145 episodes

The JSP is a weekly exploration of questions that are both important and overlooked. Joe Walker, a former political speechwriter helping to build a Y Combinator-backed startup, hosts refreshingly in-depth conversations. Topics cover capitalism, science, business, culture and politics. Guests include Nobel laureates, former prime ministers, authors, entrepreneurs, investors and thought-leaders. Australia's best long-form podcast. A space for curious contrarians.

The Jolly Swagman Podcast Joe Walker

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    • 4.8 • 102 Ratings

The JSP is a weekly exploration of questions that are both important and overlooked. Joe Walker, a former political speechwriter helping to build a Y Combinator-backed startup, hosts refreshingly in-depth conversations. Topics cover capitalism, science, business, culture and politics. Guests include Nobel laureates, former prime ministers, authors, entrepreneurs, investors and thought-leaders. Australia's best long-form podcast. A space for curious contrarians.

    #142: Talent Is That Which Is Scarce — Tyler Cowen

    #142: Talent Is That Which Is Scarce — Tyler Cowen

    In the long run, talent allocation is almost everything. But as a society, we're not actually very good at it. The question of how to reliably match people with jobs they are well suited for is one of the big unsolved problems of our times. 

    Joe catches up with return guest Tyler Cowen to discuss the art of identifying talent. Tyler is a professor of economics at George Mason University and host of the podcast Conversations with Tyler. He is also the co-author of a new book, Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Around the World.

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    • 48 min
    #141: Intellectual Exoskeletons — Andy Matuschak

    #141: Intellectual Exoskeletons — Andy Matuschak

    From language and writing to the Hindu-Arabic numeral system, computers and Adobe Photoshop, our species has a history of inventing tools for augmenting our own intelligence. But what comes next?

    Andy Matuschak is a developer and designer. He helped build iOS at Apple, founded and led Khan Academy's R&D lab, and now works as an independent researcher investigating 'tools for thought' — that is, technologies that can transform human cognition and creativity.

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    • 2 hr 8 min
    #140: Rationality And Its Opposite — Steven Pinker

    #140: Rationality And Its Opposite — Steven Pinker

    How rational are we? How can a species smart enough to set foot on the moon also be prone to conspiracy theories that the moon landing was fake? Joe speaks with Steven Pinker to discuss rationality — and its opposite.

    Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, an elected to the National Academy of Sciences and one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People.

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    • 52 min
    #139: Against Bayesianism — David Deutsch

    #139: Against Bayesianism — David Deutsch

    Bayesianism, the doctrine that it's always rational to represent our beliefs in terms of probabilities, dominates the intellectual world, from decision theory to the philosophy of science. But does it make sense to quantify our beliefs about such ineffable things as scientific theories or the future? And what separates empty prophecy from legitimate prediction?

    David Deutsch is a British physicist at the University of Oxford, and is widely regarded as the father of quantum computing. He is the author of The Fabric of Reality (1997) and The Beginning of Infinity (2011).

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    • 1 hr 39 min
    #138: The Lessons Of Afghanistan — William Dalrymple

    #138: The Lessons Of Afghanistan — William Dalrymple

    William Dalrymple is an acclaimed historian and writer.

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    • 58 min
    #137: The Race That Stopped The Nation — Richard Holden & Steven Hamilton

    #137: The Race That Stopped The Nation — Richard Holden & Steven Hamilton

    Richard Holden is Professor of Economics at UNSW. Steven Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Economics at The George Washington University.

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    • 1 hr 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

taos toad ,

Excellent

Wishing the swagman would have a more USA centric podcast as I find him exceptionally intelligent and balanced on every cast. We could use more of this here.

PjL1512 ,

Get around this!

This is a great podcast that was recommended to me by a friend. Incredibly accomplished guests and a diverse range of topics which keeps things interesting. Joe and his guests do a great job simplifying complex topics into easily understandable and digestible episodes

Bwv878 ,

A Thoughtful for Grownups

This is one of the more thoughtful podcasts I’ve found. Joe, please keep up the good work.

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