Conversations with Tyler bleg

by on January 1, 2018 at 6:31 am in Education, Philosophy | Permalink

Yes, we will be continuing and indeed expanding this series.  So I ask you all, which guests would you like to see on the show?  I do not promise to listen.

1 Tom January 1, 2018 at 6:40 am

Ray Lopez.

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2 Ray Lopez January 1, 2018 at 11:41 am

+1. At one point I was scheduled to lunch with TC (at my request, not TC’s, since I was in DC at the time) but I canceled since I had a real estate matter come up. At one point also I was not entirely comfortable with TC knowing my identity since I used to flame people more (Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, I figured pretty much somebody I know knows TC since I know so many rich and famous people, including, indirectly, Koch and Thiel), but now, after so much time, I don’t care that much and I’ve cut back on my trolling.

Bonus trivia: going to swim with the whale sharks in the Philippines tomorrow! I have to wake up early, so no more surfing the net even though I actually have a decent internet connection after midnight my time… as opposed to daytime when at best I have dial-up modem speeds and often 1200 bps or nothing at all.

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3 Gary January 1, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Yuval Noah Harrari
Jordan Peterdon
Jocko Willink
Dambisa Moyo
Niall Ferguson
Megan McArdle
Noah Smith
Matt Levine

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4 Fred_PA_2000 January 1, 2018 at 5:48 pm

Gary;
That really would have been helped by some commas!

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5 Gary January 2, 2018 at 12:49 am

Yes, I know. I didn’t even mean to reply here. My only excuse is that its my first time commenting on my phone. The preview looked good enough, but when I saw the final product I cringed. Hard.

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6 Fred_PA_2000 January 2, 2018 at 1:45 am

Ha! Ha! Got a taste of my own medicine below.
Wrote a (too long) missive.
But it looked good enough with entries on separate lines.
Then the carriage returns disappeared when it was uploaded.
Cringe.

7 Jeff H. January 2, 2018 at 8:45 am

Look for Levine in February, McArdle made an appearance on the Mark Miller episode: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/mark-miller-chef-chez-panisse-taco-chile-aba3c579e3c2

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8 Yuan Fei January 1, 2018 at 6:42 am

Daniel Dennett

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9 Will January 1, 2018 at 11:57 am

+1

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10 Pedro January 1, 2018 at 7:28 pm

+2

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11 leftic January 1, 2018 at 7:48 pm

+3

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12 Rimbaud January 1, 2018 at 6:43 am

Scott Galloway.

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13 Nick January 1, 2018 at 6:43 am

Matthew Yglesias, Jake Tapper, Joe Scarborough, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (so unusual it might be interesting), John Green (the YA author, yes), Patrick Rothfuss (another author, he seems able to ramble on about almost any topic), Phillip DeFranco (YouTuber who functions as a kind of new media news anchor), CGPGrey (another YouTuber who has highly specific systematizing views about how to live a productive life; see also the podcast Hello Internet), Lin Manuel Miranda.

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14 Gabe January 1, 2018 at 7:05 am

Solid list of different but potentially interesting interviews.

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15 Hoosier January 1, 2018 at 7:42 am

Lin Manuel Miranda would be great. Good opportunity to get some Puerto Rico content in.

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16 Noto January 1, 2018 at 10:59 am

I “third” Lin Manual Miranda

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17 Sandia January 1, 2018 at 6:44 am

Bret Weinstein

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18 Ronald January 3, 2018 at 5:50 pm

Harvey Weinstein

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19 Paul Ralley January 1, 2018 at 6:48 am

Scott Adams, Sam Harris, Neal Stephenson, Robin Hanson

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20 Tyler Cowen January 1, 2018 at 6:54 am

Robin by the way is already on tap.

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21 clockwork_prior January 1, 2018 at 7:47 am

How about the excellent Kevin Lewis? He seems to be on tap quite often these days.

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22 Dots January 1, 2018 at 9:00 am

Peter Hessler! Ha Joon Chang Wolfgang Streeck Fyodor Lukyanov (sp?) Charles Mann the Romanian Bitcoin dude Roberto Unger Stewart Brand Arvind Subramanian

Some corporate governance folks – how to get more Steve Jobs and less Carl Icahns

Cant wait for Robin!

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23 Rick G January 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Super-interested in all of these 4.

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24 Spencer Tichenor January 2, 2018 at 6:21 am

+1 for sam harris

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25 Spencer January 2, 2018 at 6:25 am

+1 for Neal Stephenson

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26 mkt42 January 2, 2018 at 3:11 pm

The mention of Sam Harris inspires this suggestion: Sidney Harris, the cartoonist.

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27 Rahul Mehrotra January 1, 2018 at 6:52 am

Raghuram Rajan

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28 Kevin Burke January 1, 2018 at 6:54 am

Nicole Hannah-Jones, Demis Hassabis

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29 Jan January 1, 2018 at 6:55 am

2018 will be a big year for elections. How about one of those polling/projecting nerds? Either of the Nates (Silver or Cohn), Dave Wasserman.

Steve Sailer.

Andy Slavitt.

Dan Gilbert.

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30 Nick January 1, 2018 at 7:04 am

I believe he already had Nate Silver on.

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31 Jan January 1, 2018 at 7:35 am

Ah, thanks.

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32 Jeff H. January 2, 2018 at 8:46 am
33 Gavin January 1, 2018 at 6:56 am

Penn Gilette, Joe Posnanski, Radley Balko, Dan Carlin, Steven Novella, Joe Rogan

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34 Jan January 1, 2018 at 7:22 am

Dan Carlin would be good.

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35 Cory Robertson January 1, 2018 at 1:13 pm

+1 Radley Balko

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36 Rick G January 1, 2018 at 2:25 pm

If you really want to understand the under-educated intellectual, definitely get Rogan. I am an over-educated intellectual and enjoy listening to Rogan even though half his guests are crazy.

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37 Spencer January 2, 2018 at 6:23 am

+1 for dan carlin!

joe rogan would be cool but i think it would work better if tyler went on rogan’s show instead of vice-versa.

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38 Stephen January 1, 2018 at 6:57 am

Charles Marohn of strong towns, I second Dwayne the Rock Johnson, and Charles Koch. I feel like a conversation with someone with a view into Africa like Sujata Gilda had into India would be very interesting or someone with a view of doing business in Africa. I’m not really sure who this might be, but I think this could be very interesting.

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39 anon January 1, 2018 at 9:47 am

+1 for Charles Marohn of strong towns.

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40 Prakash January 4, 2018 at 4:22 am

Another + 1 for Charles Marohn.

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41 Kevin Burke January 1, 2018 at 6:58 am

Jerry Brown

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42 Norman January 1, 2018 at 6:59 am

Peter Turchin

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43 Jeff R January 1, 2018 at 7:53 am

+1

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44 chrisare January 2, 2018 at 7:11 am

+1

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45 Fab Dardenne January 1, 2018 at 7:03 am

Nassim Taleb

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46 Raimu January 1, 2018 at 7:06 am

Armond White, film critic for NRO, is one of the most eccentric and thought-provoking writers of cinema and pop culture in general. Sort of like the Camille Paglia of film critics.

See his reviews for

Tangled (2010): https://www.firstthings.com/article/2010/12/a-tangled-mess

Intolerance (1916) : http://www.nationalreview.com/article/440749/intolerance-dw-griffith-film-was-greatest-movie-ever

And his take on Trump’s arts council resigning:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/450637/nea-resignations-good-riddance

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47 Raimu January 1, 2018 at 7:19 am
48 anon January 1, 2018 at 9:50 am

+1 for Armond White

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49 Jeffrey Shade January 1, 2018 at 7:13 am

Glenn Loury, Thomas Sowell

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50 Misha January 1, 2018 at 7:17 am

Noam Chomsky

Or better yet, cage match between Peter Thiel and Noam Chomsky. Would pay a lot to listen to that

Others, in no particular order:
Stephen Hawking
Elon Musk
Esther Perel
Mario Vargas Llosa
Amos Oz
David Deutche
Carl Bostrom
Philip Roth

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51 Misha January 1, 2018 at 7:23 am

Whoops: Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Esther Perel, Mario Vargas Llosa, Amos Oz, David Deutche, Carl Bostrom, Philip Roth

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52 Attila Smith January 1, 2018 at 2:28 pm

You haven’t Whopsed enough: it is David Deutsch

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53 Abonanon January 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm

+1 Chomsky

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54 shrikanthk January 1, 2018 at 7:18 am

1. Steve Sailer

2. Edwin Bryant from Rutgers (v few on this blog would have heard of him. But in my view he ranks very high among scholars on Hinduism)

3. Harvey Mansfield (is he too old for the show?)

4. Martin Scorsese (not just a great film maker, but a remarkable historian of world cinema, and a great conservationist of old films. In short an American treasure).

