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Eric Ross Weinstein is the managing director of Thiel Capital, Peter Thiel's investment firm, since 2015. He and his brother Bret Weinstein coined the term Intellectual Dark Web to refer to an informal group of pundits.
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The Physics of Wall Street
A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable
James Owen Weatherall - Feb 04, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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“Weatherall probes an epochal shift in financial strategizing with lucidity, explaining how it occurred and what it means for modern finance.”—Peter Galison, author of Einstein’s Clocks, Poincare’s MapsAfter the economic meltdown of 2008, many pundits placed the blame on “complex financial instruments” and the physicists and mathematicians who drea...
Eric Weinstein
Mar 14, 2021
You can read all about this attempt to disintermediate legacy economics in the final chapter and epilogue of this best selling book from a few years ago by Jim Weatherall in the time before Satoshi:      source
The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster - Jan 01, 1989 (first published in 1961)
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Librarian's Note: For an alternate cover edition of the same ISBN, click here.Hailed as “a classic. . . . humorous, full of warmth and real invention” (The New Yorker), this beloved story -first published more than fifty years ago- introduces readers to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond. For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mys...
Eric Weinstein
Mar 09, 2021
The fictional character that changed my life. RIP to Norton Juster. I can’t tell you what that book meant to me. It was, in fact, the main inspiration for the title of my podcast. Portal = Tollbooth Thank you for that one book. Perhaps my favorite of all time.      source
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All the Trouble in the World
The Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Ecological Disaster, Ethnic Hatred, Plague, and Poverty
P. J. O'Rourke - Aug 12, 1995 (first published in 1994)
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Attacking fashionable worries--all those terrible problems that are constantly on our minds and in the news, but about which most of us have no real clue--the bestselling author of Parliament of Whores crisscrosses the globe in search of answers to today's most vexing dilemmas, and, in the process, ensures that political correctness will never be t...
Eric Weinstein
Aug 30, 2019
I’m always asked for book recommendations but am reluctant to give them. “All the Trouble in the World” was an amazing book by @PJORourke. He‘s also a master stylist of distinctly American English. Politics aside, I envy more of his sentences than of anyone else writing today.      source
Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Peter Thiel - Sep 16, 2014
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If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise t...
Eric Weinstein
If you really understand something that the rest of the world is confused about, and it’s an important truth, Zero to One says here are all the ways you might want to make that work.      source
The Emperor of Scent
A True Story of Perfume and Obsession
Chandler Burr - Feb 10, 2004 (first published in 2002)
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The Emperor of Scent tells of the scientific maverick Luca Turin, a connoisseur and something of an aesthete who wrote a bestselling perfume guide and bandied about an outrageous new theory on the human sense of smell. Drawing on cutting-edge work in biology, chemistry, and physics, Turin used his obsession with perfume and his eerie gift for smell...
Eric Weinstein
A wonderful introduction to how the dissident voice is marginalized.      source
Heraclitean Fire
Sketches from a Life Before Nature
Erwin Chargaff - May 31, 1978
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The eminent biochemist reflects on his life and work in Vienna and in America, shedding light on his DNA research and the work and opinions that led to his reputation as a maverick....
Eric Weinstein
When I heard that there was somebody who bet against Watson and Crick, I thought, 'well, this is just gonna be the laugh of the century.' But it turned out, just to short those guys required another genius.      source