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Eric Weinstein

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The Portal is an exploration into discovery, including conversations with thought leaders. Host Eric Weinstein, Managing Director of Thiel Capital, brings his unique expertise and diverse roster of guests for a wide range of discussions, including science, culture, business, and capitalism. The show will feature people whose lives demonstrate that portals into what we would normally consider impossible, are indeed possible.  Guests include presidential candidate Andrew Yang, NY Times bestselling author Sam Harris, and retired Navy Seal and creator of the hit business podcast Jocko Willink.

Latest Episodes

39: Admission To Sugar Baby U.

EOne of the pillars of the American Dream has been that of seeing your children go to college. And, for the many families that can't afford the cost of soaring university tuitions, a new controversial institution has arisen to address the problem. That institution is Sugar Baby University, a tuition assistancecampaign that attempts to allow attractive young women, and a smaller number of handsome young men, find generous older men to date in the quest to complete a new version of the American Dream by graduating debt free inan era which has made it all but impossible to discharge student debt even in personal bankruptcy since 2005. This year, Sugar Baby University is 'graduating' it's fifth class withthousands ofalumni in itsnetwork thatstretches from coast tocoast and includes institutions of highereducation from localcommunity colleges to research universities and ivy league colleges. If you know many young graduates, the chances have been increasing that one of them has quietly matriculated in response to the crisis of crushing debt payments. Yet despite widespreadawareness of the program on campuses by students and financial aid advisors via word of mouth, the world of Universities and mainstream media news outlets have tacitly given their approval to the campaign by remaining strangely silent as tuitions have continued to climb an unbelievable average of 8-9% per year. In this episode we do not pass judgement on Sugar Baby University, it's parent company 'Seeking Arrangement' or it's spokesperson Kimberly De La Cruz, who is our guest. Rather, we celebrate their openness to discuss the situation, and question, instead, the universities, politicians, media, and the lending industry, who have quietly created the desperate need for this program which they do not openly discuss and prefer not to address at all. We also note that Kimberly is approximately 15 years from the date she took on her own student loans which leaves her still approximately $50,000.00 in debt. We have asked her to start a GoFundMe campaign so that we could make a contribution of $1000 dollars to let her know that we appreciate her honesty in being willing to talk openly about the terrible crisis on which her very business and livelihood now depends. I ask my listeners, who can easily afford it, to simply donate $10 dollars as a simple show of appreciation and solidarity with a woman who I have no doubt would, if it were possible with the wave of a wand, put her own company out of business by making attending college the beginning of a new American Dream, rather than the start of a familiar financial nightmare. If $10.00 is too much, pledge the minimum you can just to send a message of solidarity. The show now gets hundreds of thousands of listens per episode. A small number of contributions will go a long way. Lastly: She's not the one asking for this. I am. And thank you. https://www.gofundme.com/f/em369-no-more-student-loans Thank you to our Sponsors Pitney Bowes: FREE 30-day trial PLUS a FREE 10-pound scale to get started at pb.com/PORTAL Skillshare: 2 free months of Premium Membership at Skillshare.com/PORTAL Four Sigmatic: receive 15% off your order at Foursigmatic.com/PORTAL Blinkist: start your FREE 7 day trial AND get 25% off a Premium Membership and up to 65% off audiobooks https://blinkist.com/portal

111 MIN5 d ago
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39: Admission To Sugar Baby U.

38: Mass Media, Markets, and Human Malware: A Portal Q&A

EWith this release, we try something a little different on The Portal. We begin an initiative to search for ways to feature members of the vibrant Portal sub-communities as part of the podcast itself, by requesting that listeners send in their questions around the prompt: “Mass media, markets, and human malware.” The questions that came in were interesting and enlightening, and we hope that you may find the answers similarly useful. We look forward to hearing your feedback on this new format as we continue to expand and experiment on The Portal. Hope you enjoy this episode. Thanks To Our Sponsors Blinkist: Get 25% off a Premium Membership and a 7-day free trial Blinkist.com/PORTAL Boll and Branch: Get FIFTY DOLLARS OFF any sheet set at Bollandbranch.com Code PORTAL ExpressVPN: Get an extra 3 months FREE on a one-year package ExpressVPN.com/PORTAL Athletic Greens: 20 FREE travel packs valued at $79 with your first purchase AthleticGreens.com/PORTAL

