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The Case For Pronatalism | Malcolm Collins - ISF Podcast E38
Malcolm Collins is a neuroscientist-turned-entrepreneur-turned-VC-turned-education innovator. Along with his wife Simone, he is one of Amazon's top 100 best-selling non-fiction writers. Learn more about their work below.
The Pragmatist Foundation: https://pragmatist.guide
The Collins Institute for the Gifted: https://collinsinstitute.org
Malcolm and Simone's latest books:
2:46 Malcolm explains why he and his wife did embryo selection
7:18 Do people realise what they’re arguing for?
10:15 Overlooking positive pleiotropy & other bad arguments
17:18 Malcolm’s theory of the cultural super virus
18:25 Malcolm's general pessimism & falling birth rates
22:02 The case for optimism: religiosity, ritual, and exogenous motivators
23:47 Should we talk about the dysgenic effect on IQ?
24:44 The role of religion in this brave new world
26:55 Religion as a cultural software package
30:18 Malcolm’s plan to save the world!
33:28 Malcolm's idea of “descendant worship” & his thoughts on belief
34:28 Can artificial beliefs really take hold?
38:35 Is our current progress a blip & how a neo-Byzantium can survive
41:08 How many people would actually use genetic technology?
45:20 The ick factor of genetic tech
46:42 The costs and pains of IVF
52:40 Malcolm's 'theological mandate' to create a technophilic culture
54:35 Malcolm and Simone's gifted school and thoughts on improving education
1:04:17 Taking the precautionary principle when introducing new technology to children
1:06:32 A critique Malcolm respects
1:08:37 Malcolm’s recommended reading
1:09:59 Malcolm’s most controversial opinion
The Post-IDW World | Auron Macintyre - Ideas Sleep Furiously Podcast E37
Auron Macintyre is a columnist and host at The Blaze. He also writes on Substack. Auron rose to prominence as a “dissident right” thinker, making popular YouTube videos on topics from what’s come to be called elite theory.
1:17 Auron introduces himself
3:20 Racial imposter syndrome
6:03 Whites looking for valid status
8:27 "Nonsense as a uniform”
12:42 The failure of the Intellectual Dark Web
16:18 Steelmanning the popularity of Jordan Peterson
18:40 The Overton Window of Intellectuals
22:40 Controlled opposition without a controller
24:31 What does victory look like in the face of total institutional capture?
27:53 Secessionism, federalism, and societal breakdown
30:40 Cultural decline vs material progress
36:12 Right-wing tensions
40:00 Our role in the cycle of civilisation
43:03 Reconciling theology and techno-optimism
52:36 Can biotech be deployed responsibly in our current political climate?
55:15 What will post-liberalism look like?
57:30 If Auron could only undo one aspect of post-60s culture, what would it be?
Migrants & Cultural Change | Garett Jones - Ideas Sleep Furiously Podcast E36
Garett Jones is Associate Professor of Economics and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University. His first book, published in 2015 by Stanford University Press, is entitled Hive Mind: How Your Nation's IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own, and was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal. His second book, also with Stanford, published in 2020, is entitled 10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites a Little More and the Masses a Little Less, and was reviewed in The Economist.
Garett's most controversial opinion: https://www.ideassleepfuriously.com/p/garett-jones-most-controversial-opinion
Pig Men Shall Inherit The Earth | Razib Khan - Ideas Sleep Furiously Podcast E35
Razib Khan is a master of decoding ancient DNA to tell fascinating stories about our history and heritage.
2:39: Three mindblowing facts from ancient DNA research
6:10 Will it be possible to know the average IQ of classical Athens?
8:35 How much signal do we lose if the population is representative?
10:15 Is there really more genetic diversity within Africa?
15:02 Is gene-culture co-evolution a kind of bottleneck or sieve?
18:45 Fighting between hunter-gatherers and farmers
24:15 Psychopaths as a development of mass society & the need for security
27:20 Dysgenics and the cyclical theory of civilizations
40:40 Modalities of innovation
44:15 The timeline for genetic engineering, speciation, and runaway selection 56:10 People are masturbating
57:00 Is immortality on the cards?
1:05:00 Is this the last century of technological civilization?
1:08:20 Changing aesthetic standards, the need for wisdom, and werewolves
1:15:43 When will we be able to talk about group differences freely?
1:16:52 Will conservatives inherit the Earth?
Hanania's Greatest Hits (So Far) | Richard Hanania - Ideas Sleep Furiously Podcast E34
Richard is President of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology, whose Substack output you can find here.
He also has his own Substack. His academic interests include nuclear policy, American grand strategy, political psychology, the politics of the Middle East, and international law. In today’s podcast we do a deep dive into his most interesting articles.
You can find him on Twitter here.
2:31 Richard’s background and journey through academia
6:07 Is academia really that bad?
9:15 Is international relations a lost cause?
12:55 Why women’s tears win
16:20 Do conservatives like foreign policy because they get to be macho?
18:50 Should most women leave the academy and have children?
22:50 Should most people walk away from the academy?
28:25 Why is understanding civil rights important for fighting wokeism?
32:00 Is wokeness inevitably downstream from civil rights law?
41:40 Blank slatism and left-wing conformism
46:00 The importance of compartmentalising beliefs
47:03 Richard’s psychological theory of the culture wars
52:25 Why does Richard have any faith in democracy?
54:25 How much is wokeism orchestrated?
1:02:30 Is democracy the only weapon the right have left?
1:09:30 Why does everything move left?
1:11:40 Why does Richard think wokeness isn’t a religion?
Human Biodiversity & Political Philosophy | Bo Winegard & Jonathan Anomaly - Ideas Sleep Furiously Podcast E33
Last week, we hosted the first ISF livestream with Bo Winegard and Jonathan Anomaly. It was a fantastic conversation loosely based around the topic on what enquiries into human nature can tell us about political philosophy.
Listen to this while studying, genuine great discussion in each podcast.