Other Life

Justin Murphy

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Nov 29

42 min 50 sec

Paul Town is an author and all-around star of the internet underground. He has a wild life story involving psychosis, alleged arson, and a ton of writing: In 2019 he wrote 3 books of more than 400 pages each. All of his books are self-published and quite underrated. We talked mostly about writing on the internet, indie publishing, and the internet-insanity nexus. This conversation was quite funny, interesting, and had some real insight around mindset, attitude, and how to live a creative life in the internet age.✦ Paul Town on Instagram: https://instagram.com/realpaultown✦ Paul Town's most popular book (comedic non-fiction): It Is the Secret✦ Paul Town's latest book (novel): RoseOther Life✦ Join 5,500 academics, creators, and investors who read the free Other Life newsletter: https://OtherLife.coIndieThinkers.org✦ If you're working on long-term intellectual work outside of institutions, request an invitation at https://indiethinkers.org

Nov 22

1 hr 22 min

Gritcult is a Twitter anon who's built a small business empire exclusively through Twitter. We talk about getting jacked, how he built his business on Twitter, and how he thinks about content, crypto, cults, and much more.✦ Gritcult on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GRITCULT✦ Gritcult's crypto fashion marketplace: https://tri.bsOther Life✦ Join 5,500 academics, creators, and investors who read the Other Life newsletter: https://OtherLife.coIndieThinkers.org✦ If you're working on long-term intellectual work outside of institutions, request an invitation at https://indiethinkers.org

Nov 15

1 hr 12 min

Mark Beylin is a co-founder of Myco, a platform for Web3 social businesses. Mark is also a writer and he has interesting ideas about the intersection of business, social media, and crypto.Mark Beylin and Myco✦ Mark on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarkBeylin✦ Myco: https://myco.space/✦ How Myco works: https://m.mirror.xyz/6UxMOPMAnCZr8XSkhIM2Xx47bZ7X5rColwpnwIDbx5sOther Life✦ Join 5,500 academics, creators, and investors who read the Other Life newsletter: https://OtherLife.coIndieThinkers.org✦ If you're working on long-term intellectual work outside of institutions, request an invitation at https://indiethinkers.org

Nov 5

1 hr 1 min

Josh Rosenthal is a former academic historian and a specialist in the European Renaissance and Wars of Religion. He's now a serial founder and crypto investor. We discuss parallels between the crypto revolution today and the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Wars of Religion. If you listened to Josh's recent appearance on the Bankless podcast, this is like a Part 2.Josh RosenthalTwitter: https://twitter.com/joshuarosenthal6th Event, a crypto-first founder's fund: https://www.go6ixthevent.com/Other Life✦ Join 5,500 academics, creators, and investors who read the Other Life newsletter: https://OtherLife.coIndieThinkers.org✦ If you're working on long-term intellectual work outside of institutions, request an invitation at https://indiethinkers.org

Oct 25

2 hr

Eric Jacobus is a professional stuntman, motion designer, and independent philosopher. He is writing a book called the Art of Violence, about how mirror neurons and mimetic rivalry affect perceptions of violence. We talked about film, how to theorize cinematic violence, René Girard, how social crises change cinematic norms around violence, why mainstream cinema has degenerated so badly, and much more.Eric JacobusThe Art of Violence: https://ericjacobus.com/the-art-of-violence/Eric's Youtube: https://youtube.com/ericjacobusofficialRope a Dope (short film): https://youtu.be/G5xAbp1SW5cOther Life✦ Join 5,500 academics, creators, and investors who read the Other Life newsletter: https://OtherLife.coIndieThinkers.org✦ If you're working on long-term intellectual work outside of institutions, request an invitation at https://indiethinkers.org

