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Samo Burja: How Civilizations Collapse

Samo Burja: How Civilizations Collapse

I gave a talk on the topic of civilizational collapse on Friday May 1, hosted by the 1517 Fund and moderated by Zak Slayback.  The 1517 Fund is a very early stage investment fund that prioritizes working with dropouts and those working outside of tracked institutions....
Great Founders Build Civilization

Great Founders Build Civilization

I joined Palladium Magazine for a Digital Salon on Saturday, July 11, moderated by Editor-in-Chief Wolf Tivy and Managing Editor Ash Milton. Palladium Magazine is a non-partisan publication that explores the future of liberalism, governance, and society, through...
How Late Zhou China Reverse-Engineered a Civilization

How Late Zhou China Reverse-Engineered a Civilization

From my article published in Palladium Magazine. When archaeologists discover a sophisticated artifact like the Greek Antikythera mechanism, we conclude that some ancient societies may have been more advanced than previously believed. When we think of advanced...
How to Find the Frontiers of Knowledge

How to Find the Frontiers of Knowledge

Based on my lecture at Topos House, San Francisco on February 29, 2020. Not all fields of knowledge exist yet. If you tried to study biochemistry in 1820, you’d have a lot of trouble: the field had yet to cohere. Do we think that all the biochemistries of the world...
China’s rise and the legacy of Deng Xiaoping

China’s rise and the legacy of Deng Xiaoping

From my article published in Asia Times. American elites have woken up to Beijing’s threat to global US hegemony. Now questions about China and its institutions are on everyone’s mind. Will its economy continue to expand or will it stagnate? Exactly how communist is...