The Jim Rutt Show

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Crisp conversations with critical thinkers at the leading edge of science, technology, politics, and social systems.

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Jim has a wide-ranging talk with neuroscientist Antonio Damasio about his latest book, Feeling & Knowing: Making Minds Conscious. They discuss the importance of separating intelligence from the nervous system, feeling as the inaugural event of consciousness, distinguishing consciousness from mind, the permeability of intellectual & affective processes, debunking William James’s “stream of consciousness” metaphor, interoception, … Continue reading EP148 Antonio Damasio on Feeling and Knowing → The post EP148 Antonio Damasio on Feeling and Knowing appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Nov 22

1 hr 12 min

John Vervaeke joins Jim for the final episode of a five-part series examining the ideas put forward in Vervaeke’s popular YouTube series, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis. They discuss relevance’s lack of essence, sacredness as inexhaustibility, separating cognitive indispensability from metaphysical necessity, religio & the perennial problems, whether Enlightenment++ principles can offer a place to stand, the need for … Continue reading EP147 John Vervaeke Part 5: Awakening from the Meaning Crisis → The post EP147 John Vervaeke Part 5: Awakening from the Meaning Crisis appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Nov 15

1 hr 56 min

Jim has a timely discussion with geophysicist Dorian Abbot, whose public lecture was recently canceled by MIT—Jim’s alma mater—due to Dorian’s views on affirmative action. They discuss the (unrelated) scientific content of the canceled lecture, Abbot’s & Ivan Marinovic’s proposed Merit, Fairness, and Equality (MFE) framework, the Chicago Principles, the Kalven Report, mainstream support for merit-based … Continue reading Currents 045: Dorian Abbot on Protecting Academic Freedom → The post Currents 045: Dorian Abbot on Protecting Academic Freedom appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Nov 4

44 min 19 sec

John Vervaeke joins Jim for the fourth of a five-part series examining the ideas put forward in Vervaeke’s popular YouTube series, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis… John Vervaeke joins Jim for the fourth of a five-part series examining the ideas put forward in Vervaeke’s popular YouTube series, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis. They discuss Nietzsche as a prophet of the meaning crisis, the … Continue reading EP146 John Vervaeke Part 4: Awakening from the Meaning Crisis → The post EP146 John Vervaeke Part 4: Awakening from the Meaning Crisis appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Nov 1

1 hr 40 min

John Vervaeke joins Jim for the third of a five-part series examining the ideas put forward in Vervaeke’s popular YouTube series, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis… John Vervaeke joins Jim for the third of a five-part series examining the ideas put forward in Vervaeke’s popular YouTube series, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis. They discuss altered … Continue reading EP145 John Vervaeke Part 3: Awakening from the Meaning Crisis → The post EP145 John Vervaeke Part 3: Awakening from the Meaning Crisis appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

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Oct 25

1 hr 50 min

John Vervaeke joins Jim for the second of a five-part series examining the ideas put forward in Vervaeke’s popular YouTube series, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis… John Vervaeke joins Jim for the second of a five-part series examining the ideas put forward in Vervaeke’s popular YouTube series, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis. They discuss virtue & virtuosity, Plato’s man-monster-lion … Continue reading EP144 John Vervaeke Part 2: Awakening from the Meaning Crisis → The post EP144 John Vervaeke Part 2: Awakening from the Meaning Crisis appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

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Oct 18

1 hr 56 min

John Vervaeke joins Jim for the first of a five-part series examining the ideas put forward in Vervaeke’s popular YouTube series, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis… John Vervaeke joins Jim for the first of a five-part series examining the ideas put forward in Vervaeke’s popular YouTube series, Awakening from the Meaning Crisis. In this episode they focus on defining core concepts, including meaning, non-reductive … Continue reading EP143 John Vervaeke Part 1: Awakening from the Meaning Crisis → The post EP143 John Vervaeke Part 1: Awakening from the Meaning Crisis appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Oct 11

1 hr 52 min

Zak Stein & Jim have a wide-ranging talk inspired by two recent Consilience Project essays on the information war & propaganda… Zak Stein & Jim have a wide-ranging talk inspired by two recent Consilience Project essays on the information war & propaganda. They discuss the culture wars as a case of mutually assured destruction, distinguishing education from propaganda, developing widespread resistance … Continue reading Currents 044: Zak Stein on Propaganda and the Information War → The post Currents 044: Zak Stein on Propaganda and the Information War appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Oct 7

