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Monday
Feb202017

RS 178 - Tim Urban on "Trying to live well, as semi-rational animals"

Release date: February 20th, 2017

Tim Urban

This episode features Tim Urban, author of popular longform illustrated blog Wait But Why. Julia and Tim explore one of their common interests: the tension between the rational and irrational aspects of human nature. Is there any value in the "irrational" parts of us (such as Tim's colorfully named "instant gratification monkey" and "social approval mammoth")? And can recognizing that tension help us live better -- or are we stuck struggling between our animal and rational selves?

Tim's Pick: Sam Harris's Interview of Glenn Loury, "Racism and Violence in America"

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

 

Full Transcripts 

Reader Comments (2)

But how do we balance the tension between the cheese-eating surrender monkey and the sexual harassment panda?
February 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMax
Such a shame this potentially interesting discussion was spoilt by the sheer volume and overuse of the word "like" (three in succession at one point) by both parties. It was surely a conversation between two over-excited "teenagers in a school locker room" and painful to the ear.
Alas, I never made it to the end :(

Julia, I AM a fan of these podcasts (and most of your output) but this was awful. I could swear you'd met your dream "date" and lost the plot.
S-l-o-w D-o-w-n. Then most of the "pause" words for thinking will fade away.
March 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

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