apocraphilia / Simon Hildebrandt

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  1. 083 - Idiot Brain - Dean Burnett

    In this episode we interview Dean Burnett, author of "Idiot Brain: What Your Brain is Really Up To." Burnett’s book is a guide to the neuroscience behind the things that our amazing brains do poorly.

    In the interview we discuss motion sickness, the pain of breakups, why criticisms are more powerful than compliments, the imposter syndrome, anti-intellectualism, irrational fears, and more. Burnett also explains how the brain is kinda sorta like a computer, but a really bad one that messes with your files, rewrites your documents, and edits your photos when you aren’t around.

    Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist who lectures at Cardiff University and writes about brain stuff over at his blog, Brain Flapping hosted by The Guardian.


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    Show notes at: www.youarenotsosmart.com

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  2. An uplifting lecture about death

    The 2014 BBC Reith lecture with Dr Atul Gawande (previously) continue to amaze, delight and inform, and the third one, "The Problem of Hubris," fundamentally changed how I think about (and what I fear about) death.

    Gawande’s lecture concerns a fundamental shift in how health technology is deployed at the end of peoples’ lives. He advocated for an evidence-supported policy that trades duration of life for quality of life, at the end. Dying patients are coached to acknowledge that they are at the end of their lives, and to identify their priorities for their last days, weeks or months, and are sent home with a hospice nurse who helps them achieve those goals, giving them enough painkillers to get through the pain, and enough ritalin (or other uppers) to function on that dose of painkiller. The results are remarkable: dying people live longer, have fewer surgeries, don’t require the ICU, and end happy and fulfilled — leaving behind survivors who are substantially less traumatized.

    It’s amazing because it’s human-centered, humane, and cheaper than the approaches currently used — and it does more to prolong life than those approaches.

    Listening to Gawande describe the research and its outcomes, I found myself feeling more optimistic about end-of-life than I have in years, since I hit the demographic bulge wherein a substantial number of my cohort and elderly relatives started to die, often in lingering, terrible ways.

    One missing element from Gawande’s lecture is treatment of people with dementia, which killed two of my grandparents so far, and is killing a third one right now. I don’t see how this can apply to their situation, which is sad, because of all the ways I’ve seen people go, dementia is by far the worst.

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  3. 073 JSJ React with Pete Hunt and Jordan Walke

    Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:01 — 51.3MB) Panel Pete Hunt (twitter github blog) Jordan Walke (twitter github) Joe Eames (twitter github blog) AJ O’Neal (twitter github blog) Jamison Dance (twitter github blog) Merrick Christensen (twitter github) […]


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  4. The Dunning-Kruger effect - The Science Show - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    The dumb get confident, while the intelligent get doubtful. That’s the conclusion that David Dunning and Justin Kruger came to when studying people’s perceptions of their own talents. What has now become known as the Dunning-Kruger effect helps describe why lay people often act as experts and inept pollies get our votes.


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  5. Ian Tregillis explains the Milkweed novels

    Rick Kleffel interviewed Ian Tregillis, author of the amazing alternate history Milkweed books, about Nazi X-Men fighting a secret war against British warlocks. Tregillis describes the process by which he came up with the premise, and especially — and most interestingly — how he came up with his brilliant treatment for Gretl, a precognitive villain who is pretty much evil personified.

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