1 hr 35 min

Lene Rachel Andersen & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about the meaning of Bildung & the growing Bildung movement, inspired by last week’s Global Bildung Festival… Lene Rachel Andersen & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about the meaning of Bildung & the growing Bildung movement, inspired by last week’s Global Bildung Festival. They discuss easily … Continue reading Currents 043: Lene Rachel Andersen on Bildung → The post Currents 043: Lene Rachel Andersen on Bildung appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Sep 30

48 min 49 sec

Jim has a wide-ranging talk with returning guest Robert Tercek about competing visions of the metaverse… Jim has a wide-ranging talk with returning guest Robert Tercek about competing visions of the metaverse, centralized vs. decentralized models, the importance of interoperability standards, differences between VR & AR, digital twins, digitization of the supply chain, AI-enabled creation … Continue reading EP142 Robert Tercek on the Metaverse → The post EP142 Robert Tercek on the Metaverse appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Sep 27

1 hr 32 min

Jim has a wide-ranging talk with evolutionary biologist Heather Heying about her & Bret Weinstein’s new book, A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life… Jim has a wide-ranging talk with evolutionary biologist Heather Heying about her & Bret Weinstein’s new book, A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life. They discuss hyper-novelty & … Continue reading EP141 Heather Heying on Confronting Hyper-Novelty → The post EP141 Heather Heying on Confronting Hyper-Novelty appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Sep 14

1 hr 28 min

Jim talks to Robin Dunbar (of Dunbar’s number) about his new book, Friends: Understanding the Power of our Most Important Relationships… Jim talks with evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar, discoverer of Dunbar’s number, about his latest book, Friends: Understanding the Power of our Most Important Relationships. They cover the importance of friendship, the loneliness epidemic, loneliness as a signal rather than a … Continue reading EP140 Robin Dunbar on Friendship → The post EP140 Robin Dunbar on Friendship appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

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Aug 30

1 hr 46 min

John Robb & Jim meet for a timely discussion about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan… John Robb & Jim meet for a timely discussion about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the current mess at the Kabul airport, how the Taliban are controlling the flow of evacuations, likely backroom negotiations, dynamics of the intelligence and command … Continue reading Currents 042: John Robb on Afghanistan Withdrawal → The post Currents 042: John Robb on Afghanistan Withdrawal appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Aug 19

42 min 12 sec

Robert Tercek & Jim continue their conversation in this wide-ranging chat about learning & education… Robert Tercek & Jim continue their conversation in this wide-ranging chat about learning & education. They discuss the dematerialized economy, technological unemployment risk, underestimating software automation, AI as a career superpower, changing cost & quality of college, what education is for, Bryan Caplan’s … Continue reading EP139 Robert Tercek on Education Today → The post EP139 Robert Tercek on Education Today appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Aug 16

1 hr 27 min

Jonathan Rowson & Jim continue their conversation by exploring Jonathan’s recent essay, Tasting the Pickle: Ten flavours of meta-crisis and the appetite for a new civilization… Jonathan Rowson & Jim continue their conversation by exploring Jonathan’s recent essay, Tasting the Pickle: Ten flavours of meta-crisis and the appetite for a new civilization. They cover contextualizing our entangled meta-crisis, finding better language, limits of … Continue reading Currents 041: Jonathan Rowson on Our Metacrisis Pickle → The post Currents 041: Jonathan Rowson on Our Metacrisis Pickle appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Aug 9

1 hr 3 min

Jim Rutt Show producer, Jared Janes & Jim announce some changes to the podcast… Jim Rutt Show producer, Jared Janes & Jim announce some changes to the podcast, preview upcoming guests, talk about the Jim Rutt Show (JRS) origin story, Jim’s guest prep process, the evolution of JRS, its impact on Jim’s reading habits, reading … Continue reading Currents 040: Jim Rutt Show Changes & Reflections → The post Currents 040: Jim Rutt Show Changes & Reflections appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Aug 2

