What can psychology tell us about meaning? (feat. Paul Bloom)Empirical evidence suggests people report some pursuits as more meaningful than others. Paul argues these pursuits are intrinsically meaningfully. I'm…

February 2023

Palentine's Day (feat. Robin Dunbar)When time is limited, friendships are often what we let go. That's a huge problem.
That's why scientists don't know how to study it.

January 2023

#103: Tired, scared, and busy: why can't we all just get along? (feat. Mónica Guzmán)Mónica Guzmán is a gift to world. We should all be listening to her.
#102: Awe is the emotional component of meaning (feat. Dacher Keltner)I'm used to thinking about meaning as a product of thought. But it's also a feeling, too.
If you think you can predict ahead of time what will be meaningful, then you're wrong.
#101: Finding meaning in the maybe (feat. John Kaag)Usually we try to avoid uncertainty. It's actually a crucial ingredient in meaning.
The case against my least favorite question of all time.
#100: I interviewed 90+ scientists about their career. These are the 12 biggest lessons I learned.For my 100th podcast episode, I'm doing a Cognitive Revolution look-back.
What the first map of the world shows us about how we see things today.
#99: There's a Reason You Can't Make Yourself Act like Everyone Else: You're Unique (feat. Chantel Prat)Especially if you've studied cognitive science, psychology, or neuroscience—you've probably underestimated just how not-like-everyone-else's your mind…

December 2022

And a minor resolution about friendship.