Summary of The Modern Golden Age Podcast #16 - Bryan Kam

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Bryan Kam discusses how important it is to create a durable record of thoughts and ideas in order to foster progress. He also discusses the importance of returning to original sources in order to understand the full context of ideas.

  • 00:00:00 The modern Golden Age podcast discusses the concept of "scientific revolutions," which Thomas Kuhn defines as large changes in society that happen without a clear, rational narrative. Joe explains that while Thomas Kuhn's work is important, it is not the only thinker that he is interested in. Nietzsche, another philosopher, is currently occupying his attention.
  • 00:05:00 The Modern Golden Age Podcast discusses how different scientific paradigms, or World Views, can be applied to the individual's life. Bryan Kam explains that he has gone through many different periods of his life and been very interested in Western philosophers, but he has a humility about the extent to which any one World View could exhaustively explain something in his life. He also discusses how reading a book over a period of time helps to implement the principles learned into one's life.
  • 00:10:00 The video highlights the benefits of using a digital system to keep notes and thoughts on books, specifically reading and writing, and how thinking is sometimes a byproduct of these activities.
  • 00:15:00 The Modern Golden Age Podcast discusses Bryan Kam's view of the history of philosophy and human thought, focusing on the importance of balance between order and chaos. Kam suggests that philosophy should strive to be both abstract and experiential in order to be useful.
  • 00:20:00 Bryan Kam discusses some of his favorite questions and how they relate to existential suffering. He explains how the question of why we suffer changed for him and how it was spurred by a change in his understanding of suffering.
  • 00:25:00 Bryan discusses how meditation has helped him to change, and how it has driven him to look at things in a different, more abstract way. He also discusses the benefits of exercise, and how it has helped him to find relief from negative emotions.
  • 00:30:00 The video discusses how meditation and exercise have helped Bryan Kam regain a sense of perspective and helped him see the bigger picture. He believes that if we stay in the realm of concepts, we will never be able to bring about a true revolution. Instead, it is important to start from within the current system in order to create something new.
  • 00:35:00 Bryan Kam discusses the principles he believes will make the modern Golden Age different from all the previous Golden Ages. He explains that in order to achieve a modern Golden Age, communities must be built and flourish.
  • 00:40:00 This podcast discusses the importance of community and how it can help individuals pursue their purposes. Bryan Kam believes that the original thought for the podcast came from a conversation.
  • 00:45:00 Bryan Kam discusses the importance of writing, recording, and preserving culture. He argues that culture can only persist if it is constantly evolving and grounded in some form of documentation.
  • 00:50:00 In this video, philosopher Bryan Kam discusses how it is important to create durable blocks of thought between oneself and others in order to foster progress. He also discusses the importance of returning to original sources in order to understand the full context of ideas.
  • 00:55:00 The modern golden age podcast discusses how wide an influence an artist or writer can have on their field, citing the example of Charlie Parker, who influenced Jazz while also exploring unrelated genres. This principle of humility is recommended in order to create something truly great.

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Bryan Kam discusses how to bring about a modern Golden Age through intellectual humility and a commitment to trial and error. He also discusses the importance of listening and being supportive in a community.

  • 01:00:00 The Modern Golden Age Podcast discusses how to translate pieces of writing from one language to another, and how this relates to music. One example is how to translate a poem, which requires understanding the soul of the author and translating that into music.
  • 01:05:00 The video discusses the differences between classical and jazz musicians, noting that while both genres involve improvisation, classical musicians are more dedicated to each note and jazz musicians are more improvisational. It then discusses the difference between classical and improvisational composition, with the latter being more improvisational but still containing structures.
  • 01:10:00 The speaker discusses the importance of intellectual humility and how it is vital to bring about a modern Golden Age. He also discusses the importance of listening, being supportive, and having a community of encouragement.
  • 01:15:00 The Modern Golden Age Podcast discusses the benefits of having unconditional encouragement in a collaborative effort. The podcast also discusses how to create a monastery-like environment where everyone is motivated to contribute and be flexible in their communication.
  • 01:20:00 In this podcast, Bryan Kam discusses the idea of a "modern golden age" and how it relates to the values he believes are necessary for such an age. He also discusses how some of these values, such as a commitment to trial and error, can be encouraged through small scale experiments. Finally, he provides listeners with links to additional information about his work and himself.

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