Oct 18

1 hr 21 min

Indian Bronson is a pseudonymous writer and an early employee at Swype. Swype is building pseudonymous payment infrastructure on crypto rails.Swype: https://getswype.io/Indian Bronson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lndian_bronsonOther Life✦ Join 5,500 academics, creators, and investors who read the Other Life newsletter: https://OtherLife.coIndieThinkers.org✦ If you're working on long-term intellectual work outside of institutions, request an invitation at https://indiethinkers.org

Oct 11

1 hr 1 min

Gabby Dizon is the founder of Yield Guild Games ($YGG), a decentralized autonomous organization that lends video-game assets to professional gamers for profit. Like a "World of Warcraft guild with a balance sheet." Their serious gamers earn around $1,000/month on average, sometimes much more. Remittances from the game Axie Infinity to the Philippines are greater than remittances from Hong Kong.Gabby Dizon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gabuschYield Guild Games: https://yieldguild.io/Other Life✦ Join 5,500 academics, creators, and investors who read the Other Life newsletter: https://OtherLife.coIndieThinkers.org✦ If you're working on long-term intellectual work outside of institutions, request an invitation at https://indiethinkers.org

Oct 4

54 min 56 sec

Path started trading crypto when he was 15 and made a ton of money. He's famous for calling the Bitcoin top in 2017 but less known is that he's an OG of the 2015 Meme War and an Urbit bull.We talked about how meme culture informs his trading strategies; how artists and intellectuals should think about developing crypto projects; what he's bullish on right now, and what he thinks will stand the test of time amid all the hype bubbles rising and falling in recent years. Not financial advice, of course!➡️  Follow Path at @Cryptopathic on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CryptopathicOther Life✦ Join 6,000+ academics, creators, and investors who read the Other Life newsletter https://OtherLife.coIndieThinkers.org✦ If you're working on long-term intellectual work outside of institutions, request an invitation at https://indiethinkers.org

Sep 17

53 min 54 sec

Signs of Life is my weekly newsletter about philosophy and science on the frontiers of internet culture. Subscribe at https://OtherLife.co.This podcast is based on Signs #63: Reality Splitters. We explore... How to find frontiers Mónica Belevan's theory of Covidian Aesthetics How to listen to podcasts A light for the most midnightly men, according to Nietzsche How microdosing works News and events coming up (Based Mansion, Austin!) Links✦ ȘȈǤƝȘ 63, Reality Splitters: https://www.otherlife.co/signs-reality-splitters/ ✦ IndieThinkers.org: https://indiethinkers.org✦ Philip Monk's How to Find Frontiers https://pcmonk.me/2019/02/19/how-to-find-frontiers.html✦ Join a Tuesday morning work session: https://lu.ma/fhonr8u8✦ Edgeware Agency's Discord server: https://discord.gg/JXcdzNeQys✦ RSVP to Based Mansion: https://jmrphy.typeform.com/mansion-atx#source=pod

Sep 14

22 min 49 sec

Mónica Belevan is a Peruvian theorist and crypto entrepreneur. She's the author of a newsletter called Covidian Aesthetics and co-founder of a Web3 production studio called Accursed Share. Her current focus is an NFT project called The Curse, which you can search for on Open Sea.We talk about Georges Bataille and the meaning of energy expenditure in the cryptoeconomy; Spengler, Wittgenstein, and Duchamp; the aesthetics of covid, the sentimentality of markets; the affective drama of Wallstreet Bets; egregoric warfare; and much more.➡️  Covidian Aesthetics newsletter: https://covidianaesthetics.substack.com➡️  Accursed Share production studio: https://accursedshare.art➡️  The Curse NFT: https://accursedshare.art/curse-nft-auction/Other Life✦ Join 6,000+ academics, creators, and investors who read the Other Life newsletter https://OtherLife.co✦ Join the Urbit group via https://exit.otherlife.coIndieThinkers.org✦ If you're working on long-term intellectual work outside of institutions, request an invitation at https://indiethinkers.org

