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Life Lessons from a Self-Made Billionaire: My Conversation with Ray Dalio

10/11/2017
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Are you in love with your own ideas regardless of how good they are Would you like to make better decisions and fewer mistakes? Would you like to improve the most important relationships in your life? These are just some of the topics I discuss with my guest, Ray Dalio. Ray Dalio is the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, and is the author of the new book Principles: Life and Work. He is also a leading figure in the world of philanthropy, is an avid supporter...

Duration: 01:31:24


Adam Grant: Givers, Takers, and the Resilient Mind

9/20/2017
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Are you a giver or a taker? Have you ever struggled to find work/life balance? How do you build resilience in yourself, your team, or your children? I tackle these topics and many more in this interview with my special guest, Adam Grant. In this interview, we cover a lot, including: And so much more.

Duration: 01:27:41


Ed Latimore on The Secret to a Happy Life

8/9/2017
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In this wide-ranging interview physics major, philosopher, and professional heavyweight boxer Ed Latimore and Shane Parrish talk about boxing, tough love, entropy, the worst that can happen, coaching, and so much more.

Duration: 01:01:20


Marc Garneau on The Future of Transportation

7/2/2017
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Marc Garneau (@MarcGarneau) is a Canadian politician, Engineer, and the Minister of Transport. This interview was recorded live in front of an audience in Montreal. As a bilingual country, you'll hear bits of French from the audience questions here and there but the interview is predominately in English. In this interview, we discuss the future of transportation (including self-driving cars), infrastructure investments, space, what it means to be a liberal in 2017, how we — as citizens —...

Duration: 00:59:33


Rory Sutherland on The Psychology of Advertising, Complex Evolved Systems, Reading, Decision Making

5/30/2017
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Rory Sutherland (@rorysutherland) is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Group, which is one of the largest advertising companies in the world. This interview was recorded live in London, England. Rory started the behavioral insights team and spends his days applying behavioral economics and evolutionary psychology to solve problems that conventionally advertising agencies haven't been able to solve. In this wide-ranging interview we talk about: how advertising agencies are solving...

Duration: 01:56:12


Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems for Decision Making, Habits, Radical Honesty

2/27/2017
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Naval Ravikant (@naval) is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList. He’s invested in more than 100 companies, including Uber, Twitter, Yammer, and so many others. Don’t worry, we’re not going to talk about early stage investing. Naval’s an incredibly deep thinker who challenges the status quo on so many things. He’s thought deeply about stuff that’s near and dear to us, like reading, habits, decision-making, and life. Just a heads up, this is the longest podcast I’ve ever done. Our...

Duration: 02:00:49


Aristotle Koskinas on Greek History

1/5/2017
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This is one of 2 interviews that I conducted while visiting Greece this summer. Greek history is deep routed in many things as philosophy, democracy and culture and has laid the foundation of so much of what we know and how we live today. Today I speak with Aristotle Koskinas (@aristotlekoskin), a guide with Athens walking tours. He's one of the best guides you can find in Athens. In order to be a guide in Greece, an individual must complete a 2½ year program at the School of Tourist...

Duration: 01:03:07


Santorini Wine with Panayiota Kalogeropoulou

1/5/2017
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The island of Santorini has not only has breathtaking views but also a fascinating history. Traces of its first inhabitants have been linked back to 4500 BC. In 1613 BC the most powerful volcanic event in the last 10,000 years took place – completely destroying all the islands within a 60 km radius. It has been estimated that 90 billion tons of molten rock was injected into the air, the sea swallowed the volcano, and a massive tsunami swept across the Aegean Sea. Along with the obvious...

Duration: 00:29:27


Samuel Arbesman on Complex Adaptive Systems and the Difference between Biological and Physics Based Thinking

11/28/2016
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Samuel Arbesman (@arbesman) is a complexity scientist whose work focuses on the nature of scientific and technological change. Sam's also written two books that I love, The Half-Life of Facts and Overcomplicated. In this episode, Sam talks about:

Duration: 00:46:23


Morgan Housel on Reading, Writing, Filtering Information

10/24/2016
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Morgan Housel and I talk about how he reads and why he's all kindle all the time. We also talk about the best teacher he's ever had, filtering information, and what indulgences he'd enjoy if there were no consequences.

