Conversations with Tyler | 28 February 2018 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging discussion with Robin Hanson, co-author of “The Elephant in the Brain”, which makes the case that as much as 90% of human behaviour is motivated by sub-conscious signalling, not the selfless motives typically professed.
Revisionist History| 31 May 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
An early morning raid, a house-full of Nazis, the world’s greatest harmonica player, and a dashingly handsome undercover spy. Part 1 of a two-part exploration of memory and our naïve ideas about what memory is worth. Malcolm Gladwell shows us how we all reimagine the truth – so we cannot treat our memory as gospel. So good you just might listen twice.
Revisionist History | 7 June 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
The second part of Gladwell’s exploration of memory and our naïve ideas about what memory is worth. Part 1 showed that only a fool accepts the evidence of his own memory as gospel. This part shows how we’re all fools. Around 60% of our memories of flashbulb events like 911 are false, although we fervently believe them to be true.
Waking Up with Sam Harris | 28 May 2018 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Pollan about his new book “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.” Covers the the resurgence of interest in psychedelics in clinical practice and end-of-life care, the “betterment of well people,” the relationship between thinking and mental suffering, the differences between psychedelics and meditation, the non-duality of consciousness, the brain’s “default mode network,” their experiences with various psychedelics, and other topics.
Origin Stories | 5 December 2015 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Robert Sapolsky, author of “Behave”, with a fascinating and funny talk about human behaviour and the ways we are the same as, and different from, other animals.
EconTalk | 20 January 2014 | 1h 03m | Listen Later
Interview with Jonathan Haidt, author of The “Righteous Mind”, discussing the nature of human nature, and how our brain affects our morality and politics. Haidt argues that reason often serves our emotions rather than the mind being in charge. We can be less interested in the truth and more interested in finding facts and stories that fit preconceived narratives and ideology. Haidt tries to understand why people come to different visions of morality and politics and how we might understand each other despite those differences.
Hidden Brain | 12 December 2017 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with psychologist Alison Gopnik, author of “The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children.” Many parents think they can shape their child into a particular kind of adult, like a carpentry project. But Gopnik explains why it’s more realistic to see parenting as akin to gardening, where you create the best conditions, without any promises on the outcomes. Includes astonishing insight that both children and AI robots learn more about an item’s functionality if they play with it rather than being taught.