49 min 12 sec

W. Brian Arthur & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about his book, The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves… W. Brian Arthur & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about his book, The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves. They talk about the surprisingly little work on the nature of technology, invention … Continue reading EP138 W. Brian Arthur on the Nature of Technology → The post EP138 W. Brian Arthur on the Nature of Technology appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jul 26

1 hr 31 min

Alexander Beiner & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about Beiner’s recent essay “Who’s in Charge of Psilocybin?”… Alexander Beiner & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about Beiner’s recent essay “Who’s in Charge of Psilocybin?”. They discuss the state of play regarding psilocybin’s legality, its effectiveness in therapeutic contexts, therapeutic versus personal-growth uses, the value and limitations of … Continue reading Currents 039: Alexander Beiner on Psychedelic Turf Wars → The post Currents 039: Alexander Beiner on Psychedelic Turf Wars appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jul 18

51 min 31 sec

Connor Leahy continues his conversion with Jim in this wide-ranging chat about Artificial Intelligence… Connor Leahy continues his conversion with Jim in this wide-ranging chat about his new GPT-J model, the background & approach of Aleph Alpha, attention in AI, our food maximizer & AGI risk, narrow algorithm impacts, proto-AGI, risk thresholds & timelines, safeguard complexities, slow vs fast AI take-off, Connor’s brilliantly … Continue reading Currents 038: Connor Leahy on Artificial Intelligence → The post Currents 038: Connor Leahy on Artificial Intelligence appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jul 15

1 hr 5 min

Ken Stanley & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about one of his co-authored papers, “Designing neural networks through neuroevolution“… Ken Stanley & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about one of his co-authored papers, “Designing neural networks through neuroevolution“. They cover neuroevolution dynamics, resistance to evolutionary thinking in AI, the evolutionary timescale, understanding genetic algorithms, neural networks & … Continue reading EP137 Ken Stanley on Neuroevolution → The post EP137 Ken Stanley on Neuroevolution appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jul 13

1 hr 30 min

Reason.fm co-founder Sam Harris talks to Jim about his TEDx talk, “The Genius You Need to Listen to Is Yourself”… Reason.fm co-founder Sam Harris talks to Jim about his TEDx talk, “The Genius You Need to Listen to Is Yourself”. They cover technology attention highjacking, putting our phones away, social media algorithms, playing games you can win, utilizing rules, natural social interactions, online … Continue reading Currents 037: Sam Harris on Surviving Our Smartphones → The post Currents 037: Sam Harris on Surviving Our Smartphones appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jul 10

36 min 27 sec

Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and music educator Harvey Reid talks to Jim about his book, The Troubadour Chronicles: A History, A Celebration and A Manifesto… Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and music educator Harvey Reid talks to Jim about his book, The Troubadour Chronicles: A History, A Celebration and A Manifesto. They talk about Harvey’s musical background, what a troubadour is, solo performance & collaborations, Jim … Continue reading EP136 Harvey Reid on Troubadour Music → The post EP136 Harvey Reid on Troubadour Music appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

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Jul 6

1 hr 41 min

Jim has a wide-ranging talk with Dennis Waters about his book, Behavior and Culture in One Dimension: Sequences, Affordances, and the Evolution of Complexity… Jim has a wide-ranging talk with Dennis Waters about his book, Behavior and Culture in One Dimension: Sequences, Affordances, and the Evolution of Complexity. They chat about the challenges of interdisciplinary work in academia, value in understanding … Continue reading EP135 Dennis Waters on Behavior & Culture in One Dimension → The post EP135 Dennis Waters on Behavior & Culture in One Dimension appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jul 1

1 hr 22 min

Forrest Landry & Jim continue their exploration of metaphysics by diving deep into the Non-Relative Ethics that arise from Forrest’s Immanent Metaphysics… Forrest Landry & Jim continue their exploration of metaphysics by diving deep into the Non-Relative Ethics that arise from Forrest’s Immanent Metaphysics. They cover ethical philosophies, defining effective choice, ethics vs morality, the relationship of choice & ethics, defining self beyond … Continue reading EP134 Forrest Landry on Non-Relative Ethics → The post EP134 Forrest Landry on Non-Relative Ethics appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jun 28