5. Jagdish Bhagwati

5.

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55 shrikanthk January 1, 2018 at 7:21 am

On 2, must add that Bryant is one of the foremost scholars on Yoga in the world.

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56 Ray Lopez January 1, 2018 at 11:45 am

+1 Jagdish Bhagwati, who apparently in his younger days was more guarded about the benefits of free trade, then apparently (reading secondary sources in-between the lines) became gung-ho, and now I wonder if the Great Recession made him change his views somewhat? That’s my impression from reading a secondary source about him, I could be wrong.

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57 ellisgreen January 2, 2018 at 2:49 am

Steve Sailer’s, yes.

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58 Tyler January 1, 2018 at 7:19 am

Bishop Robert Barron

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59 anon January 1, 2018 at 9:51 am

+1 for Robert Barron

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60 Student January 1, 2018 at 10:06 pm

+2 for Bishop Barron

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61 Jeffrey Edward Smith January 3, 2018 at 9:38 am

+ 3 for Robert Barron.

Tyler, you’ve noted explicitly or in passing the timelessness and relevance of religious institutions. Speaking to a public figure in the field would be a good way of drawing some attention to the value(s)-added.

By the way, now is the time to engage with a Catholic thinker. The Church is shrinking, meaning more devoted people attending. The RCC is culturally rich with philosophers, scientists, and artists.

Final point – the RCC is probably one of the most misunderstood major institutions in the US, with us being more Protestant and Independent than the Eurozone.

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62 bellitas et veritas January 1, 2018 at 7:21 am

Steve Sailer

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63 Jan January 1, 2018 at 7:35 am

+1 for Sailer. A certain segment of this blog’s readers are among his most fervent disciples, while I imagine most of the rest of the readers don’t understand the attraction. Maybe a good discussion to get his beliefs and reasoning out in the open would be illuminating for all.

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64 clockwork_prior January 1, 2018 at 7:49 am

Or a boring reflection of what those who grew up in the antebellum Civil Rights era considered to be God’s own truth.

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65 ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ January 1, 2018 at 10:40 am

Sailer provided an intellectual gloss for a proto-alt-right that went anywhere but in an intellectual direction. As far as I’m concerned, Sailer and his followers own Charlottesville, and any attempt to renew the gloss is repugnant (as well as more anti- than scientific, more anti- than intellectual).

Remember, that’s not just me. That’s Milo Yiannopoulos at Breitbart

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/03/29/an-establishment-conservatives-guide-to-the-alt-right/

If Steve, why not Milo?

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66 What January 1, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Steve Sailer owns what?

What in the hell are you even trying to say here?

Wanting to reduce immigration literally makes a person responsible for murder ?

Go back to DailyKos.

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67 ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ January 1, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Tyler doesn’t like these things to drift too far off topic, so I will just make one final thumbnail (to begin 2018 fighting for Truth, Justice, and the American Way, and against darkness and prejudice):

Any division of Americans by “race” is self-referential.

It is recursive, and not in a useful way.

68 Anon7 January 1, 2018 at 2:58 pm

What’s repugnant is your anti-intellectual desire to exercise a heckler’s veto.

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69 ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ January 1, 2018 at 3:36 pm

I prefer “moralist’s critique.”

70 ricardo January 1, 2018 at 5:27 pm

Hecklers always do.

71 ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ January 1, 2018 at 5:54 pm

Really? That should certainly make for a better world.

72 blah January 1, 2018 at 10:45 am

Respect your openness! (Y)

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73 fallibilist January 1, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Just what we need, a crypto-NAZI

In his own words:

What you won’t hear, except from me, is that ‘Let the good times roll’ is an especially risky message for African-Americans. The plain fact is that they tend to possess poorer native judgment than members of better-educated groups. Thus they need stricter moral guidance from society. … In contrast to New Orleans, there was only minimal looting after the horrendous 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan — because, when you get down to it, [the] Japanese aren’t blacks.

Racial Reality And The New Orleans Nightmare, VDARE, September 3, 2005
https://archive.is/20121211061614/www.vdare.com/sailer/050903_new_orleans.htm

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74 Lp January 1, 2018 at 6:08 pm

I’m not seeing anything wrong with that article.

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75 Anonymous January 1, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Just curious. Do MR readers who list Sailer above and below know about sentence pairs like these:

“New Orleans itself is two-thirds black. It has had nothing but black mayors since 1978. All four of them are from the light-skinned “creole of color” elite, including the notorious Marc H. Morial, now head of the National Urban League.”

Call me old fashioned, but when you list mayors by skin tone, that seems .. racist.

76 Lp January 1, 2018 at 7:45 pm

Ignorance is strength!

77 P Burgos January 21, 2018 at 9:06 pm

I nominated Steve Sailer, precisely because he is racist and has been articulating a racist point of view for a long time, and a large part of Trump’s appeal is obviously his racism. Which is to say, a lot of people in the US have racist views, so I think it would be both interesting and a public service for a public intellectual to actually have a conversation with someone who purports himself as a “race realist,” which is to say someone who writes from the viewpoint of everyday American racism, and tries to provide some sort of intellectual defense of the vulgar point of view. Maybe this point of view is wrong, maybe it is right, but it is common and rarely if ever discussed seriously. For instance, I cannot think of an earnest attempt to answer the question of whether whites should really want to insulate themselves from working class blacks, or is that heuristic actually harmful to whites? I have only seen takes on how that is racism, and hence wrong, but I have never seen anyone argue that is against whites self interest. Sailer attempts to argue why segregation is in white’s self-interest, a point on which someone like Ta-Nehisi Coates would seems to agree (although others have noted how Coates’ world view is often very similar to that of white racists). Anyway, the point would be to actually interrogate someone who has taken vulgar white racism seriously, and tried to propound on what about might actually make sense. Is Sailer correct that no one wants to argue against this point of view because they fear that their arguments aren’t persuasive. Though I will say that Tyler or Alex did have a post up sometime arguing against vulgar white racism, so the conversation might just be redundant, and very enjoyable to host.

78 P Burgos January 21, 2018 at 9:08 pm

*not very enjoyable

79 Hanging Chad January 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm

+1

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80 Neo Prix January 1, 2018 at 7:24 am

ShrikanthK said something about Scorcese so hope you sound smart now.
Thevidiya payan
Lanja kodaka
Puliyaadi monay
Behen ki chooth
Go and see Departed (fuck me like a cop not a lawyer)

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81 Hoosier January 1, 2018 at 7:40 am

The dream guest for me is Bob Dylan but he’d never do it.

But also Andrew Sullivan, Ross Douthat, and Anthony Bourdain would be cool.

I like the Sam Harris mention above too.

And how about Janet Yellen or Ben Bernanke?

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82 anon January 1, 2018 at 9:54 am

Ross Douthat was on Dec. 2017

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83 Jeff H. January 2, 2018 at 8:47 am

Look it for online mid-january

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84 BKKeconcode January 1, 2018 at 7:46 am

Kirk (from EJMR) and Alice Wu

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85 Frank Conte January 1, 2018 at 7:47 am

N.N. Taleb to name one.
Art Laffer
Patti Smith
Chris Christie
Todd Rundgren
Jeff Flake

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86 tjamesjones January 1, 2018 at 8:24 am

+1 Taleb

+1 Sailor

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87 Jacob Weismann January 3, 2018 at 2:27 pm

+1 Steve Sailer (not holding my breath)

Stephen Hsu (would be great)

Steve Keen (would love to see that guy hung with his own rope)

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88 JCC January 1, 2018 at 7:48 am

1. Thomas Sowell
2. Greg Mankiw
3. Daniel Kahneman
4. Adam Silver
5. Thomas Piketty
6. Daron Acemoglu
7. Kobe Bryant
8. Steven Levitt

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89 lamediaclasa January 1, 2018 at 7:51 am

Pynchon
Delillo

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90 András January 1, 2018 at 7:52 am

Joseph Heath would be my first choice. Other suggestions, in no particular order, would include Philip Tetlock, Ted Chiang, Robert Caro, Graham Robb, Nancy Folbre, Paul Graham, Eliezer Yudkowsky.

