Liz Lambert - The Unstoppable Hotelier
21 June 2018
An interview with Liz Lambert and her journey through building her hotel. It's a story of perseverance, of believing in herself and her mission. At the same time also a story about enjoying the journey. About the journey being the destination. And believing that happiness can be found right there. The podcast is also about how she used design to make life better for others.
21 June 2018
How I Built This
The story of Chip Wilson and how he built one of the largest apparel companies in the world. One of the lessons is that he was keen on watching the trends and moving with them (or stepping out when he couldn't). He wasn't a yoga person, but he definitely was a fabric and fashion person. He built his team, and tried to make them excel.
Universal Basic Income
19 June 2018
Sam Harris speaks with Andrew Yang about Universal Basic Income (TBD). It once again presents more information that convinces me that this is a good idea. It highlights some places where it has already been implemented and how it helps both financially as mentally (and allows people to do more meaningful work).
They also touch upon some criticism of UBI. The funding is addressed, and shown to be possible and some of the positive side-effects may even be cheaper than our current system. People will not become sloths and do nothing all day if they get a guaranteed income. This income probably is also below the poverty line and many people can/should/will do additional jobs.
One other point, not always highlighted, is that we just don't have jobs for many people any more. Many college graduates aren't finding jobs. Many people have left the workforce entirely. And this is all before the real AI automation will start. The top 5 jobs (e.g. trucking, working in retail) will be automated away. And yes there will be some new jobs but don't tell me a truck driver will easily become the new fleet coordinator.
This podcast has given me more information to think about UBI and has added to my positive attitude towards the idea.
The Paper Menagerie - Ken Liu
20 June 2018
I first learned about Ken Liu as translator of the Three Body Problem (and the two other books in the triology). His short stories are a mix of hard sci-fi (think: consciousnesses drifting around space) to moving stories of immigrants who've come from China to the US. I can highly recommend this collection of his short stories.
The Green Pill
14 June 2018
Ezra Klein interviews Melanie Joy about why we eat meat. It's a very interesting conversation that touches about some of our deepest routed beliefs. Joy defines the 'normal' way of eating as Carnism and that gives a new perspective to see the world through. I still find it difficult to think of what to best tell my meat eating friends. One of the good points made was that everyone really wants to do good. Many people just don't think about the suffering related to their consumption. I do the same when eating eggs. And on a positive note, veganism as a movement is growing rapidly. Trying your best is really how we should judge ourselves (and possibly others), and making progress (speaking for myself) is what will move things in the right direction.
Effective Altruism Intro #19
13 June 2018
In this fourteenth meetup we again gave some people a peak into the EA kitchen. We discussed charities, why some are neglected, what role our psychology and the 'attractiveness' of charities play. In the end I hope the participants are able to find more information on 80000hours.org to further shape their careers.
The Undoing Project - Michael Lewis
13 June 2018
Michael Lewis follows the story of two psychologists who have changed the world. Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky lay bare our heuristics, biases and challenge the 'econ' model of mankind. Take a journey through their lives, discover their past and own hidden motives.
How to Succeed in High-Stress Situations
12 June 2018
This hour of the Tim Ferriss Show is a commentated reading of The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday. Tim offers some of his own unique perspective. I took away some reminders of Stoic philosophy. One of them is to enjoy the struggle/obstacle/journey/life. To embrace what is coming to you and to be present to enjoy the experience.
The Elephant in the Brain - Kevin Simler & Robin Hanson
18 May 2018
You don't talk about the elephant in the room. Nor do you talk about the hidden motives that drive your everyday life. In this riveting book you take a deep dive into the science of why we conceal motives from ourselves (and others). Then it's applied to various areas in life, from school to medicine. You won't look at any person or system the same after reading this book.