September recommendations

Annnnd we're back.

You'll have to excuse the hiatus. Between job transitions and moves, it's been an eventful summer for the three of us and we admittedly had to put _consider. on the backburner for a little while. 

Thanks, as always, for reading, sending recommendations, and pushing your intellectual comfort zones. 

Let's keep it going. 

-Ben, Nick, and Max 

Joe Rogan Experience - Elon Musk 
Podcast, 2 hours, 37 minutes

Elon Musk went on Joe Rogan’s podcast, drank whiskey, and talked about the future of humanity for over two hours. He also took a half hit of a spliff which, unfortunately, seems to be the media’s big takeaway. We recommend avoiding the noise and listening to the conversation yourself before making any judgment calls. Rogan’s interview skills shine in making the historically shy Musk comfortable and willing to go deep. Clean energy, why we need to regulate AI, the problem with social media, and space travel are some of the topics discussed in the conversation. Prepare for liftoff.

Toward a Healthy News Diet
By Rolf Dobelli
Article, ~20 minutes
The recommendation in this 2012 essay is explosive: cutting news intake to zero, done cold-turkey. The logic, however, is airtight. Dobelli offers plenty of evidence that news is malforming our mental models of risk, increasing our stress without reason and distorting our perception of what matters. The argument is especially relevant today, where the media’s influence is more pervasive (and more weaponized) than ever before. 

Caliphate 
By Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times
Audio series, 12 episodes (20-30min each)
The complexity of ISIS is unpacked through the lens of a former recruit and soldier, offering a perspective that challenges what we think we know about the world’s most notorious terror organization. Told in a podcast format that evokes season one of Serial, listeners confront a humanized account of radicalization and the road to get there. 

The Tim Ferriss Show - Drew Houston 
Podcast, 1 hour, 50 minutes
This podcast is about the life of DropBox founder Drew Houston, replete with lessons about risk, relationships and business. Drew recounts his first failed SAT prep start-up, his adventures in building an illegal Poker bot, and nights sitting on the roof of an MIT fraternity with stacks of books. A story that proves the fundamental capacity we have for growth.

Ben Brostoff