Hidden Brain | 15 April 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
The desire to know who we are and where we belong has led to a thriving industry built on the marketing and sale of personality tests. These tests offer individuals – and, increasingly, employers – quick and easy insights that can be used to make some of life’s biggest decisions. But most fail to stand up to scientific scrutiny. An exploration of the world of personality testing, and the many ways we assess personality and potential – from the Chinese zodiac to Harry Potter houses to the Myers-Briggs test.
The One You Feed | 20 June 2018 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Solomon about his books Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. Particularly insightful on the challenges and joys of parenting disabled children; celebrating our difficulties and differences; and approaches to treating depression.
Hidden Brain | 25 March 2019 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Nancy Segal on the story of the Bogota twins – two sets of identical twins mixed up at birth and raised as fraternal twins. A tragedy, a soap opera, and a science experiment, all rolled into one. Uses the stories of twins raised apart to explore the role that genes and the environment play in shaping our identities. Based on the book Accidental Brothers: The Story of Twins Exchanged at Birth and the Power of Nature and Nurture.
Hidden Brain | 11 March 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kate Devlin, author of Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots. Explores the history of artificial love and considers what love and sex look like in an age of robots and artificial intelligence.
The James Altucher Show | 5 March 2019 | 1h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gretchen Rubin about her book Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness. Practical tips and interesting insights on how decluttering on all sorts of fronts lifts happiness.
EconTalk | 27 February 2017 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Paul Bloom about his book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion. Bloom argues that empathy – the ability to feel the emotions of others – is a bad guide to charitable giving and public policy. Bloom argues that reason combined with compassion is a better and more effective guide to making the world a better place.
EconTalk | 2 October 2017 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Wright argues that our evolutionary past has endowed us with a mind that can be ill-suited to the stress of the present. He suggests that meditation and the non-religious aspects of Buddhism can reduce suffering and are consistent with recent psychological research.
The Ezra Klein Show | 25 January 2019 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with neuroscientist and primatologist Robert Sapolsky based on his book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. Principally about how the stress of poverty affects people’s minds but also covers whether free will is a myth, why he believes the prison system is incompatible with modern neuroscience, and inferences about politics from studying baboons.