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Malcolm Collins is a neuroscientist-turned-entrepreneur-turned-VC-turned-education innovator. Along with his wife Simone, he is one of Amazon's top 100 best-selling non-fiction writers.
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2:46 Malcolm explains why he and his wife did embryo selection
7:18 Do people realize what they’re arguing for?
10:15 Overlooking positive pleiotropy & other bad arguments
17:18 Malcolm’s theory of the cultural super virus
18:25 Malcolm's general pessimism & falling birth rates
22:02 The case for optimism: religiosity, ritual, and exogenous motivators
23:47 Should we talk about the dysgenic effect on IQ?
24:44 The role of religion in this brave new world
26:55 Religion as a cultural software package
30:18 Malcolm’s plan to save the world!
33:28 Malcolm's idea of “descendant worship” & his thoughts on belief
34:28 Can artificial beliefs really take hold?
38:35 Is our current progress a blip & how a neo-Byzantium can survive
41:08 How many people would actually use genetic technology?
45:20 The ick factor of genetic tech
46:42 The costs and pains of IVF
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