Ben Westhoff — Fentanyl, Inc. (EP.189)
Release Date: 11/16/2023
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of 9 books and over 100 scientific papers. A critic of what he sees as the scientific establishment’s dogmatic dedication to materialism, he is perhaps best known for his theory of “morphic resonance,” via which information and activity can be transferred across space and time. Rupert joins the show to discuss being branded a heretic, how to test for telepathy, his advice for young scientists, and MUCH more! Important Links: ; by Rupert Sheldrake ; by Rupert Sheldrake ; by Rupert Sheldrake ; by Rupert Sheldrake (Journal of Consciousness...info_outline Rob Henderson — Troubled (EP. 203)
Friend-of-the-show Rob Henderson returns to discuss his powerful, moving and important debut book, Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class (published TODAY). We discuss Rob’s experience of the American foster care and adoption system, the life-changing impact of the military, the rise of Luxury Beliefs, the benefits of standardized testing, and MUCH more. Important Links: (Amazon) ; by Rob Henderson (The Boston Globe) ; by Rob Henderson (The Free Press) Show Notes: Foster Care, Adoption & Social Mobility Structural Origins of the Foster System Why Early-Life...info_outline Alec Stapp — Progress is a Policy Choice (EP. 202)
Alec Stapp is the co-founder of the Institute for Progress, a non-partisan innovation policy think tank aiming to “accelerate scientific, technological and industrial progress while safeguarding humanity’s future.” He joins the show to discuss how to achieve change in the age of lobbying, why bipartisanship is underrated, why US immigration policy is so slow-moving and MUCH more! Important Links: Show Notes: Reimagining the Think Tank Progress is a Policy Choice Bipartisanship is Underrated Achieving Progress via Reframing Achieving Change in the Age of Lobbying Moonshot...info_outline Rohit Krishnan — Demystifying AI (EP. 201)
Essayist, tinkerer, and author Rohit Krishnan returns to discuss his book, Building God: Demystifying AI for Decision Makers. Important Links: (Rohit’s Substack) Show Notes: Demystifying AI AI as a Fuzzy Processor Complexity & Determinism The Flash Crash Scenario Regulating AI Open Source, Closed Source & Big Brother Carving Through Bureaucracy Socially Adapting to AI Disruption The Centaur Model Integrated Information Theory & Consciousness Big Tech in the AI Era Are We Running Out of Data? Rohit as Emperor of the World MORE! Books Mentioned: ...info_outline Jim O’Shaughnessy — Turning the Tables (EP. 200)
For this milestone 200th (yes, TWO HUNDREDTH) episode of Infinite Loops, regular guest and Infinite Media head Liberty RPF joins writer & researcher Ed William to turn the tables on Jim O’Shaughnessy. Stay tuned for Jim’s dream podcast guests, his advice to parents, a diabolical spin on his trademark closing question, and MUCH more! Important Links: Infinite Loops Substack Show Notes: Episode One: Tequila With Ramp Capital Taking Inspiration From My Dinner With Andre Would the Show Be Different if Monetized? “I would be doing this if I wasn’t pressing publish” Jim’s...info_outline Lisa Wehden and Minn Kim — America is Open For Business (EP.199)
Lisa Wehden and Minn Kim are the founders of Plymouth Street, which guides talented individuals through the US immigration process. Its aim is to accelerate innovation through faster and more transparent immigration services. Lisa & Minn join the show to discuss the pitfalls of the current system, how Plymouth Street is injecting agency into the immigration process, the importance of storytelling, and MUCH more! Important Links: Show Notes: The Origins of Plymouth Street Problems With the Current US Immigration System Expanding Access to the O-1 Visa High-Skilled Immigration as a...info_outline Alice Albrecht — On Creativity, Connection & Convergence (EP.198)
Alice Albrecht is the founder and CEO of re:collect, a company dedicated to “enhancing human intelligence by augmenting memory, perception, and synthesis utilizing AI.” Alice started her career in psychology and academia, obtaining a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Yale University. She joins the show to discuss how to become more creative, why she believes that nothing is true, how to boost evolution and MUCH more! Important Links: Show Notes: Augmenting Human Creativity Collection Does Not Always Lead to Recollection Using re:collect to Connect Information...info_outline Guy Spier — Wealth, Wisdom & Enlightenment (EP.197)
Guy Spier runs the Aquamarine Fund, an “investment partnership closely modeled on the original Buffet Partnerships.” He is also a podcast host, YouTube creator, author of The Education of a Value Investor and the host of the annual investment gathering VALUEx. He describes his life’s project as “a quest for wealth, wisdom and enlightenment.” Guy joins the show to discuss the differences between Switzerland and the US, how to unlock the British class system, what he learned from Warren Buffett, and MUCH more! Important Links: (YouTube Channel) (YouTube Channel) ...info_outline Jared Dillian — How To Live a Stress-Free Financial Life (EP.196)
Jared Dillian is a writer, strategist, financial expert, public speaker, and author of four books, including No Worries: How To Live a Stress-Free Financial Life (out this month!). He joins us to discuss why you should never loan money to your friends or family, why the FIRE movement is a fast track to a miserable life, the hidden costs of being cheap, and MUCH more! Important Links: Show Notes: From Coast Guard, to Wall Street, to Writer “I am not in the money business—I am in the happy business” The Awesome Portfolio Stop Worrying About Small Financial Decisions...info_outline George Mack — The Game of Life (EP.195)
Writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and master of mental models, George Mack, returns to discuss the top 0.1% of ideas he’s ever come across, from treating life as a video game to spotting high-agency individuals. Important Links: (Rick and Morty) Show Notes: Treating Life as a Video Game Finding the Important Metrics Embrace Momentum; Embrace Constraints How to Spot High Agency People How to Increase Your Agency The Mack Meditation & Silence as Alpha Why Pessimism vs Optimism is the Wrong Debate The Future of Media What is Ignored by the Media but will be Studied by Historians?...info_outline
Ben Westhoff is a best-selling investigative journalist focusing on culture, drugs, and poverty.
Ben’s book Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Created the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic was the culmination of a four-year investigation into the worst drug crisis in American history, an investigation that included Ben making an undercover visit to Chinese drug factories. His latest book, Little Brother: Love, Tragedy, and My Search for Truth tells the story of Ben’s search for his little brother’s killer.
Ben is currently working on a documentary, Antagonist, about naltrexone, an opioid treatment medicine that some have called a “wonder drug.”
Ben joins the show to discuss the failure of the War on Drugs, the role played by Big Pharma, how he speaks to his children about drugs, what most Americans misunderstand about poverty, and MUCH more.
- The Worst Drug Crisis in World History
- How China and Fentanyl Are Connected
- Why Can’t the USA Stop This?
- The Failure of the War on Drugs; Better Solutions
- Vivitrol: a Wonder Drug?
- Finding Better Ways to Care For the Vulnerable
- Free Markets & Big Pharma
- How Ben Speaks to His Children About Drugs
- Innovation & Stigmatization
- How Harm Reduction Can Help
- What Has Happened to San Francisco?
- Could Decriminalization Work?
- Ben’s Hunt For His Little Brother’s Killer
- What Most Americans Misunderstand About Poverty; How Listeners Can Help
- How Ben’s Documentary Can Help
- Ben as Emperor Of The World
- Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Created the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic; by Ben Westhoff
- Little Brother: Love, Tragedy, and My Search for Truth; by Ben Westhoff
- Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap; by Ben Westhoff
- Thank You For Smoking; by Christopher Buckley