Tue, 22 March 2016
In Ep#41 I was joined by biosocial criminologist, Brian Boutwell PhD. Brian works as an associate professor at St Louis University in the US and his passion for his subject is contagious. Boutwell's writing on the often overlooked role of heritability as a driver for behaviour is thought-provoking and fascinating.
Brian's current research into the biosocial impact of race differences on behaviour is likely to provoke as vociferous a reaction as his recent assertion that it's parents, not parenting, that shape who we become. The episode is fast paced, packed full of brilliant ideas and science, and caused me to reassess the way I've looked at much of social life for the last 20 years!
My conversation with Brian included the following topics;
Brian was an excellent guest who I'm already planning on having back on the show soon. Our conversation raised almost as many questions for me as it answered, an experience I'm sure you'll share upon listening.
Enjoy the episode, Dave.
For full episode notes, including all Brian's recommendations, visit the inspirelandpodcast https://inspirelandpodcast.com/ blog.
Mon, 7 March 2016
In this short episode I was joined by psychologist and author, Maria Konnikova. Maria was born in Russia but moved to the US with her family when she was 4 years old. Maria studied psychology and creative writing in Harvard where she was lucky enough to be tutored by Steven Pinker before completing her PhD in psychology at Columbia.
Maria has written for a host of titles including Scientific America, The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and Big Think, as well as having a stint as a producer on The Charlie Rose Show. Maria's first book Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes was a NYT bestseller and has been translated into 18 languages. Maria's latest book, The Confidence Game, is a psychological exploration of The Grifter (con artist) and The Mark (victim).
Our conversation included the following topics;
For full episode notes, as well as link mentioned in the interview, please visit the inspirelandpodcast blog.
Enjoy the show, Dave.