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 […]

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. […]

Vaccine Distribution in North Carolina, an Abject Failure. 

Some problems, like building the first atomic bomb, are hard.  Other problems, like distributing vaccines, are not.  Currently, in North Carolina, there are more than 300,000 doses of life-saving vaccines, sitting in freezers, and not where they should be (in people’s arms).  This is not a hard problem, and from a country that went to […]

Cowering To Genocide: Uighur Persecution And The World’s Last Hope.

If you could stop a genocide-would you?  In western China, right now, more than a million men, women, and children sit in reeducation camps. Mothers separated from children, forced marriages, forced sterilizations-Margaret Atwood’s fiction made a reality.  What’s to be done? Have we learned nothing? From Rwanda, from the Holocaust, from the Holomodor? The cat’s […]

Science Productivity, Elite Overproduction, and Competition

This week on the podcast, I am joined by my two siblings, Faith and Glenn Jarvis. We talk about some of the problems we see in modern science, our experience with elite overproduction, and how we experience competition. Faith is a biochemist, and Glenn is a Mechanical Engineering major at North Carolina State University. Transcript: […]