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91 Jeremy January 1, 2018 at 7:54 am

Walter Russell Mead, Ta Nehisi Coates, James Fallows

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92 shrikanthk January 1, 2018 at 7:59 am

Is the Ross Douthat interview transcript coming up soon?

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93 Jeff h. January 1, 2018 at 9:54 am

Look for it Jan 17.

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94 Stephen Carter January 1, 2018 at 8:00 am

Tim Draper, Dan Kahan, Deirdre McCloskey, Victor Davis Hanson (but not about politics), Roger Goodell (seriously), Abigail Marsh, and, especially, the exemplary Nicholas Basbanes . . .

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95 PeterI January 1, 2018 at 8:00 am

I would second Glenn Loury. Others: Timur Kuran, Peter Singer, Martha Nussbaum, Glen Weyl, Germaine Greer, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama

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96 Per Kurowski January 1, 2018 at 8:04 am

Invite a bank regulator and ask: Why do you want banks to hold more capital against what has been made innocous by being perceived risky, than against what is dangerous because it is perceived safe? And don’t let him get away with any half-baked answers you do not fully understand

http://perkurowski.blogspot.com/2016/04/here-are-17-reasons-for-why-i-believe.html

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97 Tyler Cowen January 1, 2018 at 8:11 am

From an email, I am putting them here for reference:

“Carlotta Perez
Jon Stewart
Adam Johnson
Peter Hessler”

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98 Dots January 1, 2018 at 8:57 am

Peter Hessler! Ha Joon Chang Wolfgang Streeck Fyodor Lukyanov (sp?) Charles Mann the Romanian Bitcoin dude Roberto Unger Stewart Brand Arvind Subramanian

Some corporate governance folks – how to get more Steve Jobs and less Carl Icahns

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99 Dots January 1, 2018 at 9:11 am

Andreesen Werner Herzog Branko Milanovic

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100 sirr January 1, 2018 at 12:30 pm

+1 Branko Milanovic

Also: John Bellamy Foster, Yanis Varoufakis, Samir Amin, Robert W. McChesney

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101 PeterI January 1, 2018 at 8:12 am

Deirdre McCloskey would be another good one, of course.

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102 Christoph Maurer January 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm

+1

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103 BKKeconcode January 1, 2018 at 8:19 am

Roger Ver (Bitcoin Jesus)

The Winklevoss twins

Someone high ranking in Chinese app payments at WeChat, Alipay, or Tencent

Mike LaCour, on life after losing a professorship at Princeton famously due to fabricating data

Justin Wolfers, on how to be a celebrity professor, and if he’s the hero we need or just deserve

Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, on Coursera and the future of learning

Michel Houellebecq

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104 Spencer January 2, 2018 at 6:25 am

+1 for Andrew Ng. His coursera course on AI is off the chainn.

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105 formereconomist January 1, 2018 at 8:20 am

Walter Russell Meade

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106 Arnold S Kling January 1, 2018 at 8:25 am

Megan McArdle,, Leda Cosmides, Jean Twenge, Helen Fisher

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107 Bob Nease January 1, 2018 at 11:17 am

I second Leda Cosmides

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108 WB January 1, 2018 at 8:28 am

Andrew Gelman (statistician and political scientist)

Daniel Lipinski (Congressmen who started off as a congressional scholar)

Alma Guillermoprieto (Mexican-American journalist, former dancer, professor)

Kara Walker (painter)

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109 Dan January 1, 2018 at 10:44 am

Lapinski would be fascinating because he’s kind of an outlier for the democrats now, but remember, he probably got his seat through family connections — his dad was a rep, and he’s in Illinois, so there must have been some amount of nepotism involved. So maybe less than meets the eye there.

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110 Dan January 1, 2018 at 10:45 am

Apologies, misspelled his name: Lipinski

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111 TMC January 1, 2018 at 11:45 am

+1 Andrew Gelman

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112 Rob January 1, 2018 at 4:34 pm

+1 for Gelman. I had him as a professor and it was my favorite class in grad school.

Fred Wilson (Venture Capitalist)
Matt Levine (Bloomberg Columnist)
Glenn Hubbard (Economist, Dean of Columbia Business School)
Scott Alexander (Psychiatrist and Blogger)
Chris Blattman (Professor of Public Policy and Development Economics)
Steve Randy Waldman (Programmer and economics blogger)
Jason Healey (Professor of International affairs and former cyber security at Goldman Sachs and the Air Force)

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113 Someone from the other side January 1, 2018 at 8:29 am

Scott Alexander

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114 Dan January 1, 2018 at 10:47 am

A million times yes for Scott.

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115 Rick G January 1, 2018 at 2:27 pm

Make it a trillion.

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116 Jim gannon January 1, 2018 at 2:45 pm

A trillion + 1

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117 Rob January 1, 2018 at 4:36 pm

Ah, I didn’t read down far enough

+1 here too.

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118 Håvard January 1, 2018 at 7:24 pm

+ 1 for Scott Alexander, a really interesting person!

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119 Jeff R January 1, 2018 at 8:30 am

John Cochrane, Leon Weiselter, any of the Volokh contributors, Bill Simmons, Greg Popovich, Curt Yarvin.

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120 harrison January 1, 2018 at 8:48 am

Seconding Pop. I would also accept Tim Duncan.

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121 mkt42 January 2, 2018 at 3:33 pm

Yep. Or even Steve Kerr.

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122 AI fan January 1, 2018 at 8:38 am

Demis Hassabis, founder of DeepMind

A chat bot

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123 Brian January 1, 2018 at 8:40 am

Second Neal Stephenson. And Micheal Lewis.

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124 celestus January 1, 2018 at 8:41 am

I guess I’ve got to second Goodell and Mankiw. Will add two pairs of guests: Benioff & Weiss of Game of Thrones (/Confederate) fame, and Evan Spiegel & Miranda Kerr.

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125 celestus January 1, 2018 at 9:18 am

Other ideas: Nathan Fielder, Rachel Maddow, David Rubenstein, Steve Ballmer.

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126 Michael January 1, 2018 at 8:43 am

Will Wilkinson. Richard Dawkins. Scott Alexander. George Selgin. Mike Duncan. Dan Carlin. Adam Davidson. Haralabos Voulgaris. Derek Lowe (chemist/blogger, not pitcher).

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127 Scott Mauldin January 1, 2018 at 10:32 am

I second Mike Duncan and Dan Carlin.

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128 Diogo January 1, 2018 at 8:46 am

Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Rod Dreher, David Bentley Hart

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129 blah'' January 1, 2018 at 8:49 am

Peter Scholze, Michael Harris, plus some that others have probably recommended above: Razib Khan, Taleb, Scott Adams.

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130 shrikanthk January 1, 2018 at 9:10 am

Razib Khan is interesting, yes.

Taleb – I am not sure if Tyler would like to interview him 🙂 Given that Taleb has publicly made fun of Cowen in the past.

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131 blah January 1, 2018 at 9:49 am

Well, one shouldn’t expect one’s wishes here especially in a thread like this to come true anyway 🙂

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132 shrikanthk January 1, 2018 at 10:05 am

Yes ofcourse. I just recalled Taleb’s snarky remarks on Cowen as Taleb appears to be a popular pick on this thread.

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133 ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ January 1, 2018 at 10:29 am

Taleb profited by being an unconventional thinker, but he let his unconventionality run away and roll off the table.

I mean the guy fights with Philip Tetlock now. Who fights with Tetlock?

134 Luis Mier January 1, 2018 at 8:56 am

Hi Tyler

I would recommend Jorge Castañeda, former Foreign Minister of Mexico

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135 Ryan January 1, 2018 at 9:04 am

John Dehlin (the most prominent personality in the ex-Mormon movement)

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136 Dots January 1, 2018 at 9:07 am

Anne Case Deidre McCloskey Tim Worstall Mariana Mazzucatto Senator Harris Senator Warren Sonja the SF yimby lady
Cant wait for Robin!

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137 Boozer January 1, 2018 at 9:11 am

Eliezer Yudkowsky, Julia Galef, David Benatar

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138 Matt Harmon January 1, 2018 at 9:21 am

Chris Thile

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139 chuck martel January 1, 2018 at 9:26 am

Judy Shelton, Dan Everett, Tomaslav Sunic, Jay Griffiths, Alain de Benoist, Ilana Mercer, Susan Orlean, Charles C. Mann

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140 Anonymous January 1, 2018 at 9:26 am

Steve Sailer(as mentioned), Gregory Cochran, Robert Stark(host of Stark Truth Radio), and James Miller.(host of the Future Strategist Podcast)

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141 superposition January 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Greg Cochran seconded!

