In this episode, Vitalik Buterin sits down with Eric to discuss ethereum, the wider world of crypto and heterodox economics.Taking note of the new development of blockchain in 2010, Eric wrote an essay called “Go Virtual Young Man”. A few years later, a Thiel Fellow named Vitalik created a virtual machine with an idiosyncratic smart contract system and a currency. Ironically, Eric had recently become a Managing Director at Thiel Capital. Perennially circling each other intellectually, the two now sit down in person to discuss economic paradigm shifts, crypto and the future of online sovereignty and social coordination. Wine Access: WineAccess.com/Portal to get $100 off your first purchase of $250 or moreChili Technology: chilitechnology.com/PORTAL Save up to $300 on Chili sleep systems with 25% off the chiliPAD(code: portalchili) or 15% off OOLER (code: portalooler)Phlur: phlur.com/portal to get 20% off your FIRST custom Phlur sample set!Blinkist: blinkist.com/portal try it FREE for 7 days AND save 25% off your newsubscription.
On this episode of The Portal, Eric talks to one of his closest friends, neuroscientist, philosopher and meditation-guru, Sam Harris. When Sam and Eric sit down they generally agree about a large number of things. So in this experiment of a session, Eric attempts to push the relentlessly reasonable and methodical Sam out of his comfort zone to highlight their genuine differences. These include: beliefs on religion, the logic of voting for unreasonable candidates, Jeffrey Epstein's demise, the competence of the press, the ethics of immigration and more. Skillshare: Go to Skillshare.com/PORTAL to start your two months of unlimited access todayBoll and Branch: For a limited time get fifty dollars off when you go to Bollandbranch.com/PORTALFour Sigmatic: FourSigmatic.com/PORTAL and use discount code PORTAL to get a 15% discount on all ordersExpress VPN: Get 3 extra free months when you sign up for a year using Expressvpn.com/PORTAL
Eric sits down with Julie Lindahl, author of "The Pendulum". What happens when an ethnically German girl growing up in Brazil gets curious to finally make sense of her family history to stop the cycle of dysfunction? Julie Lindahl’s new book "The Pendulum" shows us what it can take to find a portal out of inter-generational trauma. Eric welcomes his house-guest Julie Lindahl to tell her extraordinary story on this episode of The Portal. The episode is raw and recorded at home on a hand held device; there will be no video.Four Sigmatic: FourSigmatic.com/PORTAL and use discount code PORTAL to get a 15% discount on all ordersChili Pad chilitechnology.com/portal and use code “PORTALCHILI”
Eric sits down with friend, philosopher, comic, actor and fighter Bryan Callen for a wide ranging conversation on camaraderie, conflict and comedy. Over the course of 2+ hours, the two discuss difficult topics like the holocaust, gender dynamics and the legacy of the enlightenment on the eve of the 2020 presidential election. Bryan and Eric oscillate between levity and intensity as they navigate these hard-to-broach topics. Hilarity and good insights ensue. Four Sigmatic: FourSigmatic.com/PORTAL and use discount code PORTAL to get a 15% discount on all ordersSkillshare: Skillshare.com/PORTAL for 2 months of Skillshare freeExpressVPN: ExpressVPN.com/Portal for 3 months freeWine Access: WineAccess.com/Portal for $150 off
In this episode of the Portal, Eric checks in with his friend Andrew Yang to discuss the meteoric rise of his candidacy; one that represents an insurgency against a complacent political process that the media establishment doggedly tries to maintain. Andrew updates Eric on the state of his campaign and the status of the ideas the two had discussed as its foundation when it began. Eric presents Andrew with his new economic paradigm; moving from an 'is a [worker]' economy to a 'has a [worker]' economy. The two also discuss neurodiverse families as a neglected voting block, the still-strong but squelched-by-the-scientific-establishment STEM community in the US, and the need to talk fearlessly - and as a xenophile - about immigration as a wealth transfer gimmick. Sponsors:Reverse-Sponsor: https://www.drbronner.com/Skillshare: Skillshare.com/PORTAL for 2 months of Skillshare freeBoll and Branch: BollandBranch.com $50 off with promo code: PORTAL No risk, 30 day trial period with free shipping