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Girard at Jamestown, VC bubbles, Elon’s ambition, big tech R&D as F1 cars, med-school mania, and the entrepreneurial middle class.
25: Razib Khan - Genomics, Intelligence, and The Church of ScienceListen now (63 min) | Razib Khan is a writer, geneticist, and blogger with an interest in history, genetics, culture, and evolutionary psychology. Watch…
24: Jimmy Soni - Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, and the Paypal MafiaListen now (68 min) | Jimmy Soni is the author of The Founders: The Story of Paypal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley. Watch on YouTube…
An interesting pattern recurs across the career of great scientists: an annus mirabilis (miracle year) in which they make multiple, seemingly…
23: Bryan Caplan - Discrimination, Poverty, & Mental IllnessListen now (65 min) | I interview the economist Bryan Caplan about his new book, Labor Econ Versus the World, and many other related topics. Watch on…
10x engineers, tech bubbles, and the PayPal mafia
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