57 MIN3 w ago
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38: Mass Media, Markets, and Human Malware: A Portal Q&A

37: Andrew Marantz - Surfing the Wake of The Woke

New Yorker writer and book author Andrew Marantz and Eric became friends shortly before the 2016 election when Andrew set off to write the first profile of Eric and Geometric Unity, his theory of Physics. Coming from similar ethnic and politically progressive backgrounds they found plenty of common cause. With the rise of Trump, they then found themselves in subtly different places with Andrew more directly concerned with the rise of the Alt-right and Eric convinced that the Alt-right was likely a response to the transformation of the Democratic Party begun under Bill Clinton into a serious threat to Nationalunity. In this conversation from November of 2019 in New York City, they discuss Andrew's theories of the rise of the alt-right and internet trolling as well as the research from his 2019 book Antisocial:Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation. They also explore the contradictions between traditional and woke versions of progressivism a...

192 MINJUL 1
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37: Andrew Marantz - Surfing the Wake of The Woke

36: Dark Matter, Black Matters and All That Jazz

Stephon Alexander is a first class jazz musician as well as a first rate physicist and a professor at Brown University. As the New President of the National Society of Black Physicists, Eric sits down with Stephon over a good deal of wine to discuss particles, politics, blackness and STEM, and other matters as they look back on the last decade of their friendship and their sprawling discussions across music, politics, mathematics, physics and beyond. Thank You to Our Sponsors: Athletic Greens: atlethicgreens.com/PORTAL Boll and Branch: bollandbranch.com promo code PORTAL Skillshare: skillshare.com/PORTAL Four Sigmatic: foursigmatic.com/PORTAL

191 MINJUN 12
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36: Dark Matter, Black Matters and All That Jazz

35: Balaji Srinivasan - The Heretic & The Virus

Investor BalajiSrinivasan is a highly original thinker in Silicon Valley on Biotech to Blockchain and everything in between. Most recently, he was quite early in warning us about the Corona virusand was ridiculed for his efforts by many in the world of institutional sense-making. That is before people realized he was not wrong, but simply early. In this episode Eric talks to Balaji on the topic of what it was like to see the future before it arrived and what his crystal ball suggests about what is likely to happen next. As Balaji understands our world, the Corona viruspresents a complex set of challenges that will strongly discriminate between those who can pass it's tests and those who will fail them. He sees this resulting in functional Green Zones which will become dominant in the future and Red Zones which will be characterized by dysfunctionalresponses. Presumably this new divide will then be expected to take over from the "North-South" divide between industrialized and develop...

200 MINMAY 22
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35: Balaji Srinivasan - The Heretic & The Virus

34: Zev Weinstein - On Parenting, Boys & Generation Z

This is the first episode of The Portal which was 100% recorded at home, during quarantine, under social isolation. The guest is none other than my own son Zev Weinstein and the recording was timed to straddle his midnight transition from being 14 into being 15 years old. Zev is currently a 9th grader who occasionally posts to his YouTube Channel GenerationZ (https://www.youtube.com/c/GenerationZW) and his Twitter Account@Zev__Weinstein (https://twitter.com/Zev__Weinstein). In this episode, we sit down to discuss history, poetry, COVID19, jewish humor and other issues, as well as the three questions I am frequently asked about on the topic of parenting: A) What is the proper approach to parenting a child whose learning differences are significant? B) Do you have any novel approaches to parenting? C) What is the best way to parent young boys in a world that cannot find a shared positive visionof masculinity worth celebrating? Rather than attempt to answer these questions entirely on my own, I thought it would make sense to bring Zev onto The Portal to discuss them with me in his own distinct voice. I hope you will enjoy this episode in the spirit with which it was recorded, and that you will encourage Zev to speak on issues of Generation Z. They are already quite well equipped to discuss how they view the generations above them in handling the world, whose stewardship they will soon inherit. Thank You to Our Sponsors: Express VPN:Expressvpn.com/portal Pitney Bowes: pb.com/PORTAL Skillshare: Skillshare.com/PORTAL Mack Weldon: mackweldon.com PROMO CODE: portal

