May 13 • 1HR 34M

'What an interesting question!' | Bryan Caplan

Caplan on pronatalism, advice to young men, the sexual revolution and more!

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Bryan Caplan is Professor of Economics at George Mason University, and the New York Times Bestselling author of The Myth of the Rational Voter, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, The Case Against Education, Open Borders, and Labor Econ Versus the World.

In this podcast, Diana speaks with Bryan about many topics (timestamps below), but centres the conversation around his book Don’t Be a Feminist: Essays on Genuine Justice.

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0:00 Intro

2:13 Why Brian wrote about feminism

6:05 Does Brian smuggle in preference utilitarianism? 

9:54 Brian responds to a logician’s critiques

16:45 What about other countries where women are treated badly?

18:05 Himpathy & Jonny Depp

21:45 Are women being brainwashed?

26:40 Sex differences in suffering 

31:00 Status quo bias 

34:15 Pronatalism

45:00 Embryo selection & utilitarianism 

55:15 Parenthood and happiness

1:02:40 Sexual norms and the sexual revolution

1:26:58 What would Brian write for his sons?

1:30:20 Bonus questions preview

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