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Podcast #169: Harvard Professor Steven Pinker on Rational Thinking, the Monty Hall Problem, and the Case for Objective Truth

Podcast #169: Harvard Professor Steven Pinker on Rational Thinking, the Monty Hall Problem, and the Case for Objective Truth

Enlightenment Now author Steven Pinker speaks with Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay about his newly published book, Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters

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Quillette's Best on Human Nature

Quillette's Best on Human Nature

The Behavioral Ecology of Male Violence | William Buckner “Globally, men are 95 percent of homicide offenders and 79 percent of victims. Sex differences in lethal violence tend to be remarkably consistent, on every continent, across every type of society, from hunter-gatherers to large-scale nation states.” The Real Causes of Human

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Podcast #168: Jonathan Haidt on Instagram’s Mental Health Emergency

Podcast #168: Jonathan Haidt on Instagram’s Mental Health Emergency

Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay speaks with NYU professor and Coddling of the American Mind Co-Author Jonathan Haidt about the emotionally destructive effect of social media on many young users.

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Podcast #167: Vivek Ramaswamy on the 'Woke Smoke' Blown by Corporate America

Podcast #167: Vivek Ramaswamy on the 'Woke Smoke' Blown by Corporate America

Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay speaks with 36-year-old biotech entrepreneur and author Vivek Ramaswamy about how corporate elites burnish their progressive bona fides (and distract their critics) with anti-racism slogans and hashtags—instead of taking concrete steps to address real inequalities within their organizations.

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Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up

Bitter Lessons from AfghanistanA review of Can Intervention Work? by Rory Stewart and Gerald Knaus; W.W. Norton, 272 pages (August 2011) The American War in Afghanistan: A History by Carter Malkasian; OUP, 576 pages (July 2021) The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War by Craig Whitlock; Simon

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Podcast #166: Josh Szeps on the Myth of Australia’s COVID ‘Concentration Camps’

Podcast #166: Josh Szeps on the Myth of Australia’s COVID ‘Concentration Camps’

Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay interviews ABC presenter and podcaster Josh Szeps about Australia’s unique experience in managing the COVID pandemic—and the urban legends the country’s quarantine system has spawned among right-wing pundits on the other side of the world.

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Quillette's Best on Campus Crises

Quillette's Best on Campus Crises

The Hysterical Campus | Heather Mac Donald "Hyperbole is part and parcel of political speech. But I would hope that there are some remaining faculty with enough of a lingering connection to reality who would realize that I and other conservatives are not a literal threat to minority students.” Workers vs.

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Podcast #165: Peter Boghossian on Why He Quit Portland State University

Podcast #165: Peter Boghossian on Why He Quit Portland State University

“Grievance Studies” hoaxster and philosophy professor Peter Boghossian tells Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay why he could no longer continue waging his struggle for intellectual pluralism without first shaking off the ideological constraints of campus life.

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