Freakonomics Radio | 18 November 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Marcus du Sautoy about his book Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut in Math and Life. Argues that shortcuts can be applied to practically anything: maths, music, psychotherapy, and even politics.
Venture Stories | 4 April 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Julia Galef about her book The Scout Mindset. Discusses why everyone, including entrepreneurs, should want to see reality more clearly; the fact that the bottleneck to more rationality is not lack of knowledge, but lack of motivation to see the world as it really is; why the “soldier mindset” is the default mindset and why signalling keeps it that way; why thinking probabilistically has a calming psychological effect; how to adopt the scout mindset by thinking in bets, considering what you’d do if another person was in your shoes, and noticing where you’re defensive of your beliefs; how to get your organization to adopt a scout mindset; her thoughts on changing minds with mistake theory versus conflict theory; and the evolution of the rationality space over time.
At The Margin | 16 September 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tim Harford about his book How to Make the World Add Up: Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers. Warns against being misled by statistics but also warns of the need to get statistics right and take them seriously. Offers some rules of thumb for making sense of the information we see around us.
The Jordan Harbinger Show | 14 April 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ozan Varol about his book Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life. Discusses how to apply first-principles thinking in your life; how to reverse your own processes to find the holes in your logic; the benefits of bringing in outside expertise that has seemingly nothing to do with the problem you’re trying to solve; why brainstorming all the reasons your idea might fail may just ensure its long-term success; how to reframe questions and generate insights you may have missed; and more.
The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 26 November 2019 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dilbert creator and author Scott Adams sharing cognitive tools and tricks we can use to think better, expand our perspective, and avoid slumping into “loserthink.” Draws on ideas from his book Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America.
The Ezra Klein Show | 25 July 2017 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Julia Galef about her work focused on how we think and argue, as well as the cognitive biases and traps that keep us from hearing what we’re really saying, hearing what others are really saying, and preferring answers that make us feel good to answers that are true. Discusses what she’s learned about thinking more clearly and arguing better, signalling, motivated reasoning, probabilistic debating, which identities help us find truth, and how to make online arguments less terrible.
How To Academy | 14 October 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Sutherland about using the power of psychology to drive the success of ideas, products and businesses. Blends behavioural science, stories and branding to argue that logic, algorithms and theory stifle our ability to solve problems. Draws on ideas from his book Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life.
The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 21 August 2018 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen, author of the Marginal Revolution blog, and the recent books Average is Over and The Complacent Class. Fascinating insights into the future of labour, media, race relations, decision making, parenting, reading and chess.