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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Carl Zimmer on Heredity, DNA, and Editing Genes

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.

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Carol Tavris on Mistakes, Justification, and Cognitive Dissonance

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.

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Embodied Cognition, Mirror Neurons, and Empathy

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.

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