Aporia Podcast
The Aristocracy of Talent | Adrian Wooldridge
The Aristocracy of Talent | Adrian Wooldridge
We talk about Adrian's latest book, how he contends with hereditarian critiques, Charles Murray, and much more!

Adrian Wooldridge is an author and columnist. He is the Global Business Columnist at Bloomberg Opinion. Adrian was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied modern history and was awarded a fellowship at All Souls College. Before joining Bloomberg, Adrian worked at The Economist for over 20 years. He is the author of several books, including Capitalism in America: A History, co-authored with Alan Greenspan, and, most recently, The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World. You can find him on Twitter here.

Time stamps:

00:00 Introduction & news

03:56 Interview start: definition of meritocracy

05:30 Attacks on meritocracy

11:23 Aristocracy vs. meritocracy

15:30 Meriocracy & genetics

21:39 History & social mobility

24:55 Origin of meritocracy

34:12 Criticism of meritocracy

39:20 How to increase social mobility

48:46 How to deal with group differences and discrimination

59:36 Embryo selection & meritocracy

01:11:55 Closing remarks & Short questions

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