114 MINMAY 14
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34: Zev Weinstein - On Parenting, Boys & Generation Z

33: Josh Wolfe - The Mind Financing The Future

Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital is a leading mind in the current wave of venture capitalists making waves.While aware of each other for some time, in this episode Josh sits down with Eric for their first meeting. Together the two explore various topics from comparing notes on their encounters with Jim Watson of DNA fame, to talking about what society gets wrong and how to see that as a source of opportunity. It is frequently asked what makes a great venture capitalist. This conversation reveals that it is likely not one thing but a combination of rigor, breath, flexibility of mind, openness, self-skepticism and mental courage to take on the unknown. That is because the myriad concerns that arise in any early stage attempt to grab the future by the tail from only the information available to us in the present will easily overwhelm those with narrow specializations. As the conversation takes many twists and turns, Josh's flexibility is put to the test as he freely doles out numerous wise ob...

102 MINMAY 4
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33: Josh Wolfe - The Mind Financing The Future

32: J. D. Vance - American Dreams and Nightmares

It is said that there is not one American dream but many, and few have lived more than JD Vance. Growing up in Appalachia on the border between poverty and the lower working class, JD knew economic fear first hand as well as the cultural devastationof the region's post-coal era.Working his way up, he joined the elite US Marine Corps and entered Yale University to attend the countries most exclusive Law School. Not content to stop there, he found his way to Venture Capital in San Francisco while marrying into a multicultural relationship with a wife of Indian descent, herself supercharged with a dynamism informed by the classic immigrant experience. So it was something of a surprise when JD became a national best selling author with his book Hillbilly Elegy which poignantly tells the tale of growing up in a family under pressure rocked by one of the most difficult economic experiences to be found anywhere in the United states. Eric and JD sit down to discuss the history of coal and p...

138 MINAPR 30
Comments
32: J. D. Vance - American Dreams and Nightmares

31: Ryan Holiday - Conspiracy, Manipulation & other Pastimes

ERyan Holiday is a master manipulator with a cool head, and keen eye for social observation and a big heart. Eric sits down with the Author of "Conspiracy" and tries to get a self-confessed former manipulator and one of the top emerging millennial social analysts to tell us how he unweaves society's artifices to see what is really driving our current moment across many areas. Ryan is a unique voice who uses stoicism to remain intellectually detached but without seemingly succuming to emotional or moral disinterest in the issues of our day. With a backgroundin marketing and media. he has gone beyond mere vice signaling to try to help people see how open they are to having their own media and digital habits weaponized against them. In some ways, one could say that he has migrated from grey-hat mind hacker to a white hat analyst and conversationalist helping us to better understand ourselves using ancient wisdom in a modern moment. This interview was recorded slightly before the quarant...

146 MINAPR 24
Comments
31: Ryan Holiday - Conspiracy, Manipulation & other Pastimes

30: Ross Douthat - The Rave Before the Fall

EJust before the great indooring due to the Pandemic of 2020, Eric sat down with conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat to discuss his book "The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success." Over champagne flutes filled with bubbly, the two discussed the various ways that the success and excesses of American Capitalism were now distorting the American Dream into a dystopian fever vision, making it far harder to wake up from this stasis in time to avoid the previous fates of fallen empires. Thank You to Our Sponsors: Pitney Bowes: pb.com/portal Wine Access: wineaccess.com/portal Skillshare: skillshare.com/portal Mack Weldon: mackweldon.com and enter promo code PORTAL

157 MINAPR 17
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30: Ross Douthat - The Rave Before the Fall

Latest Episodes

39: Admission To Sugar Baby U.

