I recently had the pleasure of having an extended conversation with Benjamin Yeoh. We covered a lot of ground:
- existential risk and economic growth, and what Tyler Cowen gets wrong about the lifespan of civilization,
- the precipitous decline in fertility rates, the risk of Dark Ages-style stagnation, and the role of religion (including the Mormons on eternal families),
- going to college at 15 and why elite universities should be smaller,
- Germany's "tall poppy syndrome," the lack of competent German elites, and the benefits to American harshness,
- my experience with Emergent Ventures, the virtue of habits, Effective Altruism as a (defective) religion, what GDP as a measure is good for, why climate change is somewhat overrated, AI might be less transformative than some think, and more.
It was a lot of fun!
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