Guests have included short sellers, soldiers, moral philosophers, billionaire investors, former prime ministers, former ice addicts, astronomers, investigative journalists, ex-central bank chiefs, evolutionary biologists, comedians, and Nobel Prize-winning economists and physicists. The one thing they have in common is contrarianism.
True contrarianism means two things. First, it isn’t about reflexively stamping a minus sign in front of the consensus. Sometimes mainstream thinking is correct (i.e. the wisdom of crowds), and sometimes it is incorrect (i.e. the madness of crowds). A true contrarian is capable of telling the difference. In that sense, she is uncorrelated to the crowd.
Second, contrarianism is not so much about finding an idea as it is about holding onto one. A contrarian idea is like a ball of hot gold that must be juggled and nursed and borne to a safe place. Courage is (much) rarer than genius.
And so the other goal of this podcast is to introduce you to some first-class heterodox thinkers — and to give you the tools and the temerity to follow in their footsteps. Thinking for yourself is hard, full of doubt and missteps and ridicule, but it’s where progress begins.