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.

Why Are Boys Academically Underperforming?

The Inquiry | 31 December 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores the potential causes (both innate and socially conditioned) behind the worldwide phenomenon of boys trailing girls in their academic performance.

How Men and Women Socialize Differently

The Art of Manliness | 26 August 2016 | 0h 39m | Listen Later
Interview with Joyce Benenson about her book Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes. Debunks popular notions that social conditioning makes women more social, and men more competitive. Discusses the biological origins of male and female socialization; why men prefer all-male groups; why women can be just as, if not more competitive, as men; how men compete to cooperate; and why men can make up much faster with an enemy than women can.

I recommend reading Arnold Kling’s blogpost on the feminisation of culture, which he wrote in response to this episode. Academic corruption 2: Emasculated culture.

James Flynn – Subculture and Intelligence

Meta Quest | 22 April 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Jim Flynn has died at 86 (Stuff obituary). This 2020 interview discusses his life and work, covering subculture and its link to intelligence; the Flynn Effect; scientific censorship; intelligence selection pressure; his recent book, A Book Too Risky to Publish; Charles Murray; Arthur Jensen; Thomas Sowell; and more.

A Conspiracy of Silence

Hidden Brain | 30 November 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Timur Kuran about ideas from his book Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification. Backgrounds preference falsification – where we pretend to believe the opposite of what we truly think. Offers a frame for understanding the behaviours of tyrants, and modern-day politics.