The Remnant returns to its quarantine schedule with long-awaited guest and (possibly) the most-ever cited legal scholar, Cass Sunstein. Cass and Jonah have a longstanding camaraderie that began with a shared love of dogs – a subject they may write a book about – but they also have an uncanny ability to discuss flaws and weaknesses in one another’s political priors that’s rare in modern debate. There’s dog talk, bonobo talk, and some rank nudgery on this episode, so it’s a great pick-me-up episode with a little bit of something for everyone.


Show Notes:

Self-domestication of dogs

Cass talking about the Russian Fox Experiment

The Tame Bonobo Theory

For Kant nerds: Christine Korsgaard’s deontological argument for animal rights

Cass’ book on “The Cost-Benefit Revolution”

Cass and Thaler’s “Nudge” theory

-“Trusting Nudges”

Bound By Oath, the Institute for Justice’s 14th Amendment history podcast

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  1. RS711 Inactive

    I usually love The Remnant but am allergic to dogs and don’t really care to know anything about them. I listened for a few minutes but got bored and moved on.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 12:13 PM PDT
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  2. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    I have heard nothing but negative comments on Cass Sunstein in the past. I actually found him to be pleasant to listen to even though I am sure we are on totally opposite sides of the political spectrum. I am, like Jonah and Cass, a great lover of dogs. I have not been without one or more in my life for many years. Currently, I have two English labradors. I think without them my life would be significantly less meaningful. I have a minor allergy to dogs, but I can live with that, it is far better than living without them. There was nothing mentioned in the commentary about dogs that I wasn’t fully aware of, but it is always interesting and reinforcing to hear about behaviors you experience with your dogs that are in common with other dog owners. I have often contended that humans are not unique in being tool users. Chimps obviously fashion and use implements to achieve goals. However, only dogs have adapted their owners as their personal tools. Every so often I will catch myself responding to a bit of body language or a particular sound one of my dogs has trained me to respond to, and performing the requested task as trained. Our relationship has not been one of my training them, but rather a mutual education of each of us training the other. I wasn’t particularly successful in my two marriages, but my relationships with my dogs through the years have been stellar.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 1:53 PM PDT