EOne of the pillars of the American Dream has been that of seeing your children go to college. And, for the many families that can't afford the cost of soaring university tuitions, a new controversial institution has arisen to address the problem. That institution is Sugar Baby University, a tuition assistancecampaign that attempts to allow attractive young women, and a smaller number of handsome young men, find generous older men to date in the quest to complete a new version of the American Dream by graduating debt free inan era which has made it all but impossible to discharge student debt even in personal bankruptcy since 2005. This year, Sugar Baby University is 'graduating' it's fifth class withthousands ofalumni in itsnetwork thatstretches from coast tocoast and includes institutions of highereducation from localcommunity colleges to research universities and ivy league colleges. If you know many young graduates, the chances have been increasing that one of them has quietly matriculated in response to the crisis of crushing debt payments. Yet despite widespreadawareness of the program on campuses by students and financial aid advisors via word of mouth, the world of Universities and mainstream media news outlets have tacitly given their approval to the campaign by remaining strangely silent as tuitions have continued to climb an unbelievable average of 8-9% per year. In this episode we do not pass judgement on Sugar Baby University, it's parent company 'Seeking Arrangement' or it's spokesperson Kimberly De La Cruz, who is our guest. Rather, we celebrate their openness to discuss the situation, and question, instead, the universities, politicians, media, and the lending industry, who have quietly created the desperate need for this program which they do not openly discuss and prefer not to address at all. We also note that Kimberly is approximately 15 years from the date she took on her own student loans which leaves her still approximately $50,000.00 in debt. We have asked her to start a GoFundMe campaign so that we could make a contribution of $1000 dollars to let her know that we appreciate her honesty in being willing to talk openly about the terrible crisis on which her very business and livelihood now depends. I ask my listeners, who can easily afford it, to simply donate $10 dollars as a simple show of appreciation and solidarity with a woman who I have no doubt would, if it were possible with the wave of a wand, put her own company out of business by making attending college the beginning of a new American Dream, rather than the start of a familiar financial nightmare. If $10.00 is too much, pledge the minimum you can just to send a message of solidarity. The show now gets hundreds of thousands of listens per episode. A small number of contributions will go a long way. Lastly: She's not the one asking for this. I am. And thank you. https://www.gofundme.com/f/em369-no-more-student-loans Thank you to our Sponsors Pitney Bowes: FREE 30-day trial PLUS a FREE 10-pound scale to get started at pb.com/PORTAL Skillshare: 2 free months of Premium Membership at Skillshare.com/PORTAL Four Sigmatic: receive 15% off your order at Foursigmatic.com/PORTAL Blinkist: start your FREE 7 day trial AND get 25% off a Premium Membership and up to 65% off audiobooks https://blinkist.com/portal

111 MIN5 d ago
Comments
39: Admission To Sugar Baby U.

38: Mass Media, Markets, and Human Malware: A Portal Q&A

EWith this release, we try something a little different on The Portal. We begin an initiative to search for ways to feature members of the vibrant Portal sub-communities as part of the podcast itself, by requesting that listeners send in their questions around the prompt: “Mass media, markets, and human malware.” The questions that came in were interesting and enlightening, and we hope that you may find the answers similarly useful. We look forward to hearing your feedback on this new format as we continue to expand and experiment on The Portal. Hope you enjoy this episode. Thanks To Our Sponsors Blinkist: Get 25% off a Premium Membership and a 7-day free trial Blinkist.com/PORTAL Boll and Branch: Get FIFTY DOLLARS OFF any sheet set at Bollandbranch.com Code PORTAL ExpressVPN: Get an extra 3 months FREE on a one-year package ExpressVPN.com/PORTAL Athletic Greens: 20 FREE travel packs valued at $79 with your first purchase AthleticGreens.com/PORTAL

