Russ Roberts on Wild Problems

The Tim Ferriss Show | 5 August 2022 | 1h 57m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Russ Roberts on lessons from F.A. Hayek and Nassim Taleb, decision-making insights from Charles Darwin, the dangers of scientism, his book Wild Problems: A Guide to the Decisions That Define Us, learnings from the Talmud, the role of prayer, and the journey to transcendence.

Isabel Behncke – What We Can Learn from Bonobos and Chimpanzees

The Tim Ferriss Show | 1 June 2022 | 2h 14m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Isabel Behncke about her work researching the social lives of bonobos, how bonobos play, and how play is at the root of creativity, social bonding, and healthy development – which has relevance to education, innovation, complex risk assessments, and freedom.

Edward O. Thorp, A Man For All Markets

The Tim Ferriss Show | 25 May 2022 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ed Thorpe discussing his life and work. Covers his development of methods to win at BlackJack; Claude Shannon and developing a wearable computer to win at roulette; the exercise habits that have kept him well; how he determined that Bernie Madoff was a fraud years before he was prosecuted; how he thinks about investment, mental models; and more. Draws from his book A Man for All Markets.

Susan Cain on Bittersweet

The Tim Ferriss Show | 31 March 2022 | 1h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Susan Cain about her book Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole. Describes how bittersweet minor-key music can transform pain into joy. Suggests we embrace feelings of sorrow and longing that trigger feelings of the sublime – resisting societal pressure to be always positive.

Morgan Housel – The Psychology of Money, Picking the Right Game, and the $6 Million Janitor

The Tim Ferriss Show | 2 March 2022 | 3h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Morgan Housel about his book The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness. Wisdom throughout on life in general as well as money. Covers compounding and Warren Buffett’s longevity compared to Jim Simons’ returns, writing, raising children, frugality, reading recommendations, the folly of status symbols, tolerance for petty annoyance as a life skill, and more.

Jessica Lahey on Parenting & Addiction

The Tim Ferriss Show | 9 December 2021 | 1h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Jessica Lahey about her books The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed and The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence. Discusses parenting, her journey to sobriety, and writing.

The Lost Presentation That Launched The 4-Hour Workweek

The Tim Ferriss Show | 18 November 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
The 2007 presentation Tim Ferriss gave at SXSW that nicely summarises the ideas in his book The 4-Hour Workweek. While masquerading as lifestyle design, it’s most profoundly about methods and techniques to hugely improve personal productivity – to enable a business to run sweetly without its overworked CEO.

Walter Isaacson on CRISPR, Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

The Tim Ferriss Show | 4 March 2021 | 1h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Walter Isaacson about his book The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. Backgrounds CRISPR, tells the story of its development, and discusses the future for genetic technology.