Sep 9

1 hr 5 min

Discord for this project: https://discord.gg/W43KSNgWctThe Point DAO group on Urbit: ~winlud-dirnet/point-daoIf you need an Urbit planet, I can give you one at cost of gas fees: https://exit.otherlife.coJames of Zora.co✦ James on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/new_username_22Kenny Rowe✦ Kenny Rowe on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/sicdev_pilnupJustin Murphy✦ I write a free newsletter to more than 6,000 academics, creators, founders, and investors: https://OtherLife.co✦ If you're working on long-term intellectual work outside of institutions, request an invitation at https://indiethinkers.org✦ If you're not already subscribed to the pod, subscribe at https://plnk.to/otherlifeJustin Murphy✦ I write a free newsletter to more than 6,000 academics, creators, founders, and investors: https://OtherLife.co✦ If you're working on long-term intellectual work outside of institutions, request an invitation at https://indiethinkers.org✦ If you're not already subscribed to the pod, subscribe at https://plnk.to/otherlife

Sep 2

1 hr 14 min

Brom Rector is a Youtuber, podcaster, and venture capitalist focused on the psychedelics industry. We discuss how he launched his creator brand and VC fund at the same time; the current FDA pipeline, which psychedelics are going to be mainstream medicine, in what order, and for what treatments; unknown psychedelic compounds that haven't been invented yet; the "picks and shovels" infrastructure that will boom as psychedelics go mainstream; how to track the space; why microdosing might be overrated and harmful; a serotonin receptor to improve long term memory; whether LSD can help ADHD; how the psychedelic industry is different from the cannabis industry; and how virtual reality is on a continuum with psychedelics.Brom Rector✦ Empath Ventures VC Fund: https://www.empath.vc✦ The Integration Conversation Podcast: https://www.theintegration.co✦ Brom on Twitter:  https://www.twitter.com/therealbromJustin Murphy✦ I write a free newsletter to more than 6,000 academics, creators, founders, and investors: https://OtherLife.co✦ If you're working on long-term intellectual work outside of institutions, request an invitation at https://indiethinkers.org✦ If you're not already subscribed to the pod, subscribe at https://plnk.to/otherlifeResources on the Psychedelics Industry✦ Clinical Trial Tracker: https://psilocybinalpha.com/data/psychedelic-drug-development-tracker✦ Database of Psychedelics Research and Companies: https://blossomanalysis.com/✦ Psychedelics Patent Tracker: https://psilocybinalpha.com/data/psilocybin-patent-tracker

Aug 27

1 hr 18 min

Razib Khan writes the #1 Substack in the Science category. We talk about how to genotype your unborn baby, whether we can increase our intelligence and testosterone with CRISPR, whether Genghis Khan was good actually, how Razib is succeeding on Substack, and much more.Check out Razib's Substack at razib.substack.com. If you subscribe, tell him I sent you.➡️  Join 6,000+ who read the Other Life newsletter at OtherLife.co➡️  If you're working on long-term creative or intellectual work, request an invitation to IndieThinkers.org

Aug 9

1 hr 35 min

We talk with the preeminent biographer of Ivan Illich on the life and times of the great Catholic anarchist priest; Giorgio Agamben and the coronavirus; why friendship is the modern form of prophecy, and much more.➡️  Nina Power's course on Ivan Illich: IllichCourse.com➡️  Join 6,000+ readers of my newsletter at OtherLife.co➡️  If you're working on long-term creative or intellectual work, request an invitation to IndieThinkers.org

Aug 3

1 hr 3 min

Jess Sloss is a lead instigator of Seed Club, an incubator of tokenized communities—communities that use custom cryptocurrencies to align incentives and distribute value among stakeholders.Learn more about Jess Sloss and Seed Club✦ https://SeedClub.io✦ The Seed Club Discord https://discord.gg/42UjJskuEF✦ Jess Sloss on Twitter https://twitter.com/thattallguyLearn more about the $LIFE dao✦ Join my free Urbit group and get some $LIFE: https://exit.otherlife.coAre you working on a long-term creative project outside of institutions?✦ Request an invitation to https://IndieThinkers.org

