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Steve Hsu and Corey Washington have been friends for almost 30 years, and between them hold PhDs in Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Theoretical Physics. Join them for wide ranging conversations with leading writers, scientists, technologists, academics, entrepreneurs, investors, and more.

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Steve Hsu and Corey Washington have been friends for almost 30 years, and between them hold PhDs in Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Theoretical Physics. Join them for wide ranging conversations with leading writers, scientists, technologists, academics, entrepreneurs, investors, and more.

    Elizabeth Kolbert on Climate Change: Impacts and Mitigation Technologies – #33

    Elizabeth Kolbert on Climate Change: Impacts and Mitigation Technologies – #33

    Steve and Corey talk to Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the Sixth Extinction, about the current state of the climate debate. All three are pessimistic about the possibility that emissions will be substantively reduced in the near term, and they discuss technologies for removing carbon from the atmosphere. They explore uncertainty in the models regarding temperatures rise and precipitation, and contemplate a billion people are on the move in response to climate change and population increase. They ask: what is more of a threat to humanity in the coming century, runaway AI or runaway climate change?

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Meghan Daum on the New Culture Wars – #32

    Meghan Daum on the New Culture Wars – #32

    Corey and Steve talk to Meghan Daum about her new book "The Problem With Everything: My Journey Through The New Culture Wars". Meghan describes how she became aware of the "Red Pill" through what she calls "free speech YouTube" videos. The three ask whether their feeling of alienation from Gen-Z wokeness is just a sign of getting old or reflects principles of free speech and open debate. Megan argues that Gen-Z's focus on fairness leads to difficult compromises. They discuss social interactions in the pre-internet, early-internet, and woke-internet eras.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Steven Broglio on Concussions, Football and Informed Choice – #31

    Steven Broglio on Concussions, Football and Informed Choice – #31

    Steve and Corey talk with Steven Broglio, Director of the Michigan Concussion Center, about concussion risk, prevention and treatment. Broglio describes how the NCAA emerged from the deaths that almost led Theodore Roosevelt to outlaw college football. He also explains recent findings on CTE, why females may be at greater concussion risk, and why sleep is critical to avoiding long-term brain injury. They discuss how new rules probably make football safer and debate why New England is so down on kids playing football. Steve wonders whether skills are in decline now that some schools have eliminated “contact” in practices.

    • 1 hr
    Barbara O’Brien on Race, Reform and Wrongful Conviction Rate Estimates- #30

    Barbara O’Brien on Race, Reform and Wrongful Conviction Rate Estimates- #30

    Our guest, Barbara O’Brien, explains why we don’t know much about conviction error outside of murder cases, making error rates for the vast majority of crimes: misdemeanors, sexual assaults, armed robbery, etc. a “dark ocean”. She explains factors that contribute to wrongful convictions including mistaken cross-racial identification in sexual assault cases. Barbara also talks about the surprising frequency of “rain damage” to evidence rooms and why Texas leads the way in both executions and criminal justice reform. The two consider why having your death sentence commuted to life in prison means you are actually less likely to ever to be released.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Sebastian Junger: Meaning from War and Technological Isolation in America – #29

    Sebastian Junger: Meaning from War and Technological Isolation in America – #29

    This conversation occurred just after President Trump withdrew US forces from Northern Syria. Steve, Corey and Sebastian debate ISIS and the Kurds. Sebastian argues that men who went to war after 9/11 wanted to experience communal masculinity, as their fathers and grandfathers had in Vietnam and WWII, a tradition dating back millennia. When they came home, they faced the isolation of affluent contemporary American society, leading to high rates of addiction, depression, and suicide. War veterans in less developed countries may be psychologically better off, supported by a more traditional social fabric.

    • 44 min
    Zach Hambrick on Psychometrics and the Science of Expertise – #28

    Zach Hambrick on Psychometrics and the Science of Expertise – #28

    MSU Psychology Professor Zach Hambrick joins Corey and Steve to discuss general cognitive ability, the science of personnel selection, and research on the development of skills and expertise. Is IQ really the single best predictor of job performance? Corey questions whether g is the best predictor across all fields and whether its utility declines at a certain skill level. What does the experience of the US military tell us about talent selection? Is the 10,000 hour rule for skill development valid? What happened to the guy who tried to make himself into a professional golfer through 10,000 hours of golf practice?

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

JustLeave ,

Intelligent, practical, and well organized

Steve and Corey composed one of the most enlightening and intellectually satisfying podcasts I have come across.

They:
- don’t engage in woo-woo
- call out dubious fact and erroneous reasoning
- pick diverse and interesting topics
- teach you something new
- show up well researched on the topic at hand
- pick intriguing guests
- pose great questions for the guest
- speak clearly and concisely (little to none verbosity)

If this podcast has a weakness, it’s that by the time they’re done you’re hungry for more.

Sintheism ,

Like Radio Lab but better

This is like Radio Lab and TED Radio Hour but with more depth and nuance. Steve and Corey make a great partnership.

Spice Goblin ,

Recommended

This is absolutely worth a listen if you like the big picture.

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