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142 Julius January 1, 2018 at 9:28 am

Raghuram Rajan
Debraj Ray
Ed Glaeser
Daron Acemoglu
Greg Mankiw
David Autor

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143 Dan Unger January 1, 2018 at 9:33 am

David Mitchell (author “Cloud Atlas” etc.)

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144 Scott January 1, 2018 at 9:34 am

Maricel Presilla and Sandra Boynton.

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145 Josh January 1, 2018 at 9:35 am

Daniel Yergin, Vaclav Smil or another “energy” person.

NT Wright (see his 2015 talk with Peter Thiel), Francis Collins (former NIH director), Rod Dreher.

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146 Edan Maor January 1, 2018 at 9:39 am

Eliezer Yudkowsky. Also, anyone else from the “rationality” movement or the AI safety movement (Nick Bostrom, Julia Galef, Nate Soares).

Scott Alexander (also from rationality), Scott Aaronson (lots of interesting material there). Sam Harris, Scott Adams.

Sam Altman (president of YCombinator).

Russ Roberts, Julia Galef.

Thomas Sowell.

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147 Bob Nease January 1, 2018 at 11:19 am

+1 on Galef

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148 Will January 1, 2018 at 12:21 pm

+1 Eliezer Yudkowsky

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149 Spencer January 2, 2018 at 6:27 am

+1 galef
+ bostrom
+1 altman
(already +1’d harris)

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150 jordan schneider January 1, 2018 at 9:42 am

OBAMA!

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151 MatteoZ January 1, 2018 at 12:29 pm

+1

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152 superposition January 1, 2018 at 9:47 am

Boyd Rice, Steve Sailer, John Gray, Razib Khan, Scott Alexander, Demis Hassibis, Curtis Yarvin, Steve Bannon, Michel Houellebecq, The Winklevoss twins, Richard Fernandez, Peter Zeihan, Genesis P-orridge, Charlie Munger, Jordan Peterson

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153 Guy Makiavelli January 1, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Noone can ever again read a Sailer post in the same way now that he has come out as a West Coast Straussian.

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154 D.M.Charette January 1, 2018 at 9:50 am

Jean Vanier – author and founder of L’Arche.

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155 Anon January 1, 2018 at 9:52 am

Peter Zeihan

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156 Pensans January 1, 2018 at 9:52 am

Steve Sailer

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157 Ethan Bradberry January 1, 2018 at 9:54 am

The American right seems low on non-Straussians who would be amenable guests. Wonder if there’s one who would work. David Brooks? I don’t know.

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158 blah January 1, 2018 at 9:59 am

Another suggestion: Daniel Ingram”, an American Buddhist who claims to be enlightened, whose book was beautifully reviewed by the excellent Scott Alexander here.

The book can be downloaded here: not the “pop zen” stuff at all, but quite hard-core and matter-of-fact.

He is politically quite left/liberal and somewhat outspokenly so; I am almost alt-right, but would gladly learn at his feet.

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159 anon January 1, 2018 at 10:04 am

Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs. And ask him about his favorite opera.

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160 Meh January 2, 2018 at 6:58 am

+1. Bill Watterson, Alice Fraser, Shashi Tharoor, Harry Shearer, Terence Tao, John Dickerson, Keira Knightley.

OK, last is just to draw Tyler’s attention 🙂

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161 Anonymous January 1, 2018 at 10:08 am

Sailerites go home.

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162 Anon. January 1, 2018 at 10:09 am

Peter Turchin, Scott Aaronson, Geoffrey Miller, Sam Altman, Shane Carruth, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Nick Land (can you imagine? lmao), maybe someone interesting from the crypto world like Charlie Lee.

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163 Anon. January 1, 2018 at 10:10 am

Also Max Tegmark.

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164 chedolf January 1, 2018 at 10:54 am

“In this conversation, Nick Land explains how everything Tyler Cowen says about politics and Chinese restaurants is an expression of baizuo status seeking.”

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165 Anon. January 1, 2018 at 11:10 am

“Nick Land explains to Tyler how capitalism is an eldritch intelligence summoned from the void, bound to annihilate the human race, and also gives his tips on Sichuan cuisine.”

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166 Anon. January 1, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Remembered another one: Dominic Cummings. Quantitatively-focused political strategist, with a lot of ideas similar to the “rationalists”. He was a big driving force behind the brexit campaign and wrote an excellent piece about it: https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/01/dominic-cummings-brexit-referendum-won/

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167 Nakamoto January 1, 2018 at 10:19 am

More public policy and applicable economics.

Marc Andreessen

Yuval Noah Harari

Robin Hansen

Nick Szabo

Naval Ravikant

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168 Rob January 1, 2018 at 4:39 pm

+1 for Prof Harari

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169 Rich January 1, 2018 at 8:17 pm

+1 for Yuval Harari.

While not naturally prone to schadenfreude, I have watched Nassim Taleb’s descent to insanity without the slightest pang of pity, despite the fact that I want to like him and very much enjoy the idea of antifragility. But he nuts and I’d like to see how you deal with crazy people.

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170 Andrew January 1, 2018 at 10:24 am

Peter Heine Nielse (Magnus Carlsen second), Hikaru Nakamura, Ken Rogoff, Andy Slavitt, Sean Baker (Florida Project director), Ron Chernow, George Saunders, Mohsin Hamid

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171 Some dude January 1, 2018 at 10:25 am

Out of the box, but you seem to like rtj, what about killer Mike?

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172 Hwite January 1, 2018 at 10:27 am

Steve Sailer, Razib Khan, Jerry Coyne, the guy who writes the Lion of the Blogosphere blog, and, just for laughs, Gary Johnson.

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173 Frank January 1, 2018 at 10:28 am

Peter Zeihan

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174 derek January 1, 2018 at 10:31 am

I don’t know names. Talk to people who are running private firms. Why private? Talk to someone who buys. They deal with the very hard realities of prices, transportation, borders, etc.

There are those who do and those who talk about it.

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175 ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ January 1, 2018 at 11:18 am

Barry Ritholtz (Masters in Business) podcast fills that niche pretty well. Business and investment as practiced.

I sense that Barry and Tyler have somewhat incompatible worldviews, but perhaps an interchange there would surprise me.

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176 Sam January 1, 2018 at 10:32 am

Greg Cochran, Ringo Starr, Danny Hillis, Ray Dalio, Gwynne Shotwell

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177 Chris Hartley January 1, 2018 at 10:40 am

Sam Seder
Steve Keen

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178 Mario A January 1, 2018 at 10:41 am

Larry Arnhart
Jordan Peterson

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179 Erik Nelson January 1, 2018 at 10:47 am

How about someone who thinks seriously about the Anthropocene and the future of nature? Peter Kareiva.

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180 Dan January 1, 2018 at 10:50 am

Kendrick Lamar (though chances of getting him are slim)

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181 Donovan January 2, 2018 at 4:57 pm

+1 to Kendrick

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182 Allison January 1, 2018 at 10:55 am

Ai WeiWei, Amanda Palmer, Virginia Postrel, Megan McArdle

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183 Brad January 1, 2018 at 10:56 am

Michael Clemens

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184 S.C. Schwarz January 1, 2018 at 10:58 am
185 TMC January 1, 2018 at 11:49 am

+1 Judith Curry A scientist who gets econ. Smart lady.

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186 Charles Jackson January 1, 2018 at 11:03 am

Mitch Daniels

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187 Brett January 1, 2018 at 11:03 am

Marc Andreessen
Tim Urban (waitbutwhy.com)
Naval Ravikant
Dan Carlin
John McWhorter
Glenn Loury
Julia Galef
Matt Ridley

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188 msgkings January 1, 2018 at 3:13 pm

+1 Matt Ridley

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189 Brian Donohue January 1, 2018 at 8:59 pm

+2 Matt Ridley.

Also, +1 on Neal Stephenson, Noam Chomsky, Jordan Peterson, Bill Bryson, Daniel Kahneman, Leda Cosmides, Eliezer Yudkowsky, Scott Aronson, Scott Alexander,

Also, Franz DeWaal.

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190 mdc January 2, 2018 at 11:40 pm

Krista Tippett, Bill Bryson, Terri Gross, David Sedaris, Maciej Ceglowski, Carl Zimmer, Jesse Eisenberg

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191 Bakabon January 1, 2018 at 11:03 am

Liu Cixin

Second/thirding Demis Hassabis, and Eliezer Yudkowsky or other “rationality movement” figures.