1 hr 43 min

Jim talks to Melanie Mitchell about her recent paper, “Why AI is Harder Than We Think”… Melanie Mitchell & Jim talk about her recent paper, “Why AI is Harder Than We Think”. They cover AI fantasies, self-driving cars, prediction failures, AI winters & summers, Melanie’s four fallacies, common sense, theory of mind, defining understanding, embodied cognition, the role … Continue reading Currents 036: Melanie Mitchell on Why AI is Hard → The post Currents 036: Melanie Mitchell on Why AI is Hard appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jun 26

42 min 35 sec

Steve Barbour talks to Jim about his company, Upstream Data Inc. — a company that uses natural gas to mine bitcoin… Steve Barbour talks to Jim about his company, Upstream Data Inc. — a company that uses natural gas to mine bitcoin. They cover the dynamics of excess natural gas release, how methane is normally vented or burnt up, … Continue reading Currents 035: Steve Barbour on Mining Bitcoin with Methane → The post Currents 035: Steve Barbour on Mining Bitcoin with Methane appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jun 24

1 hr

Robert Tercek has a wide-ranging talk with Jim about his book, Vaporized: Solid Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World… Robert Tercek talks to Jim about his book, Vaporized: Solid Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World. They cover the usefulness of the vapor metaphor, centralization vs decentralization, the impact of closed application ecosystems, value in intangible assets, hardware … Continue reading EP133 Robert Tercek on Digital Strategies → The post EP133 Robert Tercek on Digital Strategies appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jun 21

1 hr 40 min

Britt Adkins & Jim on the space industry: prioritization, funding, misconceptions, meaning, cultural & political impact, policy, and much more… Britt Adkins has a wide-ranging talk with Jim about the space industry. They explore prioritizing space funding & common misconceptions, power of the overview effect, global vs celestial community, cultural & political impacts, public participation strategies, … Continue reading EP132 Britt Adkins on Celestial Civilization → The post EP132 Britt Adkins on Celestial Civilization appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jun 17

1 hr 31 min

Samo Burja joins Jim to talk about the Consilience Project: a project that aims to create positive cultural change in unique ways… Samo Burja joins Jim to talk about the Consilience Project: a project that aims to create positive cultural change in unique ways. They cover its founding goals & approaches, big tech’s ability to amplify negative externalities, the … Continue reading Currents 034: Samo Burja on the Consilience Project → The post Currents 034: Samo Burja on the Consilience Project appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jun 15

56 min 17 sec

Jason Mauck talks to Jim about starting Constant Canopy and the dynamics, technologies & economics of innovative farming strategies… Jason Mauck talks to Jim about what lead him to farm, how & why he started Constant Canopy, agriculture innovation dynamics & economics, finding crop combinations, turning manure into methane, utilizing Biochar, acquiring a meat-packing business, building direct-to-consumer meat distribution … Continue reading EP131 Jason Mauck on #FarmWeird → The post EP131 Jason Mauck on #FarmWeird appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jun 14

1 hr 7 min

Ken Stanley and Jim talk about his wide-ranging book Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective… Ken Stanley and Jim talk about his wide-ranging book Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective. They cover the no free lunch theorem, exploitations vs exploration, the myth & issues of objectives, the room of all images … Continue reading EP130 Ken Stanley on Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned → The post EP130 Ken Stanley on Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Jun 7

1 hr 28 min

Connor Leahy has a wide-ranging chat with Jim about the state & future of Deep Learning… Connor Leahy has a wide-ranging chat with Jim about the state & future of Deep Learning. They cover the history of EleutherAI, how GPT-3 works, the dynamics & power of scaling laws, ideal sampling rates & sizes for models, data sets, … Continue reading Currents 033: Connor Leahy on Deep Learning → The post Currents 033: Connor Leahy on Deep Learning appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

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Jun 4

53 min 29 sec

Stephanie Lepp & Jim have a wide-ranging talk on her two-time Webby Award winning video series, Deep Reckonings… Stephanie Lepp & Jim have a wide-ranging talk on her two-time Webby Award winning video series, Deep Reckonings. They start by covering the history & intentions of Deep Reckonings, deep fake technology, our post-truth crisis, and the pros & cons of irony. They then go on … Continue reading EP129 Stephanie Lepp on Deep Reckonings → The post EP129 Stephanie Lepp on Deep Reckonings appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

