Steven Pinker: The Blank Slate 20+ Years Later

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 2 April 2023 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Steven Pinker about his book The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, published in 2002. Discusses where we are today vis-a-vis the book’s three major themes: the blank slate or tabula rasa view of the mind as having no innate traits; the noble savage view of human nature where society corrupts individuals; and the ghost in the machine, particularly as repurposed today in service of gender ideology.

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The Cult of Freud: Science, Sex & Psychoanalysis

History Extra | 22 February 2023 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Seamus O’Mahony about his book The Guru, the Bagman and the Sceptic: A story of science, sex and psychoanalysis. Tells the story of Freud’s founding of psychoanalysis, and unravels how it was intertwined with those of two other doctors, Ernest Jones and Wilfred Trotter. Discusses the impact the three made on science and medicine against the intellectual and bohemian backdrop of early 20th-century London.

 

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Simon Baron-Cohen: Autism, Systemizing, Empathy, and Sex Differences

The Dissenter | 20 February 2023 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Simon Baron-Cohen about his book The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention. Discusses what characterises autism; why it is classified as a mental disorder, and the idea of neurodiversity; its early signs; and the lower quality of life of autistic people; the systemizing mechanism, and the distinction between systemizing and empathizing; the role of testosterone in intra-uterine development, and differences in the brain development of autistic people; the distinction between cognitive and emotional empathy; sex differences, regions of the brain that might be sexually dimorphic, criticisms of the biological bases of sex differences, and whether it is possible to distinguish between male and female brains.

 

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Eli Finkel || How the Best Marriages Work

The Psychology Podcast | 16 February 2023 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Eli Finkel about his book The All-Or-Nothing Marriage. Discusses how the best marriages work, how the institution of marriage has evolved over time, and why higher expectations are not necessarily bad for marriages if people use them strategically. Shares love hacks to improve our relationships with our partners.

 

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Rachel Zoffness on The Pain Management Workbook

The Ezra Klein Show | 21 February 2023 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rachel Zoffness about her book The Pain Management Workbook. Argues that pain is more than a physical sensation rooted in the body – it is also produced by the mind and deeply influenced by social context. Offers concrete advice to improve your personal “pain recipe”.

 

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Jonathan Haidt – Viewpoint Diversity, Anger & Morality

The Tim Ferriss Show | 21 December 2022 | 2h 05m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jonathan Haidt, about The Righteous Mind and The Coddling of the American Mind, the Heterodox Academy, why he no longer gets angry, safe spaces and character cancellation, Jon Stuart Mill on viewpoint diversity, social media, free-range parenting, the benefits of tough coaching, stoicism, and more.

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