11 episodes

Hear This Idea showcases new thinking from top academics from the University of Cambridge and beyond. Each episode has an accompanying write-up on www.hearthisidea.com.

Hear This Idea Fin Moorhouse and Luca Righetti

    • Social Sciences
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Hear This Idea showcases new thinking from top academics from the University of Cambridge and beyond. Each episode has an accompanying write-up on www.hearthisidea.com.

    10. Toke Aidt on Corruption and Political Economy

    10. Toke Aidt on Corruption and Political Economy

    Dr Toke Aidt is Director of Studies in Economics at Jesus College, Cambridge as well as Director of the Keynes Fund.
    In this episode we discuss
    - Why some economists believe corruption can be a force for good, or at least a lesser evil
    - Why Toke believes this view does not hold up to scrutiny
    - And how self-reinforcing cycles of corruption can make tackling very hard (but also rewarding)
    You can read more on this episode's accompanying write-up (which we highly recommend!) hearthisidea.com/episodes/Toke.
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    • 58 min
    9. Neel Nanda on Effective Planning and Building Habits that Stick

    9. Neel Nanda on Effective Planning and Building Habits that Stick

    Neel Nanda is a final year maths undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, and a gold medalist in the International Mathematical Olympiad. He teaches regularly – from revision lectures to a recent ‘public rationality’ workshop. Neel is also an active member in rationalist and effective altruism communities.
    In this episode we discuss
    - How to view self-improvement and optimising your goals
    - Forming good habits through the 'TAPs' technique
    - How to build effective plans by using our 'inner simulator' and 'pre-hindsight'
    You can read more on this episode's accompanying write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/neel. You can also read Neel's teaching notes for his planning workshop here.
    If you have any feedback or suggestions for future guests, please get in touch through our website. Also, Neel has created an anonymous feedback form for this episode, and he would love to hear any of your thoughts!
    Please also consider leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you're listening to this; we're just starting out and it would really help listeners find us!
    If you want to support the show more directly, you can also buy us a beer at tips.pinecast.com/jar/hear-this-idea. Thanks for listening!

    • 57 min
    8. George Rosenfeld on Effective Giving and Building a Charitable Movement

    8. George Rosenfeld on Effective Giving and Building a Charitable Movement

    George Rosenfeld is the founder of May Week Alternative, an initiative encouraging students to donate a significant amount of money to an effective charity. In our longest episode yet, we discuss:



    George’s inspiration for starting MWA;
    What he has learned about growing and sustaining a student-based charity;
    The psychology of what gets people to join the movement and donate their own money;
    The myths and misperceptions surrounding what it means to have a positive impact, and the most credible ways to do so. And a lot more besides!


    If you’re interested in starting a charitable movement, or in how to use your career or time to do more good, then I hope you’ll find this especially useful. You can read more on this episode's accompanying write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/george.
    If you have any feedback or suggestions for future guests, please get in touch through our website.
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    7. Diane Coyle on Tech Giants and Digital Monopolies

    7. Diane Coyle on Tech Giants and Digital Monopolies

    Professor Diane Coyle, CBE, is an economist and co-directs the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. Her current focus is on the digital economy and competition policy. She is the author of more than 15 economics books, and creator of the popular 'Enlightened Economics' blog. In this episode, we talk about the effects of digital monopoloes. How different are they from other kinds of monopoly? Is there anything new or concerning about their use of big data and algorithm-tailored adverting? And should we try to break them up?
    You can read more on this episode's accompanying write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/diane.
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    • 27 min
    6. Dan Williams on Political Misinformation, Self-Delusion, and Signalling

    6. Dan Williams on Political Misinformation, Self-Delusion, and Signalling

    Dan Williams is a research fellow in philosophy at the University of Cambridge. His research addresses how various forms of irrationality and bias can be socially adaptive. How might false political beliefs and conspiracy theories have a useful 'signalling' purpose? And do we always know the reasons why we form our own beliefs?
    You can read more on this episode's accompanying write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/dan.
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    • 56 min
    5. Kent Berridge on Dopamine, Addiction and Neuroscience

    5. Kent Berridge on Dopamine, Addiction and Neuroscience

    Kent Berridge is a distinguished professor of psychology and neuroscience at the university of Michigan and the joint recipient of the 2019 Grawemeyer Award for psychology. Through experiments on rodents, his research addresses questions about how pleasure is generated in the brain, the relation of fear to desire, and what causes addiction.
    You can read more on this episode's accompanying write-up.
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    Please consider leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you're listening to this; we're just starting out and it (really) helps listeners find us!
    If you want to support the show more directly, you can also buy us a beer at tips.pinecast.com/jar/hear-this-idea.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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