57 MIN3 w ago
Comments
38: Mass Media, Markets, and Human Malware: A Portal Q&A

37: Andrew Marantz - Surfing the Wake of The Woke

New Yorker writer and book author Andrew Marantz and Eric became friends shortly before the 2016 election when Andrew set off to write the first profile of Eric and Geometric Unity, his theory of Physics. Coming from similar ethnic and politically progressive backgrounds they found plenty of common cause. With the rise of Trump, they then found themselves in subtly different places with Andrew more directly concerned with the rise of the Alt-right and Eric convinced that the Alt-right was likely a response to the transformation of the Democratic Party begun under Bill Clinton into a serious threat to Nationalunity. In this conversation from November of 2019 in New York City, they discuss Andrew's theories of the rise of the alt-right and internet trolling as well as the research from his 2019 book Antisocial:Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation. They also explore the contradictions between traditional and woke versions of progressivism a...

192 MINJUL 1
Comments
37: Andrew Marantz - Surfing the Wake of The Woke

36: Dark Matter, Black Matters and All That Jazz

Stephon Alexander is a first class jazz musician as well as a first rate physicist and a professor at Brown University. As the New President of the National Society of Black Physicists, Eric sits down with Stephon over a good deal of wine to discuss particles, politics, blackness and STEM, and other matters as they look back on the last decade of their friendship and their sprawling discussions across music, politics, mathematics, physics and beyond. Thank You to Our Sponsors: Athletic Greens: atlethicgreens.com/PORTAL Boll and Branch: bollandbranch.com promo code PORTAL Skillshare: skillshare.com/PORTAL Four Sigmatic: foursigmatic.com/PORTAL

191 MINJUN 12
Comments
36: Dark Matter, Black Matters and All That Jazz

35: Balaji Srinivasan - The Heretic & The Virus

Investor BalajiSrinivasan is a highly original thinker in Silicon Valley on Biotech to Blockchain and everything in between. Most recently, he was quite early in warning us about the Corona virusand was ridiculed for his efforts by many in the world of institutional sense-making. That is before people realized he was not wrong, but simply early. In this episode Eric talks to Balaji on the topic of what it was like to see the future before it arrived and what his crystal ball suggests about what is likely to happen next. As Balaji understands our world, the Corona viruspresents a complex set of challenges that will strongly discriminate between those who can pass it's tests and those who will fail them. He sees this resulting in functional Green Zones which will become dominant in the future and Red Zones which will be characterized by dysfunctionalresponses. Presumably this new divide will then be expected to take over from the "North-South" divide between industrialized and develop...

200 MINMAY 22
Comments
35: Balaji Srinivasan - The Heretic & The Virus

34: Zev Weinstein - On Parenting, Boys & Generation Z

This is the first episode of The Portal which was 100% recorded at home, during quarantine, under social isolation. The guest is none other than my own son Zev Weinstein and the recording was timed to straddle his midnight transition from being 14 into being 15 years old. Zev is currently a 9th grader who occasionally posts to his YouTube Channel GenerationZ (https://www.youtube.com/c/GenerationZW) and his Twitter Account@Zev__Weinstein (https://twitter.com/Zev__Weinstein). In this episode, we sit down to discuss history, poetry, COVID19, jewish humor and other issues, as well as the three questions I am frequently asked about on the topic of parenting: A) What is the proper approach to parenting a child whose learning differences are significant? B) Do you have any novel approaches to parenting? C) What is the best way to parent young boys in a world that cannot find a shared positive visionof masculinity worth celebrating? Rather than attempt to answer these questions entirely on my own, I thought it would make sense to bring Zev onto The Portal to discuss them with me in his own distinct voice. I hope you will enjoy this episode in the spirit with which it was recorded, and that you will encourage Zev to speak on issues of Generation Z. They are already quite well equipped to discuss how they view the generations above them in handling the world, whose stewardship they will soon inherit. Thank You to Our Sponsors: Express VPN:Expressvpn.com/portal Pitney Bowes: pb.com/PORTAL Skillshare: Skillshare.com/PORTAL Mack Weldon: mackweldon.com PROMO CODE: portal

