The Jim Rutt Show

The Jim Rutt Show

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May 10, 2021 80 min

Samo Burja & Jim continue their conversation about his book, Great Founder Theory. They talk about Samo’s interest in exploring why there’s never been an immortal society, lack of historical Greece documentation, defining functional bureaucracy & delegation, competition pros/cons & dynamics, skill distribution & capitalization, measuring & defining skills over time scales, utilizing & nurturing ambition, wha...

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Tyson Yunkaporta joins Jim for another wide-ranging yarn that starts off with DMT & machine elves. They cover Jim’s misspent youth, police violence, nuance vs Occam’s razor, Tyson’s impressions of GameB & the sensemakers, Tyson’s unpublished Survivance essay, Jim’s recent emu encounter & live intentional ego death, utilizing drugs, selling our souls to social media, … Continue reading Currents 032: Tyson Yunkaporta on S...

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Former Ford CEO, Jim Hackett & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about the history & future of electric cars. They cover Ford & Edison’s first electric car, the current state of the electric cars, understanding scaling & natural systems, business change vs death, the evolution of car models & sizes, all-electric car plausibility, carbon taxes, … Continue reading EP124 Jim Hackett on Ford, Electric Cars & More ?

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Trent Loos talks to Jim about his multi-generational Nebraska-based ranching operation… Trent Loos talks to Jim about his multi-generational Nebraska-based ranching operation. They cover the deep history of the family ranch, types of animals, dealing with predators,  pork production & breeding, the decline in quality of industrial pork, beef production and breeds, grass vs grain-fed … Continue reading Currents 031: Trent Loos o...

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Jamie Wheal talks to Jim about his new book, Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That’s Lost Its Mind… Jamie Wheal talks to Jim about his new book, Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That’s Lost Its Mind. They talk about the world losing its mind & the … Continue reading EP123 Jamie Wheal on Recapturing the Rapture →

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Daniel Schmachtenberger?& Jim talk about his newly launched project,?The Consilience Project… Daniel Schmachtenberger?& Jim talk about his newly launched project,?The Consilience Project. They start by covering some background for the project: why start it, primary focuses, cultural renaissance, the role of education & press, eroding knowledge commons, rapidly changing culture & scales, and learning from … Continue ...

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Ashley Colby & Jim talk about her book, Subsistence Agriculture in the US, moving to Uruguay, starting the Rizoma Field School, and much more… Ashley Colby & Jim start this episode by talking about her book, Subsistence Agriculture in the US: Reconnecting to Work, Nature and Community. They cover Gemeinschaft vs Gesellschaft, Dual Process Theory, bottom-up change, arriving … Continue reading EP122 Ashley Colby on Subsistenc...

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Joanne Goldblum?&?Colleen Shaddox?talk to Jim about their book,?Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty… Joanne Goldblum?&?Colleen Shaddox?talk to Jim about their book,?Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty. They cover the “give a man fish” fallacy, poverty quicksand, two vs one-parent households, nurture vs nature, poverty’s impact on children, poverty definition?& … ...

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James Ehrlich & Jim continue their conversation on ReGen Villages: smart houses & neighborhoods, regulatory hurdles, status/progress, and much more… James Ehrlich & Jim continue their conversation on ReGen Villages. They cover smart houses in dumb neighborhoods, defining smart, what COVID exposed about cities, ReGen Village dynamics & their permacultural core, rural jobs, UBI, rural regulatory challenges, village fu...

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April 5, 2021 75 min

Max Borders & Jim continue their last conversation on his book, After Collapse: The End of America and the Rebirth of Her Ideals… Max Borders & Jim continue their last conversation on his book, After Collapse: The End of America and the Rebirth of Her Ideals. They cover fully automated luxury communism, utilizing traditional economics & markets, Elinor Ostrom’s commons, institutional experimentation, post-scarcity econo...

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Matt Ridley talks to Jim about his latest book, How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom… Matt Ridley talks to Jim about his latest book, How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom. They cover innovation vs invention, improbable order, the value of technological innovation, the importance of the steam engine, innovation as a team sport, … Continue reading EP118 Matt Ridley on How Innovation Works →

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March 23, 2021 114 min

Samo Burja talks to Jim about his book, Great Founder Theory: theories & limits of history, institutions, design vs evolution, declining empires, and much more… Samo Burja talks to Jim about his freely available book, Great Founder Theory. They cover long-lasting societies, theories & limits of history, cultures that prioritize documentation, long-term priorities, institutional organization, social technologies, design … Co...

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Doug Erwin talks to Jim about his book, The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity… Doug Erwin talks to Jim about his book, The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity. They cover the unprecedentedly rapid evolution of life seen during the Cambrian explosion (approx 540 million BCE), archeological dating techniques & accuracy, micro-evolution vs macro-evolution, environmental potential, ...

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Jim talks to Vance Crowe about what led him to work at Monsanto, how he discovered & uses the “Well_Actually” Graph, GameB, VR & much more… In this currents episode, Jim talks to Vance Crowe about what led him to work at Monsanto & the dynamics of its public narrative, how he discovered the “Well_Actually” Graph, limitations of PR firms … Continue reading Currents 029: Vance Crowe on the “Well-Actually” Graph →

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Max Borders with Jim on his new book, After Collapse: The End of America and the Rebirth of Her Ideals: GameB, complexity, climate, wokism… Max Borders talks to Jim about his new book, After Collapse: The End of America and the Rebirth of Her Ideals. They cover the definition of collapse, the potential role of debt in … Continue reading EP115 Max Borders on America’s Collapse →

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John Bunzl talks to Jim about the multi-faceted approach to global cooperation he created, Simpol – The Simultaneous Policy… John Bunzl talks to Jim about his Simpol approach to global cooperation. They cover simultaneous implementation, connections to GameB, feasible viable support, the first-mover disadvantage, regulatory chill, the veto issue, destructive global competition, utilizing competition & cooperation, … Continue re...

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Jim & Simon DeDeo on his recent paper, “From Probability to Consilience: How Explanatory Values Implement Bayesian Reasoning“… In this currents episode, Jim talks to Simon DeDeo about his recently co-authored (with Zachary Wojtowicz) paper, “From Probability to Consilience: How Explanatory Values Implement Bayesian Reasoning“. They cover its connection to AI & human development, description vs power in explanation, … Contin...

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February 22, 2021 93 min

Zak Stein & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about the history & dynamics of hierarchical complexity & human development… Zak Stein & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about hierarchical complexity: its history, horizontal vs vertical development, the chunking property in development, emergence & evolution, success vs understanding, child development, the development advantage of youth, representational … Continue readin...

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Charles Hoskinson & Jim on blockchain history, his history with the Ethereum project & what led him to found Cardano, a 3rd gen project, and much more… In this currents episode, Charles Hoskinson talks with Jim about the history of blockchain projects, his history with the Ethereum project and what led him to found Cardano, a … Continue reading Currents 027: Charles Hoskinson on Cardano Blockchain Project →

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Annie Duke & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about how key themes in her last two books lead to making better bets & decisions… Annie Duke & Jim talk about some of the key themes in her last two books. They cover how she became a championship level poker player, the deep differences between poker … Continue reading EP112 Annie Duke on Bets & Better Decisions →

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