Podcasting, Talent & Innovation | Dwarkesh Patel | Episode 147

Dwarkesh Patel is the host of *The Lunar Society* podcast, where he interviews scientists, historians, economists, intellectuals, & founders about their ideas. He also writes about tech, progress, talent, science, and the long-term over at his [Substack](https://www.dwarkeshpatel.com/s/writing).

Dwarkesh has been described as “one of the best young podcasters alive”, and his Substack has been praised by the likes of Jeff Bezos, Paul Graham and Tyler Cowen.

Important Links:

- The Lunar Society - https://www.dwarkeshpatel.com
- Dwarkesh’ Twitter - https://twitter.com/dwarkesh_sp
- The Mystery of the Miracle Year - https://www.dwarkeshpatel.com/p/annus-mirabilis
- Popularizers are intellectual market makers - https://www.dwarkeshpatel.com/p/intellectual-market-makers
- Scouting talent as buying options - https://www.dwarkeshpatel.com/p/talent-as-option

00:00 147. YT
01:05 Main Podcast
02:23 How to become a better podcast: do everything and you will win
10:00 The importance of curiosity
16:02 Disagreement & problem solving
23:03 Code is written for humans
25:43 The difference between podcasting and writing
26:54 Investing in public & private companies; human OS
42:22 Premeditation & decision-making
48:20 Talent and Innovation
51:47 The mystery of the miracle year
58:18 How much innovation is baked into the cake?
01:03:17 How to cultivate young talent
01:08:57 AI & education
01:25:07 Scouting talent as buying options
01:32:45 Effective altruism & virtue signalling
01:50:41 If you do everything, you will win

Books Mentioned
- The Years of Lyndon Johnson; by Robert Caro
- What Works on Wall Street: A Guide to the Best-Performing Investment Strategies of All Time; by Jim O’Shaughnessy
- Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve; by Lenora Chu
- Outliers: The Story of Success; by Malcolm Gladwell
- One Summer: America, 1927; by Bill Bryson
- The Lessons of History; by Will & Ariel Durant
- The Story of Civilization; by Will & Ariel Durant
- Fallen Leaves: Last Words on Life, Love, War, and God; by Will Durant