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May 31

1 hr 21 min

Forrest Landry & Jim continue their exploration of Forrest’s Immanent Metaphysics by diving deep into its Incommensuration Theorem (ICT)… Forrest Landry & Jim continue their exploration of metaphysics by diving deep into a theorem that arises from Forrest’s Immanent Metaphysics called Incommensuration Theorem (ICT). They start by defining the key concepts of ICT: symmetry & continuity, domains & their three elements, what it … Continue reading EP128 Forrest Landry on Immanent Metaphysics: Part 3 → The post EP128 Forrest Landry on Immanent Metaphysics: Part 3 appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

May 27

1 hr 46 min

Jonathan Rowson & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about his book, The Moves That Matter: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life… Jonathan Rowson & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about his book, The Moves That Matter: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life. They cover chess as a meta metaphor, partial vs full info, randomness, freedom, … Continue reading EP127 Jonathan Rowson on The Moves That Matter → The post EP127 Jonathan Rowson on The Moves That Matter appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

May 24

1 hr 34 min

Jordan Gruber & James Fadiman talk with Jim about their new book, Your Symphony of Selves: Discover and Understand More of Who We Are… Jordan Gruber & James Fadiman talk to Jim about their book, Your Symphony of Selves: Discover and Understand More of Who We Are. They cover our multiple selves, self vs mood, arguing with ourselves, David Bowie, history of the … Continue reading EP126 Jordan Gruber & James Fadiman on Our Symphony of Selves → The post EP126 Jordan Gruber & James Fadiman on Our Symphony of Selves appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

May 17

1 hr 32 min

Samo Burja & Jim continue their convo about Great Founder Theory: history, bureaucracy vs delegation, competition, ambition, empire theory, and much more… Samo Burja & Jim continue their conversation about his book, Great Founder Theory. They talk about Samo’s interest in exploring why there’s never been an immortal society, lack of historical Greece documentation, defining functional bureaucracy & … Continue reading EP125 Samo Burja on Societal Decline: Part 2 → The post EP125 Samo Burja on Societal Decline: Part 2 appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

May 10

1 hr 20 min

Tyson Yunkaporta joins Jim for another wide-ranging yarn that covers DMT & machine elves, survivance, ego death, selling souls, and much more… Tyson Yunkaporta joins Jim for another wide-ranging yarn that starts off with DMT & machine elves. They cover Jim’s misspent youth, police violence, nuance vs Occam’s razor, Tyson’s impressions of GameB & the … Continue reading Currents 032: Tyson Yunkaporta on Spirits, GameB & Protopias → The post Currents 032: Tyson Yunkaporta on Spirits, GameB & Protopias appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

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May 7

1 hr 9 min

Former Ford CEO, Jim Hackett & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about the history & future of electric cars, the automotive industry, and much more… Former Ford CEO, Jim Hackett & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about the history & future of electric cars. They cover Ford & Edison’s first electric car, the current state … Continue reading EP124 Jim Hackett on Ford, Electric Cars & More → The post EP124 Jim Hackett on Ford, Electric Cars & More appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

May 3

1 hr 35 min

Trent Loos talks to Jim about his multi-generational Nebraska-based ranching operation… Trent Loos talks to Jim about his multi-generational Nebraska-based ranching operation. They cover the deep history of the family ranch, types of animals, dealing with predators,  pork production & breeding, the decline in quality of industrial pork, beef production and breeds, grass vs grain-fed … Continue reading Currents 031: Trent Loos on Family Ranching → The post Currents 031: Trent Loos on Family Ranching appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Apr 29

1 hr

Jamie Wheal talks to Jim about his new book, Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That’s Lost Its Mind… Jamie Wheal talks to Jim about his new book, Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That’s Lost Its Mind. They talk about the world losing its mind & the … Continue reading EP123 Jamie Wheal on Recapturing the Rapture → The post EP123 Jamie Wheal on Recapturing the Rapture appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

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Apr 26

1 hr 52 min

Daniel Schmachtenberger & Jim talk about his newly launched project, The Consilience Project… Daniel Schmachtenberger & Jim talk about his newly launched project, The Consilience Project. They start by covering some background for the project: why start it, primary focuses, cultural renaissance, the role of education & press, eroding knowledge commons, rapidly changing culture & scales, and learning from … Continue reading Currents 030: Daniel Schmachtenberger on The Consilience Project → The post Currents 030: Daniel Schmachtenberger on The Consilience Project appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Apr 22

