David Brooks on Youth, Morality, and Loneliness

Conversations with Tyler | 6 June 2018 | 1h 22m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Luxuriate in the interplay between two fine, but unconventional, thinkers. Includes insights on Brooks’ writing process, loneliness, community, happiness and much more.

Ben Thompson on Business and Tech

Conversations with Tyler | 24 October 2018 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Ben Thompson of Stratechery on the business side of tech and more, including whether tech titans are good at PR, whether conglomerate synergies exist, Amazon’s foray into healthcare, why anyone needs an Apple Watch or an Alexa, growing up in small-town Wisconsin, his pragmatic book-reading style, whether MBAs are overrated, the prospects for the Milwaukee Bucks, NBA rule changes, the future of the tech industries in China and India, and why Taiwanese breakfast is the best breakfast.

Tyler Cowen on Stubborn Attachments

Conversations with Tyler | 16 October 2018 | 2h 30m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen about the ideas in “Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals”. Makes the moral case for prioritising economic growth by not discounting future humans relative to those currently alive.

Thinking About Thinking

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.

Robin Hanson on Signalling and Self-Deception

Conversations with Tyler | 28 February 2018 | 1h 05m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Wide-ranging discussion with Robin Hanson, co-author of “The Elephant in the Brain”, which makes the case that as much as 90% of human behaviour is motivated by sub-conscious signalling, not the selfless motives typically professed.

Joseph Henrich on Cultural Evolution, WEIRD Societies, and Life Among Two Strange Tribes

Conversations with Tyler | 14 December 2016 | 1h 25m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with anthropologist Joseph Henrich, author of “The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter.” Argues that intelligence is overrated and that social learning, and its ability to influence biological evolution over time, is what really sets our species apart. Discusses his work on cultural evolution, his life among different tribes (academic and otherwise), China’s missing industrial revolution, and the Flynn effect.