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Clearer Thinking is the brand-new podcast about ideas that truly matter. Join Spencer Greenberg each week as he has fun, in-depth conversations with brilliant people, exploring useful ideas related to psychology, society, behavior change, philosophy, science, artificial intelligence, math, economics, self-help, mental health, and technology. If you enjoy learning about powerful, practical concepts and frameworks, wish you had more deep, intellectual conversations in your life, or are looking ...
 
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What are the benefits of studying history? How do we find useful historical analyses? Can learning about history save us from repeating it? Is America decaying as a nation, empire, and/or leading world power? Generally speaking, what causes empires to fail? Is the aging and decay experienced by organic bodies analogous to the aging and decay experi…
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich tip off the podcast with UConn head coach Dan Hurley to discuss starting his career as a high school basketball coach, coaching at a large public university versus a city school, getting the pro-sports treatment in Connecticut, retaining players with the transfer portal, failing publicly and the Hurley family coaching …
 
What is "The Index"? What are some benefits of externally compiling and organizing one's knowledge? When is spaced repetition useful? How can we co-opt our visual systems to boost memory? Would we all be more interested in producing an external personal knowledgebase if we could feel on a visceral level how much information is constantly being forg…
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich tip off the podcast discussing Dan’s appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Mark Emmert’s contract extension, if second-time transfers will create another issue in college basketball and Kevin Durant’s efficiency. Then, Seth talks to new Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd about leaving Gonzaga, navigating relationships at …
 
What's the current state of cryptocurrency? What are the good and bad aspects of crypto? To what extent have the promises of crypto panned out? How do blockchain and cryptocurrency even work anyway? What are "proof of work" and "proof of stake"? What are the differences between Bitcoin and Ethereum? What sorts of transactions are made easy or possi…
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich tip off the podcast talking to new Marquette head coach Shaka Smart. They discuss his wild March that entailed four road games to close the regular season, winning the Big 12 tournament, losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and accepting the Marquette job. They also get into what’s it been like traveling to…
 
How does a behavioral scientist apply her knowledge to her own life? What fraction of our behaviors are deliberative, and what fraction are automatic? In what ways are we insufficiently scientific in our attempts to diagnose behavior problems? To what extent is introspection important for behavior change? Can behavior change take place without rela…
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich tip off the podcast with Dakich discussing comments he made on radio after his friend Bobby “Slick” Leonard passed and Arizona hiring Tommy Lloyd. Then the guys talk to new Texas head coach Chris Beard about roster construction in the age of the transfer portal, putting together his staff, the plan for his first 100 da…
 
What are "scout" and "soldier" mindsets? How can we have productive disagreements even when one person isn't in scout mindset? Is knowing about good rationality habits sufficient to reason well? When do we naturally tend to be in scout mindset or soldier mindset? When is each mindset beneficial or harmful? Are humans "rationally irrational"? What a…
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich tip off the podcast applauding the NCAA and the state of Indiana for pulling off an exciting tournament in the middle of a pandemic. Then the guys discuss Baylor’s domination of Gonzaga in the national championship, knowing Gonzaga had a problem from the first possession, Baylor doing whatever it wanted on offense, Dav…
 
Should we trust social science research? What is the open science movement? What is the "file drawer" effect? How can common sense help social science dig itself out of the replicability crisis? Is social science in the West too focused on interventions for individuals? How useful is the Implicit Association Test? How useful is the concept of "grit…
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich tip off the podcast discussing Gonzaga’s last second overtime win over UCLA, Jalen Suggs’ shot, the Bruins playing nearly a perfect game, Drew Timme taking a charge at the end of the game, Baylor playing its best basketball against Houston, if Davion Mitchell played himself into the lottery, if fatigue will be a factor…
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich are nearing the end of the college basketball season and are here to preview the Final Four. They discuss Gonzaga’s defense being better than advertised, Houston's offensive rebounding, Davion Mitchell being the most exciting player left in the tournament, the unlikelihood of UCLA’s run and how the Bulldogs stack up ag…
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich tip off the podcast talking to new Indiana head coach Mike Woodson about the reception to his hiring in Bloomington, meeting with the players still on the team, recruiting in the NBA, getting used to a different style of play in the college game and if Larry Brown will join his staff.…
 
What can we learn about people from search data? What does search data reveal about human nature that surveys and polls fail to reveal? What patterns of searching do people exhibit when they're suffering from mental and physical illnesses? How can we use data to make better decisions, become better parents, date better, and be happier? Seth Stephen…
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich preview the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, discussing how offensive rebounding could be the deciding factor in Oral Roberts-Arkansas, Baylor’s ability to turn teams over, Oregon State changing defenses, if Houston will try to prevent Buddy Boeheim from catching the ball, how Oregon can deal with USC’s length, if Crei…
 
