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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.