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The Portal Podcast #014: London Tsai – The Reclusive Dean of The New Escherians

What happened to the Mathematical and Scientific art movement after MC Escher? It went underground.  In this episode of the Portal, Eric begins tracking down the leaders of this hidden movement; one that is smuggling higher level science into transcendent art forms. Eric had to coax one the movement’s foremost members, London Tsai, to come out […]

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The Portal Podcast #013: Garry Kasparov – Avoiding Zugzwang in AI and Politics

In this cordially combative episode, Eric sits down with Russian chess legend, multiple-year champion and (inarguably) one of the greatest players of all time, Garry Kasparov. The two discuss transcending AI-induced demotivation, AI brilliancy (and lack thereof), the perilous time for global democracy in Russia, America and globally and Garry’s penchant for risking his life […]

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The Portal Podcast #012: Vitalik Buterin – The Ethereal Prince and His Virtual MachineThe Portal Podcast Ep 0

In this episode, Vitalik Buterin sits down with Eric to discuss ethereum, the wider world of crypto and heterodox economics. Taking note of the new development of blockchain in 2010, Eric wrote an essay called “Go Virtual Young Man”. A few years later, a Thiel Fellow named Vitalik created a virtual machine with an idiosyncratic […]

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The Portal Podcast #011: Sam Harris – Fighting with Friends

On this episode of The Portal, Eric talks to one of his closest friends, neuroscientist, philosopher and meditation-guru, Sam Harris. When Sam and Eric sit down they generally agree about a large number of things. So in this experiment of a session, Eric attempts to push the relentlessly reasonable and methodical Sam out of his […]