"Upstream" with Erik Torenberg

Erik Torenberg

  • 56 minutes 37 seconds
    E68: Tyler Cowen on Talent, the Importance of Stamina, and Predicting Success

    This week on Upstream, we’re releasing a fascinating discussion with economist, professor, and bestselling author Tyler Cowen about how to find talented people. This was recorded in 2022 around the launch of his book 'Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Around the World' co-authored with Daniel Gross. Tyler and Erik discuss strategies for assessing raw talent, recognizing late bloomers, and fostering an environment conducive to high achievers. They also cover the importance of understanding founder compatibility, building strong peer groups, and the role of mentorship in talent development.


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    TIMESTAMPS:


    (00:00) Intro 

    (02:07) The Genesis of Tyler Cowen's Book 'Talent'

    (02:34) Field Building in Talent and Progress Studies

    (04:32) Cross-Industry Talent Evaluation

    (05:23) Identifying and Cultivating Young Talent

    (06:33) The Role of Peer Endorsement

    (08:36) Historical and Contemporary Examples of Young Talent

    (09:39) Emergent Ventures and Young Talent

    (11:01) Super Fans and High Achievers

    (11:58) Assessing Potential and Timing

    (12:15) Emily Oster and the COVID-19 School Data Hub

    (13:19) Impact of Public Fame and Risk Aversion Among Young People 

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    (17:40) Choosing the Right Hierarchies

    (20:12) Scaling Apprenticeships

    (21:12) Challenges in Assessing Stamina and Motivation

    (24:52) Late Bloomers and Their Potential

    (28:27) The Magic of Founder Fit

    (29:33) Commercial Break: Babbel Language Learning

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    (31:57) Wishlist Topics for Future Research

    (34:06) Cultivating Talent and Mentorship

    (35:47) Evaluating Past Decisions and Missed Opportunities 

    (40:42) Organizing the World's Ambition

    (47:56) The Future of Emergent Ventures

    (51:14) Closing Thoughts and Future Projects

    19 July 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 24 minutes
    E67: A Deep Dive on René Girard with David Gornoski

    This week on Upstream, we're releasing a 2019 interview with David Gornoski and Erik Torenberg on the Village Global podcast, offering a deep dive into René Girard's Mimetic Theory, exploring its far-reaching societal impacts and surprising connections to ancient rituals and myths. They unpack the concept of mimetic desire and the profound influence of Christianity on society, exploring how the anthropological impact of Jesus could transform personal and socio-political conflicts. David also provides a unique perspective on the evolution of ancient sacrifices and mythologies, juxtaposing them with modern societal issues.

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (00:51) René Girard and His Impact

    (03:44) The Political Implications of Girard's Ideas

    (06:39) Understanding Mimetic Desire

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    (16:32) Scapegoating in Society

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    (27:06) Modern Examples of Scapegoating

    (43:01) The Inhumane System and Hidden Scapegoats

    (44:26) The Power of Mercy-Driven Solutions

    (45:57) Mimetic Rivalry and Political Power

    (49:29) Challenging Groupthink in Science and Healthcare

    (53:08) The Role of Jesus in Social Justice and Politics

    (56:04) The Consequences of Sacrificial Politics

    (01:08:39) Anthropology, Religion, and Future Technologies

    (01:13:12) Wrap

    12 July 2024, 9:09 am
  • 1 hour 49 seconds
    E66: Noah Smith on 2024 Election Strategy, American Civil Service, and Cash Benefits

    In this week’s episode of Upstream, Noah Smith and Erik Torenberg discuss America's future. They cover the 2024 presidential race, the Chevron ruling from the Supreme Court, and the polarization of the education system. Noah and Erik also discuss where wokeness goes from here, and the potential outcomes of integrating more conservatives into the civil service through initiatives like Project 2025. Noah also debunks the deep state myth and discusses the real issues surrounding Biden's age, questioning the influence of "political handlers" and the reality of a "deep state." 🐝 Head to https://beehiiv.com and use code "UPSTREAM" for 20% off your first three months.


