00:00:30 Thomas’ experience at Wall Street (including running his own hedge fund and an insider trading investigation while working with Steve Cohen) and why he started his latest firm Hedge Fund Telemetry?
00:18:40 How Thomas selects themes and timeframes for his daily newsletter?
00:24:25 What Thomas thinks of the crypto bubble?
00:35:44 Is deflation or inflation the bigger issue right now? Should low income jobs be made redundant?
00:46:32 What it means to be a hedge fund manager? Should we aspire to become a Hedge Fund managers? How hedge funds prop up nascent ‘strategy managers’?
01:05:02 Why and how should retail investors be exposed to as many financial instruments as possible?
01:08:02 What fund managers does Thomas admire?
01:14:02 What character types does the financial industry attract?
01:29:38 Why are negative (or extremely low) yielding bonds of interest to investors?
01:36:22 Thomas’ secret love for the Grand Tour/ Top Gear shows.
Thomas Thornton is a former portfolio manager, senior trader, and technical analyst with Level Global Investors and Galileo Capital. Thomas is writing a daily investment newsletter at Hedge Fund Telemetry.
Peter Voss is a serial entrepreneur and currently runs aigo.ai. The company implements a ‘Third Wave of AI’ with deep understanding of natural language, have short- and long-term memory, learn interactively, use context, and are able to reason and hold meaningful ongoing conversations.
00:00:23 How Esther got started working on the intersection between mind and body and healthy living?
00:13:32 What impact Ether’s research has on the ability to improve living conditions with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Are we getting to few germs and viruses so that our immune system turns on ourselves?
00:21:11 How stress and our environment impacts our body and mind and how we can model it.
00:28:01 How do we identify environments that makes us calm? Why is a view of nature seen as a ‘paradise’ universally?
00:37:13 How chronic stress impacts us? Why do right amount of stress response is so important to function?
00:40:00 What is the differential between an average performance and a properly stressed (healthy stressed) individual?
00:54:33 How does chronic stress impact life expectancy and ‘chromosomal aging’?
Esther Sternberg, MD, is internationally recognized for her discoveries in brain-immune interactions and the effects of the brain’s stress response on health: the science of the mind-body interaction. Dr. Sternberg is a Professor of Medicine in the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Joe Henrich is a professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University (and formerly a professor of psychology and economics at the University of British Columbia).
He is particularly interested in the question of how humans evolved from “being a relatively unremarkable primate a few million years ago to the most successful species on the globe”, and how culture shaped our species’ genetic evolution.
00:01:20 How Stefan’s journey to 193 countries unfolded.
00:03:31 How ‘Every Passport Stamp’ provided unique advice to cross borders into countries that rarely get any visitors. What are some of the shortcuts to get into countries that make that really hard?
00:23:04 What are we really seeking when we travel?
00:27:13 Stefan’s journey into the Chinese language? What he learned about China and the government?
00:52:33 What is Stefan’s take on slow or fast travel?
00:58:18 Stefan’s list of favorite places and trips?
01:14:48 What Mighty Travels Premium does and where the best departure airports for airfare deals are currently?
Jeff Cornwall is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Belmont University. He also runs the Entrepreneurial Mind blog. He has authored nine books on entrepreneurship and was named the National Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year.
Prabhu Guptara was for many years Executive Director at WOLFSBERG – The Platform for Executive and Business Development (a subsidiary of UBS). Prabhu Guptara specializes in exploring the impact which technology has on business companies as well as on societies around the world.
Jim McNeill is a former scientist and British polar explorer, presenter and keynote speaker and has created the Ice Warrior Project in 2001. The organization gives “ordinary” people the opportunity to become modern-day polar explorers.
Jeff Brickle is Professor of Biblical Studies at Urshan Graduate School of Theology. Jeff focuses primarily on the confluence of Johannine Literature with Ancient Media Culture (orality/aurality, sound mapping, memory arts, literary and book culture, performance, spatiality, intertextuality).
Jim Rutt is the former CEO of Network Solutions. The New York Times once referred to him as “the Internet’s bad boy” due to his reputation for creative mischief. He sold Network Solutions at the peak of the Dot Com boom and then went into scientific research. Jim has been affiliated with the Santa Fe Institute since 2002, serving as Chairman from 2009 thru 2012.
In this episode of the Judgment Call Podcast Yaneer Bar-Yam and I talk about:
00:02:22 What is the science of complex systems? How does it choose the proper layer of abstraction?
00:11:33 What role social media plays in modelling a ‘social collective’?
00:14:47 Why AI is not helpful modelling the pandemic.
00:18:46 Is consciousness just an algorithm? Will it simply emerge if the algorithm is right?
00:22:01 Why humanity faces extinction in pandemics unless it organizes collective behavior according to Yaneer Bar-Yam.
00:22:15 Is COVID a virus that will stick around just like the flu? Is it different than diseases we suffered through over the millenia?
00:30:01 Can we still stop COVID? What would it entail? What role does the vaccine play?
00:34:13 Why we need another (real) and hard lockdown to burn out the virus according to Prof. Bar-Yam.
00:37:12 What is the exit strategy after a lockdown? Why no country has fully opened up yet (incl. travel restrictions).
00:40:00 Why travel bubbles never seem to get started (after being announced).
00:45:23 What we should do when a new virus hits? How we potentially stop any new virus?
Prof. Yaneer Bar-Yam is the President of the New England Complex Systems Institute. His recent work quantitatively analyzes the origins and impacts of market crashes, social unrest, ethnic violence, military conflict and pandemics, the structure and dynamics of social networks, as well as the bases of creativity, panic, evolution and altruism.
He is the author of two books: a textbook Dynamics of Complex Systems, and Making Things Work, which applies complex systems science to solving problems in healthcare, education, systems engineering, international development, and ethnic conflict.
Ric Gazarian is the host of Counting Countries. He is the author of three books: Hit The Road: India, 7000 KM To Go, and Photos From Chernobyl. He is the producer of two travel documentaries: Hit The Road: India and Hit The Road: Cambodia. Ric is also on his own quest to visit every country in the world. You can see where he has traveled so far and keep up with his journey at GlobalGaz.com.
Boris Kester has traveled to all UN-recognized 193 different countries. Boris maintains an amazing collection of trip reports and photos on his website traveladventures.org from his journeys. In his other life Boris works as a Senior Purser at KLM Dutch Airlines.