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Johnathan Bi — Girard, Desire, and Modernity (EP.116)

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Release Date: 07/28/2022

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Johnathan Bi started out getting trained in Mathematics, and then eventually went on to study Philosophy and Computer Science at Columbia. He hosts a lecture series on René Girard’s Mimetic Theory and is also a founding member of Lonsdale Investment Technology.

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Show Notes:

  • Becoming pessimistic with age
  • Humiliation always comes back to bite you
  • How Jonathan got introduced to Buddhism and Girard
  • Why Jonathan left academia
  • The driving human emotion
  • Has modernity ignored the “spirit”?
  • Girard’s apocalyptic predictions
  • Wild, wild west of capitalism
  • The mystery with the discovery of the skull
  • What does eugenics say about science?
  • Science becoming dictatorial
  • Buddhism figuring out the inner telescope
  • Physical vs. metaphysical desires
  • Mimesis in asset valuation
  • Price to magic ratio
  • Nietzsche's will of power
  • Is delusion bad?
  • Can internet lead to greater violence?
  • “The Buddhist Solution”
  • Girard—A rescuer of spirit
  • And MUCH more!

Books Mentioned:

  • The Status Game; by Will Storr
  • The Struggle for Recognition; by Axel Honneth
  • Sapiens; by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Science of Storytelling; by Will Storr
  • The Origin of Species; Charles Darwin
  • Untimely Meditations; by Friedrich Nietzsche