Friday, 13 September 2019

Podcast: Ignoring Officials

Do not listen to this podcast. When is it permissible to ignore the voice of authority?


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Friday, 6 September 2019

Podcast: Midges

They're persistent, irritating and difficult to ignore. Yes, Frazer, Nick and Peter discuss midges.

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Monday, 2 September 2019

Podcast: Vague Requirements

Would it be wrong to take a set of instructional schematics to the barber? We discuss when vague requirements work, and importantly when they don't.

Things mentioned in this podcast:
- Goodhart’s Law 




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Friday, 16 August 2019

Podcast: Summer Re-release: Dated Films

While Aleph Insights is on a summer break from recording podcasts, here's an episode from our archive.


Why do some films age better than others?





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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Podcast: Summer Re-release: Optimised Fruit

While Aleph Insights is on a summer break from recording podcasts, here's an episode from our archive.

What does tastiness tell us about fruit choice? Could we engineer the perfect fruit? Or are we just comparing apples and oranges?

Image: Malte Sörensen via Flickr


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Friday, 19 July 2019

Podcast: Is it Still the Nineties?

Is it meaningful to assign personalities to the decades? 

Things mentioned in this podcast:
- The thirty-year nostalgia cycle   
- When did the sixties really begin
- Did the nineties ever end? 
- Life satisfaction over time   



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Friday, 12 July 2019

Podcast: Happy Endings

Was the ending contrived? Were you satisfied by the way it ended? What makes a good ending?

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Monday, 8 July 2019

Podcast: Scaling Up to Oblivion

Why did Jamie's Italian fail? What goes wrong when businesses try to scale.

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Friday, 28 June 2019

Podcast: Chernobyl

How can we avoid the end of the world through nuclear and other cataclysmic accidents? Could Chernobyl happen again? How can we design our systems and train our people to prevent accidents? We discuss with our guest Tom Plant. 

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Friday, 21 June 2019

Podcast: The Death of Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat dies aged seven: 'Some days are grumpier than others'. A loss the meme world. Memes, what are they? Do they have some property that makes them reproduce more effectively than other ideas.

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Friday, 14 June 2019

Podcast: The Perfect Chalk

Chalk has been used by humans as a communication tool for thousands of years. Are some technologies too good to be replaced?

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Monday, 10 June 2019

Podcast: Influential v Popular

Does listening to The Grateful Dead make you yearn to meet your maker, or do you acknowledge the seminality of their music? Is the term ‘influential’ overused nowadays?  

Image: Warner Bros. Records via Wikimedia

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Friday, 24 May 2019

Podcast: Wasting celery

Some things seem difficult to purchase in the right quantities. Why do we always end up with too much celery in our fridge?

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Friday, 17 May 2019

Podcast: Spotting liars

Following Gavin Williamson’s sacking from Theresa May’s cabinet, we discuss the indicators of whether or not someone is telling the truth.  

Image: Gavin Williamson. By UK Parliament via Wikipedia

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Friday, 10 May 2019

Podcast: Can you Avoid Becoming a Victim of Irony?

David Cameron famously promised ‘stability and strong Government’ if he won the 2015 general election. How can we minimise our chances of our statements being undermined by subsequent events?

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Friday, 3 May 2019

Podcast: Why do Good Things always Come to an End?

As London’s black cabs move inexorably towards extinction, we ponder whether the progress of civilisation is merely illusory.

Image: JamesGardinerCollection via Flickr

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Friday, 26 April 2019

Podcast: Emotions and Decision-making

David Simoes-Brown, CEO of 100%Open, tells us why we should trust our feelings when it comes to important decisions.

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Saturday, 20 April 2019

Podcast: When do you Become a Grown-up?

When do you grow up? Is there a cut off age to childhood or are we constantly growing up?

Image: rawpixel.com

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Friday, 12 April 2019

Podcast: Algorithmic Bias

What happens when algorithms learn to be biased? What does that even mean? We talk to special guest Dr Jess Whittlestone from the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence about whether algorithmic bias is something to worry about, and whether anything can be done about it? 

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Friday, 29 March 2019

Podcast: Transgender Women and Sports

Should transgender women be allowed to compete in women’s sports? Is it unfair on cis women if they do? Is it unfair on trans women if they can’t? Is there a coherent logic to the partitioning of sporting events?

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Friday, 22 March 2019

Podcast: Modelling Other People

Understanding how other people are going to behave is a key element of analysis and forecasting. But professional actors do this all the time. We talk to special guest Edmund Kingsley to find out what insights the acting trade can offer for analysts.


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Friday, 15 March 2019

Podcast: Tidiness

What’s the point of tidying up? It’s just moving stuff from one place to another. But does it offer cognitive and health benefits, and if so why? 

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Friday, 1 March 2019

Podcast: Americanisms

Is the slow creep of Americanisms into the British vernacular a pernicious assault on our linguistic heritage, or should we just chill?

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Friday, 22 February 2019

Podcast: Is Creativity Overrated?

Where would we be without the likes of Da Vinci, Turing and Goethe?

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Friday, 15 February 2019

Podcast: Smells like... something

Why is smell the oft forgotten sense, and where does following our nose take us?


Image: Somebody via Some place


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Friday, 8 February 2019

Podcast: Great people

Russia after Putin - is history shaped by great men and women, or are they just in the right place at the right time?


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Friday, 25 January 2019

Podcast: Good Analogies

What makes a good analogy? Is Tyrion Lannister a good comparison for Michael Gove?


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Friday, 18 January 2019

Podcast: Rude Vs Polite

Is being polite better than being rude? Does civility really cost nothing and buy you everything? What are the costs of being polite?

Image by Jean-√Čtienne Liotard via Wikipedia




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Friday, 11 January 2019

Podcast: Brexit Preppers

Are Preppers mad? Or are they wise to get ready for Britain to crash out the EU? Should we stock up on beans and UHT?

New York Times - Brexit Prepping: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/16/world/europe/brexit-preppers-united-kingdom.html




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Friday, 4 January 2019

Podcast: Dodgy Builders

Why do builders get such a bad rap? What makes us trust some tradespeople and not others?




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