Episodes: Masonry

54: David Epstein – Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World

Richard Kilgarriff shares OMI with The No.1 New York Times best-selling author who specialises in the science of sports and performance, but wants us all to explore the wider benefits of generalisation if we are to become the very best at whatever we do in life and work. Get a copy of David’s book RANGE HERE...

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53: George Dyson – The Entangled Destinies of Nature, Humans and Machines

In this episode Richard Kilgarriff meets George Dyson, the science historian who presents human evolution and technology in the context of the natural world. In his latest book, ANALOGIA, (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Analogia-George-Dyson/dp/1846147441/ref=pd_lpo_14_t_0/260-6104575-8422968?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1846147441&pd_rd_r=4324f819-9d1f-456a-8d4f-36d56a995465&pd_rd_w=3dM3o&pd_rd_wg=darFU&pf_rd_p=7b8e3b03-1439-4489-abd4-4a138cf4eca6&pf_rd_r=1897SRTW7GYK78N6MY8G&psc=1&refRID=1897SRTW7GYK78N6MY8G/?tag=bookomi-21) The Entangled Destinies of Nature, Human Beings and Machines, George challenges the assumption that digital technology, made by human code, is naturally superior and separate...

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52: Mike Berners-Lee – The Carbon Footprint of Everything

In this episode we meet the carbon footprint connoisseur who wants us to hone our instincts for measuring the production of harmful greenhouse gases before, during and after everything we make, eat, live and love to do… from sending an email to flying round the world…it all adds up to tonnes of trouble for life...

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51: Elspeth Kirkman – Explaining Behavioural Insights

In this episode Rachel Schofield challenges you to consider how much of your behaviour is influenced by your unconscious self. On the surface you may think you are the embodiment of rational decision-making, but behavioural insights expert Elspeth Kirkman thinks otherwise. Get a copy of Elspeth’s book HERE (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Behavioral-Insights-Press-Essential-Knowledge/dp/0262539403/?tag=bookomi-21)

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50: Richard Ovenden – A History of Knowledge Under Attack

We celebrate our 50th episode with Richard Ovenden, the director of the world famous Bodleian Library in Oxford. He reveals how knowledge has been attacked (and preserved) through the ages, telling us a great deal about culture, society and civilisation in every century, including our own. Get your Copy of Burning The Books from Primrose...

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49: Sarah Frier – The Inside Story of Instagram

In this episode, Richard Kilgarriff meets Bloomberg journalist Sarah Frier, whose job it is to explain how social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram have changed how society sees itself; looking at the future through their lens so we can understand where we are (and who we are) today… Get your copy of...

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48: Tim Wigmore – The Best: How Elite Athletes Are Made

Richard Kilgarriff meets the Telegraph, Economist and New York Times writer who looks deep into the business and science behind performance at the very top of professional sport. Get your copy of Tim’s book HERE (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-How-Champions-Are-Made/dp/1529304350)

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47: James Suzman – Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time

In this episode Richard Kilgarriff shares OMI with social anthropologist James Suzman, digging deep into the “evolutionary legacy” behind our need to work. James Suzman has lived with the Bushmen of Botswana’s eastern Kalahari for more than 25 years. He is the author of Affluence Without Abundance and heads the Cambridge-based research and support organisation...

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46: Leonard Mlodinow – Stephen Hawking: A Memoir of Friendship and Physics

Richard Kilgarriff meets the theoretical physicist, screenwriter and best-selling author who spent two decades collaborating with the world’s most popular scientist, Stephen Hawking – orbiting the genius and the tragedy of a man set high on a pedestal by his peers and the public, but physically diminished by a disease that left him “at the...

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45: James Hamblin – The New Science of Skin and The Beauty of Doing Less

Physician turned Atlantic staff writer James Hamblin went without a shower or a bath for five years –  The experiment caused outrage and disgust in some people who see cleanliness as a social responsibility, but for many he offered a vision of liberation from dependency on hygiene products that, if over-used, may do more harm...

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44: Christie Watson – The Courage To Care

Richard Kilgarriff shares OMI with the nurse who became an Costa award-winning, Sunday Times best-selling novelist, non-fiction writer and Professor of Medical and Health Humanities. Her memoir is a whirlwind of pain, love, life and death from the frontline of nursing, up to and including the current pandemic. Get Your copy of Christie’s book COURAGE...

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43: Cass Sunstein – Understanding What You DON’T Want to Know in (and out of) a Pandemic

In this episode Richard Kilgarriff shares OMI with Cass Sunstein – the former White House advisor to Barak Obama and now Chair of the World Health Organization’s Technical Advisory Group on Behavioural Insights. He wants us to re-think the way we demand, consume and generate information and knowledge about ourselves and the world around us....

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