39: Francis Bacon, History, and the English Civil War with Dr. Reid Barbour

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Reid Barbour about Francis Bacon, the study of history, and the English Civil War. Reid is the Roy C. Moose Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

Show notes:

The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt

Sir Thomas Browne a Life by Dr. Reid Barbour

Transcript here.

37: Governance, Modernity, and the West with Michael Gibson

In this episode, we chat with Michael Gibson about problems with our governance, tech stagnation, and potential paths forward from here. Michael is a principal and co-founder at the Venture Capital firm 1517 Fund.

Show Notes

The Rise and Decline of Nations by Mancur Olson

Nonzero by Robert Wright

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard

Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake


Transcript here.

34: America, the Urban/Rural Divide and Girard with Zak Slayback

In this wide-ranging conversation, we’re joined by Zak Slayback to talk about America, the Urban/Rural Divide, and Rene Girard. Zak is a venture capital professional at 1517 fund, career coach, and occasional writer. You can find Zak’s work at https://zakslayback.com/

Show Notes:

Zak’s book How to Get Ahead (Highly recommended!)

Nozick’s Anarchy State and Utopia.

Girard’s I See Satan Fall Like Lightning.

Caplan’s Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids

Caplan’s Case Against Education.

32: Whig History, Decadence, and Stagnation with Quinn Lewandowski

I’m joined by Quinn Lewandowski to explore common ideas of how history is progressing. We also discuss cost disease, scientific freedom, and why there is a dearth of new, really good art.

Show Notes:

Scott’s cost disease post

Alex Tabarrok’s cost disease study

Eliezer Yudkowsky’s Inadequate Equilibria

Scientific Freedom by Don Braben.

Zvi’s blog

Now it can be told by General Groves.

Ideas that have helped mankind by Bertrand Russell. 

Revolt of the Public by Martin Gurri