Paul Lockhart on How Guns Transformed Western Civilization

Quillette Podcast | 20 December 2021 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Paul Lockhart about his book Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare. Discusses the enormous military and political upheavals set in motion by the adoption of gunpowder-based weapons from the 13th century onward – including the demise of the medieval castle, the empowerment of large centralized states, and the deployment of permanent standing armies.

Michael Shellenberger on Apocalypse Never

Quillette Podcast | 11 July 2020 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Shellenberger about his book Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. Discusses global warming, natural disasters, media scaremongering – and why the world is actually getting safer, notwithstanding the scaremongering of Extinction Rebellion.

Jonathan Kay on the Mechanisms Behind Corona Virus Superspreader Events

Quillette Podcast | 29 April 2020 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Kay about his article Covid-19 Superspreader Events in 28 Countries: Critical Patterns and Lessons. Backgrounds his work compiling a database of superspreader events and using fluid mechanics considerations to distinguish between the mechanisms for large droplet ballistic transmission, aerosol transmission and surface transmission. Implies that distancing and masks are critical – handwashing less so.

Charles Murray on Human Diversity

Quillette | 28 January 2020 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Murray about his book Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class. Discusses the evidence for genetic causes of phenotypic differences, implications for meritocracy and the controversy around The Bell Curve.

Daniel Hannan on the late Sir Roger Scruton

Quillette Podcast | 13 January 2020 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Sir Roger Scruton has died at 75 (NY Times obituary). Interview with Daniel Hannan, the Conservative Member of the European Parliament for South East England, about his lifelong friendship with the Conservative philosopher.