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Author: Jim O'Shaughnessy

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Become a more nuanced thinker.

In an era of uncertainty, the ability to think dynamically and avoid getting trapped in infinite loops of thought is more important than ever.

Whether we’re discussing ancient Chinese philosophy, the history of finance, or cutting-edge advances in artificial intelligence, our host Jim O'Shaughnessy’s passion, experience, and eclectic range of interests, combined with our extensive research into our podcast guests, always result in surprising conversations which substantively engage with our guests’ ideas.

Our aim: To equip you with the tools required to navigate through the Great Reshuffle that we are in.

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Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder of Acumen, a nonprofit impact investment fund “changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas.” As well as founding Acumen in 2001, Jacqueline is a public speaker and best-selling author. She also sits on multiple philanthropic boards. Her latest book Manifesto for a Moral Revolution, “reveals 12 leadership practices for anyone eager to build a better world.” Jacqueline joins us to discuss how to create a high-trust society, the difference between moral righteousness and moral leadership, why the opposite of poverty is dignity, and MUCH more. Important Links: Acumen’s Website Acumen Academy Jacqueline’s Twitter Show Notes: Acumen’s Origins A People-First Theory of Change Emerging Entrepreneurship in Africa Social Return on Investment and the Rise of Microfinance How to Create a High Trust Society The Blue Sweater The Path to Moral Leadership Defining Win-Win Solar Lights, the Adjacent Possible and the Rejection of Cynicism What Jacqueline is Most Excited For Jacqueline as Empress of the World MORE! Books Mentioned: The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World; by Jacqueline Novogratz Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World; by Jacqueline Novogratz
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of 9 books and over 100 scientific papers. A critic of what he sees as the scientific establishment’s dogmatic dedication to materialism, he is perhaps best known for his theory of “morphic resonance,” via which information and activity can be transferred across space and time. Rupert joins the show to discuss being branded a heretic, how to test for telepathy, his advice for young scientists, and MUCH more! Important Links: Rupert’s Website Rupert’s Banned TED Talk The Science Delusion; by Rupert Sheldrake A New Science of Life; by Rupert Sheldrake Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals; by Rupert Sheldrake Is The Sun Conscious?; by Rupert Sheldrake (Journal of Consciousness Studies) Show Notes: The Apostate of Scientism The Origins of Scientism How to Achieve a Phase Change in the Sciences Testing for Telepathy & Incentivizing Intuition Structural Resistance to Panpsychism When Science Gets Personal Loosening the Grip of Determinism Advice for Young Scientists Rupert as Emperor of the World MORE! Books & Articles Mentioned: The Science Delusion; by Rupert Sheldrake New Science of Life; by Rupert Sheldrake Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals; by Rupert Sheldrake Is The Sun Conscious?; by Rupert Sheldrake The New Inquisition: Irrational Rationalism and the Citadel of Science; by Robert Anton Wilson Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters; by Steven Pinker The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature; by Steven Pinker Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures; by Merlin Sheldrake The End of Faith; by Sam Harris The Fifth Science; by Exurb1a What the Tortoise Said to Achilles; by Lewis Carroll Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; by Robert M. Pirsig The (Mis)Behaviour of Markets: A Fractal View of Risk, Ruin and Reward; by Benoit B. Mandelbrot & Richard L. Hudson The Structure of Scientific Revolutions; by Thomas Kuhn