Jul 23

51 min 27 sec

LM Sacasas is a theorist of technology and expert on Ivan Illich. He writes a popular Substack called the The Convivial Society, and recently published a book entitled The Frailest Thing. We're joined by friend of the show Nina Power to discuss Ivan Illich's prescient theories of technology, institutions, and the senses.Learn more about LM Sacasas✦ Subscribe to LM's newsletter, The Convivial Society.✦ Read LM's book of collected essays, The Frailest Thing.Learn more about Ivan Illich✦ Download our free Ivan Illich reading list at https://IllichCourse.com✦ Apply to Nina Power's 8-week course on Ivan Illich at https://IllichCourse.comAre you working on a long-term creative project outside of institutions?✦ Request an invitation to https://IndieThinkers.org

Jul 15

1 hr 8 min

David Fuller is a co-founder of Rebel Wisdom, a media company and community dedicated to ideas and independent sense-making.Rebel Wisdom’s newest course, Sensemaking 101, starts this Thursday. With guest faculty including Daniel Schmachtenberger, John Vervaeke and others participants will spend 8 weeks developing their judgment, thinking, speaking, and relating skills. David is giving Other Life listeners 10% off, just use the coupon code “Indie_10”.✦ Sensemaking 101: https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/sensemaking101✦ Rebel Wisdom on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/rebelwisdomOther Life✦ I write a free newsletter about philosophy, science, and tech to +6,000 academics, creators, founders, and hackers. Subscribe at https://otherlife.co✦ If you like the podcast, do me a favor and leave a review on Apple podcasts! https://otherlife.co/reviewIndieThinkers.org✦ Are you working on a long-term intellectual project? With about 400 members working on blogs, books, films, and more, IndieThinkers.org provides recurring work sessions to improve your productivity, monthly conferences to share your work, private workshops and Q&As with other successful indie thinkers, a content library with instructional material, and a curated network for finding collaborators. Request an invitation to IndieThinkers.org: https://bit.ly/3jH5DUg

Jul 5

1 hr 6 min

If you like the show, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts: OtherLife.co/review✦ Get our Ivan Illich reading list at IllichCourse.com✦ Subscribe to the newsletter at OtherLife.co✦ If you're working on long-term intellectual work outside of institutions, request an invitation at IndieThinkers.org

Jun 28

1 hr 4 min

Subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your podcasts: https://plnk.to/otherlife✦ Join the 6,000+ who read my writing on philosophy, science, and tech: https://otherlife.co✦ If you're an independent intellectual working on a serious long-term project, request an invitation at https://indiethinkers.org

Jun 17

1 hr 1 min

Wolf Tivy is Editor-in-Chief of Palladium Magazine. We discuss Wolf's theory of how a network of outsider seed institutions can reboot the US government; Palladium's aesthetic of Luxury Political Theory; why Palladium is structured as a non-profit; how they're layering in community features via Patreon; and why cloud countries and charter cities are unlikely to succeed without going through the US government.✦ Wolf Tivy: http://wolftivy.com/✦ Palladium Magazine: https://palladiummag.com/✦ Get Palladium's beautiful print mag: https://www.patreon.com/palladium✦ I write a free newsletter to more than 6,000 academics, founders, investors, and indie thinkers. Subscribe at https://otherlife.co✦ Are you working on long-term intellectual work? Request an invitation to https://IndieThinkers.org

Jun 4

1 hr 13 min

Nina Power is a British philosopher. She is teaching an online course about Ivan Illich at https://IllichCourse.com.✦ We made a detailed syllabus for anyone interested in exploring Illich further. Download it at https://IllichCourse.com✦ Are you working on long-term intellectual work? Request an invitation to https://IndieThinkers.org

