Yaron Brook Interviews The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley, on How Innovation Works

Yaron Brook has a wonderful interview with Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, on the subject of Ridley’s forthcoming book, How Innovation Works.

You’ll hear amazing gems like this:

LED lighting would be another example of something that’s come in within the last 10 years — unpredicted, unheralded — the result of an innovation by a Japanese professor 20-30 years ago. But now we can get white or tunable light out of LEDs; uses far less electricity than the preceding technologies …. is yet another step in the incredible decline of the cost of lighting. That’s my favorite example of rational optimism. You basically have to work for a third of a second these days on the average wage to earn an hour of light. Well back in 1800 you had to work for six hours to earn that much light from a candle on the average wage. That’s the sort of improvement we’ve seen in technologies over the last couple of centuries.

Objectivism’s Approach to Happiness (12 videos)

Onkar Ghate and Tara Smith join Dave Rubin to discuss the virtue of selfishness. This is the first in a series looking at Objectivism’s approach to Happiness.

The full list of topics covered in Objectivism on Happiness (Rubin Report episode list):

  1. Why Is Selfishness a Virtue?
  2. Do We Have Free Will?
  3. Tribalism vs. Enlightenment Culture
  4. Creating a Life Worth Living
  5. Grounding Morality in Facts
  6. Taking Your Happiness Seriously
  7. How to Fill Your Life with Meaning
  8. Truth, Objectivity and Self-Interest
  9. Why Ayn Rand Matters
  10. The Psychology of Happiness
  11. A Philosophy of Success
  12. Making Sense of Today’s Political Culture

You can view a playlist with all the videos.