Tyler Cowen got me down the rabbit hole…

saying that he finds Peter Thiel one of the most interesting thinkers of late “For instance, Ross Douthat and Peter Thiel are two of the most interesting thinkers as of late and they are both religious and Christian.  I am also struck by the enduring influence of Rene Girard” https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2021/02/why-will-the-important-thinkers-of-the-future-be-religious-ones.html

Well, I have sort of followed Thiel because of startup, I have been reading “from zero to one” for a couple of years, I like it though I do not progress much in reading it. I try to understand what’s Thiel’s role in coaching Zuck and steering Facebook evolution in recent years, since his endorsement of Trump with the tech world.

So I looked up google for Thiel’s writings and I got here https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23975518

I found this “The education of a libertarian” https://www.cato-unbound.org/2009/04/13/peter-thiel/education-libertarian maybe bad luck but it is a speech about: we were libertarians at uni, could not change much so most of us got into alcohol. The world out there is difficult for us libertarians because of the interests of people on welfare (the poor) and women. So we have 3 alternatives: cyberspace, emigrating to space, living on a ship.” and in an addendum he said “I do not understand, I thought you would have discussed the 3 options, but all of you discussed the thing that women rights are bad for libertarians”

Elesewhere Thiel is always quoted for dissing Michelle Obama for saying she would not want to send her daughters to ivy league unis, but Malia eventually got into yale or something similar. But you can fault Michelle only if you thinks kids don’t get to choose university, mothers do, how liberatarian is that ?

And Thiel followers like that thing he said about Europe, it could go that way, or that other way, but the third way is Sharia law. Well, Tyler, thank you, it was 2009 but still, what a provocative thinker.

Much better going sideways, in hacker news comments they quote a podcast on “the Portal” with Eric Weinstein who happens to be CEO at Thiel fund and also a mathematician who has a unifying theory of particles “The unpublished theory includes a 14-dimensional “observerse” and predictions of more than 150 new subatomic particles, some of which Weinstein believes could account for dark matter.” this is from wikipedia.

well, rabbit hole. I will anyway listen to tyler cowen interviewing him https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_yJTCDU4uE

UPDATE thank you easter bunny, the hole is fine. Sabine Hossenfelder has a guest post on Eric Weinstein, hole worth following 🙂 http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2021/03/guest-post-problems-with-eric.html

UPDATE here Tyler complains about the state of economics, too much study too little creativity and in the end complains too little conservative thinkers in Academia, maybe he could suggest Thiel and then I would agree with the academia choice criteria that left out right the conservatives 🙂 Tyler is always an acute thinker, not so his commenters on the blog, but sometines Tylers comes out as one of his commenters. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-05-24/why-economics-is-failing-us?sref=htOHjx5Y


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