“Never has there been a better time to be alive in human history.” So claims the opening line of this podcast.
Guest Jason Crawford delivers an overwhelming case to back it up–which is his business. As a writer on the history of technology and industry, his expertise and encyclopedic ability to highlight example after example of real-world progress in the past centuries, decades, and years will stun you. As a thinker and writer on the philosophy of human progress, he helps reinforce Matthew’s desperate calls to look, see, and appreciate how good we’ve all got it.
You may also learn about Jason’s promising new Progress Studies for Young Scholars program, the importance of funding in the realization of progress, and of evaluating various funding models to ensure optimal allocation of resources. On this last, hear Jason defend his bold claim that: “Anything that can be for-profit ought to be.”
In all, this is a rich interview that you might want to listen to a few times over. After hearing the impressive and gracious Jason Crawford, we are all defied to wish that we were alive at any other time.
Links to Jason’s work:
Website, The Roots of Progress: https://rootsofprogress.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasoncrawford Progress Studies for Young Scholars program: https://progressstudies.school/
Three articles on the importance of funding models: https://rootsofprogress.org/organizational-metabolism-and-the-for-profit-advantage https://rootsofprogress.org/funding-models-for-science-and-innovation https://rootsofprogress.org/funding-models-and-progress
Epic Twitter thread with NYT writer: https://twitter.com/jasoncrawford/status/1230974962925572096
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