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Jim Rutt is past chairman and a former researcher at the Santa Fe Institute. He is the host of the Jim Rutt Show podcast, on which many of his Santa Fe colleagues have appeared. Rutt is credited with coining the term "snail mail" to describe conventional (as opposed to electronic) mail services.

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Jim Rutt & Matthew Pirkowski 24 Oct 2023 • EN

EP 205 Matthew Pirkowski on Time Preference and Cooperation

Jim talks with Matthew Pirkowski about the ideas in a recent tweet thread on time preference and its relationship with cooperation. They discuss the definition of time preference, defining parasitism, asymmetrical relationships, mutualism, commensalism, the increase in short-term thinking, a decrease in qualitative cha

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Jim Rutt & Robert Sapolsky 17 Oct 2023 • EN

EP 203 Robert Sapolsky on Life Without Free Will

Jim talks with Robert Sapolsky about the ideas in his book Determined: A Science of Life Without Free Will. They discuss what motivates his writing about the topic, turtles all the way down, closing off the escape valves, the general critique of determinism, 4 positions on free will, naturalism vs determinism, intent,

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Jim Rutt & Neil Howe 12 Oct 2023 • EN

EP 202 Neil Howe on the Fourth Turning

Jim talks with Neil Howe about the ideas in his new book, The Fourth Turning Is Here: What the Seasons of History Tell Us About How and When This Crisis Will End. They discuss 3 ways humans have understood time, the break with cyclical time, how linear progress gives rise to social cycles, generational change, how phas

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Jim Rutt & Yascha Mounk 26 Sep 2023 • EN

EP 199 Yascha Mounk on the Identity Trap

Jim talks with Yascha Mounk about the ideas in his new book The Identity Trap: A Story of Ideas and Power. They discuss tribalism among progressives, universalism, the story of Kila Posey, how over-emphasizing ethnic identity fosters zero-sum racial conflicts, how identitarianism led to excess Covid deaths, Foucault's

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Jim Rutt & Cory Doctorow 19 Sep 2023 • EN

EP 198 Cory Doctorow on Seizing the Means of Computation

Jim talks with Cory Doctorow about the ideas in his new book The Internet Con: How to Seize the Means of Computation. They discuss Cory's long affiliation with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, destroying Big Tech instead of "fixing" it, why tech lords are not evil geniuses, how Big Tech consolidated, antitrust law,

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Jim Rutt & Lee Cronin + Sara Walker 05 Jul 2023 • EN

Currents 100: Sara Walker and Lee Cronin on Time as an Object

Jim talks with Sara Walker and Lee Cronin about the ideas in their Aeon essay "Time Is an Object." They discuss the history of the idea of time, Newton's clockwork universe, the capacity for things to happen, the impossibility of time travel, Einstein's block universe theory, making time testable, conceptions of the ar

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