Two podcast interviews: Arjun Khemani, Alex LaBossiere
Good conversations recently on a couple of podcasts with young, up-and-coming hosts:
We talk about the need to study progress, tackle the question of whether progress makes humans any happier, optimism and solutionism, and some more.
0:38 Why we need a new philosophy of progress
3:54 “Almost nothing about progress is linear…”
9:56 Why bother making any progress in the first place?
11:56 Should we “go against nature”?
18:01 Does progress make us happy? Are we on an intergenerational hedonic treadmill?
27:52 Optimism and solutionism
35:15 What’s your message for people living a thousand years from now?
Also on Apple, Spotify, and Substack.
On optimism, progress in technology, drivers of stagnation, and how to think about innovation.
Here’s a teaser, about William Crookes and his “alarmism” about the fertilizer crisis (which I covered in depth in the MIT Tech Review). Show page, Apple podcasts.
See all my interviews & talks here.
Comment: Progress Forum, Reddit
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