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The Abstractable podcast is for curious people with a desire to learn. The goal is to bring what might appear unattainable or reserved only for the already successful, to anyone. Hosts Ryan Griffin and Lachlan Smith bring ideas and practical takeaways from their favourite authors and thought leaders. They cover business, psychology, culture, mental models and different ways of looking at the world.
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The Abstractable Podcast Ryan Griffin & Lachlan Smith

    • Self-Improvement
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

The Abstractable podcast is for curious people with a desire to learn. The goal is to bring what might appear unattainable or reserved only for the already successful, to anyone. Hosts Ryan Griffin and Lachlan Smith bring ideas and practical takeaways from their favourite authors and thought leaders. They cover business, psychology, culture, mental models and different ways of looking at the world.
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    33 (Full): Jared Diamond – How humans spread across the world

    33 (Full): Jared Diamond – How humans spread across the world

    We dive into Jared Diamond’s classic book about how humans spread across the world and why some societies grew at faster rates than others

    Today’s episode is inspired by book Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.


    [00:00] Introduction |
    [04:40] Book Review: Guns, Germs and Steel |
    [06:50] Author: Jared Diamond |
    [16:00] History of human species |
    [19:59] Jared   Diamonds answer to Yali’s question |
    [28:20] Plants and animals’ domestication |
    [32:51] Why you shouldn’t eat wild almonds! |
    [36:20] Agricultural revolution |
    [38:42] Why some societies grew at faster rates than others? |
    [45:26] Is farming a good idea? |
    [46:30] Takeaways: Relevant across different systems |
    [59:34] Book’s synopsis: Innovation |
    [1:04:40] Taking advantages of your environment |
    [1:10:40] Wrap Up: Closing quote |

    As with each episode, we pluck out what most resonated from the book and how we would like to bring it into our lives.

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    32 CLIPS: Eric Weinstein – Contrarian thinking, violence, growth and preference falsification

    32 CLIPS: Eric Weinstein – Contrarian thinking, violence, growth and preference falsification

    Selected clips from ep32:


    [0:00] How to be a contrarian |
    [4:16] What happened to polymaths and the great   inventors? |
    [9:18] How violence is everywhere.

    These are Clips taken from our chat about The Portal (Ep 1) by Eric Weinstein.

    An extremely thought provoking episode of The Portal featuring Peter Thiel. Weinstein and Thiel cover a lot of ground discussing beliefs they hold about how the world works. These aren’t viewpoints that we hear a lot about in our daily newsfeeds.

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    • 15 min
    32 (Full): Eric Weinstein – Contrarian thinking, violence, growth and preference falsification

    32 (Full): Eric Weinstein – Contrarian thinking, violence, growth and preference falsification

    An extremely thought provoking episode of The Portal featuring Peter Thiel. Weinstein and Thiel cover a lot of ground discussing beliefs they hold about how the world works. These aren’t viewpoints that we hear a lot about in our daily newsfeeds.

    Today’s episode is inspired by podcast The Portal (Ep 1) by Eric Weinstein.


    [00:00] Introduction: Podcast the portal episode 1 |
    [01:56] Chats to obsolete machines use at different fields |
    [09:00] Brief Intro: Peter Thiel, a contrarian |
    [14:08] Overview: Life of Eric Weinstein |
    [17:06] The portal: Contrarian thinking |
    [24:58] The portal: Changes in inventions and discoveries |
    [36:34] Thoughts about universities being business oriented |
    [40:42] Why does Thiel and Weinstein think that growth is important? |
    [45:34] Start to think big again |
    [48:36] How violence is everywhere |
    [56:58] What if things stop growing? |
    [ 1:05:17] Progress that can be made |
    [ 1:13:25] Episode’s takeaways |

    As with each episode, we pluck out what most resonated from the podcast and how we would like to bring it into our lives.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    31 CLIPS: Abstract Chat III – Reflecting on episodes 21 - 30

    31 CLIPS: Abstract Chat III – Reflecting on episodes 21 - 30

    Selected clips from ep31:

    [0:00] Why we love The Obstacle is the Way |

    [4:17] Why Lessons from History keeps you coming back for more |

    [11:03] What Ross Ulbricht can teach us about Libertarianism.

    These are Clips taken from Abstract Chat III.

    In this episode, we look back on episode 21-30 and talk about our favourite concepts. We also give a bit of an update on the podcast and our plans moving forward

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    • 14 min
    31 (Full): Abstract Chat III – Reflecting on episodes 21 - 30

    31 (Full): Abstract Chat III – Reflecting on episodes 21 - 30

    In this episode, we look back on episode 21-30 and talk about our favourite concepts. We also give a bit of an update on the podcast and our plans moving forward.

    Outline:


    [00:00] Introduction: Abstract Chat |
    [01:46] Trivia: Breathing Techniques |
    [11:15] Ryan’s favourite book: Fooled by Randomness |
    [21:12] Lach’s favourite book: The Obstacle is the Way |
    [26:04] Timeless lessons from History |
    [33:20] Special Mention: American Kingpin |
    [34:30] What the Silk Road can teach us about the Libertarian Political Philosophy |
    [36:48] Lessons from Shoe Dog: Phil Knight |
    [37:40] Talks about Ross Ulbricht |
    [39:40] Talks about Yvon Chouinard |
    [40:40] Plans for the coming   episodes of Abstractable |
    [45:30] Wrap Up: Personal Update Chats

    As with each Abstract Chat, we pluck out what most resonated from the last 10 episodes of the show.

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    • 49 min
    30 CLIPS: Peter Thiel – Building billion dollar start ups

    30 CLIPS: Peter Thiel – Building billion dollar start ups

    Selected clips from ep30:

    [0:00] What Peter Thiel says has made him so successful |

    [4:11] Has innovation and technology development stagnated? |

    [9:19] The 7 must answer questions to build a great business.

    These are Clips taken from our chat about Zero to One by Peter Thiel.

    This is a book about how to build the future. Peter Thiel is one of the most respected names in building high impact start ups. He was the first external investor in Facebook and has been involved in many many multi-billion dollar start ups.

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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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