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Book Schmooze is a book review podcast where we ramble about books that we just read, mostly non-fiction. Contact Email: bookschmooze@gmail.com “If I finish a book a week, I will read only a few thousand books in my lifetime, about a tenth of a percent of the contents of the greatest libraries of our time. The trick is to know which books to read.”― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

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Book Schmooze is a book review podcast where we ramble about books that we just read, mostly non-fiction. Contact Email: bookschmooze@gmail.com “If I finish a book a week, I will read only a few thousand books in my lifetime, about a tenth of a percent of the contents of the greatest libraries of our time. The trick is to know which books to read.”― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

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English


Episodes
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Selfish Reasons to have more Kids by Bryan Caplan

10/12/2023

Duration:01:26:44

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The Sovereign Individual by James Davidson and William Rees-Mogg

12/31/2022
Coughing our way through this intriguing book. Happy New Year!

Duration:02:10:48

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Open Borders by Bryan Caplan

9/6/2022
In this episode we disucss the "graphic textbook" Open Borders by econ professor Bryan Caplan, illustrated by Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoonist Zach Weinersmith. EDIT: Caplan recently published some new interesting thoughts about why immigrants are left wing[1]. Whereas we argued that immigrant culture/politics is whack/left-wing cause they're bringing their values that turned their states into failed states, Caplan argues that it might also be the case that they turn left wing because the right in their new country typically doesn't like immigrants. [1] https://betonit.substack.com/p/how-immigrants-became-democrats

Duration:01:44:12

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The Machiavellians by James Burnham

8/9/2022
Welcome to season 2 of Book Schmooze with all new books and a brand new microphone!! Notes: Robert Michels was actually German!

Duration:02:12:29

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Atomic Habits by James Clear

2/4/2022
In this episode we discuss the widely popular self-improvement classic "Atomic habits" by James Clear. Enjoy and do check out James Clear's weekly newsletter: https://jamesclear.com/3-2-1

Duration:02:04:33

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[GERMAN] Also sprach Zarathustra von Friedrich Nietzsche

12/31/2021
*CAREFUL* THIS EPISODE IS IN *GERMAN* To celebrate the anniversary of the fifth episode of the Book Schmooze podcast, we made an episode in GERMAN!

Duration:01:49:02

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Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

11/13/2021
In this crisp episode we talk about Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by probability researcher and philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Check it out! Spoiler alert: this is nowhere near a comprehensive review, quite the opposite: we barely managed to scratch the surface of Taleb's geniality and many mind-blowing bits aren't even mentioned at all, so DO pick up a copy! Editorial note: In the political discussion we got confused with the some of the correct English terms, so by national government we mean federal government and sometimes talking about federal governments we mean the governments of the federal states, sorry for that! We hope you can still make sense of the essential points!

Duration:01:59:43

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Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

10/7/2021
In this episode we discuss "Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future" by Peter Thiel.

Duration:02:33:42

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Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life by Luke Burgis

8/23/2021
In the second episode of the Book Schmooze podcast we babble about the book "Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life" by Luke Burgis. The book is based on the so called "Mimetic Theory" by René Girard which we also discuss.

Duration:01:54:22

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The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't by Julia Galef

7/18/2021
In this inaugural episode of the Book Schmooze podcast we review the book "The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't" by Julia Galef. Is it RAD or is it WHACK? Find out by listening to this episode. Some notes: -That one time Alexej talked about Expected Utility Theory what he actually meant was Prospect Theory -It's called "Ideological Turing Test", not hypothetical Turing Test

Duration:01:02:03