The Voluntary Life: November 2015

30 November 2015

228 Making Sense Of Civilization


This episode shares some fascinating ideas about how to understand culture, identity and civilization. The historian Steve Davies argues that rather than being at the end of a long story of "western civilization", we are at the beginning of something radically new, unplanned and totally alien to the historical cultures of both the "West" and everywhere else before circa 1800. I've summarised these ideas in the podcast, but I also recommend that you watch the thought-provoking lecture by Steve Davies.

Show Notes:
Stephen Davies on Western Civilisation
The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

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16 November 2015

227 Review Of The Better Angels Of Our Nature By Steven Pinker


This episode is a review of a fascinating book, The Better Angels Of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker. The following quote summarises the book's main argument:

"Believe it or not—and I know that most people do not—violence has declined over long stretches of time, and today we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence. The decline, to be sure, has not been smooth; it has not brought violence down to zero; and it is not guaranteed to continue. But it is an unmistakable development, visible on scales from millennia to years, from the waging of wars to the spanking of children."
Steven Pinker

Show Notes:

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5 November 2015

226 The Mindset For Financial Independence


This episode is about three concepts that I've found helpful for managing money. These concepts are about the big-picture when it comes to money, rather than the details. I think they express the mindset for achieving financial independence. Here is a summary of the ideas discussed:
  1. Be Your Own CFO: managing your own money as you would manage the finance of a business.
  2. Be Investment-Oriented, Not Consumption-Oriented
  3. Be A Passive Investor. 
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Show Notes:

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