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Education Bookcast

Apr 5, 2021

Phillip Tetlock is an expert on expertise, but of a different kind to the late K. Anders Ericsson. While Ericsson's work focused on experts within "kind" domains (as defined by Range author David Epstein) such as music and chess, where feedback is near-immediate and clear and the rules are known to all and stated at the...


Mar 29, 2021

Jaron Lanier is a Silicon Valley veteran and a pioneer of virtual reality technology. In Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, as you might expect, he outlines his dissatisfaction with the status quo of the Internet. He admits that his generation of Silicon Valley engineers and entrepreneurs...


Mar 1, 2021

This is the last part of the multi-part episode on David Lancy's The Anthropology of Childhood. I share the main points of what I've learned, what I think of the book, and the way that Professor Lancy summarises the main points of the text.

Among the things we've learned are the differential ways that WEIRD (western,...


Feb 25, 2021

This is the second from last part of the multi-part episode on The Anthropology of Childhood by David Lancy.

This part concerns school. It answers questions such as:

  • What are parents' attitudes to school when exposed to it for the first time?
  • How do children from traditional pre-state societies fare when schools are...


Feb 25, 2021

This recording is the seventh part of a multi-part episode on Professor David Lancy's book The Anthropology of Childhood.

In this episode, we look at adolescence, including questions such as:

  • Does adolescence really exist?
  • How does it vary across societies?
  • What role do adolescents play in social change?
  • Why are...