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Eric Weinstein

Host of The Portal
Eric Ross Weinstein is an American economist, writer and managing director of Thiel Capital, Peter Thiel's investment firm, he writes on investments, capitalism, science and mathematics.
Recent episodes featuring Eric Weinstein
12: Vitalik Buterin - The Ethereal Prince and His Virtual Machine
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: to get $100 off your first purchase of $250 or moreChili Technology: Save up to $300 on Chili sleep systems with 25% off the chiliPAD(code: portalchili) or 15% off OOLER (code: portalooler)Phlur: to get 20% off your FIRST custom Phlur sample set!Blinkist: try it FREE for 7 days AND save 25% off your newsubscription.
11: Sam Harris - Fighting with Friends
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 to start your two months of unlimited access todayBoll and Branch: For a limited time get fifty dollars off when you go to Sigmatic: 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
10: Julie Lindahl: Shaking the poisoned fruit of shame out of the family tree
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: and use discount code PORTAL to get a 15% discount on all ordersChili Pad and use code “PORTALCHILI”
9: Bryan Callen - Cracking Wise
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: and use discount code PORTAL to get a 15% discount on all ordersSkillshare: for 2 months of Skillshare freeExpressVPN: for 3 months freeWine Access: for $150 off
8: Andrew Yang - The Dangerously Different Candidate The Media Wants You To Ignore
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: for 2 months of Skillshare freeBoll and Branch: $50 off with promo code: PORTAL No risk, 30 day trial period with free shipping
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