Intellectual Honesty, Cryptocurrency, & More (Vitalik Buterin)

Rationally Speaking | 4 March 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Vitalik Buterin (creator of the open-source blockchain platform Ethereum) exploring his intellectually honest approach to leadership, why prediction markets appear to be biased in favour of Trump, whether it was rational to invest in Bitcoin ten years ago, effective altruism, Vitalik’s defence of life extension research against its critics, and more.

Understanding Moral Disagreements (Jonathan Haidt)

Rationally Speaking | 18 February 2021 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Haidt about his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Discusses his Moral Foundations Theory and whether liberals should expand their moral horizons by learning to think like conservatives.

Are Boomers to Blame for Millennials’ Struggles?

Rationally Speaking | 9 November 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Faced with stagnant wages and rising costs of education, rent, and health care, Millennials have a tougher path to economic security than Boomers did. Discusses whether Millennials’ situation is the result of misguided and irresponsible policy choices by Boomers. Perspectives from: Jill Filipovic, author of OK Boomer, Let’s Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind; Joseph C. Sternberg, author of The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole Millennials’ Economic Future; and Patrick Fisher, author of Demographic Gaps in American Political Behavior.

It’s great to see Rationally Speaking return after a twelve-month hiatus.

Robert Kurzban on Being Strategically Wrong

Rationally Speaking | 9 July 2017 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rob Kurzban about his book Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind. Describes the “modular mind” hypothesis and how it explains hypocrisy, self-deception, and other seemingly irrational features of human nature. Debates how useful these kinds of “strategic wrongness” really are.

Open Borders with Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith

Interviews with Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith about their graphic novel Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration. The first interview backgrounds their collaboration and discusses concerns about open immigration. The second interview focusses on the logic and morality of the arguments in favour of Open Immigration.

Economics Detective Radio | 11 November 2019 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes

Rationally Speaking | 12 November 2019 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes

Saloni Dattani on the Debate Over Whether Male and Female Brains Are Different

Rationally Speaking | 3 September 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Several recent books have argued there’s no difference between male and female brains. Saloni Dattani, a PhD student in psychiatric genetics, discusses some of the problems with the argument, and what we really know so far about gender and the brain. References her article The truth about the female brain.

Thibault Le Texier on Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment

Rationally Speaking | 15 October 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Thibault Le Texier, author of Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment, discussing the evidence that the famous prison experiment was mostly fraudulent. Explores how the experimenters got away with such a significant misrepresentation for so long, and what this whole affair says about the field of psychology.

Razib Khan on “Stuff I’ve Been Wrong About”

Rationally Speaking | 20 August 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Razib Khan about his blog post Stuff I Was Wrong About. Covers human evolution, economics, religion, evolutionary psychology, and optimism about human progress. Also discusses lessons from the replication crisis about how not to be taken in by studies that do not replicate.