114 MINMAY 14
Comments
34: Zev Weinstein - On Parenting, Boys & Generation Z

33: Josh Wolfe - The Mind Financing The Future

Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital is a leading mind in the current wave of venture capitalists making waves.While aware of each other for some time, in this episode Josh sits down with Eric for their first meeting. Together the two explore various topics from comparing notes on their encounters with Jim Watson of DNA fame, to talking about what society gets wrong and how to see that as a source of opportunity. It is frequently asked what makes a great venture capitalist. This conversation reveals that it is likely not one thing but a combination of rigor, breath, flexibility of mind, openness, self-skepticism and mental courage to take on the unknown. That is because the myriad concerns that arise in any early stage attempt to grab the future by the tail from only the information available to us in the present will easily overwhelm those with narrow specializations. As the conversation takes many twists and turns, Josh's flexibility is put to the test as he freely doles out numerous wise ob...

102 MINMAY 4
Comments
33: Josh Wolfe - The Mind Financing The Future

32: J. D. Vance - American Dreams and Nightmares

It is said that there is not one American dream but many, and few have lived more than JD Vance. Growing up in Appalachia on the border between poverty and the lower working class, JD knew economic fear first hand as well as the cultural devastationof the region's post-coal era.Working his way up, he joined the elite US Marine Corps and entered Yale University to attend the countries most exclusive Law School. Not content to stop there, he found his way to Venture Capital in San Francisco while marrying into a multicultural relationship with a wife of Indian descent, herself supercharged with a dynamism informed by the classic immigrant experience. So it was something of a surprise when JD became a national best selling author with his book Hillbilly Elegy which poignantly tells the tale of growing up in a family under pressure rocked by one of the most difficult economic experiences to be found anywhere in the United states. Eric and JD sit down to discuss the history of coal and p...

138 MINAPR 30
Comments
32: J. D. Vance - American Dreams and Nightmares

31: Ryan Holiday - Conspiracy, Manipulation & other Pastimes

ERyan Holiday is a master manipulator with a cool head, and keen eye for social observation and a big heart. Eric sits down with the Author of "Conspiracy" and tries to get a self-confessed former manipulator and one of the top emerging millennial social analysts to tell us how he unweaves society's artifices to see what is really driving our current moment across many areas. Ryan is a unique voice who uses stoicism to remain intellectually detached but without seemingly succuming to emotional or moral disinterest in the issues of our day. With a backgroundin marketing and media. he has gone beyond mere vice signaling to try to help people see how open they are to having their own media and digital habits weaponized against them. In some ways, one could say that he has migrated from grey-hat mind hacker to a white hat analyst and conversationalist helping us to better understand ourselves using ancient wisdom in a modern moment. This interview was recorded slightly before the quarant...

146 MINAPR 24
Comments
31: Ryan Holiday - Conspiracy, Manipulation & other Pastimes

30: Ross Douthat - The Rave Before the Fall

EJust before the great indooring due to the Pandemic of 2020, Eric sat down with conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat to discuss his book "The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success." Over champagne flutes filled with bubbly, the two discussed the various ways that the success and excesses of American Capitalism were now distorting the American Dream into a dystopian fever vision, making it far harder to wake up from this stasis in time to avoid the previous fates of fallen empires. Thank You to Our Sponsors: Pitney Bowes: pb.com/portal Wine Access: wineaccess.com/portal Skillshare: skillshare.com/portal Mack Weldon: mackweldon.com and enter promo code PORTAL

157 MINAPR 17
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30: Ross Douthat - The Rave Before the Fall

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