Jim O’Shaughnessy – Surviving The Great Reshuffle

Modern Wisdom | 27 May 2021 | 1h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jim O’Shaughnessy. Argues that time, space and geography are collapsing. The richest people on the planet are no longer in charge of labour or buildings, they’re symbol manipulators. The skillsets we need today are completely different to what was needed 50 years ago, let alone 500. Discusses why 2020 was the best thing to happen to talented people in the developing world, the danger of grade inflation in top-flight universities, Rory Sutherland, Isaac Newton, and more.

The Freemans – How To Have Better Arguments With Your Partner

Modern Wisdom | 20 February 2021 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Aaron and Jocelyn Freeman about their book The Argument Hangover: Empowering Couples to Fight Smarter and Overcome Communication Pitfalls. Argues that success in relationships is a function of dealing with disagreements. Explains what an argument hangover is, how to make a disagreement better before it’s even begun, how to turn conflict into a good thing, why emotional triggers are a danger, and more.

Donald Robertson – Stoicism: How To Think Like A Roman Emperor

Modern Wisdom | 25 January 2021 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Donald Robertson about his book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor. Discusses how stoicism and cognitive behavioural therapy are intrinsically linked, why an existential crisis can be useful, how Marcus Aurelius dealt with his anger, why Robertson thinks we lost the wisdom of ancient Greece, and more.

Richard Meadows – Optionality: How To Make Your Own Luck In Life

Modern Wisdom | 14 January 2021 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Meadows about his book Optionality: How to Survive and Thrive in a Volatile World. Discusses why you should earn as much money as you can when you’re young, how to make life-changing choices under uncertain conditions, protect against financial disaster, develop a system to create our own luck and more.

This was my favourite book of 2020.