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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Randy Nesse – Evolutionary Psychiatry Can Explain Human Emotions

Modern Wisdom | 22 October 2022 | 1h 29m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Randy Nesse about his book Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry. Discusses evolutionary medicine and evolutionary psychiatry, including how low mood and depression could be evolutionarily advantageous, what happens if someone has too little fear or anxiety, why bad feelings are useless but normal, how eating disorders could be an adaptive response to the local environment and more.

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The Company That Cancelled Christmas

Cautionary Tales | 9 December 2022 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Uses the story of the failure of savings club Farepak to explore the psychology of our frenzied Christmas spending, especially the work of Scroogenomics author Joel Waldfogel, and suggests ways we could improve Christmas gifting.

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James Cantor – The World of Unusual Sexual Orientations

Modern Wisdom | 10 November 2022 | 1h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with James Cantor about psychology and the neuroscience of sex. Discusses his work researching some of the world’s most interesting and unusual sexual desires and the problems caused by our reluctance to allow people the help they need.

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Sarah Hill – The Psychological Impact Of Hormonal Birth Control

Modern Wisdom | 21 November 2022 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sarah Hill about her book This Is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences. Discusses why hormonal birth control can make women prioritise wealth in men, why women who come off are less sexually satisfied with partners they chose when they were on birth control, the relationship between taking the pill with anxiety, depression, bisexuality and stress, whether it’s a good thing for women to have sex with men who they wouldn’t marry, and more.

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Interrogating the Stories We Tell About Our Minds

The Ezra Klein Show | 4 October 2022 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rachel Aviv about her book Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us. Discusses how mental states like depression and anxiety can be socially contagious, how mental illnesses differ from physical ailments like diabetes and high blood pressure, how having too much “insight” into our mental states can sometimes hurt us, how social forces like racism and classism can activate psychological distress, what “depressive realism” says about the state of our society, how we can care for one another both within and beyond the medical establishment, and more.

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Outliers, Revisited

Revisionist History | 15 September 2022 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell reported on the relative age effect, the phenomenon of assessed excellence being concentrated in older children. Here he runs an experiment at the University of Pennsylvania to determine whether publicising the phenomenon served as a primer for gaming the system by neurotic helicopter parents.

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Naomi Fisher on Changing Our Minds

Ben Yeoh Chats | 31 August 2022 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Naomi Fisher about her book Changing Our Minds: How Children Can Take Control of Their Own Learning. Discusses home education, unschooling, agency in learning, managing meltdowns, child-led learning, autism, schools of thought on education, technology and screen time, exams, cognitive psychology, and more.

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