Good conversations recently on a couple of podcasts with young, up-and-coming hosts:
We talk about the need to study progress, tackle the question of whether progress makes humans any happier, optimism and solutionism, and some more.
- 0:38 Why we need a new philosophy of progress
- 3:54 “Almost nothing about progress is linear…”
- 9:56 Why bother making any progress in the first place?
- 11:56 Should we “go against nature”?
- 18:01 Does progress make us happy? Are we on an intergenerational hedonic treadmill?
- 27:52 Optimism and solutionism
- 35:15 What’s your message for people living a thousand years from now?
“On optimism, progress in technology, drivers of stagnation, and how to think about innovation.” Here’s a teaser, about William Crookes and his “alarmism” about the fertilizer crisis (which I covered in depth in the MIT Tech Review). Listen on the show page or on Apple podcasts.