Friend-of-the-show Rob Henderson returns to discuss his powerful, moving and important debut book, Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class (published TODAY). We discuss Rob’s experience of the American foster care and adoption system, the life-changing impact of the military, the rise of Luxury Beliefs, the benefits of standardized testing, and MUCH more. Important Links: Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class (Amazon) The SAT is a pathway to more college diversity, not less; by Rob Henderson (The Boston Globe) Rob Henderson: Lessons I Learned the Hard Way; by Rob Henderson (The Free Press) Rob’s Substack Rob’s Twitter Show Notes: Foster Care, Adoption & Social Mobility Structural Origins of the Foster System Why Early-Life Stability is Underrated How Ideas Can Change Outcomes The Life-Changing Impact of the Military Young Male Syndrome The Role of Intelligence in Governing Outcomes The Benefits of Standardized Testing Yale, Luxury Beliefs & the Rise of Identity Politics Are Luxury Beliefs a Political or Class Phenomenon? Trickle-Down Meritocracy Technology, Assortive Mating & Social Mobility Is the Overton Window Shifting on Campus? Rob as Emperor of the World Books and Articles Mentioned: Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class; by Rob Henderson The SAT is a pathway to more college diversity, not less; by Rob Henderson (The Boston Globe) Rob Henderson: Lessons I Learned the Hard Way; by Rob Henderson (The Free Press) Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society; by Nicholas A. Christakis Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010; by Charles Murray Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Around the World, by Tyler Cowen and Daniel Gross A Suitable Boy; by Vikram Seth The Son Also Rises; by Gregory Clark
Alec Stapp is the co-founder of the Institute for Progress, a non-partisan innovation policy think tank aiming to “accelerate scientific, technological and industrial progress while safeguarding humanity’s future.” He joins the show to discuss how to achieve change in the age of lobbying, why bipartisanship is underrated, why US immigration policy is so slow-moving and MUCH more! Important Links: IFP’s Website Alec’s Twitter IFP’s Twitter Show Notes: Reimagining the Think Tank Progress is a Policy Choice Bipartisanship is Underrated Achieving Progress via Reframing Achieving Change in the Age of Lobbying Moonshot Projects and Incremental Change Ways to Enact Change Within Existing Institutions Governmental Embrace of Technology Reducing NIMBYism The Barbell Approach to Policy The Washington Mindset Reasons to be Optimistic Lessons From Other Countries Why Hasn’t Immigration Policy Changed? Alec as Emperor of the World MORE! Books and Articles Mentioned: Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better; by Jen Pahlka The Proceduralist Fetish; by Nicholas Bagley The housing theory of everything; by Sam Bowman, John Myers & Ben Southwood
Essayist, tinkerer, and author Rohit Krishnan returns to discuss his book, Building God: Demystifying AI for Decision Makers. Important Links: Strange Loop Canon (Rohit’s Substack) Building God: Demystifying AI for Decision Makers Rohit’s Twitter Show Notes: Demystifying AI AI as a Fuzzy Processor Complexity & Determinism The Flash Crash Scenario Regulating AI Open Source, Closed Source & Big Brother Carving Through Bureaucracy Socially Adapting to AI Disruption The Centaur Model Integrated Information Theory & Consciousness Big Tech in the AI Era Are We Running Out of Data? Rohit as Emperor of the World MORE! Books Mentioned: Building God: Demystifying AI for Decision Makers; by Rohit Krishnan
For this milestone 200th (yes, TWO HUNDREDTH) episode of Infinite Loops, regular guest and Infinite Media head Liberty RPF joins writer & researcher Ed William to turn the tables on Jim O’Shaughnessy. Stay tuned for Jim’s dream podcast guests, his advice to parents, a diabolical spin on his trademark closing question, and MUCH more! Important Links: Infinite Loops Substack Show Notes: Episode One: Tequila With Ramp Capital Taking Inspiration From My Dinner With Andre Would the Show Be Different if Monetized? “I would be doing this if I wasn’t pressing publish” Jim’s Definition of a Successful Episode Nerves & Jim’s Appearance on Oprah Infinite Loops as a Serendipity Engine The Infinite Loops Team Jim’s Dream Guests Controversiality & Being Distinctive Jim’s Relationship With His Grandchildren We Are Winners of the Cosmic Lottery Why Aren’t There More History-Focused Episodes? The Jim O’Shaughnessy Guide to Productivity: Silence, Journalling & Keeping Things Simple Advice to Parents What Has Jim Changed