Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Podcast: Good vs Bad Distractions

Is procrastination a total waste of time or can it be productive? If you have something important to do, you should really spend the next 25 minutes listening to us discuss the topic.

In this podcast we discuss why we feel the urge to procrastinate, and whether it reduces or increases stress in the long run. We also consider the nature of tasks we like to avoid and what the potential benefits of time wasting activities might be.

A few things we mentioned in this podcast:

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Podcast: Lost and (not) Found

What does it mean when we lose something and why are some of us better at finding things than others?

We define the concept of losing something and discuss different heuristics, strategies and technologies that have developed to help us find things. We also mention the psychological impact of losing something, how much time we spend looking for stuff and consider why some people may be better predisposed to locate misplaced objects.

A few things we mentioned in this podcast:

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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Podcast: Declining Fertility

Recent research suggests there will be a significant reduction in the birth rate over the course of the next century. What would this mean if it were true? 

In this podcast we discuss the accuracy of population forecasts, the assumptions they are based on, and the relationship between the number of people and factors such as productivity and societal innovation. We also attempt to predict some of the implications of an aging population with fewer children and ask whether there is an optimal number of human beings.

A few things we mentioned in this podcast:

BBC coverage of declining fertility  

The ‘Lump of Labour’ fallacy 

Derek Parfit’s repugnant conclusion 

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Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Podcast: Toast and Marmot

With a case of the bubonic plague being contracted in Mongolia after consumption of a wild marmot, we consider whether disgust at certain foodstuffs serves a protective purpose.

We all experience disgust, but do we really think about it? In our latest podcast, we list some of the more disgusting foods we've come across while discussing why we find somethings more repugnant than others.

A few things we mentioned in this podcast:



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