Solo episode on the differences between how large language models think and how we do.
I talk with menswear writer Derek Guy about clothes and how we choose to wear them.
I discuss the prospects for human settlements in space with Kelly and Zach Weinersmith.
Ask Me Anything episode for November 2023.
I talk with psychologist Michael Muthukrishna about tentative steps toward developing a theory of all human societies.
I talk with William Egginton about how Kant, Heisenberg, and Borges considered the intrinsic limitations on how we can apprehend reality.
I talk with David Deutsch about how to explain everything.
Ask Me Anything episode for October 2023.
I talk with Hannah Ritchie about working to save the environment without minimizing the threats to it.
I talk with biologist Rosemary Braun about how to think about the collective behavior that defines biological organisms.
I talk with political scientist Brendan Nyhan about information, misinformation, and how to deal with them both.
I talk with philosopher Peter Godfrey-Smith about what we can learn about minds by thinking about cephalopods.
Ask Me Anything episode for September 2023.
I talk with computer scientist Yejin Choi about how AI models can be simultaneously very smart and kind of stupid.
I talk with economist Samuel Bowles about human nature and the origin of inequality.
I talk with Mayanist David Stuart about Maya civilization, how they kept time, and what they thought about science.
Ask Me Anything episode for August 2023.
I talk about why there's not really a crisis in physics, although there definitely are ways the field could improve.
I talk with philosopher Katie Elliott about the metaphysics of laws, chances, and time travel.
I talk with astrophysicist Joseph Silk about the prospects and justifications for building telescopes on the Moon.
I talk with David Krakauer about the current state of research in complex systems.
Ask Me Anything episode for July 2023.
I talk to philosopher Tim Maudlin about the foundations of quantum mechanics, especially Bohmian (hidden variable) approaches.
I talk with cosmologist Andrew Pontzen about the state of modern cosmology and how we use simulations to understand the universe.