Peter Thiel challenges Alex Epstein on Fossil Future (and other topics)
A unique 90 minute discussion/argument captured on video
Recently I was having dinner with Peter Thiel (the billionaire investor/entrepreneur who founded PayPal and Palantir) and he raised some interesting challenges to my book Fossil Future (which he has enthusiastically endorsed).
I suggested, “Let’s record a discussion where you give me all your challenges to Fossil Future and I try to answer them.”
Peter loved the idea, so we made it happen—recording a 90-minute discussion at his offices in West Hollywood.
We also ended up covering many other issues (sometimes agreeing, sometimes disagreeing) including:
Why we both oppose the “Effective Altruism” movement
What we can learn from Elon Musk about how to create a vision
My strategy for Energy Talking Points
How to create political change
I hope many people enjoy this unique discussion. It isn't an interview or a debate or a panel, it's a genuine discussion, including some spirited arguments—that almost exactly resembles how Peter and I discuss and argue when there is no camera.
Special thanks to Rian Doris, founder of Flow Research Collective and owner of Consulting.com, for filming, producing, and editing this video. Learn more about Rian's work here.
PS You might also enjoy this panel with me and Peter celebrating the launch of Fossil Future last year.
Note to readers: I’ll be out of town through the end of next week for my honeymoon in Africa. Thus, I won’t be releasing any new talking points until the week of June 26th. However, I will be releasing a video and transcripts of a really cool event I did earlier this year.
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