Episode 66: Guns, Coal, and Power: Three Takes on Human Development and the Illusion of Progress

November 24th, 2021  •  1 hr 12 mins  •  Download (66.1 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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Canada Mike and Emmet take a look at three pieces to consider different lenses for human development. The first is an essay on Engels by Wolfgang Streeck, the second is a lecture on thermoeconomics by John Constable, and the third is an overview of arguments for human evolution by Michael E. Mann. Emmet and Mike touch on the Meiji restoration, why we should read old thinkers, British coal, why Steven Pinker sucks, what kind of revolution was the Industrial Revolution, civilizational skillsets, and more!