Robert Greene – The Laws of Human Nature

The James Altucher Show | 23 October 2018 | 1h 30m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Robert Greene on the ideas in “The Laws of Human Nature,” which explains the hidden science behind human behaviour. Greene explains why we see so much irrational behaviour around us and in ourselves. Includes concrete advice on ways you can start to change your behaviour.

The Ties That Bind?

LA Review of Books | 26 July 2018 | 0h 35m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tim Wardle about his Sundance-winning documentary “Three Identical Strangers,” which tells the story of identical triplets, separated at birth and reunited by chance in their late teens. Discusses his approach to unveiling a story with many unexpected twists and jaw-dropping turns and how he integrated reflections on the many controversial elements of the story.

Man Up

Hidden Brain | 1 October 2018 | 0h 42m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Male workforce participation is falling, in part due to men’s reluctance to move into sectors traditionally viewed as women’s work. Explores definitions of masculinity; research that suggests that manhood is “hard to earn and easy to lose”; and the compensations deployed by men undertaking traditionally female work.

Why Now?

Hidden Brain | 6 February 2018 | 0h 52m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Uses social science to explain the changes in our minds and culture that allowed the #MeToo movement to gain traction now after previous allegations of sexual misconduct went nowhere.

What You See is a Function of the Question You’re Answering

EconTalk | 23 July 2018 | 1h 04m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Teppo Felin about perception, cognition, and rationality. Argues against the omniscient thinking that interprets cognitive errors as biases and irrationality. Discusses the implications of different understandings of rationality for economics, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

How to Disagree Better

The Ezra Klein Show | 16 July 2018 | 1h 38m | Listen Later  | iTunes
“Contempt is the conviction of the utter worthlessness of another person. Anger leads to reconciliation, contempt to permanent enmity.” Interview with Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, an America think tank. Discusses how to disagree better, why civility shouldn’t be the goal in conversation, why it’s healthy to have a lot of arguments, and why anger is a healthy emotion and contempt isn’t.

Robin Hanson on Signalling and Self-Deception

Conversations with Tyler | 28 February 2018 | 1h 05m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Wide-ranging discussion with Robin Hanson, co-author of “The Elephant in the Brain”, which makes the case that as much as 90% of human behaviour is motivated by sub-conscious signalling, not the selfless motives typically professed.

A Polite Word for Liar

Revisionist History| 31 May 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
An early morning raid, a house-full of Nazis, the world’s greatest harmonica player, and a dashingly handsome undercover spy. Part 1 of a two-part exploration of memory and our naïve ideas about what memory is worth. Malcolm Gladwell shows us how we all reimagine the truth – so we cannot treat our memory as gospel. So good you just might listen twice.