Bjorn Lomborg Declares “False Alarm” on Climate Hysteria

Uncommon Knowledge | 28 July 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bjorn Lomborg about his book False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet. Argues for treating climate as a serious problem but not an extinction-level event justifying huge economic changes. Addresses some of the most vociferous climate policy critics, including Greta Thunberg, David Wallace-Wells and proponents of the Green New Deal. Also discusses some promising emerging technologies and why worst-case scenarios are often just that – scenarios that are used to motivate the public into action but are not likely to occur.

How Innovation Works, with Matt Ridley

Uncommon Knowledge | 19 May 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book, How Innovation Works, which argues that we need to change the way we think about innovation, to see it as an incremental, bottom-up, fortuitous process that happens to society as a direct result of the human habit of exchange, rather than as an orderly, top-down process developing according to a plan. Ridley also discusses the covid-19 crisis, that China has the low-level freedoms necessary for innovation, and predicts what the world might look like in 2050.

The World According to Thiel

Uncommon Knowledge | 12 February 2020 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Thiel. Covers globalization, the continuing and ever-growing threat from China and what the United States can and can’t do it about, what the rise of Bernie Sanders means for the future of US capitalism, the “derangement” (Thiel’s phrase) of Silicon Valley in the last decade, the scourge of political correctness on campuses and in society at large, and why to rethink the doctrine of American exceptionalism.