Douglas Murray on The War on the West: Race, Politics, and Culture

The Michael Shermer Show | 3 May 2022 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Douglas Murray about his book The War on the West. Argues that many well-meaning people have been fooled by hypocritical and inconsistent anti-West rhetoric. Discusses whether at least some of the criticisms of Western civilization are a corrective to past wrongs, critical race theory and racism, colonialism and decolonizing cultural things, anti-Semitism, objectivity and the search for truth, and reparations.

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Nancy Segal – Deliberately Divided

The Michael Shermer Show | 9 November 2021 | 1h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Nancy Segal about her book Deliberately Divided: Inside the Controversial Study of Twins and Triplets Adopted Apart. Reveals the stories of the adoption agency that deliberately separated twins; the collaborating psychiatrists who observed the twins’ development; and describes the effects on the twins and their families.

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Julia Galef – The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t

The Michael Shermer Show | 21 August 2021 | 1h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Julia Galef about her book The Scout Mindset. Discusses how to think more rationally; her scout mindset metaphor; how the empirical claims of things like climate science and vaccines compare with religious, political, or ideological beliefs; implicit racism; and the value of being able to describe your opponent’s view to their satisfaction.

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Martin Sherwin – Gambling with Armageddon

The Michael Shermer Show | 2 February 2021 | 1h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Martin Sherwin about his book Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Discusses the Cuban Missile Crisis and its potential for nuclear holocaust, in a wider historical narrative of the Cold War – how such a crisis arose, and how luck, reason and diplomacy saved the world from thermonuclear war.

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Jeff Hawkins — A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

The Michael Shermer Show | 4 April 2021 | 1h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jeff Hawkins about his book A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence. Explains how simple cells in the brain create intelligence by using maplike structures to build hundreds of thousands of models of everything we know. Insights on how we perceive the world, why we have a sense of self, and the origin of high-level thought.

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David Leiser – How We Misunderstand Economics and Why it Matters

The Michael Shermer Show | 10 December 2019 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Leiser about his book How We Misunderstand Economics and Why it Matters: The Psychology of Bias, Distortion and Conspiracy. Discusses folk economics and why our intuitions are so often wrong; the evolutionary origins of our thinking about economics and why we are not prepared cognitively to understand complex economic ideas; UBI; income inequality; CEO pay and why we think it’s too high; the importance of trust in economic exchanges; and reparations for slavery vs. reparations for the Holocaust.

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Marta Zaraska on Growing Young

The Michael Shermer Show | 13 October 2020 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Marta Zaraska about her book Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism, and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100. Examines the evidence that good nutrition and exercise, deep friendships, practising empathy and contemplating your purpose in life can improve your lifespan.

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Geoffrey Miller – Virtue Signaling: Essays on Darwinian Politics & Free Speech

The Michael Shermer Show | 2 December 2019 | 2h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Geoffrey Miller about his book Virtue Signaling: Essays on Darwinian Politics & Free Speech. Discusses virtue signaling and why we all do it; how the phrase “virtue signaling” became a derogatory political meme; how virtue signaling really works and why it is not a bad thing; why evolutionary psychology is not based on “just so” story telling; how multiple traits can be selected at once; individual selection versus group selection; the role of virtue signaling in the evolution of the moral sentiments; how virtue signaling helps produce real morality (and not just fake altruism); gender differences in career preferences; neurodiversity and speech codes; cultural diversity; and why social groups tend to splinter and defenestrate members who are not sufficiently virtuous.

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