Tonight: Live on the Yaron Brook Show
Tonight (Thursday) at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern, I’ll be interviewed
live on the Yaron Brook Show. We’ll be talking for an hour or two about progress and philosophy, and will take live questions via YouTube chat. Join us!
Update: now past, but the recording is available. Outline:
02:35 What do we mean by progress?
04:38 Slow progress/regression in history
09:27 What’s happened in the last fifty years?
11:29 Moral progress (and lack thereof)
17:59 Belief in progress in the early 20th century
25:00 Tech industry of the late 20th century
29:50 Nuclear energy and optimism for the future
40:08 Philosophy of progress
49:40 The Roots of Progress and the progress movement
55:48 Freedom, reason, and progress
1:01:11 Law and safety regulation vs. insurance
1:08:35 Is it a sign of moral progress that we no longer glorify violence?
1:10:23 How do you see Progress Studies reversing the progress slowdown?
1:12:18 Response to Marc Andreessen’s “It’s Time to Build”
1:15:05 President Carter and deregulation
1:16:44 Who’s your favorite builder?
1:18:10 How common are Objectivists in tech?
1:20:14 Will you develop curricula for teaching about progress?
1:22:54 How long before there is a curriculum to teach the history of progress?
1:25:16 History of power grids in the US?
1:29:30 Mel Brooks’s “History of the World Part 2”
1:29:56 Are you sure humans aren’t born with any instincts?
1:32:15 How to have conversations about progress with people
1:35:08 A series of ARU lectures on “Luminaries of the Enlightenment”?
1:35:53 Can primitive technology be shown to people to put things into perspective?
1:38:22 What to do if you are frustrated by bureaucracy and are tempted to hold back your potential?
1:42:23 How do you gauge moral progress?
1:43:16 What about the government monopolization of education as a cause of stagnation?
1:43:57 Thoughts on Monsanto?
1:44:25 Progress vs. progressivism?
1:45:23 Tips for burned out parents? Thoughts on Bitcoin, tech layoffs, China?
1:49:10 How patient should I be with people before I block them?
1:50:06 In an Objectivist world would sporting events that went to the death be allowed?
1:50:39 Are Democrats or Republicans more receptive to your ideas?
1:51:36 Is the progress movement part of Effective Altruism?
1:52:11 What can one do to help the progress movement?
1:53:23 Is the anti-vax movement scary for progress?
1:55:52 Thoughts on progress in psychology?
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