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We Are Not Saved

We Are Not Saved is a podcast covering Eschatology. While this concept has traditionally been a religious one, and concerned with the end of creation, in this podcast that study has been broadened to include secular ways the world could end (so called x-risks) and also deepened to cover the potential end of nations, cultures and civilizations. The title is taken from the book of Jeremiah, Chapter 8, verse 20: The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
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Now displaying: January, 2021
Jan 29, 2021

As you can see this is a much shorter episode. I'm trying out the newsletter format. The idea is that I'm going to send out a short bit at the end of every month, something that offers an easier entry point to my writing. Something people might be more inclined to share. But I obviously couldn't leave out my loyal podcast listeners, so just as with everything else I write, it gets recorded and also goes out there. That said, number of subscribers is something of a success metric these days so if you wouldn't mind singing up for the newsletter I would appreciate it!

Jan 21, 2021

Two episodes ago I covered the disasters which can occur when we try to exercise too much control over natural systems. In the last episode I talked about how systems can be too controlling, and how it's better that a system be legible than that it attempt perfection. In this episode, much like peanut butter and chocolate, I combine these two great ideas into one fantastic idea, and explore how the way we combat wildfires in many ways resembles the way we fight political fires, and that both methods fail in similar ways.

Jan 14, 2021

In a recent newsletter, Matthew Yglesias suggested three steps for creating effective policies:

 

  1. It’s easy for everyone, whether they agree with you or disagree with you, to understand what it is you say you are doing.
  2. It’s easy for everyone to see whether or not you are, in fact, doing what you said you would do.
  3. It’s easy for you and your team to meet the goal of doing the thing that you said you would do.

These are great, but I think they could be applied far more broadly, which is exactly what I do in this episode.

 

 

 

Jan 6, 2021

This is the second half of my book reviews for books I finished in December. It contains reviews for:

  1. Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the 116 Days that Changed the World by: Chris Wallace
  2. Enemy At the Gates by: William Craig
  3. Necroscope by: Brian Lumley
  4. Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by: John McPhee
  5. Bang For Your Buck by: Stefan Gasic
  6. The Darkest Winter by: Nick Johns
  7. C. S. Lewis Essay Collection & Other Short Pieces by: C. S. Lewis
  8. Book of Mormon Made Harder by: James E. Faulconer
  9. The Theological Foundations of the Mormon Religion by: Sterling M. McMurrin
Jan 6, 2021

This one was long enough, and book reviews sit poorly with podcasts in any event, that I decided to split it in two. This one has my monthly short personal update along with reviews for:

  1. Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed by: James C. Scott
  2. Status Anxiety by: Alain de Botton
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