May 25

1 hr 12 min

Jacob's Twitter: @cryptochamomileAdam's site: http://counterengineer.com/blogContain podcast: https://www.patreon.com/contain

May 24

1 hr 23 min

Find Christian on Urbit as ~pindet-timmut✦ Christian's group on Urbit is ~pindet-timmut/urbitcoin-cash✦ Are you working on long-term intellectual work? Request an invitation to https://IndieThinkers.org

May 17

1 hr 12 min

Is Satanism going mainstream, or is it angelicism in disguise?✦ Check out Barrett's Contain podcast at patreon.com/contain✦ Download the René Girard reading list at girardcourse.com​Are you working on a long-term intellectual project?✦ Request an invitation to indiethinkers.org​

May 9

54 min 24 sec

Geoff Shullenberger is a lecturer at NYU. Download his free Girard study guide at GirardCourse.com. Learn more about Geoff Shullenberger✦ Outsider Theory newsletter: OutsiderTheory.com✦ Outsider Theory podcast: OutsiderTheory.fireside.fm✦ Geoff on Twitter: twitter.com/daily_barbarianJoin us for Geoff's 8-week course on René Girard✦ GirardCourse.comWorking on your own research or creative work?✦ Request an invitation to IndieThinkers.orgIn this podcast, we discuss:Week 1: Introduction to Mimetic TheoryWeek 2: Rivalry, Resentment, and ConversionWeek 3: The Founding Murder, the Scapegoat, and SacrificeWeek 4: Deciphering MythWeek 5: The Scandal of ChristianityWeek 6: Girard Contra Nietzsche and FreudWeek 7: The Persistence of Scapegoating

May 3

1 hr 8 min

My take on Eric Weinstein's long-awaited research paper, and other cringe coming out of the Rogansphere.✦ Text me at +1 (303) 529-2047, I want to hear what you think✦ Download the René Girard reading list at girardcourse.com​✦ Request an invitation to IndieThinkers.org​

Apr 28

1 hr 3 min

Samo Burja is the founder of a consultancy called Bismarck Analysis, but he's interesting to me primarily as a theorist and researcher who has carved out an impressive niche for himself as an independent intellectual. I've invited Samo on the podcast to learn more about his ideas, but also to look under the hood of his larger operation because I think there's a lot to learn there, especially for all the rest of us who are finding our own ways to conduct professional-level intellectual work outside of traditional institutions.Samo's website: samoburja.comSamo's book, Great Founder Theory: samoburja.com/gftSamo's Twitter: twitter.com/samoburjaBismarck Analysis: bismarckanalysis.com✦ If you're doing intellectual work outside of institutions, check out IndieThinkers.org

Apr 20

1 hr 18 min

Launch your Urbit ship at https://tlon.io/Apply for an Urbit grant at https://grants.urbit.org/Follow Jacob at https://twitter.com/cryptochamomile✦ Text me anything at +1 (303) 529-2047, I'll reply personally✦ Working on your own intellectual project? Go to https://IndieThinkers.org

Apr 2

1 hr 34 min

Subscribe to my free weekly newsletter on philosophy, science, and internet culture: otherlife.co✦ Fans of the podcast can support via Patreon: patreon.com/jmrphy✦ If you're working on your own intellectual projects, check out IndieThinkers.org✦ Intern Ben's Twitter: twitter.com/b_well_insomnia

