Speech: Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains antifragility

When Taleb talks, his statements are hard to summarize because his work is so integrated. His points may even sound garbled, because you need to understand the context of his whole body whole work to get the full picture. So bear with me, I will try to annotate this. I present, the final speech in … Continue reading Speech: Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains antifragility

Speech: Peter Thiel on predicting the future

The penultimate speech: You Are Not a Lottery Ticket by Peter Thiel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZM_JmZdqCw The question of luck Thiel believes there are two forces of progress. First, globalization (horizontal progress), copying things that already work, or "doing more with more". Second, technology (vertical progress), doing things a different way, or "doing more with less." Globalization is mathematically represented … Continue reading Speech: Peter Thiel on predicting the future

Speech: Robin Hanson explains human signaling

The Elephant in the Brain, a speech based on his book of the same name, by Robin Hanson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4lEvvY1r5U&t=2s Although Hanson's delivery may be a little annoying, I like this speech because of the sheer number of "hidden truths" about society that it explains. It's a rundown on just how many social norms are facades. … Continue reading Speech: Robin Hanson explains human signaling

Speech: Jaan Tallin explains the singularity

Next up: Why Now? A Quest in Metaphysics: https://youtu.be/29AgSo6KOtI?t=86 Jaan Tallinn is someone I respect because he created Skype, something once deemed the realm of science fiction, and also because he created the term "Steelmanning". I like this speech because it is a good introduction to large number of topics in philosophy. The speech may be … Continue reading Speech: Jaan Tallin explains the singularity

Speech: Richard Dawkins explains the adaptive valley

I want to spread the ideas of others, but I don’t want to plagiarize them. So, for the next few weeks, I will run a series called “Speech Highlights” wherein I’ll link to some fascinating speeches and discuss them. First up: Biologist Richard Dawkins demonstrates the evolution of the eye: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X1iwLqM2t0 The eye is often … Continue reading Speech: Richard Dawkins explains the adaptive valley