His Mind On in the Last 12 to 24 Months? Advice to Young People Who Doubt the American Dream When Will We See An Updated What Works on Wall Street? What Would a World of Abundance Look Like? Jim’s Favorite Poem Jim as EVIL Emperor of the World MORE! Episodes Mentioned: Ramp Capital and Super Mugatu (Ep.01) Brian Muraresku (Ep. 57) David Rhoiney (Ep. 99) Will Storr (Ep. 122) Alex Danco (latest episode) (Ep. 156) Brian Roemmele (latest episode) (Ep. 168) Julie Fredrickson (Ep. 181) Ben Westhoff (Ep. 189) Guy Spier (Ep. 197) Books & Poems Mentioned: The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name; by ****Brian Muraresku How to Retire Rich: Time-Tested Strategies to Beat the Market and Retire in Style; by Jim O’Shaughnessy Invest Like the Best: Using Your Computer to Unlock the Secrets of the Top Money Managers; by Jim O’Shaughnessy What Works on Wall Street: The Classic Guide to the Best-Performing Investment Strategies of All Time; by Jim O’Shaughnessy The Status Game: On Human Life and How to Play It; by Will Storr Fentanyl, Inc.: how rogue chemists are creating the deadliest wave of the opioid epidemic; by Ben Westhoff One Summer: America 1927; by Bill Bryson To His Coy Mistress; by Andrew Marvell The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; by T. S. Eliot  
Lisa Wehden and Minn Kim are the founders of Plymouth Street, which guides talented individuals through the US immigration process. Its aim is to accelerate innovation through faster and more transparent immigration services. Lisa & Minn join the show to discuss the pitfalls of the current system, how Plymouth Street is injecting agency into the immigration process, the importance of storytelling, and MUCH more! Important Links: Plymouth Street Lisa’s LinkedIn Lisa’s Twitter Minn’s LinkedIn Minn’s Twitter Show Notes: The Origins of Plymouth Street Problems With the Current US Immigration System Expanding Access to the O-1 Visa High-Skilled Immigration as a Bipartisan Issue The Importance of Storytelling From Anecdotal to Empirical; Coalition Building Injecting Agency Into the Immigration Process Scaling with Technology The Emotional Toll of the Immigration System Building the Right Team & Breaking Bad News Dealing With Negative Externalities Is America Open for Business? Augmenting Plymouth’s Offering Remote Work vs In-Person What’s Next? Lisa & Minn as Emperors of the World Books Mentioned: The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (a Little) Craziness and (a Lot Of) Success in America; by John Gartner
Alice Albrecht is the founder and CEO of re:collect, a company dedicated to “enhancing human intelligence by augmenting memory, perception, and synthesis utilizing AI.” Alice started her career in psychology and academia, obtaining a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Yale University. She joins the show to discuss how to become more creative, why she believes that nothing is true, how to boost evolution and MUCH more! Important Links: re:collect’s Website Alice’s Twitter Alice’s LinkedIn How to Improve Your Creative Thinking Show Notes: Augmenting Human Creativity Collection Does Not Always Lead to Recollection Using re:collect to Connect Information How to Increase Your Creativity Different Phases of Creativity How AI Fits Into the Picture Harnessing Our Attention AGI & ASI Boosting Evolution re:collect’s First Order Effects Nothing is True Convergence, Divergence & Collective Intelligence re:collect in Seven Years’ Time From Academia to Entrepreneurship Alice as Empress of the World MORE! Books Mentioned: The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World; by David Deutsch The Fabric of Reality: Towards a Theory of Everything; by David Deutsch The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous; by Joseph Henrich