Mar 26

1 hr 3 min

Recorded in-person during the recent collapse of the Texas electrical grid, 20-year-old Sierra Armor explains everything you ever wanted to know about the difference between Gen-Z art hoes, edgelord e-girls, quirked up shawties, and what these mysterious young women are looking for in a potential podcaster BF. We also learn what the younger e-girls think about: Deanna Havas, Cum Town, Tim Dillon, Kantbot, Anna Khachiyan, Thomas777, Paul Town, and many more.Connect with Sierra Armor aka Unbridled Id✦ Sierra on Twitter: @unbridled_id✦ Sierra on Instagram: instagram.com/unbridled_id✦ Sierra's quirked up Substack: sierraarmour.substack.comConnect with the Other Life podcast✦ Text me anything at +1 (303) 529-2047, I'm trying to connect with listeners more✦ I write a free weekly letter to 6k indie thinkers: OtherLife.coSupport the Other Life podcast✦ Leave a review on Apple Podcasts✦ Support Other Life on Patreon at patreon.com/jmrphyAre you working on a long-term intellectual project?✦ Request an invitation to IndieThinkers.org

Mar 18

53 min 43 sec

We react to schizo TikTok simps and Eric Weinstein's paranoia.✦ Please leave a review for the podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/other-life/id1195362330✦ My free weekly newsletter on philosophy, science, and tech: https://otherlife.co/newsletter✦ Fans of the podcast can join the tokenized Discord server: https://otherlife.co/join✦ If you're working on your own intellectual projects, check out https://IndieThinkers.org✦ Subscribe to Ben's Twitter at twitter.com/b_well_insomnia

Mar 10

1 hr 35 min

✦ Subscribe to the podcast and leave a review at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/other-life/id1195362330✦ My free weekly newsletter on philosophy, science, and tech: otherlife.co/newsletter✦ Fans of the podcast should join the Discord server: otherlife.co/join✦ If you're working on your own intellectual projects, request an invite to IndieThinkers.org

Mar 2

1 hr 24 min

Check out IdeaMarket at https://ideamarket.io and learn more about Mike's writings at ribbonfarm.com/author/harmonylion.✦ Every week I send a letter to more than 5,000 writers, creators, founders, and investors: otherlife.co/newsletter✦ Subscribe to the Other Life podcast and leave a review at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/other-life/id1195362330

Feb 24

59 min 32 sec

To join the live podcasts, subscribe to the Youtube channel and click the bell to be notified whenever I go live: https://www.youtube.com/justinmurphy?sub_confirmation=1✦ Fans of the podcast can join my new tokenized Discord server: https://otherlife.co/join✦ Other independent intellectuals should check out: https://IndieThinkers.org

Feb 17

1 hr 18 min

Enroll in the course now: https://otherlife.co/jungGet the Carl Jung reading list: https://gum.co/jung-guideJoin our Q&A about the course this Saturday: https://lu.ma/jung-qa

Feb 11

1 hr 2 min

Barrett just moved to Austin too—we talk about quirked up shawties and normie bug ontology so don't listen if you only like my serious podcasts. I'm launching a course on Carl Jung with John David Ebert! Learn more at https://otherlife.co/jung/Contain Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/contain-podcast/id1534719132Contain Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/contain___Contain Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/contain

Feb 7

1 hr 23 min

This week was one of the craziest weeks in the history of American finance. Jacob explains the whole story of how the Reddit community Wallstreetbets is tanking a prestigious Wall Street hedge fund.✦ Find Jacob on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkAiIqyVMwIolQnlDQ2af4g✦ Find Jacob on Twitter, @cryptochamomile✦ My newsletter is read by thousands of creators, academics & founders: otherlife.co/newsletter

Jan 29

1 hr 29 min

I discuss my recent move to Austin TX, chaos at the Capitol, and the parallels between Bitcoin and Christianity with Jacob (@cryptochamomile).➡️  Jacob's Youtube channel

Jan 24

1 hr 44 min

John David Ebert is a cultural critic and the author of 26 books, including Art After Metaphysics, The New Media Invasion, The Age of Catastrophe and Dead Celebrities, Living Icons.This is a warm-up for an 8-week course on Carl Jung, starting on February 20th.✦ Get our Carl Jung reading list at otherlife.co/jung✦ John David Ebert on Twitter: @johndavidebert

