Robert Sapolsky on Free Will and Determinism

The Michael Shermer Show | 17 October 2023 | 1h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robert Sapolsky about his book Determined: A Science of Life Without Free Will. Discusses free will, determinism, compatibilism, and libertarian free will; how what people believe about free will and determinism influences their behaviors; punishment and retribution versus restorative justice; whether the self is an illusion; and more.

Sapolosky articulates exactly what I think about free will. The Dissenter interview is also worth a listen.

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How to Change Your Mind

Freakonomics Radio | 30 May 2019 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores the barriers to changing your mind (ego, overconfidence, inertia and cost) and how to get better at changing your mind with neuroscientist (and primatologist) Robert Sapolsky.

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Robert Sapolsky on the Toxic Intersection of Poverty and Stress

The Ezra Klein Show | 25 January 2019 | 1h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with neuroscientist and primatologist Robert Sapolsky based on his book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. Principally about how the stress of poverty affects people’s minds but also covers whether free will is a myth, why he believes the prison system is incompatible with modern neuroscience, and inferences about politics from studying baboons.

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