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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.