Someone prominent from the neuroscience field.

Someone who genuinely believes in Christianity or Islam you can discuss/debate with.

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192 ACR January 1, 2018 at 4:01 pm

John Piper.

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193 John F January 1, 2018 at 11:04 am

Michael Savage

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194 Scott January 1, 2018 at 11:05 am

I’d love to hear you in conversation with Peter Singer. The subject of ethics is long overdue on your podcast.

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195 Daniel Frank January 1, 2018 at 11:32 am
196 Chris Hartley January 1, 2018 at 11:07 am

Bryan Caplan, David D Friedman

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197 Anya January 1, 2018 at 11:08 am

Possible to shorten the time between conversation and posting of the interview? The anticipation is killing those of us not in DC!

Yuval Harari, David Remnick, Arthur Brooks, and Julia Galef would be my top picks!

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198 Jason Brunson January 1, 2018 at 11:08 am

Don Boudreaux

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199 anon January 1, 2018 at 11:21 am

Thaddeus Russell, Don Boudreaux

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200 Urstoff January 1, 2018 at 11:21 am

Denis Villeneuve

Charles Mann

David Graeber

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201 Alan Goldhammer January 1, 2018 at 11:22 am

Richard Powers whose fiction always confronts interesting technological issues from a unique perspective.

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202 Brett January 1, 2018 at 11:24 am

Another vote for Steve Sailer and David Bentley Hart

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203 Alex January 1, 2018 at 11:27 am

Cixin Liu
Bryan Caplan

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204 Jim O January 1, 2018 at 11:28 am

A little off the beaten path:
Frank Diana, a technology futurist, https://frankdiana.net
Someone from Silicon Valley VC biotech, I would recommend Richard Yu, http://linkedin.com/in/richard-c-yu

And I fervently 2nd Judith Curry

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205 Robert Cottrell January 1, 2018 at 11:29 am

Nick Szabo, Robert Shiller, David Graeber, Zadie Smith

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206 Daniel Frank January 1, 2018 at 11:31 am

Sam Hinkie/Daryl Morey, Charlie Munger, Trey Anastasio/John Zorn, David Chang, David Simon, Donald Low (or someone else from Singapore), Robert H. Frank, Philip Tetlock, Michael Mauboussin

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207 John Capone January 2, 2018 at 12:29 pm

I second David Simon.

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208 Dave January 1, 2018 at 11:34 am

Vernor Vinge.
With all the talk about AI and the Technological Singularity, the author of Rainbows End and The Peace War/Marooned in Realtime has a lot to contribute.

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209 Tom Jackson January 1, 2018 at 11:38 am

Most of my recommendations already have been mentioned, but I want to second some: Neal Stephenson, Kevin Williamson, George Will, Kyle Harper, Bryan Caplan, Richard Powers, Brian Eno. Also Tyler Cowen. One of Gene Wolfe’s best interviews is one that he did with himself, asking himself the questions he thought others should have asked. Gene Wolfe would be a good interview, too, although “Marginal Revolution Books” shows no sign Tyler has read “The Book of the New Sun,” a serious omission if true.

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210 Joseph January 1, 2018 at 11:46 am

1. Matt Levine
2. Zadie Smith
3. Harvey Mansfield
4. Robert Wright
5. Glenn Loury
6. Mary Beard
7. Diarmaid MacCulloch

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211 Nels January 1, 2018 at 11:46 am

Neal Town Stephenson and Kim Stanley Robinson

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212 Ray Lopez January 1, 2018 at 11:50 am

Vaclav Smil, Mark A. Lemley would be my choices.

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213 Kalim Kassam January 1, 2018 at 11:54 am

Clay Christensen
Roger Scruton (your old debate opponent!)
David Friedman
Seyyed Hossein Nasr

+ 1s to Jordan Peterson, Nicholas Nassim Taleb, David Bentley Hart, Nick Szabo, Noam Chomsky & Bryan Caplan.

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214 Kalim Kassam January 1, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Also Roy Mottahedeh

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215 Ted Craig January 1, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Jeff Selingo.

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216 DA January 1, 2018 at 12:03 pm

I second Charles Mann and Robert Wright, and also propose: James C. Scott, Reihan Salam, Sheryl Sandberg, Jasper Johns, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Bryce Dessner, Jimmy Chin, Alice Waters.

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217 Nathan January 1, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Yuval Noah Harari (historian)

Robert Trivers (evolutionary theory)

Nassim Taleb (statistics)

Jaron Lanier (VR and economic implications of tech)

David Graber (Debt)

John Gray (ethical and moral progress, his book Straw Dogs)

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218 Enrique January 1, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Great list!

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219 Alan Geal January 1, 2018 at 12:13 pm

So many names, so little time, how about a faintly outré list, absent the usual suspects:
Martha Nussbaum
Pascal Bruckner
Theodore Dalrymple
Peter Hitchens
Ernest Sosa
Geoffrey Hoskins
Edward Glaeser
Ilya Somin
Judith Curry
Alice Dreger

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220 Attila Smith January 1, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Since you aptly mention Pascal Bruckner, Alain Finkielkraut would be welcome too.

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221 pr January 1, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Andy Haldane

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222 Mark January 1, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Emily Oster, Bryan Caplan, Jordan Peterson, Ryan Holiday, Ed Glaeser, Lenore Skenazy, Jean Twenge

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223 Mark Thorson January 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm

Lyndon LaRouche (better hurry, he’s 95)

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224 Marius Johansen January 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Sam Harris
Ed Glaeser
Ed Prescott

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225 MatteoZ January 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ian Bremmer
Thomas garton ash

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226 MatteoZ January 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm

I forgot to mention Noah Smith

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227 noah smith January 1, 2018 at 2:18 pm

Oh don’t ask me, I haven’t had an original thought in my life.

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228 Enrique January 1, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Alex Tabarrok and Eliezer Yudkowsky

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229 anon January 1, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Elon Musk; Luigi Zingales; Raghuram Rajan; Ta-Nehisi Coates; Caroline Hoxby; Stanley Fischer; Esther Duflo; Steve Pinker;

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230 Kalim Kassam January 1, 2018 at 1:09 pm
231 Jeff B January 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Scott Alexander, Thomas Pikkety, Ben Thompson, Satoshi Nakamoto, pretty much anyone in GOP leadership after this tax bill or working with/around Trump or the DNC if there’s anyone left not a dinosaur, Bernie if he’s ever considered the other side of the economic argument, Paul Krugman, Scott Sumner

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232 Spencer January 2, 2018 at 6:33 am

+1 ben thompson

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233 GnosticWarlord January 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm

I very much enjoyed Sujatha Gilda – I would be interested in hearing from other people from under classes in let’s say Brazil or China who have found their way to the west.

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234 wiki January 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Since it’s Tyler, Magnus Carlsen of course.

And perhaps someone of significance from Japan would be interesting. Abe preferably but of course unlikely.

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235 Davey January 1, 2018 at 12:35 pm

Marilynne Robinson

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236 mdc January 2, 2018 at 11:42 pm

+1

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237 Tristan January 1, 2018 at 12:35 pm

Philip Glass and Louis Menand

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238 Evan January 1, 2018 at 12:39 pm

Barry Posen, the US grand strategy expert at MIT.

Edward Snowden via VOIP

Robert Kelly, the Korea expert who had a funny moment on the BBC

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239 DanC January 1, 2018 at 12:40 pm

John Cochrane
LeBron James
Jeff Bezos
Woody Allen
Bong Joon-ho
Asghar Farhadi
Michel Troisgros
Kirsten Gillibrand
Ha-Joon Chang ( I think he is very wrong but a debate with someone of his background could be interesting)

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240 David Siegel January 1, 2018 at 12:40 pm

Eliyezer Yudkovsky, Richard Lindzen, Matt Ridley

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241 Mark Brown January 1, 2018 at 12:44 pm

Armond White (only movie reviewer worth reading these days) , R. R. Reno or Patrick Deneen (If the Catholic Intellectuals abandon what Neuhaus called economic pragmatism, which today would just be strong free markets, what does that mean) , maybe Tim Keller (explore the overlaps of an economic and a spiritual emphasis on cities).

