A weekly podcast featuring authors, entrepreneurs, economists, and other pioneers at the forefront of human progress.
Ep. 1 — Dr. Matt Bateman, Higher Ground Education
In the first episode of The Torch of Progress, we sit down with Dr. Matt Bateman of Higher Ground Education to discuss Montessori education and its connections to our Progress Studies course. Key Take-Aways:* What is Progress Studies?* How does it relate to Montessori?* Introduction to Progress Studies for Young Scholars CourseGuest SpeakerDr. Bateman earned his bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004. While there, he worked in their Child Development Center researching the nature of early personality development in children. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied the history of thought in philosophy and psychology, as well as conducting research in cognitive science. He taught and continued his research at Franklin and Marshall College in the Department of Psychology, on topics ranging from neuroscience to evolutionary theory to philosophy. Dr. Bateman left his academic position in 2014 to join LePort Schools as its Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy. There, he oversaw research and development of the school’s approach to education. In 2016, Dr. Bateman became a founding member of Higher Ground as the Director of Content, where he is responsible for intellectual and pedagogical oversight across the organization.Links: Progress Studies for Young Scholars: https://progressstudies.school/The Academy of Thought and Industry: https://thoughtandindustry.comThe Roots of Progress Blog: https://rootsofprogress.org/Higher Ground Education: https://tohigherground.orgGuidepost Montessori: https://guidepostmontessori.com
Ep. 2 — Tyler Cowen, Economist and Author
We sit down with American economist and author Tyler Cowen to discuss progress studies and his perspective on economics, history, and America's current attitude toward progress.
Ep. 3 — Patrick Collison, CEO of Stripe
In the third episode of The Torch of Progress, we sit down with Patrick Collison, the co-founder and CEO of Stripe. We discuss progress studies, his perspective on the sciences, Effective Altruism, on being a self-described 'fallibilist,' and the entrepreneurial mindset.Key Topics:- The rate of scientific progress and whether it's slowing down.- Progress Studies at large and Patrick's views on Effective Altruism- On being a self-described 'fallibilist' and the entrepreneurial mindset.- Q&A from students and attendees, and much more.
Ep. 4 — Dr. Max Roser, Oxford Researcher and Founder of Our World In Data
We talk with Dr. Max Roser, the researcher, and editor behind ourworldindata.org.Key Topics:- Our World in Data- Global Development and its relations to progress studies- What people get wrong about data
Ep. 5 — Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, Distinguished Professor and Author
In the fifth episode of The Torch of Progress, we talk with Deridre McCloskey, distinguished professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication and author of a series of books known as the Bourgeois Era.Links: Progress Studies for Young Scholars: https://progressstudies.school The Academy of Thought and Industry: https://thoughtandindustry.com The Roots of Progress Blog: https://rootsofprogress.org Higher Ground Education: https://tohigherground.org Guidepost Montessori: https://guidepostmontessori.com
Ep. 6 — Joel Mokyr, Professor of Economics and History
In the sixth episode of The Torch of Progress, we sit down with Joel Mokyr, the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Economics & History at Northwestern University. Mokyr explores the shifting attitudes on progress and its causes throughout history.
Worth the listen every time.
I love the unique guests that Jason interviews each week and how much time is allotted to live student questions. From authors and entrepreneurs to historians, asteroid experts, and Oxford researchers, each week brings a positive and curious conversation on unknown areas of human progress. My favorite episode was Dr. Max Roser in Season 1.