Maria Konnikova on Poker, Psychology, and Reason

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 22 June 2020 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Maria Konnikova about her book The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win. Backgrounds her path from a PhD in psychology, to writing, to learning about poker for the book, to becoming a successful tournament poker player. Discusses what poker can teach us about rational thinking and human psychology.

Adam Grant on Finding Balance

The Next Big Idea | 12 May 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Grant about work-life balance, the future of education, and the addictive nature of generosity. Insights throughout on working more effectively. A personal favourite was that adding video to a phone call worsens our ability to read emotional cues.

Robin Dunbar: How Many Friends Do You Really Need?

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 24 January 2020 | 0h 23m | Listen Later
Interview with Robin Dunbar about his work on human social networks behind the eponymous Dunbar’s number. Maintaining a friendship is cognitively demanding and our brains may be wired with a limit to the number of stable social relationships we can handle. Dunbar started his career studying African monkeys before turning his attention to less hairy hominids. His key discovery? That a primate’s brain size seems to dictate the size of their social networks and the number of relationships they can maintain.

Alain de Botton: Finding Calm Through Pessimism

RNZ: Sunday Morning | 18 April 2020 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alain de Botton about his book Calm. He suggests that while it is natural to worry, the truth is that Homo sapiens are a resilient species that have been through extraordinary cycles of suffering and joy. He argues that one of the fastest roots to calm is through pessimism.

Under the Influence with Robert H. Frank

Economics Detective Radio | 8 May 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert H. Frank about his book, Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work. Backgrounds both that our social environment influences our behaviour and that our environment is itself a product of our behaviour. Makes the case for taxes that take account of these social contagion effects.

Design Your Life for Happiness with Elizabeth Dunn

The TED Interview | 17 April 2020| 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Elizabeth Dunn arguing that happiness is made not found and explains how our everyday choices – in matters from time to money to technology – help create it.

The Story of Schizophrenia

a16z | 7 April 2020 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Kolker and Stefan McDonough about the history of schizophrenia – the eras of institutionalization and shock therapy, the debates between psycho-therapy versus medication, the needle-in-a-haystack search for genetic markers for the disease, and the profound disagreements about the causes and origins of the illness. Draws on Kolker’s book Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, about the Galvin family, with six of twelve children afflicted with schizophrenia.

David Dunning on the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Masters in Business | 21 March 2020 | 1h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with social psychologist David Dunning – of “Dunning-Kruger effect” fame. Discusses why people have problems recognising their own incompetence and how we can get better at decision making. Covers ideas from his book Self-Insight: Roadblocks and Detours on the Path to Knowing Thyself.