Nat Eliason and Neil Soni

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Made You Think is a podcast by Nat Eliason and Neil Soni where the hosts and their guests examine ideas that, as the name suggests, make you think. Episodes will explore books, essays, podcasts, and anything else that warrants further discussion, teaches something useful, or at the very least,Read more

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66: Making the Navalmanack: Interview with Eric Jorgenson

Dec 16 • 01:03:21

“Even today, what to study and how to study it are more important than where to study it and for how long. The best teachers are on the Internet. The best books are on the Internet. The best peers are on the Internet. The tools for learning are abundant. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce.” - Naval Ravikant...

Seek Wealth, Not Money or Status. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson

Oct 23 • 01:22:16

“My old definition was "freedom to." Freedom to do anything I want. Freedom to do whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like. Now, the freedom I'm looking for is internal freedom. It's “freedom from." Freedom from reaction. Freedom from feeling angry. Freedom from being sad. Freedom from being forced to do things. I'm looking for "freedom from," internally and externally, ...

64: The Universal Currency: Energy and Civilization by Vaclav Smil

Oct 9 • 01:50:27

From a fundamental biophysical perspective, both prehistoric human evolution and the course of history can be seen as the quest for controlling greater stores and flows of more concentrated and more versatile forms of energy and converting them, in more affordable ways at lower costs and with higher efficiencies, into heat, light, and motion....

63: The Universal Laws of Growth. Scale by Geoffrey West

Sep 11 • 01:32:22

Scale by Geoffrey West focuses on the the principles and patterns connecting the ways that cities, organisms, and companies grow. West, a theoretical physicist, studied the way in which sizes of mammals related to their life expectancy, and further connected these laws to the growth and longevity of cities and the world of business. Nat and Neil unpack these laws and princ...

62: We're Back! A Catchup Episode Full of Tangents

Sep 2 • 01:49:25

Made You Think is BACK! In this episode of the podcast, Nat and Neil catch up after a year and a half hiatus. Their plan was to catch up on what’s been going on, but that didn’t happen as they ended up talking a lot about COVID, the economy, politics, some books they’d read, and a whole lot more....

61: Infinite Discussions. The most Credible and Incredible Theories behind Infinite Jest

May 21 • 51:02

Infinite Jest is a book meant to be an actively read –it’s meant to take a certain amount of work to finish it and try to figure out what’s going on. While David Foster Wallace, the author, spends words and words in beautiful descriptions, he purposefully omitted, exchanged, and told through the characters lenses parts of the story. In this episode Nat and Neil are going t...

60: What the f**k is water? Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

May 7 • 01:42:13

“This wise old whiskery fish swims up to three young fish and goes, 'Morning, boys, how's the water?' and swims away; and the three young fish watch him swim away and look at each other and go, 'What the fuck is water?' and swim away.”...

59: Eternal Human Psychology: The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene

Apr 23 • 01:43:51

Let us call the collection of these forces that push and pull at us from deep within human nature. Human nature stems from the particular wiring of our brains, the configuration of our nervous system and the way we humans process emotions, all of which developed and emerged over the course of the 5 million years or so of our evolution as a species....

58: Psychedelics and Self-Discovery. Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna

Jan 31 • 01:07:23

If psychedelics are one thing we can all agree on, is that it will make a lot of people happy. There's a lot of people who could use a heavy dose of psychedelics to stop being angry. There's something about stepping outside of yourself and even up the reality that comes with these types of experiences that is getting even more useful in a culture that is becoming even more...

57: Update Episode January 2019

Jan 18 • 04:08

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