Guy Spier runs the Aquamarine Fund, an “investment partnership closely modeled on the original Buffet Partnerships.” He is also a podcast host, YouTube creator, author of The Education of a Value Investor and the host of the annual investment gathering VALUEx. He describes his life’s project as “a quest for wealth, wisdom and enlightenment.” Guy joins the show to discuss the differences between Switzerland and the US, how to unlock the British class system, what he learned from Warren Buffett, and MUCH more! Important Links: Guy’s Website Guy’s Twitter Guy’s YouTube Channel 3Blue1Brown (YouTube Channel) Numberphile (YouTube Channel) Show Notes: The Differences Between New York, Switzerland & Paris Exploring the Dark Underbelly of New York Nightlife Psychedelics, Guns & Regulation The Advantages of Swiss Democracy Don’t Short the United States The Branding Skill of the Royal Family Unlocking the Rules of the Class System Life Paths & Premeditation Luck, Opportunity & Non-Canonical Science Jim’s Music Taste Mathematical Shenanigans Guy as Emperor of the World MORE! Books Mentioned: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence; by Michael Pollan The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (a Little) Craziness and (a Lot Of) Success in America; by John Gartner Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want and Getting It; by Henriette Anne Klauser Invest Like The Best; by Jim O’Shaughnessy Outside, the Sky is Blue: The story of a family told with searing honesty, humour and love; by Christina Patterson
Jared Dillian is a writer, strategist, financial expert, public speaker, and author of four books, including No Worries: How To Live a Stress-Free Financial Life (out this month!). He joins us to discuss why you should never loan money to your friends or family, why the FIRE movement is a fast track to a miserable life, the hidden costs of being cheap, and MUCH more! Important Links: No Worries: How To Live a Stress-Free Financial Life Jared’s Website Jared’s Twitter Daily Dirtnap We’re Gonna Get Those Bastards Jared Dillian Money Show Notes: From Coast Guard, to Wall Street, to Writer “I am not in the money business—I am in the happy business” The Awesome Portfolio Stop Worrying About Small Financial Decisions The Biggest Financial Decisions You Will Ever Make Keep Your Finances Separate From Your Partner; Never Loan Friends or Family Money To Make Money, You Have to Want Money Generational Attitudes to Money Being Wealthy vs Being Rich Blowing Up Your Identity Improving Financial Education Why Investing Should Be Hard The Hidden Costs of Being Cheap Why People Are Scared of Entrepreneurship The Worst Financial Decision Jared Has Ever Made Jared as Emperor of the World MORE! Books Mentioned: No Worries: How To Live a Stress-free Financial Life; by Jared Dillian Those Bastards: 69 Essays on Life, Creativity, and Meaning; by Jared Dillian All The Evil of This World; by Jared Dillian Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers; by Jared Dillian Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!; by Robert T. Kiyosaki The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People; by Stephen R. Covey
Writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and master of mental models, George Mack, returns to discuss the top 0.1% of ideas he’s ever come across, from treating life as a video game to spotting high-agency individuals. Important Links: George’s Twitter The Lindy Library Roy: A Life Well Lived (Rick and Morty) How to Spot High Agency People The Mack Meditation What is ignored by the media — but will be studied by historians? The Early-Late Razor Show Notes: Treating Life as a Video Game Finding the Important Metrics Embrace Momentum; Embrace Constraints How to Spot High Agency People How to Increase Your Agency The Mack Meditation & Silence as Alpha Why Pessimism vs Optimism is the Wrong Debate The Future of Media What is Ignored by the Media but will be Studied by Historians? The Reddit to Facebook Continuum George’s Most Midwit Opinion Randomness & Feeding the Algorithm How to Retain Curiosity George as Emperor of the World Books Mentioned: The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (a Little) Craziness and (a Lot Of) Success in America; by John Gartner Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine; by Derren Brown What Works on Wall Street; by Jim O’Shaughnessy The Secret; by Rhonda Byrne Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid; by Douglas Hofstadter The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World; by David Deutsch
