Friday, August 21, 2020

Podcast Episode 53: The Tragedy of Age Segregation

Kids go to school, spend all day with other kids their age

People are encouraged to retire, leaving the workforce for people in working age

Older people spend their time in retirement homes

The normal thing is for the grandparents to help teach the kids

Grandparents teach what is most important, morals, how to live a good life

Parents teach more practical things, how to make a living, how to organize your life etc

Why the change?

Perhaps because things are changing so much that many people look at their parents and grandparents as uninformed because they don’t know the latest tech.

Schools and the push for retirement are big factors

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Podcast Episode 52: Designing your vision for your life

People making drastic life choices without thinking them through

Autopilot just following the path of least resistance

Buying things you don’t need or sometimes don’t even really want

Weighing the importance of each thing

There isn’t enough time or money for you to do everything so you must actively prioritize

Big potential mistakes:

Going into debt - car, house, college, consumer

Wasting time

Not having an idea of what you want your life to look like

What to do?

Think about what a perfect day would look like for you

Try to be as realistic as possible (sitting around all day gets boring fast)

What can you do to design your day to look like that as much as possible?

Do this exercise often because it will motivate you and also it will change over time.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Podcast Episode 50: Making the World Stronger by Allowing Groups to Split

 When more than one leader crops up it is because the people no longer agree on something fundamental

Social insects follow this pattern

Primates follow this pattern

Dunbar’s number hypothesizes that we can have a group of 150 people max that we feel comfortable socializing with

If a group gets so big that each person no longer knows all the others then it’s harder to agree on a leader (or common ideologies)

The tribe then splits (or fights)

This is probably good over all

As long as the groups can get along, separating because of fundamental differences leads to more options

The more options there are, the more likely a better option will emerge

If we force everyone to stay in the same group it is probably unhealthy

-it leads to animosity and resentment

-If there is only one option it is less likely to be the ideal (fragile)

How could a system like this work?

Maybe try to design cities with this in mind

Allow communities as much autonomy as possible

Make sure there are clear agreements, traditions, expectations, etc for what happens when there needs to be a split. (peace treaty, who leaves and who stays)

Dispute resolution is key

Monday, August 10, 2020

Podcast Episode 49: Personal Preparedness


Risk Assessment

Fragility Assessment

most common things are not what most people think of

Lost job (savings (money and food), personal connections, side hustles)

Sickness (savings, insurance, personal support group)

Disability (savings, insurance)

Unexpected expenses (savings, insurance)

Death (savings, insurance)


Less likely things are potentially more disruptive

Natural disaster (food storage, insurance)

Economic problems (food storage, social connections)


Pandemics (food storage)


Preparing for the more common things usually sets you up pretty good for the more disruptive things

Find ways to make yourself ant-fragile


Make a budget, start saving, financial freedom!!

Eat what you store, store what you eat.

Get insurance!!

Help those around you and build social connections