Our mutual New York knitting pal Elisabeth turned me on to the Hidden Brain podcast, hosted by Shankar Vedantam. It’s about the unconscious psychological and biological patterns that drive our behavior, even behavior we perceive as based on rational choice.
I always learn something surprising, and it’s often about something I’ve never given a moment’s consideration. People have deeply ingrained psychological differences, as it turns out. Who knew?
The list of episodes is here. The episodes range from just under a half hour to nearly an hour in length. The one I listened to most recently was “Nature, Nurture and Your Politics,” which first aired on October 8, 2018. (My politics are entirely rational, by the way.) Here’s another good one: “Eyes Wide Open”, about skipping sleep. (The video up top is about a famous sleep-skipping stunt in the 1960s.)
I hope everyone is enjoying a particularly luxuriant Saturday, maybe with some Thanksgiving leftovers on the menu.