Eric Jorgenson is (deep breath) an author, investor, writer, podcast host, online course creator, and the CEO of Scribe Media (breathe out). He joins the show to discuss the death of the marketing department, the changing nature of business-to-creator economics, the most impactful thing he learned from Balaji, the future of the publishing industry, and MUCH more! Important Links: Website Twitter Fund Scribe Media Money 20/20 Talk The Thinker and The Prover Jimmy Soni & Liberty RPF — Unleashing the Future of Publishing Show Notes: A Guide to Creator Economics The Death of the Marketing Department Creator x Business Partnerships Why Some People Are So Reluctant to Embrace the New Playbook How to Become More Open-Minded The Anthology of Balaji & the Curation-Author Effect How to Cultivate Good Taste & the Rise of Curation What Balaji Taught Eric About Technology How Eric Became CEO of Scribe Why Does Big Publishing Continue to Hold So Much Influence? Helping the World Make Great Books The Future of Books Eric as Emperor of the World MORE! Books Mentioned: The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness; by Eric Jorgenson The Anthology of Balaji: A Guide to Technology, Truth, and Building the Future; by Eric Jorgenson What Works on Wall Street; by Jim O'Shaughnessy Invest Like the Best; by Jim O'Shaughnessy The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World; by David Deutsch
Arkady Kulik is a founding partner of rpv, a deep tech venture fund that aims to “drive tangible advancements in the well-being of humankind” by focusing on early, scientifically intensive ventures. He has over 15 years of experience in the IT sector as a C-level executive, a master’s degree in physics, and an MBA from INSEAD. Arkady joins the show to discuss how to evaluate a deep tech deal, why more scientists don’t become entrepreneurs, the ultimate goal of science, the two types of human motivation, and MUCH more! Important Links: rpv’s Website rpv’s Substack Arkady’s LinkedIn Arkady’s Twitter Show Notes: Judging Investments by Their Technology Readiness Level Bringing Scientific Expertise Into Venture Capital Scorecards & Dealbreakers: How rpv Analyzes a Deep Tech Opportunity Spotting the Early Red Flags How rpv Deploys Scientific Due Diligence Providing Feedback & Educating the Industry Self-Censorship, Ideology & the Scientific Method Why Don’t More Scientists Become Entrepreneurs? The Ideal Composition of a Deep Tech Founding Team Science’s Ultimate Goal Taking Progress for Granted The Two Types of Human Motivation How Neurotech Can Benefit Humanity Why Arkady is Less Bullish on Quantum Computing Incoming Deep Tech Developments MORE! Books Mentioned: Survive & Thrive: Entrepreneurship Frameworks That Work; by Paul Kewene-Hite The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves; by W. Brian Arthur One Summer: America 1927; by Bill Bryson
Alex Lieberman is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Morning Brew, the cofounder of Storyarb and the host of 60 Second Startup & Founder’s Journal. Alex joins the show to discuss why hiring a Voice Editor contributed to Morning Brew’s success, how to spot a writing unicorn, how he learned to follow his intrinsic motivation and MUCH more! Important Links: Alex’s Twitter Founder’s Journal Morning Brew The Great Reshuffle Will Storr on Infinite Loops The Best Stuff | Conscious Leadership Group Show Notes: The Rise of Morning Brew Finding Morning Brew’s Voice Finding the Writing Unicorn Writing Nature vs. Writing Nurture Corporate Speak vs. Online Speak The Power of Self-Awareness Interviews & Talent Spotting Ideating, Doing & Premeditating Following the Intrinsics Finding Your Zone of Genius Building Storyarb Alex as Emperor of the World MORE! Books Mentioned: What Works on Wall Street, Fourth Edition: The Classic Guide to the Best-Performing Investment Strategies of All Time; by Jim O’Shaughnessy The Adweek Copywriting Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Powerful Advertising and Marketing Copy from One of America's Top Copywriters; by Joseph Sugarman The Tao Te Ching; by Laozi The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success; by Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman & Kaley Klemp The Science of Storytelling: Why Stories Make Us Human, and How To Tell Them Better; by Will Storr Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind; by Andy Dunn
