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Ep 41: Complexity science and its applications with Geoffrey West.

Geoffrey West is a theoretical physicist whose primary interests are in fundamental questions across physics, biology and the social sciences.

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Ep 38: Kurtis Lockhart on charter cities and the future of governance.

Kurtis Lockhart is a PhD candidate at Oxford, and Head of Research at the Charter Cities Institute. His research interests focus on the political economy of development.

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Ep 34: Marshall Brain on entrepreneurship and facing existential risk.

Marshall Brain is a futurist, speaker, and professor of entrepreneurship who founded HowStuffWorks.com. He joins us on the podcast to talk about these subjects and his new book on existential risk.

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Ep 33: Dave Taylor on the importance of storytelling.

Dave Taylor is a professor of marketing and a renowned storyteller. He joins us to talk about the evolution of technology, problems with modern recommendation engines, and the importance of narrative.

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Ep 29: Jason Crawford on the philosophy and roots of progress.

Jason Crawford writes about the history of technology and the need to understand what drives progress at his blog The Roots of Progress.

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Ep 28: Thomas Frey and Trent Fowler on SPACs.

Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) have been featured prominently in the news recently. Trent and Thomas do a solo episode exploring how SPACs are structured and what impact they might have on business.

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Ep 27: Steven Kotler on the science of peak human performance.

Steven Kolter has become famous for his work on making the impossible possible through creativity, innovation, and a unique state of consciousness called 'flow'.

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Ep 26: Thomas Moynihan on the past and future of x-risk.

Dr. Moynihan is an intellectual historian who studies how humans came to discover the idea of existential risk, and what this means for our maturity as a species.

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Ep 25: Frederick Turner on complexity, time, and the union of art and science.

Frederick Turner has spent a lifetime studying complex systems, evolution, the nature of time, epic poetry, facts, values, and aesthetics. We thoroughly enjoyed getting his perspective in this freewheeling discussion.

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