Looking back over the past months, there is one commonality running through most of my non-mindfulness-focused newsletters and that is that I have a l

My summary of Tyler Cowen's approach to leading an intellectually fulfilling life

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2022-05-13 22:00:12

Looking back over the past months, there is one commonality running through most of my non-mindfulness-focused newsletters and that is that I have a lot of quotes from Tyler Cowen.

For the past few years I’ve listened to somewhere on the order of 100 hours of him talking both as interviewer via his podcast “Conversations with Tyler” and as interviewee (mostly on YouTube). If you’re not familiar with Tyler Cowen, he’s an economist at George Mason University who is an unparalleled polymath - I can barely do him justice so just browse his podcast topics if you want you get a sense for his intellectual breadth and depth.

When I reflect back on why I like Tyler, it’s because he inspires me to follow my curiosity wherever it might lead. While most of the world encourages focus and an intellectual pragmatism, Tyler embraces and studies everything: he has podcasts on the classics, on economics, bitcoin, on why he enjoyed Proust in German, on the best way to hitchhike around the world, on space archaeology, on Chinese cuisine, and more. The list of topics he’s interested in is endless...

Tyler is one of my intellectual heroes. When I reflect on why, I think it’s because in many ways Tyler’s approach validates various this aspect of my personality: I feel his model for life gives me permission to be intellectually curious.

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