March 5, 2020

1. Introduction - The Big Plan

A short episode about the podcast and the show hosts if you want to know more about the show

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March 17, 2020

2. The Elephant in the Brain - Kevin Simler & Robin Hanson

A summary of the key ways human beings lie to themselves and others without even realising. There are so many hidden ways we conceal the truth to protect and advance ourselves. But sometimes to our detriment. We work out the …

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March 27, 2020

9. The Black Swan - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The book focuses on the extreme impact of rare and unpredictable outlier events — and the human tendency to find simplistic explanations for these events, retrospectively. It was published in 2007, by author and former options trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

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March 31, 2020

3. Why Buddhism is True - Robert Wright

The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

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April 10, 2020

4. The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists - Niel …

Investigative reporter Neil Strauss chronicles his journey and encounters in the seduction community. An interesting tale into how our minds can be lead in seduction and the dangers of seeking the wrong things.

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April 16, 2020

5. Invisible Women - Caroline Criado Perez

The gender bias that is in the world around us and affects our daily lives. A brilliant look at the data that shows the facts we need to acknowledge and overcome.

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April 19, 2020

6. Finite and Infinite Games - James P. Carse

There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite; the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play. A simple concept with …

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April 21, 2020

7. Do You Talk Funny? - David Nihil

This book shows how the key principles of stand-up comedy can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking. (Or at least two of the three.)

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May 3, 2020

8. Fooled By Randomness - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets is a book that deals with the fallibility of human knowledge. Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains how we delude ourselves into thinking untrue things due to our …

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May 14, 2020

10. The Bed of Procrustes - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

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May 20, 2020

11. Antifragile - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Things that Gain from Disorder. We discuss the concepts of things that thrive and grow when exposed to volatility.

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June 7, 2020

12. Skin in the Game - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life. Having a measurable risk when taking a major decision -- is necessary for fairness, commercial efficiency, and risk management, as well as being necessary to understand the world.

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June 19, 2020

Hope in the Dark - Rebecca Solnit

Radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on unwarranted confidence about what is going to …

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July 3, 2020

Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race - Rene Eddo-Lodge

The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to …

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Aug. 5, 2020

White fragility - Robin DiAngelo

Learn why discussing racism is so taboo and difficult

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Aug. 10, 2020

How to be an antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Antiracist is a 2019 non-fiction book by American author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. The book discusses concepts of racism and Kendi's proposals for anti-racist individual actions and systemic changes.

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Aug. 21, 2020

Discrimination and Disparities - Thomas Sowell

A searching re-examination of the assumptions, and the evidence for and against, current approaches to issues of economic and other disparities

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Sept. 14, 2020

Nonviolent Communication - Marshall Rosenberg

An approach to nonviolent living

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Sept. 19, 2020

Season Recap: Racism and Inequality

We look back at our discoveries reading a range of different books on racism and inequality

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Sept. 25, 2020

The final days of Socrates - Plato

Describes the trial and death of Socrates in 403 BC.

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Oct. 12, 2020

The Confessions by Saint Augustine of Hippo

The book Confessions was the first autobiographical work written around 400 A.D. during Saint Augustine's early 40's. Augustine discussed his regrets for following the Manichaean religion and believing in astrology. Confessions is the most complete record of any single person …

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Oct. 19, 2020

Enchiridion by Epictetus

Epictetus was born as a slave around 50 AD. After gaining his freedom he decided to dedicate his life to philosophy, even opening a school. He didn’t write much about himself, most of his knowledge was written down by his …

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Nov. 16, 2020


Happiness is the main goal in life, we can achieve this by pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain. But also by taming our desires and enjoying small things Epicurus focused on happiness instead of virtue because he observed that humans are …

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Nov. 20, 2020

The Republic - Plato

The republic is an examination of justice in an individual and justice in a city. To Plato, justice is an appropriate balance between different parts of the whole. The individual is said that we should be led by reason, not …

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