Giving Dutch History Its Due with Jonathan Scott

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 19 April 2024 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jonathan Scott about his book How the Old World Ended: The Anglo-Dutch-American Revolution 1500–1800. Discusses the pivotal role the Netherlands played in the development of the modern world, how the Netherlands’ geography played a crucial role in its rise to dominance in the 17th century, why that power eventually shifted to favour England, and how the Anglo-Dutch influence has permeated throughout history.

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The Science of Social Networks with Nicholas Christakis

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 29 April 2024 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nicholas Christakis about his research on social networks and biosocial science – ideas from his books Connected, Blueprint, and Apollo’s Arrow. Discusses how genes can influence our social networks, the dynamics of social contagion, and why the arc of human evolution bends towards goodness. Highlights include the efficiency of learning by copying what others do, the principle that the benefits of a connected life outweigh the costs, network science, and the influence of modern technology on human social interactions.

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Culture as Human Super Power in Evolution feat. Lesley Newson and Peter Richerson

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 6 February 2024 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lesley Newson and Peter Richerson about their book A Story of Us: A New Look at Human Evolution. Discusses evolution and human culture, with particular attention to women and children; how the use of tools and the stacking of technologies set humans apart from other animals; the transitions our primate ancestors had to make to evolve; and how modern cultural roles affect and inform and explain current human birthrates.

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Using Cultural Evolution to Design Better Companies with Andrew McAfee

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 7 February 2024 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrew McAfee about his book The Geek Way: The Radical Mindset that Drives Extraordinary Results. Discusses how cultural evolution has shaped the modern workplace, what allowed humans to evolve to be super collaborators, how that evolution translates to organizational culture, and why the education system might need an overhaul.

See also the EconTalk interview.

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The Interdisciplinary Nature of Evolution with David Sloan Wilson

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 12 February 2024 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Sloan Wilson discussing how everything can be explained by evolution, why the last 50 years of science have been groundbreaking, group-selection versus gene-centred evolution, and Darwinism’s shifts over time.

See also other episodes on evolution.

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Using Math To Predict the Future feat. Kit Yates

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 1 February 2024 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kit Yates about his books How to Expect the Unexpected: The Science of Making Predictions―and the Art of Knowing When Not To and The Math of Life and Death: 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives. Discusses why the idea of math needs to be reframed, what it takes to scientifically predict the future, and why it’s more important than ever to have basic math skills in this world.

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Managing Climate Risk feat. Bob Litterman

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 2 January 2024 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bob Litterman discussing the dawn of quantitative finance and the integration of academic theory into Wall Street trading; asset allocation conundrums, correlated assets, and financial forecasts; the potential of carbon pricing, the inertia in climate policy, and the financial sector’s role in a sustainable future. Draws from his book Modern Investment Management: An Equilibrium Approach.

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Measuring Labor Productivity feat. Robert J. Gordon

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 22 November 2023 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robert Gordon about his book The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War. Discusses how to measure the productivity of a country’s economy; why the GDP doesn’t give a full picture of a country’s economic growth and productivity; why the years between 1929 and 1950 saw the most rapid growth; and whether or not we’ll see another growth spurt in the age of AI.

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