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Now, on to this episode’s guest…
Kevin Kelly might be the real-life Most Interesting Man In The World.
He is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine, which he co-founded in 1993. He also co-founded the All Species Foundation, a non-profit aimed at cataloging and identifying every living species on earth. In his spare time, he writes bestselling books, co-founded the Rosetta Project, which is building an archive of ALL documented human languages, and serves on the board of the Long Now Foundation. As part of the last, he’s investigating how to revive and restore endangered or extinct species, including the Wooly Mammoth.
This episode touches on a lot of cool stuff. SERIOUSLY, A LOT.
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Show Notes and Select Links from the Episode
- Kevin Kelly’s biggest regret
- His lesson in finding contentment in minimalism and “volunteer simplicity”
- How he realized that writing actually creates ideas
- Why he promised himself that he would never resort to teaching English while traveling abroad
- The “creator’s dilemma,” or how you have to go lower to get higher
- Why you don’t want to be a billionaire
- His realizations after doing a “6 months until death” challenge
- His Kickstarter-funded project linking angels and robots
- Why a self-proclaimed ex-hippie waited until his 50th birthday to try LSD for the first time
- Why a population implosion is probable in the next 100 years
- The greatest gift you can give to your child
- The criteria for Amish technology assimilation
- What technology-free sabbaticals can do for you
- Long Now Foundation’s vision of a better civilization
- The graphic novel for young people on how to become indispensable
- His favorite fiction book
- The great resource Kevin compiled for documentary lovers
- How he accumulated enough books to fill a two-story library
- Mythbuster’s Adam Savage’s organizational method, which transformed Kevin’s life
- The project that everyone should undertake at least once in life
- The advice he would give to his younger self
LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
- Visit the Tim Ferriss Book Club to find a new book each month (or so) that’s changed my life
- Wired Magazine
- Learn more about the All Species Foundation
- The Rosetta Project
- Long Now Foundation
- Get more information about 1,000 True Fans
- Learn more about Voluntary Simplicity
- This American Life, Episode 50 with Kevin Kelly
- Tim Ferriss Show Episode 2: Interview with Josh Waitzkin
- True Films – Kevin Kelly’s site about documentaries
- Learn more about sodium valproate
- www.Uline.com – shipping, industrial, and packing materials
- Adam Savage – host of Mythbusters
- Elance – resource for hiring freelancers
- Whole Earth Catalog
- KK.org – Kevin Kelly’s website
Books Mentioned in the Episode
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
- Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts
- Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities by Kevin Kelly
- What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly
- The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide by James Fadiman
- The Adventures of Johnny Bunko by Daniel H. Pink
- So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
- Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts
- Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World of Chess by Fred Waitzkin
- True Films by Kevin Kelly
Documentaries Mentioned in the Episode
Posted on: August 29, 2014.
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Who was interviewed? Here's a very partial list: tech icons (founders of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Craigslist, Pinterest, Spotify, Salesforce, Dropbox, and more), Jimmy Fallon, Arianna Huffington, Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York), Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ben Stiller, Maurice Ashley (first African-American Grandmaster of chess), Brené Brown (researcher and bestselling author), Rick Rubin (legendary music producer), Temple Grandin (animal behavior expert and autism activist), Franklin Leonard (The Black List), Dara Torres (12-time Olympic medalist in swimming), David Lynch (director), Kelly Slater (surfing legend), Bozoma Saint John (Beats/Apple/Uber), Lewis Cantley (famed cancer researcher), Maria Sharapova, Chris Anderson (curator of TED), Terry Crews, Greg Norman (golf icon), Vitalik Buterin (creator of Ethereum), and nearly 100 more. Check it all out by clicking here.