Crisp conversations with critical thinkers at the leading edge of science, technology, politics, and social systems.
EP125 Samo Burja on Societal Decline: Part 2
Samo Burja & Jim continue their conversation about his book, Great Founder Theory. They talk about Samo's interest in exploring why there's never been an immortal society, lack of historical Greece documentation, defining functional bureaucracy & delegation, competition pros/cons & dynamics, skill distribution & capitalization, measuring & defining skills over time scales, utilizing & nurturing ambition, what empire theory exposes about societies & institutions, inevitable oligarchy, rivalrous vs non-rivalrous systems, insights from Chinese history, and much more.
Currents 032: Tyson Yunkaporta on Spirits, GameB & Protopias
Tyson Yunkaporta joins Jim for another wide-ranging yarn that starts off with DMT & machine elves. They cover Jim's misspent youth, police violence, nuance vs Occam's razor, Tyson's impressions of GameB & the sensemakers, Tyson's unpublished Survivance essay, Jim's recent emu encounter & live intentional ego death, utilizing drugs, selling our souls to social media, debt jubilee & the road to GameB, ProtoBs as a dynamic exploration, utopia vs protopia, the value of cognitive dissonance, and much more.
EP124 Jim Hackett on Ford, Electric Cars & More
Former Ford CEO, Jim Hackett & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about the history & future of electric cars. They cover Ford & Edison's first electric car, the current state of the electric cars, understanding scaling & natural systems, business change vs death, the evolution of car models & sizes, all-electric car plausibility, carbon taxes, electric range & charging time, electricity demand & smart grids, the history of Ford's Mustang Mach-e, the road to self-driving cars, safety & trust, startup car companies, the importance of user experience design, Apple, Ford & IDEO, the future of Ford, and much more.
Currents 031: Trent Loos on Family Ranching
Trent Loos talks to Jim about his multi-generational Nebraska-based ranching operation. They cover the deep history of the family ranch, types of animals, dealing with predators, pork production & breeding, the decline in quality of industrial pork, beef production and breeds, grass vs grain-fed beef, old-time animal trailing, 4-H fairs and auctions, slaughterhouse labor shortages, food economics & cultural norms, super CSA's, soil health & livestock, generational knowledge, and much more.
EP123 Jamie Wheal on Recapturing the Rapture
Jamie Wheal talks to Jim about his new book, Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That's Lost Its Mind. They talk about the world losing its mind & the meaning crisis, the pros & cons of modernism, the danger & dynamics of rapture ideologies, alignment beyond agreement, dehumanization, commonalities of political poles, hyper-capitalist incentives & impacts, social media & free speech, idealizing fame, victimization, post-modernism vs wokeism, moving towards the post-tragic, civic nationalism, coherent pluralism, and GameB. They finish the episode by talking about Jamie's alchemic cookbook: breathing, drugs, sex, religion, altered states, meditation, death, rebirth, mystery, and more.
Currents 030: Daniel Schmachtenberger on The Consilience Project
Daniel Schmachtenberger & Jim talk about his newly launched project, The Consilience Project. They start by covering some background for the project: why start it, primary focuses, cultural renaissance, the role of education & press, eroding knowledge commons, rapidly changing culture & scales, and learning from history. They then talk about the project's approaches & strategies: bottom-up problems-solving processes, understanding externalities, identifying core problems, content strategy, narrative navigation, post-tribalism, epistemic commons, meta news, fighting confirmation bias, modern memetic dynamics, social media moderation, out-group reading, civic virtue, post-modernism, science, 1st 2nd & 3rd person epistemologies, the target audience, being a media role model, community building, and much more. Episode Transcript Expected 4/23
Thoughtful an Broad
So fortunate to find this content. Jim approaches topics with intellectual honesty and a deep understanding. His good nature and curiosity are infectious.
Wicked Smart Guests Intensively Interviewed
Jim intensively prepares for his interviews. Reminds me of Charlie Rose in his prime. I imagine most of his guests collapse after they hang up the phone.
Smart and relevant
Great range of guests, important and timely issues, intelligent and informative content, groundbreaking thinking, great questions, thoughtful responses, well researched, good faith discourse, no pandering, frequent episode releases, no ads... just a great podcast!