The Psychology Podcast | 30 September 2021 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Kathryn Paige Harden about her book The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality. Explains what genetic information can and can’t illuminate and argues for the importance of taking account of genetics to improve social policy.
See also Kathryn Paige Harden on Genetics, Luck, and Fairness.
Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 13 September 2021 | 1h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Herbert Gintis arguing that game theory, together with an expanded model of rational behaviour (that includes social as well as personally selfish interests) provides an understanding of human behaviour that integrates ideas from biology, economics, psychology, and sociology.
The Book Club | 22 September 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen about his book Freud’s Patients: A Book of Lives. Discusses the lives of the patients anonymised in the case studies on which Sigmund Freud based his theories. Describes how Freud falsified the data to fit his theories, kept incurable cases coming back week after week to keep the fees rolling in – and how the global industry of Freudian analysis resembles a religious cult more than a science.
The Ezra Klein Show | 20 July 2021 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Annie Murphy Paul about her book The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain. Argues that rather than being like a computer, the human mind is contextual, working differently in different environments, with different tools, amid different bodily states, and among other minds. Discusses how the body can pick up on patterns before the conscious mind knows what it’s seen, why forcing kids (and adults) to “sit still” makes it harder for them to think clearly, the connection between physical movement and creativity, why efficiency is often the enemy of productivity, the restorative power of exposure to the natural world, the dystopian implications of massive cognitive inequality, why open-plan offices were a terrible idea. and more.
The Psychology Podcast | 18 February 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Simon Baron-Cohen about his book The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention. Covers the role of affective versus cognitive empathy, navigating autism amidst cancel culture, how autism drives human invention, the biological basis of creativity and autism, how we can nurture the inventors of the future, and more.
This is a fantastic book that deserves to be much better known.
The Dishcast with Andrew Sullivan | 18 June 2021 | 1h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Carole Hooven about her book T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us. Discusses her research with chimpanzees in Africa; the evolutionary origins of human behaviour; the role of testosterone in differentiating male development and masculinising behaviour; how prenatal testosterone differences in utero shape life trajectories; how it drives sex differences and how that affects relations between men and women and societal outcomes.
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.
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.