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Hear This Idea is a podcast showcasing new thinking in philosophy, the social sciences, and effective altruism. Each episode has an accompanying write-up at www.hearthisidea.com/episodes.

Hear This Idea Fin Moorhouse and Luca Righetti

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Hear This Idea is a podcast showcasing new thinking in philosophy, the social sciences, and effective altruism. Each episode has an accompanying write-up at www.hearthisidea.com/episodes.

    39. Keith Frankish on Illusionism about Consciousness

    39. Keith Frankish on Illusionism about Consciousness

    Keith Frankish is a philosopher of mind. He is an Honorary Reader at the University of Sheffield, UK, Visiting Research Fellow with The Open University, and adjunct Professor with the Brain and Mind Programme at the University of Crete.

    In our interview, we discuss:


    What is the hard problem of consciousness?
    What is the illusionist theory of consciousness?
    What does illusionism have to do with ethics?
    When should we care for robot dogs?
    How should academics use twitter?

    You can read more about the topics we cover in this episode's write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/keith.

    If you have any feedback or suggestions for future guests, feel free to get in touch through our website. Consider leaving us a review wherever you're listening to this — it's the best free way to support the show. If you want to support the show more directly, consider leaving a tip. Thanks for listening!

    38. Christoph Winter on the Legal Priorities Project

    38. Christoph Winter on the Legal Priorities Project

    Christoph Winter is an Assistant Professor of Law at ITAM in Mexico, a Visiting Scholar in Psychology at Harvard, and the founder of the Legal Priorities Project

    In our interview, we discuss:


    A global survey of legal academics about protecting future generations;
    How constitutional law might best help in this effort;
    Endangerment law and the "risk of creating a risk";
    And lots more!

    You can read more about the topics we cover in this episode's write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/christoph/.

    If you have any feedback or suggestions for future guests, feel free to get in touch through our website. Consider leaving us a review wherever you're listening to this — it's the best free way to support the show. If you want to support the show more directly, consider leaving a tip. Thanks for listening!

    • 1 hr 20 min
    37. Gillian Hadfield on Regulatory Markets, Silly Rules, and why Humans Invented Law

    37. Gillian Hadfield on Regulatory Markets, Silly Rules, and why Humans Invented Law

    Gillian Hadfield is Director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. She is a Professor of Law and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto.

    In our interview, we discuss:


    Why humans invented law, and what Gillian describes as "the demand side" for legal infrastructure;
    Why social norms continue to be important today and how Ancient Athens managed to use a decentralised system of collective punishment;
    The case for "regulatory markets" in governing artificial intelligence, and how governments in the 21st Century need to keep up with rapid advances in technology
    "Silly rules" and why seemingly arbitrary norms are actually really important in creating society's normative infrastructures

    You can read more about the topics we cover in this episode's write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/gillian.

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    Thanks for listening!

    • 1 hr 49 min
    36. Bryan Caplan on Causes of Poverty and the Case for Open Borders

    36. Bryan Caplan on Causes of Poverty and the Case for Open Borders

    Bryan Caplan is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the author of Open Borders, The Myth of the Rational Voter, The Case Against Education, and Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids.

    In our interview, we discuss:


    Causes of poverty
    Charter cities
    The case for open borders
    Democracy — is it overrated? Why do voters keep choosing bad policies? Do democracies last longer, grow faster, and go to war less?
    Stable global totalitarianism
    Should longtermists care more about having more children? Is the cost of subsidising a new life competitive with the cost of saving a life?
    What the philosopher Michael Huemer gets right
    How many kids is Bryan counterfactually responsible for?
    Life lessons from Hairspray and The Room

    You can read more about the topics we cover this episode's write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/bryan.

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    Thanks for listening!

    • 1 hr 34 min
    35. Ben Todd on Choosing a Career and Defining Longtermism

    35. Ben Todd on Choosing a Career and Defining Longtermism

    Ben Todd is the CEO & founder of 80,000 Hours, and helped to start the effective altruism movement.

    80,000 Hours is a non-profit that provides free research and support to help people find careers that effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems.

    In our interview, we discuss:


    Why your choice of career could be the most important ethical decision you ever get to make;
    80K’s ‘problem, solution, personal fit’ framework for choosing a career;
    Whether longtermism should be considered a research project or a social movement;
    The idea of using leverage to multiply the difference you're able to make.

    Note that if you don't need to hear an introduction to the key ideas of 80,000 Hours, you can skip to about the 34-minute mark.

    You can read more about the topics we cover this episode's write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/ben.

    Key links mentioned in the interview:


    The 80,000 Hours website
    A (free) weekly career planning course for positive impact
    The 80,000 Hours 'Key Ideas' series
    The 80,000 Hours job board
    The 80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin

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    Thanks for listening!

    34. Anders Sandberg on the Fermi Paradox, Transhumanism, and so much more

    34. Anders Sandberg on the Fermi Paradox, Transhumanism, and so much more

    Anders Sandberg is a researcher, futurist, transhumanist and author. He holds a PhD in computational neuroscience from Stockholm University, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. His research covers the ethics of human enhancement, estimating the capabilities of future technologies, and very long-range futures.

    In this episode, we talk about


    The Fermi Paradox: if the universe is so big, where are all the aliens?
    What is 'transhumanism'?
    The case for ending ageing
    The 'reversal test' for eliminating status quo bias
    Online communities and movement growth

    You can read much more about the topics we cover in this episode in our accompanying write-up: hearthisidea.com/episodes/anders. There you'll find links to all the videos and articles Anders mentions, plus further reading.

    If you have any feedback or suggestions for future guests, feel free to get in touch through our website. Consider leaving us a review wherever you're listening to this. And if you want to support the show more directly and help us keep hosting these episodes online, consider leaving a tip.

    Thanks for listening!

    • 2 hrs 33 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Guy16 ,

Excellent philosophy (etc) podcasts

I’ve listened to the philosophy episodes (plus the episode with Diane Coyle) and would recommend these extremely highly. (I’m confident that the podcasts in other areas are also similarly excellent.)

The guests are extremely good at explaining their work in a way that’s accessible without dumbing-down and the hosts ask really helpful questions. The length of the episodes is about right. They would be of interest to everyone from enthusiastic amateur philosophers, undergrads, or faculty.

jellyberg ,

Beautifully done

Just listening to the episode with Simon Beard, and it's fantastic. Smart, quick, energetic, super understandable. The important stuff, and the fascinating stuff.

rozmoorhouse ,

Consistently interesting and engaging

Consistently interesting conversations from the charming Fin and Luca!

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