Close Minded Podcast

Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain by George Gilder

[Subtitle] The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy George Gilder is one of my favorite thinkers. He writes coherently and thoughtfully about a rich variety of topics, and a common theme running through much of his thought over the last 30 years is an optimistic “futurism.” He sees important developments...

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A Disgrace to the Profession: The World's Scientists–in their own words–on Michael E Mann, His Hockey Stick, and their Damage to Science

Subtitle: The World's Scientists–in their own words–on Michael E Mann, His Hockey Stick, and their Damage to Science The famous “hockey stick” graph by climatologist Michael Mann, while not the sole foundation for the scientific case in support of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change, is definitely the main face of it. Used in everything from Al...

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Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds | Phillip E. Johnson

Phillip Johnson wrote this in 1997 to equip students for the intellectual battle over evolution in philosophy and science. While it discusses a few scientific points, the primary focus is on the philosophical naturalism that often undergirds evolution-affirming science (and which often remains unacknowledged), and how to challenge it.  That question–is philosophical naturalism necessarily and inextricably tied...

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Episode 6: Pat Flynn on How to Be Better at (Almost) Everything

[Make sure and listen to the podcast episode with Pat, and don't forget to scroll down for details on how to WIN a copy of the book!] Pat Flynn is one of the most interesting people I've ever met, and that fact alone is sufficient proof of the potency of his philosophy–after all, such a response is exactly what one would expect from a person pursuing a lifestyle of generalism. So what is generalism? It's...

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Who Needs the Fed? What Taylor Swift, Uber, and Robots Tell Us About Money, Credit, and Why We Should Abolish America's Central Bank – by John Tamny

Talk about an enticing sub-title! This book started off strong–with a fantastic and insightful analogy involving Uber and Taylor Swift–but got bogged down in repetitive and occasionally confusing detail. I'm not sure why, but I had a very difficult time concentrating while reading it. Tamny carves out some intriguing positions about the Federal Reserve and...

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The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

I started The Casual Vacancy with eyes wide open to the fact that this was no Harry Potter novel–and yet, even though I wasn't offended by the much more adult tone (and content!) that Rowling establishes right out of the gate, I was a little surprised by it. No matter how prepared you are, it's...

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