Useful Delusions

Hidden Brain | 5 April 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Shankar Vedantam about his book Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain. Discusses and how self-deceptions can bind together marriages, communities, and even entire nations.

Scott Barry Kaufman: What Type of Smart Are You?

Yang Speaks | 8 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Scott Barry Kaufman, the author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization. Discusses his journey from a special education program, how schools reward behavioural conformity and specific intelligence traits, his “Dual-Process of Human Intelligence”, creativity research, and redefining Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life with Luke Burgis

Venture Stories | 7 March 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Luke Burgis about his book Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life. Discusses how he’s making the audience for Rene Girard’s work bigger; why innovation became high status while imitation was high status earlier in history; what is most often misunderstood about mimetic desire; the difference between internal and external mediators; what all this has to do with entrepreneurship; how leaders can manage mimesis in their company; the difference between mimetic and objective value; the founder’s mythology and mimetic theory; and why Nietzsche was right about resentment.

Adam Grant and Tim Harford – The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

How To Academy | 8 March 2021 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Adam Grant and Tim Harford discuss Grant’s book Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know. Explores how to question and update beliefs and get comfortable with being wrong.

Understanding Moral Disagreements (Jonathan Haidt)

Rationally Speaking | 18 February 2021 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Haidt about his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Discusses his Moral Foundations Theory and whether liberals should expand their moral horizons by learning to think like conservatives.

The Easiest Person to Fool

Hidden Brain | 1 February 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Grant about his book Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know. Describes the magic that unfolds when we challenge our own deeply-held beliefs – we too easily imagine we know more than we do.

Donald Robertson – Stoicism: How To Think Like A Roman Emperor

Modern Wisdom | 25 January 2021 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Donald Robertson about his book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor. Discusses how stoicism and cognitive behavioural therapy are intrinsically linked, why an existential crisis can be useful, how Marcus Aurelius dealt with his anger, why Robertson thinks we lost the wisdom of ancient Greece, and more.

Vanessa Woods on Bonobo Handshake

Office Hours at Duke University | 19 May 2010 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Vanessa Woods about her book Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo. Tells stories from her work researching bonobos at the Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, a refuge for orphaned baby bonobos in the Congo. Describes problem-solving experiments designed to understand how bonobos differ to humans and chimpanzees.