Tim Beiko, who runs the core protocol meetings for Ethereum, teams up with writer and consultant Venkatesh Rao to discuss their “Summer of Protocols” research program. This initiative brought together 33 researchers with a wide range of expertise to investigate protocols across several domains. Join us for an in-depth exploration of protocols: understanding what they are, their importance, why they can go wrong, and much more! Important Links: Summer of Protocols Protocolized Newsletter Venkatesh’s previous episode Venkatesh's Website Ribbonfarm Venkatesh's Substack Venkatesh's Twitter Tim’s Twitter Show Notes: Why We Should Care About Protocols Protocols, Narratives & World-Building The Three Preconditions of a Protocol "Civilization progresses by increasing the number of actions we can do without thinking about them.” When Protocols Go Wrong More Protocols = Less Agency? Workplace Safety & Protocol Complexity How to Build Good Protocols; Building Protocol Literacy Why Aren’t More People Talking About Protocols? How to Encourage Protocols-First Thinking Protocols Have Long Timelines Protocols in Fiction Protocol Hunting In Silico Determinism, Open Environments & Evolution How to Hack Protocols Agility Isn’t Always the Answer Memory: The Most Valuable Asset in a Civilization Next Steps & How to Learn More MORE! Books & Essays Mentioned: The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates; by Howard Bloom Hope Runners of Gridlock; by Simon de la Rouviere High Rise; by J.G Ballard The Drowned World; by J.G Ballard The Drought; by J.G Ballard A Burglar's Guide to the City; by Geoff Manaugh The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering; by Frederick Brooks In the Beginning Was the Command Line; by Neal Stephenson Slow Ideas; by Atul Gawande Nakatomi Space; by Geoff Manaugh Base Layers And Functional Escape Velocity; by Vitalik Buterin
Will Schoder is a video essayist who explores a diverse range of topics including psychology, meaning, re-enchantment, metamodernism, mortality, and satire. Initially known for his short-form videos, his latest series is a trilogy of fascinating long-form deep dives into the nature, foundations, and secrets of happiness. Will joins the show to share his insights on the evolving significance of curation, the future of the creator economy, how to obtain deep happiness and MUCH more. Important Links: Will’s YouTube Channel Will’s Twitter Eight Books That Changed My Life Rick and Morty – Finding Meaning in Life David Foster Wallace – The Problem With Irony The Attention Economy – How They Addict Us Every Story Is The Same The Happiness Trilogy: Part 1: What is Happiness? Part 2: The Foundations of Happiness Part 3: The Secret to Happier The moral roots of liberals and conservatives; Jonathan Haidt The Thinker and The Prover Show Notes: Short-Form vs Long-Form Videos The Righteous Mind The Internet as Liberator; the Rise of Curation Pushback & Pop Culture YouTube & the Rise of the TikTok Style Navigating the Attention Economy The Future of the Creator Economy Will’s Hero’s Journey Finding Deep Happiness Compression, Genetics & Environment Education vs. Entertainment The Free Energy Principle Filter Failure Will as Emperor of the World MORE! Books Mentioned: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion; by Jonathan Haidt One Summer: America 1927; by Bill Bryson Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business; by Neil Postman The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember; by Nicholas Carr Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine; by Derren Brown Happiness: A Very Short Introduction; by Daniel M. Haybron The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being; by Daniel M. Haybron All The Light We Cannot See; by Anthony Doerr How To Change Your Mind; by Michael Pollan  
Ben Westhoff is a best-selling investigative journalist focusing on culture, drugs, and poverty. Ben’s book Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Created the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic was the culmination of a four-year investigation into the worst drug crisis in American history, an investigation that included Ben making an undercover visit to Chinese drug factories. His latest book, Little Brother: Love, Tragedy, and My Search for Truth tells the story of Ben’s search for his little brother’s killer. Ben is currently working on a documentary, Antagonist, about naltrexone, an opioid treatment medicine that some have called a “wonder drug.” Ben joins the show to discuss the failure of the War on Drugs, the role played by Big Pharma, how he speaks to his children about drugs, what most Americans misunderstand about poverty, and MUCH more. Important Links: Ben’s Website Drugs + Hip-Hop Newsletter Antagonist