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Books & Booze

John Leven

Books & Booze
102 min2018 AUG 23
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Guest: Brian Portnoy
Boozes: Noah’s Mill bourbon and Bulleit bourbon
Main topics: Money, meaning, reality vs expectations, investing, and reading (plus recommendations)

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Books mentioned or recommended:
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh
Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus's Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior by James Stockdale
The Obstacle is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert Putnam
Coming Apart: The State of White America by Charles Murray
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

Show Notes:
0:00:00 - Introduction
0:03:22 - Bourbons: Noah’s Mill & Bulleit
0:04:28 - On the Geometry of Wealth
0:07:35 - Money, happiness, and funded contentment vs “being rich”
0:13:43 - The Four C’s: Connection, Control, Competence, and Context
0:21:15 - Gaining competence and learning effectively
0:26:26 - Optionality and symmetry
0:29:17 - Ask not what your civilization can do for you...
0:32:03 - Information overload: Seeking simplicity in investing
0:38:30 - Automated investing vs human discretion
0:41:19 - The current investing environment
0:46:07 - Expectations vs reality in modern capitalism/politics
0:51:40 - “A past that never happened vs a future that will never occur”
0:56:46 - The Portnoy Secret Sauce aka how to help your children succeed in a rapidly changing world.
1:01:56 - On meditation, stoicism, Buddhism, and investing
1:12:34 - On reading in general, authors you read but disagree with, and reading vs writing
1:32:04 - What will Brian write about next?
1:34:04 - What do you always say “yes” to? What do you always say “no” to?
1:36:52 - Destroying your own ideas