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.
Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 6 August 2018 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with science writer Carl Zimmer, author of a comprehensive book about heredity: She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. Discusses how our understanding of heredity has changed over the years, how there is much more to inheritance than simply listing all the information we pass down in our DNA, and what the future might hold in a world where genetic manipulation becomes widespread.
Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 4 July 2018 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Social psychologist Carol Tavris on the ideas in “Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me),” which explores the effect that cognitive dissonance has on how we think. Discusses the process by which people justify the mistakes that they make, and how that leads to everything from false memories to political polarization.
Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 19 November 2018 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, a psychologist and neuroscientist who uses imaging technologies to study how different parts of the brain and body are involved in different cognitive tasks. Backgrounds embodied cognition, the theory that thinking takes place in the body as a whole, not just in the cells of the brain.
Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 23 July 2018 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Liv Boeree, professional poker player and founder of Raising for Effective Giving, which has raised millions (largely from fellow poker players) for good causes. Ground covered includes game theory in poker and life, Bayesian analysis, the application of probabilities to the Fermi paradox, morality, and Effective Altruism.