37 episodes

Brian and Chris always said that if they couldn't have a morning coffee together at work each day, they'd start a podcast to make sure they catch up regularly.This is the conversation they want to have and will range from finance and economics to philosophy and management theory

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Brian and Chris always said that if they couldn't have a morning coffee together at work each day, they'd start a podcast to make sure they catch up regularly.This is the conversation they want to have and will range from finance and economics to philosophy and management theory

    Episode 35: Cough-ee bets resolved

    Episode 35: Cough-ee bets resolved

    Please contact us we miss you!

    This week we once again discuss whether progress is over, or even if people still want progress! The lure of technocracy can be great or terrible

    You can also find us on discord or reddit

    Big list of coffee bets
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    Pluto 1994 vs 2018 - PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK! I REALLY LIKE WHEN PEOPLE CLICK MY LINKS!

    Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue. A true story of a real conspiracy by Ryan Holiday

    Why did we wait so long for the bicycle? I must have linked this 5 times so far. If you haven't read it then you really should. It's amazing.

    Blueprint for Armageddon - A Dan Carlin podcast on the politics, technology and horror of WWI

    Dall-E 2 is an AI that can actually understand you and draw what you describe. It feels genuinely possible that it's "woken up"

    China Covid updates from Zvi. He's probably not as amazing as he was mid-pandemic, but I still think he's worth a read.

    • 42 min
    Episode 34: We're pretty rusty

    Episode 34: We're pretty rusty

    Please contact us we miss you!

    Chris wants to get into micro-grids. If you know anything about them please tell me! Our main article is about jobs that pay in status instead of money.

    You can also find us on discord or reddit

    Big list of coffee bets
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    The year ahead - by the RBA. Chris got the gist, maybe you will too?

    Context is that which is scarce. Also apparently editors? I feel like that sentence could be much snappier?

    Minds almost meeting - a podcast of two highly intelligent and unorthodox thinkers recorded at the bottom of the ocean via two cans on a string

    • 43 min
    Episode 33: Suffix

    Episode 33: Suffix

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    This will be the last of our regularly scheduled episode. As our lives ramp up and we take on different responsibilities we have decided to take a break from our schedule. We may come back from time to time, so if you'll have us in your feed, we'd love to stay!

    This week we mostly talk about ways we could use more energy after Matt Yglesias convinced us that we should


    You can also find us on discord or reddit

    Big list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app.

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    Winners take all - a commentary on billionaire philanthropy by Anand Giridharadas

    Chris' fancy coffee machine - The Delonghi Dinamica S vs X-men

    Technology connections and Malcom Gladwell both love dishwashers!

    80,000 hours rates climate change as  "This is a pressing problem to work on, but you may be able to have an even bigger impact by working on something else."

    Plasma cutters cut steel beems using electricity, contrary to what some say.

    Brian becomes a world record holder! He's not any more, but he was!!!!!

    • 52 min
    Episode 32: A replication machine makes the rich richer

    Episode 32: A replication machine makes the rich richer

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    This week we discuss what's gone wrong with science and the replication crisis. We also discuss how inequality may improve life globally riffing off Scott Sumner.


    You can also find us on discord or reddit

    Big list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app.

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    A plug for effective altruism - the statistical life you can save is still a life!

    Dominic Cummins has thoughts on how to make the government actually control the government again.

    Max the axe sure loved firing public servants.

    The data colada blog broke the story of the dishonesty in Dan Ariely's work on dishonesty.

    Psychology's "priming" is probably not real

    Diablo 2 resurrected has finally been released!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 31: Fat public servants

    Episode 31: Fat public servants

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    This week we discuss why the internet intelligentsia really do not like the Australian lockdowns (each word is a different link, that's how much they hate us).

    I try to explain to Brian why Slime Mold Time Mold thinks we're getting fat. Something to do with chemicals?

    Brian is launching his world famous youtube channel!!!

    You can also find us on discord or reddit

    Big list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app.

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    Stubborn Attachments - by Tyler Cowen. If we think that future lives are as valuable as our own, then economic growth is one of the highest moral imperatives. (Funny that an economist would have that thesis)

    A history of factory safety - possible pre-reading for a future episode!

    I tried to find a reference for my story about mega-yacht story, but I did find an article explaining how much yacht you can afford! I can afford a dinghy.

    John Howard sacked many high-ranking public servants upon coming to power in the night of the long knives

    The Jolly Swagman podcast has a fascinating episode on Australia's (botched) vaccine rollout.

    Ben and James from Exponant discuss the idea that you have to make your priority stack explicit when thinking about complicated issues.

    Why are we getting fat?

    Doomsday by Nero, what a banger

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 30: Maybe we all need to chill?

    Episode 30: Maybe we all need to chill?

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    After opening this discussion saying we have no feedback or followup we spend half this podcast musing on questions raised about government power and growth. Our main topic this week is how politics isn't as bad as you think. You're allowed to not vote for someone because you don't like their tax policies, you don't have to paint them as an existensial threat to our entire way of life.

    If you know whether an Australian minister can fire a public servant we really want to know!!

    You can also find us on discord or reddit

    Big list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app.

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    The giving what we can pledge is a movement founded by EA to encourage giving 10% of their income and then not feeling like you have to keep doing "more"

    The case against crisis-mongering - our main topic curtesy of Matty Glesias (or maybe Matt Yglesias, no one knows)

    Fight club perfectly encapsulated the post-cold war malaise of the late 90s

    Go find Brian on youtube talking about diablo 2 speed runs! (what else)

    • 53 min

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