#92: People Don't Often Change Their Minds on Big Topics. Why? (feat. David McRaney)Insights from David's new book "How Minds Change" show how we can get people to shift on the beliefs that really matter.
#94: Anxiety and the Hard Work of Being Human (feat. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary)Anxiety. It is the only emotion my body believes is truly necessary for me to experience at three o’clock in the morning. To be sure I’d rather be…
#91: How Technology Shapes Our Tastes — in Music and More (feat. Nick Seaver)Earlier this week, my colleague Adam Mastroianni published an essay on what he called "cultural oligopoly." An increasingly smaller number of artists…
#93: Debate is a Battle of Beliefs — But Does It Have The Power To Change Them? (feat. Bo Seo)My episode last week featured a conversation with author David McCraney about what it takes to change someone’s mind on a big, important topic like…
#77: Brian Christian on AI as a Human Problem, Part 2We discuss Brian's latest book, The Alignment Problem, and how it's not AI itself we should worry about—but the underlying models on which our AI is…
#79: Randy Gallistel on Upsetting Neuroscientists (The Theory)Randy Gallistel has made a career (at least partly) out of making the neuroscientific community angry. He’s made broad, sweeping claims that cut to the…
#80: Sam Gershman on the Structure of Cognitive RevolutionsMy guest today is someone very special. I worked in his lab for two years, and he did a lot to form my relationship with cognitive science. It started…
#82: Annie Murphy Paul on Where the Mind Ends and the World BeginsMy guest today is Annie Murphy Paul. Annie is a science journalist, and she has a new book out. It’s getting a lot of press. She’s made the rounds on…
#83: George Lakoff on a Life Lived by MetaphorThis week’s guest is George Lakoff. George is one of the most highly cited cognitive scientists of all time, with his book Metaphors We Live By…
#78: Philip Johnson-Laird on How Cognitive Scientists ImprovisePhilip Johnson-Laird is professor emeritus at Princeton University. He is one of the most influential cognitive scientists of all time, best known for…
#81: Kevin Birmingham on Where Great Books Come FromThis is a conversation I’ve been wanting to have a for a long time. I met Kevin several years ago, and it was a big moment for me. This was the first…
My fourteen favorite episodes from the show so far.