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242 Simonini January 1, 2018 at 12:49 pm

Stephen Miller (of the Trump administration)

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243 slothtosser January 1, 2018 at 12:49 pm

Mohsin Hamid

Jonathan Haidt

Andrew Ng

Mohamed El-Erian

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244 Charlie January 1, 2018 at 12:52 pm

David Frum
Brian May (from Queen)
Bill Maher

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245 Kevin January 1, 2018 at 1:02 pm

Your Bloomberg View colleague Matt Levine

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246 Tristan January 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm

+1

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247 Jeff H. January 2, 2018 at 8:43 am

Look for this one in February.

-Jeff

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248 Tony January 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Aspirational: Roger Goodell, Martin Baron, Stephen King, Andre Agassi

Realistic: Ed Glaeser, Peter Svidler, Brandon Sanderson, Paul Krugman

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249 Mitch Berkson January 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Eric Drexler

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250 Mark Thorson January 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Wow, that’s a blast from the past. Where’s the singularity? May as well have Ray Kurzweil.

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251 Todd Kreider January 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm

I’d like to see what Tyler asks Kurzweil. It would also give listeners a chance to hear about a much more moderate view of the future after Robin Hanson is interviewed about the Em World.

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252 fallibilist January 1, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Professor David Deutsch is a quantum physicist at Oxford and is arguably the father of computing. He’s also a polymath, with unique, well-developed opinions on on topics ranging from the nature of beauty to philosophy of science/epistemology to constitutional design/electoral systems to children’s rights to Zionism.

His two popular books were “The Fabric of Reality” and “The Beginning of Infinity.”

This might be a decent time to have physics enthusiast Robin “Rob” Hanson as a co-host or maybe the physics-knowledgeable David (ben-Milton) Friedman.

I humbly suggest that this guest might be even better than Ray Lopez

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253 fallibilist January 1, 2018 at 1:14 pm

* should’ve read “father of quantum computing”

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254 Todd Kreider January 1, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Another vote for David Deutch

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255 Attila Smith January 1, 2018 at 2:51 pm

It is David Deutsch, as is appropriate for someone born in Haifa.

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256 Daniel Frank January 1, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Great suggestion.

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257 Jason Snyder January 1, 2018 at 1:18 pm

Evan Thompson
Thomas Metzinger
Thomas Nagel
Rebecca Goldstein

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258 Alchian January 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm

Stephen M. Barr (physicist who writes about science and religion – and this is consistent with Tyler’s idea that the important thinkers of the future will tend to be religious, if I recall correctly)

Steven Calabresi (co-founder of the Federalist Society; very knowledgeable about constitutional law)

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259 sam January 1, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Joseph Heath, Charles Taylor, Sarah Perry, John Nye, Robert Wright, Charlie Kaufman, the Coen bros,

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260 Maximilian Roos January 1, 2018 at 1:44 pm

This post is a great example of why Marginal Revolution needs upvoting / a way to organize comments.

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261 Meets January 1, 2018 at 1:50 pm

John Arnold

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262 Ryan T January 1, 2018 at 1:54 pm

I’m glad to see that CWT will continue. I spent a lot of my holiday airport time catching up. Most of my nominations have already been mentioned. I’m repeating them to add emphasis.

Journalists/ authors: Ross Douthat. Krugman. Chuck Klosterman. Ryan Holiday. Michael Lewis.
Academics. Charles Mann. Jared Diamond. Mary Beard.
Authors. Neal Stephenson. William Gibson. KSR. Bill Bryson. Murakami.
Sports. Adam Silver. Bill Simmons. Steve Kerr.

Speaking generally, I think there’s a potentially untapped group of scholars who are significant voices in their own country but not internationally well known that TC might be able to interview very effectively. I suspect artists and musicians might also work for this pod. I couldn’t name any architects or civil engineers, but I think they have potential.

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263 Ryan T January 1, 2018 at 2:26 pm

Almost forgot: Matt Yglesias!

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264 Ryan T January 1, 2018 at 6:10 pm

A few people have mentioned Pat Rothfuss. I can’t say I find him that interesting, but it reminds me to recommend another fantasy/ speculative fiction author, China Mieville.

Robert Trivers. I’ve oddly always remembered your post on his memoir, Wildlife Adventures.

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265 Ryan T January 1, 2018 at 6:41 pm

Please ensure that the final person interviewed is Alex.

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266 Meh January 2, 2018 at 7:11 am

+1. Also heartily second Bill Bryson.

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267 Ryan T January 2, 2018 at 1:44 pm

I saw Paul Theroux mentioned below. I could imagine that being quite good.

Kwame Anthony Appiah.

Barbara Kingsolver.

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268 Ryan T January 2, 2018 at 5:54 pm

Condoleeza Rice.
Joseph J. Ellis.
Doris K Goodwin.
Coetzee.
William Boyd.

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269 Jay January 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm

Michael Lewis

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270 Tom G January 1, 2018 at 2:08 pm

https://jordanbpeterson.com/ Jordan Peterson

Tho it would be good to have an updated list all prior conversations, I didn’t see it near the blogroll, nor the Mercatus.org site.
(Maybe I missed it).

Fantasy writer Rothfuss (above) would be great, too.

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271 Tom G January 1, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Also new (to me) twitter science writer Rolf Degen — every one of the papers he tweets about seems very interesting.
https://twitter.com/DegenRolf

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272 Marius Morar January 1, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Paul Krugman

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273 harvey's agent January 1, 2018 at 2:20 pm

Harvey is free.

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274 Bobby O January 1, 2018 at 2:26 pm

1. Bryan Caplan
2. Matthew Yglesias
3. Will Wilkinson (Niskanen Center)
4. Eliezer Yudkowsky
5. Jacob T. Levy

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275 mdc January 2, 2018 at 11:44 pm

+1 Will Wilkinson, Kerry Howley, Jacob T. Levy, Kieran Healy

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276 Rick G January 1, 2018 at 2:29 pm

Panel discussion with Scott Alexander, Scott Aaronson, Scott Adams, and Scott Sumner. The obvious four candidates for Mt. Scottmore. First and only question: why are such a large fraction of important public intellectuals named Scott?

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277 b9n10nt January 1, 2018 at 5:54 pm

A). This has its roots in the Scottish Enlightement

…sorry

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278 Attila Smith January 1, 2018 at 2:55 pm

As Patrick Juvet used to sing : Où sont les femmes? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuzSeidoz2A

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279 Laowai January 1, 2018 at 3:01 pm

Scott Alexander

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280 sfw January 1, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Gregory Cochran

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281 asdfdsfdsf January 1, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Lisa Feldman Barrett.

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282 Joel M January 1, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Jake Tapper, Norm Macdonald, Jonathan Sacks, Xi Jinping

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283 Chapo Trap House January 1, 2018 at 3:39 pm

Behavioral geneticist Eric Turkheimer from UVA

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284 James Balch January 1, 2018 at 4:12 pm

1. Bishop Robert Barron or Russell Moore (You’ve said that the most important thinkers of the 21st century will be religious. These guys would both be good choices).
2. Yuval Levine (It’s genuinely surprising that you haven’t interviewed him yet)
3. Paul Krugman (Obvious, but he might be hard to book)
4. Peter Thiel (Yes, you’ve interviewed him, but it would be nice to get an update on his views of the great stagnation plus DT).
5. Charles Koch
6. Ben Shapiro
7. Ta Nehisi Coates
8. Cornel West
9. Lin Manuel Miranda
10. Michael Cannon (Healthcare is the most important economic issues of our age, and he’s one of the only wonks I agree with on this issue).
11. Trey Parker and/or Matt Stone
12. Some Mormon person (I’m curious about Utah)

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285 James Balch January 1, 2018 at 4:13 pm

P.S. Why will the most important thinkers be religious? You never really explained that point.

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286 James Balch January 1, 2018 at 4:20 pm

13. Penn Jillette or Philip Pullman (The only intelligent new atheists)

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287 AL January 1, 2018 at 4:14 pm

Deirdre McCloskey
James A. Robinson
Virginia Postrel
Joshua Angrist
Nassim Taleb
Hernando de Soto
Tim Besley

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288 Dave January 1, 2018 at 4:15 pm

Ann Althouse

Scott Alexander

Haralabos Voulgaris

Bill Simmons

Chuck Klosterman

Jamie Dimon

Sam Harris

Bret Easton Ellis

Rob Sheffield

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289 Spencer January 2, 2018 at 6:30 am

+1 dimon

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290 Manuel Díaz January 1, 2018 at 4:27 pm

David Bordwell

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291 Meets January 1, 2018 at 4:31 pm

I would avoid people who are primarily popular bloggers/commentators and instead interview people who want actually do stuff and have unique experiences.

