Interrogating the Stories We Tell About Our Minds

The Ezra Klein Show | 4 October 2022 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rachel Aviv about her book Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us. Discusses how mental states like depression and anxiety can be socially contagious, how mental illnesses differ from physical ailments like diabetes and high blood pressure, how having too much “insight” into our mental states can sometimes hurt us, how social forces like racism and classism can activate psychological distress, what “depressive realism” says about the state of our society, how we can care for one another both within and beyond the medical establishment, and more.

`We Know So Little About What Makes Humanity Prosper

The Ezra Klein Show | 27 September 2022 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Patrick Collison exploring his worldview and the world view of Progress Studies – how we can speed up bringing about a better future for all.

I highly recommend Ezra Klein’s 2016 interview with Patrick Collison, which covered Stripe, management, regulation, immigration, problem-solving, “rationalist” bloggers, and the importance of the Enlightenment period.

William MacAskill – What We Owe the Future

The Ezra Klein Show | 9 August 2022 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with William MacAskill about his book What We Owe the Future. Distils the longtermist world view, advocating that we take our responsibility to future generations seriously. Considers how we should weigh the considerations of future generations against those of living people, what we do today that future generations will disdain in the same way we look back on slavery, the “moral weirdos” of our time we should be paying more attention to, and more.

Gender Is Complicated for All of Us. Let’s Talk About It.

The Ezra Klein Show | 5 August 2022 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kathryn Bond Stockton about her book Gender(s). Explains the fundamentals and complexities of what gender means and discusses how people, including Stockton herself, have wrestled with it.

Masha Gessen on What Russians Are — and Aren’t — Seeing

The Ezra Klein Show | 11 March 2022 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Masha Gessen about her recent visit to Russia and discussing what ordinary Russians know about the war being waged by their government in Ukraine; how totalitarian societies make it impossible for people to form opinions; Putin; and more.

Predicting the Future Is Possible

The Ezra Klein Show | 3 December 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Philip Tetlock about ideas from his books Expert Political Judgement and Superforecasting:The Art and Science of Prediction. Discusses the intellectual virtues, habits of mind, and ways of thinking that we can learn to become better forecasters; the inverse correlation between fame and forecast accuracy; the rigour-relevance gap; how to approach real-life questions; and why government bureaucracies often resist adopting the tools of superforecasting.

How to Do the Most Good

The Ezra Klein Show | 5 October 2021 | 1h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Holden Karnofsky. Discusses the evolution of his thinking about how to be most effective with charitable giving, and his role in establishing GiveWell and Open Philanthropy. Covers ground from climate change to animal welfare to evaluating charities to artificial intelligence to the hard limits of economic growth to trying to view the world as if you were a billion years old.

Our Workplaces Think We’re Computers. We’re Not.

The Ezra Klein Show | 20 July 2021 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Annie Murphy Paul about her book The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain. Argues that rather than being like a computer, the human mind is contextual, working differently in different environments, with different tools, amid different bodily states, and among other minds. Discusses how the body can pick up on patterns before the conscious mind knows what it’s seen, why forcing kids (and adults) to “sit still” makes it harder for them to think clearly, the connection between physical movement and creativity, why efficiency is often the enemy of productivity, the restorative power of exposure to the natural world, the dystopian implications of massive cognitive inequality, why open-plan offices were a terrible idea. and more.