New Year Reading and Video List
Follow these links for more shiny IQ points
Happy holidays! I’m in Colorado skiing with my boys. I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and looking forward to a fantastic 2020.
Here are some links to sharpen your intellect …
Some of my Writing:
- I published a big page on learning to ski, please share with your friends: www.skibetterfaster.com
- Recessions are not the Result of Animal Spirits, they are a Direct Result of Monetary Policy
- The Giordano Bruno Institute — how to solve a lot of the world’s problems using personal data.
- My favorite narcotics and why I love them
- Rise up, Africa! Lead the world!
For those interested, I put together a list of recent scientific work on climate change.
Some of my Favorite Finds
Most of these are articles, some are videos …
- Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds — New Yorker
- 23 charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better — Vox
- Matt Ridley on Evolution and Prosperity — video — I highly recommend this talk, please share it with others.
- Smart Earpiece does real-time language translation — the future is here.
- Nixon committed treason
- 1960: The Year the Singularity was Canceled — Slate Star Codex
- The Inside Story of the Federal Bureau of Way Too Many Guns — GQ
- Replication Markets — awesome, this is the kind of thing we need more of
- Are smart phones responsible for depression and suicide? — Vox article shows it’s a complex topic
- The American System of Tipping Makes no Sense — Atlantic. I don’t understand why we tip people for doing the job they should be doing.
- Five Ways to Distraction-Proof Your Mind — Nir Eyal
Hitler was incompetent, lazy, and his government was completely disorganized. “This meant that rather than carrying out the duties of state, [his staff] spent most of their time in-fighting and back-stabbing each other in an attempt to either win his approval or avoid his attention altogether, depending on what mood he was in that day.” It’s hard to read this without drawing any parallels.
That comes from the awesome book, Humans, a Brief History of How we F*cked it All Up, by Tom Phillips.
A book that had a big impact on me was Tyler Cowen’s Stubborn Attachments. It’s short, easy to read, and is a great introduction to the impact of monetary policy and economics on society.
I also highly recommend Skin in the Game, by Nassim Taleb.
Equilibriabook.com, by Eliezer Yudkowsky — please make sure to read this, it’s worth your time. Available in print or online for free.
This year I’ll be working with Right Side Capital to raise their fourth fund. I also plan to get more involved in digital money and bringing reason and data to the climate-change debate. Ultimately, I hope to start a nonprofit to help young people prepare for the 21st century.
I hope your 2020 is exciting and fruitful.
David Siegel is a serial entrepreneur in Washington, DC. He is the founder of the Pillar Project and 2030. He is the author of The Token Handbook, Open Stanford, The Culture Deck, Climate Curious, and The Nine Act Structure. He gives speeches to audiences around the world — see his speaker page if you would like him to speak at your next event. He is working on starting the Giordano Bruno Institute. His full body of work is at dsiegel.com.