We are excited to re-launch Pathways to Progress as a book discussion series to provide a niche guide into the ideas of Progress Studies. 

We aim to create a community of individuals committed to exploring and contributing to human prosperity. We will discuss technological and scientific innovation to foster a deep understanding of the mechanisms behind human advancement. Readings will investigate historical examples of progress, the implications of economic growth on moral progress, industrial policy, and the relationship between technological progress and societal change.

We will meet bi-weekly over Zoom to discuss a book, followed by a Q&A conversation with the author. We will have regular podcast-style conversations with other guests, who currently include Alec Stapp, Rasheed Griffiths, and Kurtis Lockhart. We will post these on our YouTube channel.

Here are the details on our upcoming dates: 

  • Sunday, July 21st at 11:59 PM ET: Deadline for applications. (We have changed the commitment requirement for the program to an author-by-author basis to make the program flexible and more accessible.)
  • Thursday, July 25 at 8 PM ET: Orientation meeting
  • Sunday, August 4th at 12 PM ET or Tuesday, August 6th at 8 PM ET: Discussion on Stubborn Attachments by Tyler Cowen.
  • Sunday, August 18th at 12 PM ET or Tuesday, August 20th at 8 PM ET: Discussion on On Praise of Commercial Culture by Tyler Cowen.  
  • Thursday, August 22nd at 8 PM ET: Q&A with Tyler Cowen.
  • Future books: Where’s my Flying Car by J. Storrs Hall and Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott.

If you know you won't be able to make it to the first two discussion meetings or are only interested in our future discussions, you can wait to apply. For updates, please follow us on X or join our mailing list.

If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact us at pathwaystoprogress01@gmail.com.


Pathways to Progress Team


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