Documentary Teaser Show Notes: The Worst Drug Crisis in World History How China and Fentanyl Are Connected Why Can’t the USA Stop This? The Failure of the War on Drugs; Better Solutions Vivitrol: a Wonder Drug? Finding Better Ways to Care For the Vulnerable Free Markets & Big Pharma How Ben Speaks to His Children About Drugs Innovation & Stigmatization How Harm Reduction Can Help What Has Happened to San Francisco? Could Decriminalization Work? Ben’s Hunt For His Little Brother’s Killer What Most Americans Misunderstand About Poverty; How Listeners Can Help How Ben’s Documentary Can Help Ben as Emperor Of The World MORE! Books Mentioned: Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Created the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic; by Ben Westhoff Little Brother: Love, Tragedy, and My Search for Truth; by Ben Westhoff Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap; by Ben Westhoff Thank You For Smoking; by Christopher Buckley
AI researcher, memelord extraordinaire, and techno-optimist Roon joins the show to discuss coming up with the shape rotator vs. wordcel meme, what an AGI world could become, and why Tenet is Christopher Nolan’s best movie. Important Links: Roon’s Twitter Roon’s Substack AGI Futures Show Notes: Shape Rotators Vs. Wordcels Why AGI is Possible AI in Science Fiction AGI Future #1: Neuralink Third Impact AGI Future #2: Simulation Theory AGI Future #3: Dumb Matter AGI Future #4: Balrog Awakened AGI Future #5: Ultra Kessler Syndrome AGI Future #6: The Tragedy of Taiwan AGI Future #7: For Dust Thou Art AGI Future #8: CEV Super Intelligence Why Tenet is Christopher Nolan’s Best Movie Roon as Emperor of the World MORE! Books Mentioned: The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History; by Howard Bloom The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism; by Howard Bloom The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates; by Howard Bloom William Blake vs the World; by John Higgs The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; by Douglas Adams
Katherine Dee is a writer, journalist, and internet culture reporter. A contributor to publications such as UnHerd, Tablet, and Blaze Media, she is also the proprietor of the Default Wisdom Substack, where she writes about a wide range of topics, including internet history and culture, digital communities, millennial nostalgia, and online fandom. Katherine joins the show to discuss why you’re never leaving Twitter, how to escape the nostalgia trap, whether it’s possible to heal our attention spans, and MUCH more! Important Links: Default Wisdom Why You’re Never Leaving Twitter; by Katherine Dee Everything I Know About Elite America I Learned From ‘Fresh Prince’ and ‘West Wing’; by Rob Henderson Show Notes: Origin Story Why You’re Never Leaving Twitter Art & Journalism in the Attention Economy Class, Wealth & Status How to Heal Our Attention Span Escaping the Nostalgia Trap Technology, Cultural Lag & Barriers to Entry Astroturfing vs. Organic Momentum Katherine as Empress of the World MORE! Books Mentioned: The Status Game: On Human Life and How to Play It; by Will Storr Class: A Guide Through the American Status System; by Paul Fussell The novels of Donna Tartt The novels of Easton Ellis
The inimitable Derek Sivers returns for Part Two of our conversation. Important Links: Part One Website Twitter Still Too Soon to Tell & Other Songs Tech Independence Show Notes: Curiosity Starts With Dissatisfaction Defining Things By Their Opposites Counterbalancing Our Biases How To Reframe Your Problems Still Too Soon To Tell Alternate Pasts & Alternate Futures The Choice You Commit To Is The Best Choice Just Do The Thing What Next? Derek As Emperor Of The World MORE! Books Mentioned: Anything You Want; by Derek Sivers Hell Yeah Or No; by Derek Sivers How To Live; by Derek Sivers Your Music And People; by Derek Sivers William Blake vs the World; by John Higgs The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates; by Howard Bloom The Selfish Gene; by Richard Dawkins Awaken The Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life; by Tony Robbins The Enlightenment Trilogy; by Jed McKenna What's Our Problem?: A Self-Help Book for Societies; by Tim Urban
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Nick Tee

Hey there! is there a transcript of this?

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