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  1. Kim Stanley Robinson and Sheldon Solomon on exploration and death – books podcast | Books | The Guardian

    Can humanity escape extinction by reaching for the stars? We confront final questions with the science fiction novelist Kim Stanley Robinson and the psychologist Sheldon Solomon.

    We’re heading off into the unknown in this week’s podcast, with a pair of writers who explore what drives our human experiment.

    The writer Kim Stanley Robinson has been examining possible futures for humanity for 40 years in a series of novels that stretch from nuclear devastation through climate chaos to Mars and beyond. His latest novel, Aurora, pushes 500 years onwards with a story of a vast starship on a 200-year journey to Tau Ceti.

    Robinson explains why he decided to write a generation starship novel and why he’s happier pushing at the boundaries of fiction rather than the boundaries of science.

    The psychologist Sheldon Solomon has, by contrast, been expanding the realm of science, putting an insight from ancient philosophy – that our lives are shaped by our awareness of our own mortality – on a sound experimental footing.

    Solomon explains how he and his colleagues Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski have been measuring the ways in which the fear of death alters our behaviour and how the stories we tell ourselves against that fear have forged history.

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  2. Partially Examined Life Ep. 42: Feminist Moral Psychology | The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast | A Philosophy Podcast and Blog

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  3. How Psychology Solved The Mystery Of A Lost Shipwreck : NPR

    In November 1941, two warships from Australia and Germany clashed off the coast of western Australia. Both sank. Despite extensive search efforts during and after World War II, the ships weren’t found until 2008, after a team of psychologists analyzed the statements given by the surviving German crew members.

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  4. The David Sirota Show - Thursday 8-11-11 Hour 2

    David McRaney our special guest to talk about his AlterNet piece Why do People Believe Stupid Stuff, Even When They’re Confronted With the Truth. David is the author of the upcoming book You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself. At 8:25 we threw out news stories and at 8:35 we talked with Jeff Ryan about his book Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America.

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  5. Celebrating Boredom | On Point

    Life can be very exciting. It can also be boring.

    Ancient Greeks knew it. Romans knew it. Monks in the desert knew it.

    And on long summer days or Sunday afternoons, in lines waiting, or lecture halls wilting, anyone can know boredom.

    We avoid it. But sometimes we may just need it. To escape the clamor and rush of modern life.

    We’ll talk with classicist Peter Toohey today about the history and value of boredom. With movie critic A.O. Scott about long boring movies. And with Jonah Leher about boredom as the door to dreams.

    This hour On Point: what’s interesting about boredom.

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  6. Happiness around the World: the paradox of happy peasants and miserable millionaires

    The determinants of happiness are remarkably similar around the world, in countries as different as Afghanistan, the U.S, and Chile. Income matters to happiness but only so much; friends, freedom, and employment are good for happiness, while crime, poor health, and divorce are bad. Paradoxically, however, people in places like Afghanistan can be as happy as those in much wealthier and safer ones like Chile. One explanation is the remarkable human capacity to adapt to adversity and hardship. While adaptation may be a good thing for individual wellbeing, it can also result in collective tolerance for bad equilibrium which are difficult for societies to escape from.

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