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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Preview

    (01:09) 4th of July Celebrations and Mailbag Questions

    (01:51) Debate Reflections: Trump vs. Biden

    (02:35) Biden's Age and Democratic Dilemma

    (03:09) Kamala Harris: The Successor Debate

    (04:12) Michelle Obama: A Potential Candidate?

    (07:06) The Deep State: Myth or Reality?

    (11:30) Bernie Sanders and the DNC

    (13:58) Chevron Ruling and Its Implications

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    (22:44) Project 2025 and Civil Service Polarization

    (30:34) Reflecting on the Floyd Protests

    (31:57) The Impact of Trump's Presidency

    (35:05) Sponsors: Squad 

    (36:29) Debating the Administrative State

    (38:31) Challenges in the Education System

    (46:56) Redistribution and Class in America

    (53:37) The Future of UBI and Cash Benefits

    (57:51) Wrap


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    6 July 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 17 minutes
    E65: Bret Weinstein on Evolutionary Biology, Markets, Moral Progress, and More

    This week on Upstream, we’re airing an interview with evolutionary biologist Bret Weinstein from 2020, originally from the Village Global podcast. They discuss Weinstein's work on evolutionary trade-offs, the intersection of markets and moral progress, as well as future governance. beehiiv: Head to https://beehiiv.com and use code "UPSTREAM" for 20% off your first three months.


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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (00:27) Bret Weinstein's Background and Career

    (04:37) The Concept of Trade-Offs in Evolution

    (06:21) Implications of Evolutionary Trade-Offs

    (10:03) The Fourth Frontier and Human History

    (11:05) Understanding Evolutionary Rules and Their Broader Impact

    (16:08) The Lek Paradox and Biological Puzzles

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    (23:41) Market Dynamics and Economic Trade-Offs

    (32:40) Sponsor: Squad

    (37:53) The Metaphor of Fitness Landscapes in Evolutionary Biology

    (38:47) Civilization's Trade-offs and Sustainability

    (39:37) The Concept of Game B

    (41:56) Revolutionary Change Without Revolution

    (44:03) The Role of Technology in Civilization

    (45:44) Exploring Game B Examples

    (47:39) Challenges and Opportunities for Game B

    (50:30) Moral Progress

    (57:00) Shamans vs. Priests and the Importance of Valley Crossing

    (01:01:20) Human Adaptation and Evolution

    (01:04:39) The Role of Jealousy and Evolutionary Instincts

    (01:06:08) Debates with Prominent Thinkers

    (01:11:42) Evolutionary Biology and the Future of Governance

    (01:14:13) Wrap

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    28 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 13 minutes
    E64: Richard Hanania on Trump's Genius, Antisemitism, and Election Predictions

    In this episode of Upstream, Erik Torenberg and Richard Hanania discuss the surprising support for Donald Trump within Silicon Valley, contrasting it with earlier elections. They also explore reasons behind this shift, such as anti-wokeness sentiments, dissatisfaction with left economic policies, and the Democrats' anti-tech stance. beehiiv: Head to https://beehiiv.com and use code "UPSTREAM" for 20% off your first three months.


    The conversation also covers broader societal issues like the impact of religion, American Jews' political tendencies, and the strengths and weaknesses of America's socio-economic systems, and reflects on Elon Musk's political involvement and the rise of conspiratorial thinking in modern politics.


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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (00:19) Silicon Valley's Surprising Support for Trump

    (01:20) Silicon Valley's Shift in Political Climate

    (03:32) Richard's Political Evolution and Disillusionment

    (04:27) Conservative and Liberal Ideologies

    (09:03) Human Capital and Political Dynamics

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    (14:16) Religion's Role in Society

