Sinopsis

Podcast by Aleph Insights

Episodios

  • Death Of Serendipity

    Death Of Serendipity

    19/01/2020 Duración: 26min

    Does our always on, instantly connected world mean that we’ve lost the job of serendipity? Can we engineer our environment to maximise the chance of good things happening to us? Image: The Three Princes of Serendip Things mentioned in this podcast: - Red Dwarf - ‘Future Echoes’ https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x41k0sb - Doing the same thing twice is more fun than you think https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/04/rereading-books-rewatching-movies-decisions/587416/ - The Secretary Problem https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_problem - Games of Life by Karl Sigmund https://www.amazon.co.uk/Games-Life-Explorations-Evolution-Behaviour/dp/0198547838 For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player https://link.chtbl.com/SQeIgc44

  • Does inequality actually matter?

    Does inequality actually matter?

    10/01/2020 Duración: 28min

    Does inequality actually matter? If it does, why? What problems does it cause? Is it self fulfilling? Is our objection to it a moral one, or is there there rational economic issues with it? Image: Wellcome Collection ref ICV No 12015 V0011749 Things mentioned in this podcast: - Is there really more inequality? https://www.economist.com/briefing/2019/11/28/economists-are-rethinking-the-numbers-on-inequality - Political freedom and inequality https://www.mdpi.com/2227-7099/5/2/18/pdf - Is inequality actually a problem? https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0760/6/4/147/pdf - Predictive factors for happiness https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01176/full - Mises’ defence of inequality https://mises.org/library/inequality-wealth-and-incomes - How economic inequality harms societies | Richard Wilkinson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ7LzE3u7Bw - UK Inequality https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjwhnhtCwsM For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your

  • Cats vs Dogs - Which is better?

    Cats vs Dogs - Which is better?

    05/01/2020 Duración: 28min

    Are you a cat or a dog person? Which is best? Image: nguyen hoangnam via Flickr Things mentioned in this podcast: - Moral Foundations Theory https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_foundations_theory - PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report https://www.pdsa.org.uk/get-involved/our-campaigns/pdsa-animal-wellbeing-report - Who’s Smarter: Cats or Dogs? Psychology Today - https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/valley-girl-brain/201812/who-s-smarter-cats-or-dogs - Cats are just as loyal as dogs https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/cats-loyal-owners-dogs-behaviour-myth-a9118496.html - Dogs share food https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170127112954.htm Will your dog or cat eat you when you die? https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/06/pets-dogs-cats-eat-dead-owners-forensics-science/ - Cat social behaviour https://www.msdvetmanual.com/behavior/normal-social-behavior-and-behavioral-problems-of-domestic-animals/social-behavior-of-cats - Evidence of dog altruism https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/stu

  • In the Torid Midsummer

    In the Torid Midsummer

    21/12/2019 Duración: 26min

    What’s it like to celebrate Christmas in the southern hemisphere? Are there things about christmas that don’t make sense in summer? Image: Milz via pixels.com Things mentioned in this podcast: - Was Jesus born on 25 December? https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/when-was-jesus-born/ - Average monthly temperature of cities https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_average_temperature - Things to do in Wichita at Christmas https://www.google.com/search?q=wichita+christmas+events&oq=wichita+christmas&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l4.2239j1j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;events&rciv=evn&sxsrf=ACYBGNQUDj2uHQUMZqneSzGli7vHGsO5jw:1574686584061#htivrt=events&htidocid=F7M37PunUtLJvVeVJpA8-A%3D%3D&fpstate=tldetail For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player https://link.chtbl.com/SQeIgc44

  • Out Of Touch

    Out Of Touch

    16/12/2019 Duración: 30min

    What does it mean to be out of touch? Why do we expect our leaders to be in tune with everyday people and their concerns? Image: Ewan Munro via Wikimedia.org Things mentioned in this podcast: - Influence of class on attitudes https://www.bsa.natcen.ac.uk/media/38459/bsa30_social_class_final.pdf - Effect of poverty on decision-making http://www.lse.ac.uk/business-and-consultancy/consulting/assets/documents/how-poverty-affects-peoples-decision-making-processes.pdf - Principle Skinner AmI Out Of Touch meme. https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/am-i-out-of-touch - FONK https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fonk - Nomophobia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nomophobia For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player https://link.chtbl.com/SQeIgc44