1 hr 26 min

Ashley Colby & Jim talk about her book, Subsistence Agriculture in the US, moving to Uruguay, starting the Rizoma Field School, and much more… Ashley Colby & Jim start this episode by talking about her book, Subsistence Agriculture in the US: Reconnecting to Work, Nature and Community. They cover Gemeinschaft vs Gesellschaft, Dual Process Theory, bottom-up change, arriving … Continue reading EP122 Ashley Colby on Subsistence Agriculture → The post EP122 Ashley Colby on Subsistence Agriculture appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Apr 19

1 hr 18 min

Joanne Goldblum & Colleen Shaddox talk to Jim about their book, Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty… Joanne Goldblum & Colleen Shaddox talk to Jim about their book, Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty. They cover the “give a man fish” fallacy, poverty quicksand, two vs one-parent households, nurture vs nature, poverty’s impact on children, poverty definition & … Continue reading EP121 Broke in America with Joanne Goldblum & Colleen Shaddox → The post EP121 Broke in America with Joanne Goldblum & Colleen Shaddox appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Apr 12

1 hr 29 min

James Ehrlich & Jim continue their conversation on ReGen Villages: smart houses & neighborhoods, regulatory hurdles, status/progress, and much more… James Ehrlich & Jim continue their conversation on ReGen Villages. They cover smart houses in dumb neighborhoods, defining smart, what COVID exposed about cities, ReGen Village dynamics & their permacultural core, rural jobs, UBI, rural regulatory challenges, village funding & costs, electric … Continue reading EP120 James Ehrlich on ReGen Villages Part 2 → The post EP120 James Ehrlich on ReGen Villages Part 2 appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Apr 8

1 hr 4 min

Max Borders & Jim continue their last conversation on his book, After Collapse: The End of America and the Rebirth of Her Ideals… Max Borders & Jim continue their last conversation on his book, After Collapse: The End of America and the Rebirth of Her Ideals. They cover fully automated luxury communism, utilizing traditional economics & markets, Elinor Ostrom’s commons, institutional experimentation, post-scarcity economics, Joseph Pine‘s experience … Continue reading EP119 Max Borders on Post-Collapse → The post EP119 Max Borders on Post-Collapse appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

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Apr 5

1 hr 15 min

Matt Ridley talks to Jim about his latest book, How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom… Matt Ridley talks to Jim about his latest book, How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom. They cover innovation vs invention, improbable order, the value of technological innovation, the importance of the steam engine, innovation as a team sport, … Continue reading EP118 Matt Ridley on How Innovation Works → The post EP118 Matt Ridley on How Innovation Works appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Mar 30

1 hr 4 min

Samo Burja talks to Jim about his book, Great Founder Theory: theories & limits of history, institutions, design vs evolution, declining empires, and much more… Samo Burja talks to Jim about his freely available book, Great Founder Theory. They cover long-lasting societies, theories & limits of history, cultures that prioritize documentation, long-term priorities, institutional organization, social technologies, design … Continue reading EP117 Samo Burja on Societal Decline → The post EP117 Samo Burja on Societal Decline appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Mar 23

1 hr 54 min

Doug Erwin talks to Jim about his book, The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity… Doug Erwin talks to Jim about his book, The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity. They cover the unprecedentedly rapid evolution of life seen during the Cambrian explosion (approx 540 million BCE), archeological dating techniques & accuracy, micro-evolution vs macro-evolution, environmental potential, … Continue reading EP116 Doug Erwin on the Cambrian Explosion → The post EP116 Doug Erwin on the Cambrian Explosion appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

Mar 15

1 hr 24 min

Jim talks to Vance Crowe about what led him to work at Monsanto, how he discovered & uses the “Well_Actually” Graph, GameB, VR & much more… In this currents episode, Jim talks to Vance Crowe about what led him to work at Monsanto & the dynamics of its public narrative, how he discovered the “Well_Actually” Graph, limitations of PR firms … Continue reading Currents 029: Vance Crowe on the “Well-Actually” Graph → The post Currents 029: Vance Crowe on the “Well-Actually” Graph appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.

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Mar 12

53 min 18 sec