Vance Crowe interviews people with an expertise that you would want to know about, but might not think to ask. He prompts his guests to think about their work in novel ways, discusses how it applies to regular people and has fun sharing stories and experiences.
#269 | Dwarkesh Patel: Competitive friendships, institution degradation, internet studying vs college
Dwarkesh Patel is a young podcaster that has caught the attention of Jeff Bezos, Tyler Cowen and other venture capital owners. In his conversation with host Vance Crowe, they discuss the value of having friendly rivalries that push each individual to go harder, they discuss if there is an over representation of people with Asperger's Syndrome (Aspies) in fields like Computer Science and the reasons that institutions degrade and fail over time.
#268 | Phil McAlister; Optimist's take on Inflation, Commercial Real Estate, Economy in 2022
Phil McAlister is a real estate specialist and writer of the Macro Meets Real Estate newsletter. Phil has a more optimistic take on inflation than most people. Phil and Vance discuss this perspective, the behaviors of the FED, the effect of millennials and Gen Z on the residential home buyers' market and more on the state of the economy in 2022.
#267 | Erik Hoel; Memories, Causal Emergence, Why AI art isn't real art
Erik Hoel is a theoretical neuroscientist, published author and regular blogger on his own independent outlet. Erik returns to the podcast to talk with Vance about what we know about memories, the flaws of reductionism, causal emergence, and why art created by artificial intelligence isn’t an exhibition of true creativity.
#266 | Ben Sixsmith; British writer living in Poland on War Propaganda, Inflation and Time
Ben Sixsmith is an English writer living in Poland, who publishes frequently for outlets like Unherd and Quillette. Ben and Vance talk about propaganda coming out of Russia and Ukraine and how this content makes its way to the media. They also discuss current events like the Johnny Depp Amber Heard trial and conclude talking about consciousness and the sense of smell.
#265 | Chrisman Frank; Future of Education, Synthesis School, Rural vs Urban Living
Chrisman Frank is the co-founder of Synthesis school, a program designed to fundamentally change the way that society educates its children. It does this by challenging young critical thinkers through complex games and simulations. Chrisman and Vance also discuss rural vs urban living, the state of public education, how children should play and social hierarchies.
#264 | Samuel Hughes; Urbanist philosopher on how to improve living in cities
Samuel Hughes is a researcher at the University of Oxford, where he works on philosophy, architecture and urbanism. He is a senior fellow at the British think tanks Policy Exchange and Create Streets, and he worked on the British Government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission. His Twitter feed is simply astounding. He notices the way buildings, streets, light, and space come together to make an urban environment feel a certain way. He sat down with Vance Crowe to discuss some of the policies that could be implemented in cities that would make them more livable, increase the value of the area and have an impact on how a place feels. Samuel speaks in a private capacity.
Regardless of who is interviewed, new thoughts come to the surface. Vance has the ability to ask questions that provoke thought in me, as an audience member, making the podcast more of a group conversation rather than just listening to two people have an exchange.
I learn something every episode!
As a cattle rancher and symphony tuba player in Montana, I have trouble finding time to read and keep learning. I really enjoy listening to Vance’s podcasts in the tractor. I met him when he worked fo Monsanto and spoke at the MT State Farm bureau conference in Billings. Really enjoyed eating lunch with him and chatting. Wondered why he asked me so many thoughtful questions until he got up and proceeded to give an excellent speech! Keep it Vance, I really do learn something new every time I listen and continue to hone my understanding of the world around us!
Vance Crowe makes me think.
This is one of 2 podcasts I never skip. It’s like NPR used to be; in depth look at broad range of topics with an open mind. He asks the most intriguing questions. Drama free exploration of things I didn’t even know I need to know. 🙌