    (35:25) Historical Context of Anti-Semitism

    (36:12) Comparing Prejudices: Gypsies, Asians, and Religious Differences

    (36:58) Rationalism vs. Conflict Theory

    (38:00) The Role of Villainy in Political Narratives

    (39:16) Conspiracies and Enlightenment Values

    (41:30) The Impact of Conspiratorial Thinking

    (49:43) Jewish Intellectual Influence

    (52:09) DEI and Meritocracy in Silicon Valley

    (53:56) America's Resilience and Future Challenges

    (56:07) Immigration Policies: US vs. Europe

    (1:01:44) Future of Political Parties Post-Biden and Trump

    (1:07:27) Wrap

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    22 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
    E63: Balaji Srinivasan and Glen Weyl on Decentralized Governance, Politics, and History

    In 2019 Erik Torenberg sat down with Balaji Srinivasan and Glen Weyl to talk about the future of a decentralized world. They cover decentralized governance, politics, voting, and more. This conversation was recorded orginally for Village Global's Venture Stories.


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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (00:53) RadicalxChange

    (02:20) Common ground and divergences

    (05:19) Role of choice and community

    (06:59) Voice vs. Exit

    (10:06) Future of governance and identity

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    (19:25) Complexity of social systems

    (25:20) Social inequality and drug war

    (39:40) Technocracy and its implications

    (46:44) Economic models and social relations

    (56:34) Changes on property law

    (56:41) Quadratic voting and finance

    (01:01:21) Limitations of technology in the next century

    (01:04:19) Future of nation states and governance

    (01:10:53) Technocrats, empires, and incentives

    (01:15:07) Wrap

    14 June 2024, 10:26 am
  • 1 hour 12 minutes
    E62: Mike Solana on Thinking Freely and What Tech Means for Culture

    In 2020 Erik Torenberg sat down with Mike Solana, then VP at Founders Fund (now the Editor In Chief of Pirate Wires) to go deeper into his commitment to controversial ideas and freedom. He discusses the dynamics of America's culture wars, debating freedom vs. equality, the resurgence of Marxism, and the roots of anti-American sentiment. This conversation was recorded orginally for Village Global's Venture Stories.


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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (00:46) The Ethos of Founders Fund

    (01:37) Mike's Journey to Founders Fund

    (01:59) The Seasteading Institute and Anarcho-Capitalism

    (03:19) Evolution of Founders Fund

    (06:39) Hereticon: A Conference for Unorthodox Thinkers

    (11:46) Anatomy of Next: A Vision for the Future

    (13:42) Perception of Silicon Valley and Media

    (16:10) Sponsor: Beehiiv | Squad

    (18:44) Capitalism, Freedom, and Individualism

    (26:00) Technology and Society

    (33:39) A Journey Through Political Ideologies

    (34:50) The Power of Belief and Free Market Capitalism

    (36:06) Debating Nuclear Energy and Environmental Concerns

    (39:22) Rebranding Longevity and the Death Meme

    (40:43) The Future of AR, VR, and AI

    (45:21) Exploring Space and the UFO Phenomenon

    (50:13) Silicon Valley's Political Influence and Local Governance

    (56:02) Envisioning a Post-Scarcity World

    (58:25) The Culture of Trauma and Personal Responsibility

    (1:01:22) The Culture War and Anti-American Sentiment

    (1:09:10) Wrap

    7 June 2024, 8:29 am
  • 1 hour 3 minutes
    E61: Noah Smith on Wokeness, Right Wing Muckrakers, and Class vs Identity

    Todays episode features a conversation between Noah Smith and Erik Torenberg discussing the recent angry posts on X from David Austin Walsh, a history postdoc at Yale, and what this controversy says about elite overproduction in the US. They also cover the the rise of right-wing muckrakers, discuss what the conservative movement needs now, and who they consider the smartest thinkers today are — on the left and the right.


