Carl Bergstrom on Information, Disinformation, and Bullshit

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 3 August 2020 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Carl Bergstrom about his book Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World. Discusses how to see through the ever-increasing bullshit presented in the language of maths, science and statistics.

Maria Konnikova on Poker, Psychology, and Reason

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.

John Danaher on Our Coming Automated Utopia

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 18 May 2020 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Danaher about his book Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World without Work. Makes the case that work will soon be optional and that human creativity and artistic impulse can flourish in a world free of the demands of working for a living. Discusses what that would entail, whether it’s realistic, and what comes next.

David Kaiser on Science, Money, and Power

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 30 March 2020 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with physicist and historian David Kaiser about the confluence of physics, politics, and funding in the twentieth century. Discusses the fraught relationship between scientists and their funding sources throughout history, from Galileo and his patrons to the current rise of private foundations.

Neil Shubin on Evolution, Genes, and Dramatic Transitions

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 16 March 2020 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Neil Shubin about his book Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA. Discusses the discovery of Tiktaalik Roseae, an ancient species of fish that was in the process of learning to walk and breathe on land; how these major transitions happen – typically when evolution finds a way to re-purpose existing organs into new roles – and how we can learn about them by studying living creatures and the information contained in their genomes.

Robin Carhart-Harris on Psychedelics and the Brain

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape Podcast | 3 February 2020 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robin Carhart-Harris, the Director of the Centre for Psychedelic Research in the Department of Brain Sciences at Imperial College London. Discusses the history of psychedelics, how they work, how they can help with conditions from addiction to depression, and how they can help people discover things about themselves.

Ezra Klein on Politics, Polarization, and Identity

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 27 January 2020 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ezra Klein about his book Why We’re Polarized. Discusses the extent to which the apparent political polarization is real, how we can trace its causes, and whether there’s anything we can do about it.

Edward Watts on the End of the Roman Republic

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 11 March 2019 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Edward Watts, author of Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny. Describes the history of how the largely democratic Roman Republic transitioned to autocracy. Highlights the role of populist politicians setting aside long-standing conventions.