Jan 18

1 hr 5 min

Dryden Brown is building a new kind of city, from the cloud, in a style he calls hero-futurism.✦ bluebookcities.com✦ @drydenwtbrown✦ https://www.drydenbrown.org/

Jan 11

54 min 46 sec

Get the free, expertly curated reading list at otherlife.co/straussThis is probably the single best podcast on the main ideas of Leo Strauss. A warmup for Michael's 8-week online course that starts on January 23. Signup to be notified when the full course opens: https://otherlife.co/straussMichael Millerman received his PhD from the University of Toronto. He's taught and published extensively on Leo Strauss. Michael's website: michaelmillerman.ca

Jan 4

1 hr 24 min

I discuss my theory of reality forking with two tech entrepreneurs who specialize in community business models.✦ Greg Isenberg (@gregisenberg) is CEO of product studio Late Checkout✦ Erik Torenberg (@eriktorenberg) is co-founder of On DeckWe discuss:- How society got to a place where it lost its collective sense-making abilities.- Why calibrating what is real is harder than ever.- Signs that your community is working and what makes it flourish. 

Dec 2020

51 min 34 sec

What percentage of my net worth is in crypto? Is the future of academia on Youtube, or where? Would I cut ties with Patreon? Do I consider myself uncensorable? What is the value of my brand? Where is it heading? Why am I launching a social token? Where do I locate myself in relation to other professionals becoming indie creators, like journalists going to Substack?✦ Every week I send my best ideas & links to ~5k galaxy brains just like you: otherlife.co/newsletter✦ Working on your own intellectual projects? Check out IndieThinkers.org

Dec 2020

1 hr 32 min

Tom Kaczynski is a successful indie thinker in a most challenging niche: Philosophy comics. Over 10 years, Tom K. has built an impressive little empire as an independent illustrator, teacher, and publisher. In this podcast, he teaches us how he did it.➡️  Tom's Cartoon Dialectics: https://uncivilizedbooks.com/shop/cartoon-dialectics/➡️  Tom's Blog: http://www.transatlantis.net/blog/➡️  Tom's column at The Comics Journal: http://www.tcj.com/category/columns/event-horizon/➡️. Uncivilized Books: http://uncivilizedbooks.com✦ If you're working on your own independent intellectual project, check out IndieThinkers.org (where I first met Tom!)

Dec 2020

52 min 18 sec

After all the scams of the 2017 ICO craze, there's a new wave of genuine creators and communities creating serious value with social currencies. Bradley Miles is the CEO of a startup called Roll, which facilitates this process for creators.➡️  https://tryroll.com/➡️  Bradley on Twitter: @Bradley_Miles_A few weeks ago I started talking with Bradley, who is one of the founders of a startup called Roll. What they're doing is they're trying to make it super easy for creators and communities to create their own social tokens on the blockchain, on Ethereum.  It's interesting because this was a practice that became somewhat notorious a few years ago in what's known as the ICO craze, the initial coin offerings of around 2017. There were basically just a lot of scammers. There were a lot of people who would launch a token, and would hype it up, get a bunch of people to buy into it, and then just sell it and basically profit off of the people that got in on it.But now there's this new wave of genuine creators and durable communities that are using social tokens. And they're creating real value, and they're working and they're sustaining. And many of them are trading on the open market, for sometimes very good amounts of US dollars. And it just seems to me like a very real way in which creators and communities are generating real value and wealth potentially, in the long run, for themselves, in this autonomous bootstrapped way. So obviously I'm just super interested in that.I'm definitely still thinking about how I might do it because I don't want to do anything like this unless I have a clear model in my mind of how it works and what I'm trying to do. So I'm still researching and thinking, but I think I'm going to launch a social currency for my community and I'm quite excited by it. I think there could be real upside and I want to take it seriously and try my best shot at making something really interesting and valuable for everyone who listens to or participates in my various projects . And I've been talking with Bradley quite a lot over the past few weeks. Thinking about it and strategizing and yeah... He's super cool, I think he's super legit. And I think he really believes in the project and he has also investors that I know and trust like Balaji Srinivasan.I figured I'd have him on the podcast so he could share what he's doing and we can introduce the idea to the audience of the podcast and my broader community. So I'd love to hear what you think.

