Charles C. Mann – Americas Before Columbus & Scientific Wizardry

The Lunar Society | 14 September 2022 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Charles C. Mann about his books 1491: New Revelations of America before Columbus, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, and The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World. Discusses why Native American civilizations collapsed, why he disagrees with Will MacAskill about longtermism, why there aren’t any successful slave revolts, how Bitcoin is like the Chinese Silver Trade, how geoengineering can help us solve climate change, and more.

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Charles C. Mann: 1491 Fifteen Years Later

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 9 December 2021 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Charles C. Mann discussing his books 1491, 1493 and The Wizard and the Prophet. Describes the advanced societies and biological technologies used in the New World before the arrival of Columbus; the conditions that caused the downfall of those societies; and the global exchange of crops, slaves and goods that developed thereafter. Contrasts considerations of environmental carrying capacity versus applying science to enable our adaptive ingenuity in the face of ecological constraints.

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