What can people learn from playing poker? What makes someone good at playing games? What is the OODA loop? What is a "premortem" analysis of decision-making? How should we think about decisions that aren't easily (or even possibly) reversible? What do people get wrong when they're trying to be more productive? What is a "forcing function"? How can …
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich recap the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, discussing if Iowa was ever good enough, Creighton bouncing back, not giving USC enough credit throughout the season, if Alabama is the most dangerous team in the tournament, the fighting Leonard Hamiltons, Syracuse’s improved defense, Loyola Chicago shutting down Ayo Dos…
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich tip off the podcast discussing the coaching carousel and Dan delivering his definitive take on Indiana firing Archie Miller. Then, the guys take a second look at the bracket and talk about if a shorthanded Kansas can hang, LSU’s potential, Michigan without Isaiah Livers, locking up Georgetown over Colorado, James Boukn…
 
What is normative hedonism? What's the difference between wanting something and wanting to want something? Should we only care about the experiences of conscious beings? What's wrong with moral discourse? Does philosophy ever actually make progress, or is it still only discussing the things that were discussed a thousand years ago? What is (or shou…
 
Greenberg and Dakich discuss the West region of the NCAA Tournament, including USC’s defense, a good draw for Iowa, Gonzaga likely to reach the Final Four and if Ohio could be a problem for Virginia. Plus, the guys share their thoughts on Championship Week.Di ESPN, Seth Greenberg, Dan Dakich
 
Greenberg and Dakich discuss the South region of the NCAA Tournament, including if they have any concerns with Baylor, Wisconsin-UNC is one of the most interesting first round games, Why they won’t pick against Villanova in the first round, North Texas being an elite defensive team and their thoughts on Virginia Tech.…
 
Greenberg and Dakich discuss the Midwest region of the NCAA Tournament, including The Ramblin’ Trophy, if Oregon State can keep up its lights out shooting, Jim Boeheim feeling red hot, Kelvin Sampson coaching in Assembly Hall and Illinois playing the best basketball in the country right now.Di ESPN, Seth Greenberg, Dan Dakich
 
What is superintelligence? Can a superintelligence be controlled? Why aren't people (especially academics, computer scientists, and companies) more worried about superintelligence alignment problems? Is it possible to determine whether or not an AI is conscious? Do today's neural networks experience some form of consciousness? Are humans general in…
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich tip off the podcast discussing championship week, the Big Ten tournament, the biggest opening round game in the ACC tournament and Virginia snapping up the regular season title from Florida State. Then, Joe Lunardi hops on to talk about his new book “Bracketology: March Madness, College Basketball, and the Creation of …
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich tip off the podcast discussing Greg McDermott’s suspension at Creighton, Villanova losing Collin Gillespie, Michigan’s remarkable season, throwing a sock at Indiana, being all in on West Virginia, Oklahoma State playing with joy, Illinois-Ohio State, the race for the ACC regular season title, why a Mid-American Confere…
 
Why should we meditate? What are the typical developmental stages as one progresses along the contemplative path? What does it mean to "hold an ontology loosely"? Are some meditative techniques inappropriate for some practitioners? Are there risks associated with meditation? Further reading: Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha by Daniel Ingr…
 
Greenberg and Dakich tip off the podcast discussing Michigan State’s improvement, Juwan Howard as the coach of the year, if Virginia can get out the first weekend and why they wouldn’t want to see Kentucky in the SEC tournament. Then, Iowa’ Luka Garza joins the show to talk about the 2020 season ending early, coming back for his senior season, Chuc…
 
What's the best way to teach rationality? How do you communicate rationalist principles to people who aren't already interested in thinking more clearly? What has COVID taught us about how people typically make decisions and think about problems? Where and how can the rationalist community improve? Does rationalism have anything to say about (for e…
 
How much preference falsification is occurring in society? What's the difference between conflict theory and mistake theory? Why is postmodernism useful to understand? Michael Vassar was the President of the Singularity Institute from 2009 to 2012. Subsequently, he has worked in business consulting, especially in association with cutting edge scien…
 
Greenberg and Dakich tip off the podcast talking about Jalen Johnson’s decision to leave Duke, the unrealistic expectations of players, the Fighting Leonard Hamiltons sending a message that they’re for real, Michigan beating Wisconsin on the road after a three week pause, Drake’s big win over Loyola Chicago, if Belmont will make the tournament, how…
 
What is the Moral Foundations Theory? Is the MFT a model that's only intended to describe human behavior and psychology, or does it also make claims about what's actually true about morality? Why does morality exist in the first place? How can the MFT be used to have better conversations across ideological and cultural divides? What (if anything) h…
 
Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich tip off the podcast discussing Iowa’s fragility, Ohio State’s toughness, the Duke-UNC scrimmage, why Seth doesn’t think anyone is playing well, how the Pac-12 continues to be mediocre and Gonzaga as the old Marquette. Then, Missouri head coach Martin Cuonzo hops on to talk about his love of vacuums and leaf blowers, li…
 
How well do we identify with our past and future selves? What are some of the ways we can develop self-awareness and emotional control? How can we learn more and learn faster at a younger age? How can we best express emotions like sadness and anger? What are our intrinsic values, and what should they be? Simone is a Cambridge-educated crumpet addic…
 
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