Gidla, Summers, Kareem, Roach, Sasse were all great

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292 Sean January 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm

1. Scott Alexander
2. James C Scott
3. Sam Harris
4. Charles Koch
5*. Will Kevin Simler join Robin Hanson?

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293 Samsun January 1, 2018 at 5:09 pm

Richard Rhodes (author), Christos Papadimitriou (Computer Scientist), Nick Patterson (Geneticist, with an interesting background), Charles Petzold (programmer, author)

Will piggy back on Neal Stephenson, Charles Mann, Peter Turchin

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294 Kevin January 1, 2018 at 5:35 pm

Francis Fukuyama or Stephen Walt would be interesting for foreign policy and political science.

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295 Ziegler January 1, 2018 at 5:36 pm

George RR Martin, William Gibson, Liaquat Ahmed, Mitt Romney, Steve Randy Waldman, Brad Delong, Neil Gaiman, Steve Banon, David Lynch

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296 Meh January 2, 2018 at 7:16 am

+1 GRRM, especially seeing as he’s in no rush to complete the winds of winter. Also Linus Torvalds.

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297 Ben January 1, 2018 at 5:45 pm

Chris Nolan

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298 ricardo January 1, 2018 at 5:50 pm

Michel Houellebecq.
Paul Theroux.
Karl Ove Knausgaard.

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299 ricardo January 1, 2018 at 5:53 pm

Larry David. Eddie Murphy. Woody Allen.

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300 ricardo January 1, 2018 at 5:59 pm

James Dyson. Mick Jagger. John Carpenter. George Weah.

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301 BillG January 1, 2018 at 6:21 pm

Scott Alexander, Anthony Bourdain, Russ Roberts, Jordan Peterson, Penn Jillette, Thomas Leonard, Bishop Robert Barron, Jordan Spieth, Joel Embiid

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302 BillG January 1, 2018 at 6:27 pm

Claire Lehmann would be interesting, too

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303 Market Agnostic January 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm

– Steve Sailer
– the guy who writes the Lion of the Blogosphere blog
– Cixin Liu

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304 Mm January 1, 2018 at 6:33 pm

Margaret Atwood David Cronenberg Geddy Lee Jordan Peterson

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305 Tom Curry January 1, 2018 at 6:40 pm

Alon Levy who writes noteworthy essays on transportation policy

https://pedestrianobservations.com/

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306 magic spex January 1, 2018 at 6:43 pm

Ta Nehisi Coates, John Green, Dan Simmons, N.K. Jemisin, Zach Lowe, John Darnielle (this could be incredible), Ursula Le Guin, Vaclav Smil

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307 chris j January 1, 2018 at 6:45 pm

Mark Carney

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308 Davey January 1, 2018 at 6:55 pm

Michael Hofmann

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309 Pedro January 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Martin Hellwig

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310 Eli January 1, 2018 at 7:21 pm

Consider video game designer Jonathan Blow.

He’s super smart, went to Berkeley, and connected with rationalists. He has interesting views on the morality of video games, and video games as art. He’s an independent developer who has created tremendous success for himself against much larger companies. He spent 7 years obsessing over his tremendously successful magnum opus puzzle game, The Witness, which was a contender for game of the year on all the major gaming websites.

Google him to find out more. I think his field is a medium that’s missing from your blog.

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311 Zhi January 1, 2018 at 7:33 pm

Seth Macfarlane

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312 ingres January 1, 2018 at 8:56 pm

Terryl and Fiona Givens, a Mormon academic couple.

Their work is popular and part of a Mormon intellectual movement (with roots in Richard Bushman’s article “The Colonization of the Mormon Mind”) that is less apologetic and much less interested in archaeology.

(If It’s not out of order, I’d suggest against Mitt Romney or John Dehlin, who were mentioned above. Mitt Romney’s a good guy, but a very conventional politician with less to say than, e.g., Ben Sasse. John Dehlin is a first-rate troll.)

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313 BJH January 1, 2018 at 9:37 pm

Economists:
1. Glen Weyl
2. John List
3. Susan Athey

Writers:
1. Matt Levine
2. Matt Yglesias
3. Scott Alexander, maybe?
4. Eliezer Yudkowsky, maybe?
5. Cal Newport, maybe?

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314 Anonymous January 1, 2018 at 9:39 pm

Amartya Sen, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg , Satya Nadella, Tyler Cowen ( as both sides of the conversation).

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315 Timothy Finne January 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Wendell Berry

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316 Lisa January 2, 2018 at 12:16 am

+1

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317 P Burgos January 21, 2018 at 9:20 pm

+2 if the guy is still alive

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318 jdxljs January 1, 2018 at 10:38 pm

Steve Sailer, Steve Hsu, Ben Garrison, Tom Sunic, Scott Alexander, Eliezer Yudkowsky, and Fredrick Brennan.

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319 fallibilist January 2, 2018 at 8:54 am

Another fan of NAZIs. Noted.

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320 chuck martel January 1, 2018 at 11:56 pm

Rani Mukherjee, Wang Kar Wai, Christopher Doyle, Robert Blake, Doris Day, Reijo Ruotsalainen

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321 Lisa January 2, 2018 at 12:15 am

Emily Harrington, Christina Tchen, Rebecca Solnitt, Wendy Whelan

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322 Thijs January 2, 2018 at 1:12 am

+1 to Richard Rhodes
Also: Francis Spufford.

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323 Fred_PA_2000 January 2, 2018 at 1:21 am

There were (barring mis-counts) 24 names (at least) that I’d second. That’s too many. Here are my top nine:
Charles Koch, Thomas Sowell, Daniel Kahneman, Deirdre McCloskey, Anne Case, Harvey Mansfield, Virginia Postrel, Jonathan Haidt and Hernando de Soto.

I also had fifteen additions. Again, too many. Again, my top nine:
James Surowiecki (was the business columnist for the New Yorker, wrote “The Wisdom of Crowds”)
Robert Bryce (wrote “Power Hungry: The Myths of ‘Green’ Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future”)
Paul Ryan (Speaker of the House and a thoughtful politician. Probably means can’t speak openly)
Charles Murray (out of PC favor sociologist. But “Coming Apart” has a lot to say)
Enrico Moretti (economic geographer. Wrote “The New Geography of Jobs”)
Henry Mintzberg (Canadian senior-statesman of Org. Theory and Business Strategy – esp., emergent strat.)
Jeffrey Pfeffer (considered to be one of today’s most influential management thinkers – esp., power in org.s)
Amity Schlaes (economics writer & author of “The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression”)
Alice Rivlin (Director, CBO; Director, OMB; Fed Vice-Chair; on BoD, National Institute for Civil Discourse; +)
(My other 6? Richard Florida, Eugene Soltes, Gareth Morgan, Karl Rove, Kim Strassel, Arianna Huffington)

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324 Tom Weiss January 2, 2018 at 2:13 am

Nancy MacLean

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325 DJ January 2, 2018 at 3:00 am

Here’s a South / East Asia focused list:

Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy PM of Singapore.
Raguram Rajan / Gita Gopinath
Razeen Sally, NUS professor and Snr adviser for Finance Ministry in Sri Lanka
Pratap bhanu mehta, India’s most read current affairs columist

Off South Asia
Hernando de soto

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326 Hermann January 2, 2018 at 4:33 am

Nassim Taleb and Ray Dalio.

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327 Dann Thomas January 2, 2018 at 4:55 am

Scott Adams, please.

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328 Spencer January 2, 2018 at 6:39 am

larry page, kara swisher, kevin rose, alastair reynolds, neal tyson

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329 Pearl Y January 2, 2018 at 7:16 am

Richard Posner – he should finally have time now

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330 Alvin January 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm

Yes, couldn’t agree more on Posner. Plus he will speak his mind.

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331 Ben January 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Definitely +1 if you can get him

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332 chrisare January 2, 2018 at 7:33 am

Werner Herzog, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, Elon Musk, Marc Ribot, Andrew Gelman, Glenn Loury, Angus Deaton, Lant Pritchett, Alain de Janvry, Bill James.

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333 mdc January 3, 2018 at 1:06 pm

+1 Werner Herzog, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett before she passes away

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334 chrisare January 2, 2018 at 7:34 am

Oh and Norm MacDonald.

