Thoughts on History

  1. The Information

    Life is the mechanism information uses to reproduce itself.

  2. Collapse

    When civilizations collapse from environmental degradation, it's often because they're unable to reconcile their values with those required for adaptation.

  3. The 48 Laws of Power

    Power is a game of options.

  4. Debt: The First 5,000 Years

    Debt has been transformed from something that ties us together into something that isolates and alienates us.

  5. The House of Medici

    Sometimes, it is better to be influential than powerful.

  6. The History of Rome

    Reflections on a 74-hour podcast about 1,000 years of Roman history.

  7. Timeline of the Far Future

    We are to the timeline of the universe as the blink of an ant’s eye is to the history of our species.

  8. Guns, Germs, and Steel

    Europe's conquest of much of the world was due not to any innate superiority, but rather the region's disproportionate share of the world's grain and domesticable animal species, which supported a larger non-farming class of soldiers and engineers and turned the people themselves into biological weapons.

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