Duration: 00:58:37


Pedro Domingos on Artificial Intelligence

8/30/2016
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On this episode, I am so happy to have Pedro Domingos who is a professor at the University of Washington. He’s the leading researcher in machine learning and recently wrote an amazing book called The Master Algorithm. In this conversation we explore the sources of knowledge, the five major schools of machine learning, why white collar jobs are easier to replace than blue collar jobs, machine wars, self-driving cars and so much more.

Duration: 01:02:29


The Knowledge Project: Véronique Rivest

7/24/2016
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On this episode, I talked with Véronique Rivest, one of the most respected sommeliers in the world, about one of my favorite subjects: Wine. We're going to go through a tasting, and learn some everyday tips and tricks. (Apologies for audio quality, we had a recording hiccup.)

Duration: 01:02:09


Ryan Holiday on Reading, What it means to be a Stoic, and How to Take Notes

5/15/2016
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On this episode of The Knowledge Project, Shane Parrish, from the online intellectualhub Farnam Street, talkswith bestselling author Ryan Holiday abouthow he reads, what it means to be a stoic, the two sides of Seneca, dealing with over-work, what he learned from working with Robert Greene and his system for taking notes.

Duration: 00:45:26


Are we too busy to pay attention to life?

3/29/2016
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An inbetweenisode of sorts where Jeff Annello and I discuss whether we're too busy to pay attention to life - on whether we're too busy to live. If you want more of these let me know #tkp on twitter.

Duration: 00:43:22


Alexander Shelley on The Architecture of Music, The Popularity of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, & The Necessity of Music

3/18/2016
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On this episode of the knowledge project you'll learn aboutwhat goes through conductor Alexander Shelley's mind as he walks from the dressing room to the podium, the architecture of music, why Beethoven's 5th Symphony is so popular, the necessity of art and culture in our busy world and so much more.

Duration: 00:56:28


Julia Galef on Becoming More Rational, Changing Minds, and Filtering Information

2/20/2016
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On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I talk rationality, changing minds (our own and others), filtering information, and a lot more with Julia Galef. Galef isthe President and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, California, devoted to developing, testing and training people in strategies for reasoning and decision making. She also hosts the Rationally Speaking podcast, a biweekly show featuring conversations about science and...

Duration: 00:53:38


Venkatesh Rao on The Three Types of Decision Makers, Mental Models, and How to Process Information

1/28/2016
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Venkatesh is the founder of the blog Ribbonfarm, the technology analysis site Breaking Smart, and the author of a book on decision making called Tempo. We talk about a host of fascinating subjects, including the 3 types of decision makers, mental models, the implications of the free age and economy, and how to process information. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.

Duration: 01:06:24


Philip Tetlock on The Art and Science of Prediction

12/8/2015
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On this episode, I'm happy to have Philip Tetlock, professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He's the co-leader of The Good Judgement Project, which is a multi-year forecasting study. He's also the author of Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction and Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? The subject of this interview is how we can get better at the art and science of prediction. We dive into what make some people better and what we can learn to improve...

Duration: 00:45:59


Chris Dixon on Why Companies Fail, The State of Venture Capital, Artificial Intelligence

11/12/2015
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On this episode, I have Chris Dixon. Chris is a partner at perhaps the most famous venture capital firm in the world, Andreessen Horowitz or commonly known as a16z. We talk about the history of venture capital, why companies fail, the future of artificial intelligence and the Idea Maze. I hope you like this interview as much as I did.

Duration: 00:55:56


Sanjay Bakshi on Reading, Mental Models, and Worldly Wisdom

9/18/2015
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This episode features Sanjay Bakshi, one of India’s best-recognised finance professors. He teaches a course entitled Behavioural Finance and Business Valuation at the Management Development Institute. In this interview, we talk about a host of things, including why he prefers to read on a Kindle; how he incorporates multi-disciplinary thinking and mental models into both his investment decisions and life decisions; and how his approach to investing has changed over time.

Duration: 00:53:32

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