Casey Handmer – Mining the Air

Multiverses | 11 May 2023 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Casey Handmer about his firm Terraform Industries and its work pioneering air-to-fuel technology to synthesise methane and hydrocarbons from the air aiming to displace the transport of carbon from the crust to the atmosphere.

Check out Casey Handmer’s blog.

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Amitav Ghosh – How the Opium Trade Shaped Capitalism

How To Academy | 13 February 2024 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Amitav Ghosh about his book Smoke and Ashes: Opium’s Hidden Histories. Traces the links between the opium trade and the origins of the world’s biggest corporations and most powerful American families, and considers its relevance to the unfolding tragedy of America’s contemporary opioid crisis.

I enjoyed this episode, but not the piece at the end that suggests fossil fuels are addictive products foisted on us by oil companies. Isn’t it more sensible to attribute emissions to end users rather than the oil companies that supply that demand?

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The Interdisciplinary Nature of Evolution with David Sloan Wilson

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 12 February 2024 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Sloan Wilson discussing how everything can be explained by evolution, why the last 50 years of science have been groundbreaking, group-selection versus gene-centred evolution, and Darwinism’s shifts over time.

See also other episodes on evolution.

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Can Solar Power and Battery Tech Save the World from Climate Change?

Plain English with Derek Thompson | 9 February 2024 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nat Bullard about his presentation Decarbonization: Stocks and flows, abundance and scarcity, net zero. Discusses the twin pillars of the global clean energy revolution (solar and storage), how these two technologies have consistently beat expert predictions, how they’re reshaping energy generation around the world, and what stands in the way of a clean energy future based around sunshine and batteries.

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Napoleon Bonaparte with Louis Sarkozy

Aspects of History | 10 February 2024 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Louis Sarkozy about his book Napoleon’s Library: The Emperor, His Books and Their Influence on the Napoleonic Era. Discusses his image in France, Russia, Prussia and England; attempts to cancel him; and his love of reading and the influence the books he read had on him.

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Gregory Radick – Disputed Inheritance: The Battle over Mendel and the Future of Biology

The Dissenter | 5 February 2024 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Gregory Radick about his book Disputed Inheritance: The Battle over Mendel and the Future of Biology. Discusses the inter-relationships between the work of Mendel, Darwin and Francis Galton; the early 20C debate between William Bateson and W. F. R. Weldon about whether Mendelian genetics should be the standard entry point for learning about genes. Argues that if Weldon had lived longer and his view of Mendelian genetics as a special case ignoring environmental effects won out, we would have framed genetics fundamentally differently, with less of a framing of heredity as destiny.

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Eric Crampton on Gordon Tullock

Nights | 31 May 2022 | 0h 19m | Listen Later
Interview with Eric Crampton, discussing his favourite economist, Gordon Tullock.

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Tyler Cowen – Hayek, Keynes, & Smith on AI, Animal Spirits, Anarchy, & Growth

Dwarkesh Podcast | 31 January 2024 | 1h 42m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tyler Cowen about his book GOAT: Who is the Greatest Economist of all Time and Why Does it Matter? Discusses the context of how the insights of Hayek, Keynes, Smith, and other great economists help us make sense of AI, growth, animal spirits, prediction markets, alignment, central planning, and more.

See also Dwarkesh’s Substack, including the post discussed in this episode Will scaling work?

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