  • Boo to a Goose

    Boo to a Goose

    06/12/2019 Duración: 25min

    Is it wrong to do amoral things in computer games? Is it ok to bully people as a goose in Untitled Goose Game? Image: House House Things mentioned in this podcast: - Untitled Goose Game https://goose.game/ - Ethics in the Virtual World by Garry Young https://philpapers.org/rec/YOUEIT-2 For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:219479129/sounds.rss

  • Different Animals Different Languages

    Different Animals Different Languages

    29/11/2019 Duración: 28min

    Why do animal sounds vary between languages? Image: Alex Andrews via Pexels.com Things mentioned in this podcast: - Onomatopoeia in different languages https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-linguistic_onomatopoeias - Idiophones https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiophone - Disentangling canid howls across multiple species and subspecies: Structure in a complex communication channel https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/wolf-species-have-howling-dialects - Ylvis - What Does The Fox Say? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:219479129/sounds.rss

  • Viral Responsibility

    Viral Responsibility

    22/11/2019 Duración: 24min

    Assuming we can’t blame a virus for its own evolutionary success, just whose fault is it when we catch something? Image: Robert E. Bates, USCDCP via pixnio.com Things mentioned in this podcast: - Data on childhood vaccination in England https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/nhs-immunisation-statistics/england-2017-18 - The law on transmission of STDs https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/intentional-or-reckless-sexual-transmission-infection - The NYT on the ethics of infection https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/sunday-review/the-ethics-of-infection.html - Contagiousness v deadliness from Information is Beautiful https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/the-microbescope-infectious-diseases-in-context/ For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:219479129/sounds.rss

  • Seven Ages: First Puking and Mewling...

    Seven Ages: First Puking and Mewling...

    15/11/2019 Duración: 29min

    Can you be forever young or wise beyond your years? Is age a justifiable way of categorising people? Image: William Mulready RA via Wikipedia Things mentioned in this podcast: - Shakespeare’s ‘Seven Ages of Man’ https://www.thoughtco.com/shakespeares-seven-ages-of-man-2831433 - Peak age in different sports https://www.thestatszone.com/archive/olympic-sports-how-does-peak-age-vary-13812 - Cognitive changes with age https://www.canyonranch.com/blog/health/how-your-brain-changes-with-age/ - When people get married https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/marriagecohabitationandcivilpartnerships/bulletins/marriagesinenglandandwalesprovisional/2016 - When people have children https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/livebirths/bulletins/birthcharacteristicsinenglandandwales/2017 - Do we become more conservative as we age? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/03/do-we-become-more-conservative-with-age-young-old-politics -

  • Neoteric Vocabulation

    Neoteric Vocabulation

    10/11/2019 Duración: 32min

    Peter, Nick and Fraser mansplain the adoption of new vocabulary for any wordies out there - totes adorbs. Image: artyangel via pixabay.com Things mentioned in this podcast: - Plotkin paper on information theory and language evolution https://langev.com/pdf/plotkin00languageEvolution.pdf - Bentz et al on entropy across different languages http://www.socsci.uci.edu/~lpearl/colareadinggroup/readings/BentzEtAl2017_CrossLingEntropy.pdf - Linguistic determinism https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/concepts/#LinDetLinRel For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:219479129/sounds.rss

  • You’ll Have your Eye Out

    You’ll Have your Eye Out

    01/11/2019 Duración: 24min

    Should we spend time worrying about the risk of freak accidents? Image: Theo Campbell and Kaz Crossley by Theo Campbell Things mentioned in this podcast: - Theo Campbell’s accident https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49483153 - National Statistics death data https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths - Micromorts infographic https://www.visualcapitalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/crunching-numbers-on-mortality.html - What people actually worry about https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/why-we-worry/201305/what-do-we-worry-about For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:219479129/sounds.rss

  • Harmful Prayers

    Harmful Prayers

    26/10/2019 Duración: 26min

    Can the call for divine intervention be a cause of harm? God only knows. Image: wlox.com Things mentioned in this podcast: - Willingness to pay for prayers https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/09/10/1908268116 - Hate crime advice https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/discrimination/hate-crime/what-are-hate-incidents-and-hate-crime/ - Harrassment advice https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/discrimination/what-are-the-different-types-of-discrimination/harassment/ For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:219479129/sounds.rss

  • How American is American Football?