Dec 2020

49 min 43 sec

Kenny Rowe is an Urbit engineer. He's been working on blockchain projects since 2014, ranging from MakerDao to MetaCartel Ventures. Kenny is a member of the Dalten Collective, a for-profit membership organization rooted in Urbit.✦ The Dalten Collective on Urbit: dalten.org✦ Join Urbit with Tlon's new hosting service: tlon.io✦ Get in touch: otherlife.co/contact

Nov 2020

35 min 19 sec

Join our 8-week seminar series on Deleuze and Heidegger, starting this Sunday, November 22.✦ Get the reading list and learn more: otherlife.co/deleuze-vs-heidegger➡️ Johannes Niederhauser on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohannesAchill➡️ Johannes Niederhauser on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDsQqlrzoc-K32DE-Wh-roA

Nov 2020

1 hr 21 min

Neo-China arrives from the future, as a networked and monetized video platform called Superpeer. Anirudh Pai explains why he believes education will merge with the influencer economy, in the form of paid video-calling. Other topics include George Orwell, Africa, and Reed's Law (the lesser known cousin of Metcalfe's Law).✦ Anirudh's newsletter: electricsheep.substack.com✦ Anirudh's podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/conservative-curious/id1517105543On where the truth takes placeThink about it like this, the most interesting conversations always happen after class. What if there was a way to bring that online and make it also shared? People don't really want everything layered over with a veneer of political correctness. A lot of people just want the truth, and the truth is often found, not in classrooms, but in the bar, two miles away where everyone gets together, just as it is in Davos...  What the West will learn from video culture in ChinaThe consumer culture in China is radically different than anywhere else in the world. And that's namely through video. People have been doing this way longer than in the West and influencer culture, you can say, started and became popular in China.And that's because of the array of platforms that many of these influencers had. And when we think about an influencer, it's not really just somebody who's an Instagram model. All of us have specific knowledge in one domain. And they found ways to monetize that through all these different platforms. So you can look at Youku, which is like the Chinese YouTube, they might have these private WeChat groups and they might do live streaming events with this group and they're essentially living in video. So their entire day is just hopping from different video platforms to one another. They monetize through that. And for a lot of people, that's their job. That is what they do. And that's a very respectable career.One example of that I always remember is Sina Weibo, which is what people call the Twitter of China. To give you an idea of how early China was on their shift, in 2018 Sina Weibo did about $35 million, paying out creators with about, I think, 2 million paid subscribers overall.And the way they made money was, they had a 70/30 revenue share, but that's pretty crazy still. That people have been doing this in the East way longer than in the West.On Reed's Law and Superpeer's vision for networked videoSo a network effect is where the marginal benefit to each user increases as another user gets added, like Facebook, but what many people don't know is Reed's law, which is that the utility of these very massive networks scale exponentially with the network as well. So what that means is, when you have a big Facebook group, people split off into microcosms, right? And so it's like almost a Petri dish where some groups come together, others go around, and they're still finding their fit. But we have these various Schelling points where people come together and that's really the reason behind the Superpeer brand approach, which is... You might have these massive communities, thousands and thousands of people, but look at how many of those people talk. It's not actually very many, right? How many of your friends on Facebook do you interact with on the daily? Probably less than 10%, right? It's not a big sum by any means. And so when you want to design something like this, one thing you have to wonder is, how can we, from top to bottom, create the best experience and make it very easy for people to connect with one another, even inside networks, and make these communities that have thousands of people even more engaged by letting various members come together in these smaller groups and create those bonds? That, I think, nobody else is doing.

Nov 2020

1 hr 12 min