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    TIMESTAMPS

    (00:00) Intro

    (01:05) Twitter Controversy: David Austin Walsh

    (04:30) Elite Overproduction and Academia

    (08:29) Affirmative Action and Racial Disparities

    (14:32) Sponsor: Beehiiv | Squad

    (17:07) Elite overproduction’s implications for politics and academia

    (22:29) Right-Wing muckrakers and progressive institutions

    (32:12) Misconceptions about Barack Obama

    (32:50) Mike Solana, Christopher Rufo, and other voices on the Right

    (35:33) Evolution of progressive and conservative labels

    (40:20) American Roots of Wokeness

    (56:53) The Future of Conservatism

    (1:01:41) Wrap



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    31 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 21 minutes 46 seconds
    E60: AI in the Techno-Economic War with China with Vinod Khosla, Todd Young, and Jacob Helberg

    In this episode of Upstream, we're publishing a session recorded live at The Hill & Valley Forum in May 2024 hosted by Jacob Helberg, and featuring Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures, and Senator Todd Young (R-IN). Khosla and Young dive straight into the most pressing national security concerns regarding the threat of AI. In this techno-economic race, the winner will have economic and military control over Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. AI is a technology capable of that much influence is described as being comparable to an atomic bomb. If AI is viewed through the lens of an atomic bomb, should the U.S. be forming a new Manhattan Project? Would you open source the Manhattan Project?


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    TIMESTAMPS

    (00:00) The Urgency of AI in the Techno-Economic War

    (01:13) Exploring AI's Role in Modern Warfare and Global Influence

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    (11:34) The Global AI Supply Chain and National Security Concerns

    (17:23) Open Source vs. Closed Model Debate in AI Development

    (22:26) Closing Remarks

    24 May 2024, 6:57 am
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    E59: Bryan Caplan on Housing Regulation, Fertility, and Crime

    This week on Upstream, Erik sits down with Bryan Caplan to discuss his new book about housing regulation. The conversation touches on political economy, fertility, crime, and more. beehiiv: Head to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "UPSTREAM" for 20% off your first three months.


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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (00:36) Why write "Build, Baby, Build"?

    (01:51) The value of graphic novels

    (05:00) Potential benefits of housing deregulation

    (11:50) Gentrification

    (15:20) Sponsor: Beehiiv

    (16:25) The best case in favor of housing regulation

    (21:40) Fertility rates

    (29:00) The political economy of housing regulation

    (35:59) The mechanics of housing regulation

    (45:51) Challenges of communicating in politics

    (51:22) Economic thought over time

    (56:13) Differences in beliefs between generations

    (58:48) Crime prevention

    (1:03:00) Bryan's next book

    (1:08:05) Wrap

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    17 May 2024, 11:55 am
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    E58: Jonathan Haidt on Finally Fixing Social Media and Picking All the Cherries

    This week on Upstream, Erik sits down with Jonathan Haidt to discuss his book The Anxious generation. The conversation covers the effects of social media on teen mental health, culture, politics, education, and more. beehiiv: Head to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "UPSTREAM" for 20% off your first three months.

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (00:13) Evolution of Jonathan's Work: From Moral Psychology to 'The Anxious Generation'

    (01:14) The Impact of Social Media on Teen Mental Health

    (02:50) Exploring the Tragedy of the Modern Childhood

    (07:29) Addressing the Criticism and Pushback

    (12:08) The Unprecedented Effects of Social Media on Society

    (19:37) Adapting to Technological Changes and the Future of Childhood

    (20:20) The Dire State of Democracy in the Digital Age

    (27:01) How Technology Affects Liberals and Conservatives Differently

    (28:20) Unveiling the Research: The Rise of Anxiety and Depression

    (28:48) Breaking Down the Data: Gender, Politics, and Mental Health

    (30:48) The Protective Power of Religion and Community

    (31:32) Parenting Styles and Moral Values

    (32:07) Challenges for Progressive Organizations and the Democratic Party

    (32:42) Recommendations for a Healthier Childhood in the Digital Age

    (33:50) Addressing the Broader Issues Beyond Smartphones

    (34:35) The Role of Schools in Children's Mental Health

    (36:33) A Call for Intentional Community Building

    (37:34) Navigating the Public Health Crisis with Apolitical Solutions

    (40:41) Engaging with the Tech Industry: Critiques and Clarifications

    (41:01) The Debate on Content Moderation and the Need for Structural Changes

    (56:27) Wrap

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    11 May 2024, 12:56 pm
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