signaling: Essays on Darwinian Politics & Free Speech. Discusses virtue signaling and why we all do it; how the phrase “virtue signaling” became a derogatory political meme; how virtue signaling really works and why it is not a bad thing; why evolutionary psychology is not based on “just so” story telling; how multiple traits can be selected at once; individual selection versus group selection; the role of virtue signaling in the evolution of the moral sentiments; how virtue signaling helps produce real morality (and not just fake altruism); gender differences in career preferences; neurodiversity and speech codes; cultural diversity; and why social groups tend to splinter and defenestrate members who are not sufficiently virtuous.