Ep 14: Pete Quiñones on Collapse, Chaos, and Community

Pete Quiñones, host of Free Man Beyond the Wall, talks about the decline of the American empire, whether we should cheer on collapse, and how to prepare for life in the coming dim age. Among other things, we discuss: The pros and cons of collapsitarianism, which failed state will we most closely resemble, and chaos vs uncertainty during the zombie apocalypse.

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Ep 13: Matt Welch on the Eroding Banks of Sanity

The Filter interview with Matt Welch. Matt is a journalist, author, and podcaster. He’s an editor at large at Reason Magazine, the author of a book about Libertarian Politics and one about the not-so-libertarian John McCain, and he’s part of the thoroughly entertaining Fifth Column podcast.

Topics discussed in this episode:

~ Staying sane in a time of panic

~ Learning as we learn, and consequence free living

~ Why you should always blame New York

~ The narrow space for non-partisan thought

Related links:

The Fifth Column Podcast

Matt Welch at Reason

Ep 12: Andrew Gelman on Data, Modeling, and Uncertainty Amidst the Forking Paths

A conversation with Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University. Andrew is the author of a number of books on topics such as Bayesian Data Analysis, how stats should be taught, and voting patterns in politics. Our conversation topics included:

  • Forking paths in data analysis
  • To what extent to prior beliefs determine study outcomes
  • Data integrity in the era of COVID
  • Unreliable friends and modeling uncertainty
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Ep 11: Tam Hunt on Consciousness, Resonance, and why Cats Fight their own Tails

Discussion with guest Tam Hunt. Topics include:

– Panpsychism, the idea that all matter contains some element of consciousness
– Resonance and harmonics in the brain and the universe
– The unitary self vs. humans as multitudes
– Augmenting, sharding, and continuity of consciousness
– Horcruxes

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Ep 10: Katie Herzog on Cancel Culture, Reputational Contagion, and Illiberal Mobs

Discussion with guest Katie Herzog. Topics include:

– Cancel culture swarms on Twitter, and the need to use it anyways
– Honor culture and reputational contageon
– School mascots, statues, and mob action
– Obligatory mention of Robin DiAngelo

Blocked & Reported podcast

As the complexity of our work lives increases, it seems like the marginal return on hours worked grows ever more exponential (and ever more flat at first).