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335 Jeremy D January 2, 2018 at 8:45 am

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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336 mdc January 3, 2018 at 1:09 pm

one of the worst oral interviewees. He undermines himself and should stick to presenting his ideas solely in writing.

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337 peri January 2, 2018 at 8:47 am

Re writer guests:

Peter Hessler: I too adore him, but the guy presented in his writing seems too sensitive/humane/gentle for a glib, rapid-fire exchange. He’s too good for this crowd, in other words.

If you want a ray of California sun, Sandra Tsing-Loh is funny/fun.

Ariel Levy. If this is, heaven help us, to be the Year of the Woman (again?) there will be much wasted ink, which will none of it (patted bottoms! unequally-desired sex!) reveal anything as fundamentally different about women’s lives as her account of giving birth in a hotel room in Mongolia.

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338 Arno R January 2, 2018 at 9:27 am

Raghuram Rajan, Mohammed Ibrahim, Glenn Stevens

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339 fallibilist January 2, 2018 at 9:36 am

Christine Lagarde, Herb Gintis, Amy Chua, Michael Dukakis, Emily Oster, John Schindler, Jodi Beggs, Vaclav Smil, Anna Salamon, Laurence Kotlikoff, Eva Moskowitz, Maciej Ceglowski, Christina Hoff Sommers

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340 Eris January 2, 2018 at 9:36 am

Yes, Genesis P-orridge!

Also:
Homer Flynn
Bill Drummond
R U Sirius

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341 AH January 2, 2018 at 9:42 am

James Franco. Actor, loves literature and philosophy. Underrated. Perhaps too trendy now with his new movie “Disaster Artist”.

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342 C January 2, 2018 at 10:11 am

Questlove

Craig Ferguson

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343 Greg Lemieux January 2, 2018 at 10:41 am

Dr. David LeBlanc, CTO of Terrestrial Energy. Likely the first company to bring a new (i.e. non-light water based) nuclear reactor design to market in the next 5 years.

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344 Walt January 2, 2018 at 11:48 am

Yochai Benkler. He wrote arguably the most important book on the political economy of the internet, The Wealth of Networks. I would like to hear him talk about commons-based peer production, and the evolution of the internet over the past 15 years.

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345 Kelly January 2, 2018 at 12:25 pm

I think a Mormon apostle would be interesting – maybe Quentin Cook or Neil Andersen. Have you already interviewed Megan McArdle? What about Esther Duflo? Or an NBA basketball player or front office person?

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346 Mario A January 2, 2018 at 12:39 pm

Albert Bandura, Carol Dweck, John Hattie

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347 Ian January 2, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Bill James

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348 albatross January 2, 2018 at 1:48 pm

(Largely repeating earlier recommendations):

Economists:

Deidre McCloskey (smart economist and probably a pretty unique picture of the world w.r.t. gender issues)

David Friedman (anarchism, law and economics, different legal systems, Icelandic sagas, etc.)

Thomas Sowell (if he’s still up for giving interviews–I know he retired from writing columns)

Other People:

Philip Tetlock (prediction tournaments, superforecasters, prediction markets)

Steve Sailer (hbd, citizenism, what it’s like to espouse unpopular views from marginal publications)

Andrew Sullivan (conservatism writ large, lots of other interests)

Andrew Gellman (statistics, the replication crisis in the social sciences)

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349 Marc January 2, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Stefan Savage @UCSD
Donald Hoffman @UC Irvine
Paul Singer (but he’d never do it…)

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350 Jeremy Lynch January 2, 2018 at 3:39 pm

Albert Wenger or Fred Wilson

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351 Tony January 2, 2018 at 3:42 pm

Ruth Garrett Millikan, Emily Oster. Millikan’s first book on language, function and biological realism is a gem, and it has definitions of “dysfunction” and “normal” that make brilliant sense.

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352 Philip M Jonat January 2, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Greg Glassman – founder of Crossfit. Other people who are focused on health and lifestyle such as Chris Kresser. I would like to see them interact with Tyler.

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353 James Liu January 2, 2018 at 8:16 pm

Josiah Ober, Robert Wright, James C. Scott, Joel Kotkin

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354 static January 3, 2018 at 12:04 am

No Krugman. Never deal with that toxic liar.

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355 Con January 3, 2018 at 1:21 am

Seconding (mostly):

David Frum, Andrew Sullivan, Julia Galef, Megan McArdle, Sam Altman, Conor Sen

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356 Craig Gaslow January 3, 2018 at 2:51 am

Adam Tooze, Ross Douthat, Mark Mazower, Pep Guardiola

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357 Jaffe January 3, 2018 at 3:12 am

Brian Eno (musician)

Scott Aaronson (computer scientist)

Scott Alexander (slatestarcodex)

Matt Breunig (prominent socialist on social media)

Demis Hassabis (DeepMind CEO)

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358 Jeffrey Edward Smith January 3, 2018 at 9:40 am

Nassim Taleb

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359 CJ January 3, 2018 at 11:15 am

Sendhil Mullainathan, Emily Nussbaum, Scott E Page, Laura Marling, Philip Tetlock

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360 Marc January 3, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Raghuram Rajan or John Cochrane, Sam Harris, Greg Popovic or Steve Kerr, Lebron James, Ben Bernanke or Janet Yellen, William Easterly or Esther Duflo, Branko Milanovic, Nassim Taleb, Deidre McCloskey, Daron Acemoglu, Paul Krugman, Niall Ferguson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Richard Thaler, Olivier Blanchard, Thomas Sowell

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361 phil king January 4, 2018 at 8:47 am

Evan Osnos
Molly Crabapple
Megan Amram
Jim Koch
Valeria Luiselli
Riz Ahmed (talk about production function)
Bjork
Kate Bush

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362 Kieran McCarthy January 5, 2018 at 11:45 am

I’m late to the game, but some worthy candidates not listed by others: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Maria Popova, Martin Seligman, William MacAskill, EO Wilson, Anders Ericsson, John Tooby, Christopher Boehm, Judea Pearl, Stephen Wolfram.

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363 Whitney Shinkle January 5, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Also late to game but: Ory Okolloh, Arundhati Roy, Kevin Starr (Mulago Foundation), Lynn Stout, Tim Harford, Tony Emulelu, Paul Romer, W. Kamau Bell, Mahmood Mamdani, bell hooks, Van Jones, Madeleine Albright, Eddie Izzard, Matt Andrews/Lant Pritchett, John Urschel, Neil DeGrasse Tyson

“Second” votes for: Killer Mike, Daron Acemoglu, Chris Blattman, Jon Stewart, Peter Singer, Ursula Leguin, Anne Case/Angus Deaton,

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364 Josh January 8, 2018 at 9:16 pm

?uestlove
Kathryn Sikkink
Dan Drezner
Rosa Brooks
Camille Paglia
Anne-Marie Slaughter
Norm MacDonald

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365 Luke January 12, 2018 at 7:16 pm

Zadie Smith for narratives on race & class
Knausgard for loss
Ira Glass for Story
Orhan Pamuk how beliefs shape the world
Jared Diamond how the world shapes us
Stephen Hawking
Bryan Caplan how education does(n’t) work
Seth Godin how education does(n’t) work
Greg Mankiw

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366 JVS January 17, 2018 at 11:37 am

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bill Easterly, Chuck Klosterman, Bill James, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Justin Trudeau

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367 P Burgos January 21, 2018 at 7:35 pm

Razib Khan, Steve Sailer, anyone who is knowledgeable about Mormon theology or sociology. I don’t know if you have enough pull to get her, but Elena Ferrante if possible. Another idea is Eva Brann, but she is pretty old now. Has Cowen interviewed Will Wilkinson yet?

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368 P Burgos January 21, 2018 at 7:36 pm

John McWhorter might be a good guest.

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369 P Burgos January 21, 2018 at 7:38 pm

Another idea would be Diane Newberger Goldstein. Maybe Emily Wilson?

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370 P Burgos January 21, 2018 at 9:13 pm

How about Alex Ross or Nico Muhly?

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371 P Burgos January 21, 2018 at 9:21 pm

Alasdair McIntyre if he isn’t deceased

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372 P Burgos January 21, 2018 at 9:26 pm

Are there any good contemporary Muslim theologians/legal scholars for Cowen to interview? How about theologians who are simpatico with the current Pope? On a different but related strand, any socialist thinkers worth a conversation? Anyone from Jacobin? How about Freddie DeBoer? I would love to hear them talk about the pedagogy of literacy and composition, and also how rhetoric as a scholarly field has de-emphasized the study of effective written communication.

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