Episode 17: The Metaphysics of Email and The Perils of Productivity (with Oliver Burkeman)
Our current productivity culture appears to peddle a false promise: If we can just get better organised, we really can do everything - no tough life choices or trade-offs need to be made! Guardian journalist and author Oliver Burkeman joins Igor and Charles to discuss the ironic effects of the pursuit of productivity, the inbox zero phenomenon, the futile denial of limitations, the Jevons paradox, Keynes’ concerns about a future society drowning in leisure time, Nietzsche’s suspicions regarding our beloved busyness, the social complexities of sending back a poorly made coffee, and the importance of living a life that is larger than politics. Igor wonders if the ‘slow-food’ philosophy can be extended to start a ‘slow-work’ movement in social and medical sciences to help address replication concerns, Oliver explains why he sat on the London underground loudly calling out the names of approaching stations to a carriage full of strangers, and Charles reveals how a ‘free-coffees-for-nice-customers’ policy can badly backfire, particularly if your customers are British. Welcome to Episode 17.
Special Guest: Oliver Burkeman.
- Oliver Burkeman | The Guardian
- Oliver Burkeman | The Antidote
- Oliver Burkeman: The Negative Path to Happiness and Success - YouTube
- Supressing the 'white bears' (American Psychological Association) - Daniel Wegner's Theory of 'Ironic Processes'
- Why time management is ruining our lives | Oliver Burkeman | Technology | The Guardian
- How to stop fighting against time. | Oliver Burkeman | TEDxUniversityofNicosia - YouTube
- Inbox Zero: What is Inbox Zero and is Zero Inbox Possible in 2019?
- The Efficiency Dilemma | The New Yorker (The Jevons Paradox)
- How the news took over reality | News | The Guardian
- Robert B. Talisse | Philosophy Department | Vanderbilt University