Brian Klaas | How To Think About The Infinite Future Of Possibilities – Flukes, Chance, Randomness & Nassim Taleb

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Brian Klaas | The Curious Worldview Podcast #162

Brian Klaas is an associate professor in global politics at University College London, author of several books, host of a really good podcast, creator of a huge substack and someone who has created a life for himself for which I wish to emulate many parts…

We recorded this in person!… (I spoke a bit about behind the scenes of recording this one in a recent post on my newsletter) Brian and I sat down together in his Winchester kitchen and spoke about randomness, chance, Nassim Taleb, Flukes and why all these things are worth thinking about…

If you like Taleb, then Brian’s new book, Fluke which just came out… is right up your alley. Brian’s research is wonderful.

You’re knocked over the head again and again with truly uenbelievable stories of chance which reinforce the central idea that although we wish it were otherwise, life must be lived forwards but it will only be understandable when looking back… 

Timestamps For Brian Klaas

  • 00:00 – Who Is Brian Klaas?
  • 01:00 – Life Can Be Understood Backwards, But It Must Be Lived Forwards.
  • 11:55 – Does Brian Feel Like He Has More Or Less Agency?
  • 20:51 – Taleb’s Blindfold Metaphor & The Problems Of Prediction.
  • 35:20 – How Nassim Taleb Effected Brian’s Worldview.
  • 44:55 – Why Experimentation Is Wise.
  • 50:55 – Why The Minority Rule Is Relevant To Politics.
  • 53:20 – Extremistan V Mediocristan
  • 1:03:00 – The Idea Of Lock-In.
  • 1:07:30 – Serendipity In Brian’s Life & The Media Landscape In The Next 20 Years.
  • 1:22:00 – Brian’s Favourite Authors.
  • 1:24:30 – An Ode To Madagascar & Explanation OF Geographical Determinism.
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