    How American is American Football?

    21/10/2019 Duración: 28min

    Cowboys, 49ers and Patriots - can we determine anything about a culture based on the sports it plays? Image: KeithJJ via pixabay Things mentioned in this podcast: - Geert Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions https://data.world/adamhelsinger/geerthofstedeculturaldimension - Hofstede’s methodology https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1014&context=orpc - All-time Olympic medal table https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/countries-with-the-most-olympic-medals.html For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:219479129/sounds.rss

  • Energising the Base

    Energising the Base

    11/10/2019 Duración: 33min

    Do fiery rhetoric and extreme policies help win elections? Image: Bundesarchiv via Wikipedia Things mentioned in this podcast: - Kaldor-Hicks criterion https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaldor%E2%80%93Hicks_efficiency - ‘That which is seen, and that which is unseen’ (Bastiat) http://bastiat.org/en/twisatwins.html - Public spending in the UK since 1900 https://www.ukpublicspending.co.uk/past_spending - List of UK pressure groups https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pressure_groups_in_the_United_Kingdom For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:219479129/sounds.rss

  • Learning from History

    Learning from History

    05/10/2019 Duración: 37min

    "If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience." Was George Bernard Shaw right about the lessons of the past? Image: Public domain via Wikicommons Special Guest: Dr Kristian Gustafson https://www.brunel.ac.uk/people/kristian-gustafson For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:219479129/sounds.rss

  • Fragility

    Fragility

    20/09/2019 Duración: 30min

    The internet provides a level of information resilience that mankind has never before possessed. But what happens if it breaks? Image: Tekniska museet via flickr Things mentioned in this podcast: - Getting deplatformed from Apple https://boingboing.net/2019/08/13/getting-deplatformed-from-appl.html - Cloudflare outage explanation https://blog.cloudflare.com/cloudflare-outage/ - List of significant internet outages https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_outage - Verizon and BGP Optimizer outage https://blog.cloudflare.com/how-verizon-and-a-bgp-optimizer-knocked-large-parts-of-the-internet-offline-today/ For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:219479129/sounds.rss

  • Ignoring Officials

    Ignoring Officials

    13/09/2019 Duración: 27min

    Do not listen to this podcast. When is it permissible to ignore the voice of authority? Image: Danny Lawson via PA Images Things mentioned in this podcast: - Whaley Bridge residents who refuse to move https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-49210937 For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:219479129/sounds.rss

  • Midges

    Midges

    06/09/2019 Duración: 23min

    They're persistent, irritating and difficult to ignore. Yes, Frazer, Nick and Peter discuss midges. Image: CSIRO via Wikipedia Things mentioned in this podcast: - Midge facts https://www.lifesystems.co.uk/news/45-facts-about-the-highland-midge and https://www.highlandtitles.com/blog/midges/ - Parasite strategies https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/full/10.1098/rsif.2013.1108 - How successful is terrorism? https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/5fa3/f5d6d2ff50c200e759eba39509d179b0e33c.pdf For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:219479129/sounds.rss

  • Vague Requirements

    Vague Requirements

    02/09/2019 Duración: 28min

    Would it be wrong to take a set of instructional schematics to the barber? We discuss when vague requirements work, and importantly when they don't. Image: J Pitts via Wikipedia Things mentioned in this podcast: - Goodhart’s Law https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodhart%27s_law For more Cognitive Engineering episodes find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts, or add this RSS feed to your preferred player: feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:219479129/sounds.rss

  • Summer Re-release: Dated Films

    Summer Re-release: Dated Films

    16/08/2019 Duración: 24min

    While Aleph Insights is on a summer break from recording podcasts, here's an episode from our archive. Why do some films age better than others? Image: www.starwars.com/news/the-5-most-…s-visual-effects

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