The Portal
The Portal
May 21, 2020
35: Balaji Srinivasan - The Heretic & The Virus
3 hr 21 min

Investor Balaji Srinivasan is a highly original thinker in Silicon Valley on Biotech to Blockchain and everything in between. Most recently, he was quite early in warning us about the Corona virus and was ridiculed for his efforts by many in the world of institutional sense-making. That is before people realized he was not wrong, but simply early.

In this episode Eric talks to Balaji on the topic of what it was like to see the future before it arrived and what his crystal ball suggests about what is likely to happen next. As Balaji understands our world, the Corona virus presents a complex set of challenges that will strongly discriminate between those who can pass it's tests and those who will fail them. He sees this resulting in functional Green Zones which will become dominant in the future and Red Zones which will be characterized by dysfunctional responses. Presumably this new divide will then be expected to take over from the "North-South" divide between industrialized and developing nations. 

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Sean Carroll's Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas
Sean Carroll's Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas
Sean Carroll | Wondery
124 | Solo: How Time Travel Could and Should Work
Time! It doesn’t stop, psychological effects of being under lockdown notwithstanding. How we experience time depends on our situation, but time itself just marches forward. Unless, of course, it’s possible to travel to the past, as countless science-fiction scenarios have depicted. But does that really make sense? Couldn’t we then change the past, even so dramatically that our own existence would never have happened? In this solo podcast I talk about both the physics and fiction of time travel. I point out that it might be allowed by the laws of physics, and explain how that would work, but that we really don’t know. And I try to make sense of some of the less-sensible depictions of cinematic time travel. Coming up with a logical theory that could account for Back to the Future isn’t easy, but podcasting isn’t for the squeamish. Support Mindscape on Patreon. But wait, there’s more! I was contacted by Janna Levin, who we fondly remember from Episode 27. Janna moonlights as Chair and Director of Sciences at Pioneer Works, an institution dedicated to bringing together creative people in art and science. Like the rest of us, they’ve been looking for ways to offer more online content in these pandemic times, so we thought about ways to collaborate. Here’s what they came up with: artist Azikiwe Mohammed has created an animated video backdrop to this podcast episode. The visuals are trippy, colorful, and inspired by (without trying to directly illustrate) what I talk about in the episode. You can check out a brief write-up at the Pioneer Works site, or view the video directly below.
2 hr 42 min
"YOUR WELCOME" with Michael Malice
"YOUR WELCOME" with Michael Malice
GaS Digital Network
Dave Smith - In The House 10.One - Episode #130
Comedian Dave Smith joins Michael once more this week, for a discussion on Dave's recent appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience, the Part of the Problem Facebook group being nuked, how no algorithmical filter will ever be good enough to decide what we want to see online, having retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor as the new Senior Advisor to the acting Secretary of Defense and the hope he brings for withdrawing from international war, what the ideal Red Pilling entails, how Joe Biden is practically a Democrat neocon, whether or not Trump will get kicked off of Twitter once he leaves office, and so much more! PLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSORS * Get the most comfortable underwear you’ll ever put on at and use code MALICE20 for 20% off your order. * With UBDI you will make 70% of the profit for any data you consent to share with companies. Head to or download UBDI on the Apple store or Google Play. * David Gornoski believes understanding anthropology can help us dismantle fake news and question politically-protected, pseudo-scientific dogmas that hold us back. Check out the show by subscribing to David Gornoski on Apple podcasts, or visit his website at, and check out his show channel Dave Smith Michael Malice Order THE NEW RIGHT: Order DEAR READER: Intro song: "Out of Reach" by Legendary House Cats The newest episode of "YOUR WELCOME" releases on iTunes and YouTube every Thursday! Please subscribe and leave a review. You can watch "YOUR WELCOME" with Michael Malice LIVE for FREE every Tuesday at 12:30 PM at Visit for exclusive "YOUR WELCOME" with Michael Malice merchandise! For access to our entire catalog of episodes On Demand in HD, subscribe to Use promo code "YWMM" for a two week free trial and over 15% off your monthly membership. There, you'll have access to ALL of the other amazing shows on GaS Digital Network!
1 hr 1 min
Congressional Dish
Congressional Dish
Jennifer Briney
CD223: Election 2020: The Empire Returns
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