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Capitol Riots and Bitcoin Christianity

I discuss my recent move to Austin TX, chaos at the Capitol, and the parallels between Bitcoin and Christianity with Jacob (@cryptochamomile).

Carl Jung's Model of the Psyche with John David Ebert

This is a warm-up for an 8-week course on Carl Jung, starting on February 20th.

Building Startup Cities with Dryden Brown of Bluebook Cities

Dryden Brown is building a new kind of city, from the cloud, in a style he calls hero-futurism.

Leo Strauss on Persecution, Education, and Revelation with Michael Millerman

Probably the best single podcast on the ideas of Leo Strauss. A warmup for Michael's 8-week course starting January 23.

Reality-Forking Communities with Erik Torenberg and Greg Isenberg

I discuss my theory of reality forking with two tech entrepreneurs who specialize in community business models.

Q&A on Crypto, Community, and the Future of Other Life

What percentage of my net worth is in crypto? Is the future of academia on Youtube, or where? Would I cut ties with Patreon? Do I consider myself uncensorable? What is the value of my brand? Where is it heading? Why am I launching a social token? Where do I locate myself in relation to other professionals becoming indie creators, like journalists going to Substack?

The Business of Indie Philosophy Comics, with Philosopher-Illustrator Tom K of Uncivilized Books

Tom Kaczynski is a successful indie thinker in a most challenging niche: Philosophy comics. Over 10 years, Tom K. has built an impressive little empire as an independent illustrator, teacher, and publisher. In this podcast, he teaches us how he did it.

How Creators Are Creating Money for Their Communities, with Bradley Miles of Roll

After all the scams of the 2017 ICO craze, there's a new wave of genuine creators and communities creating serious value with social currencies. Bradley Miles is the CEO of a startup called Roll, which facilitates this process for creators.

Tokenizing Content with Kenny Rowe of the Dalten Collective

We discuss the rise of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the creator economy and our idea to mint NFTs for other kinds of media, like podcasts.

Can We Escape? On Deleuze and Heidegger with Johannes Niederhauser

We're launching our Deleuze vs. Heidegger seminar, starting this Sunday, November 22. Download the reading list: otherlife.co/deleuze-vs-heidegger

Video Futurism: Networked & Monetized, with Anirudh Pai of Superpeer

Neo-China arrives from the future, as a networked and monetized video platform called Superpeer. Anirudh Pai explains why he believes education will merge with the influencer economy, in the form of paid video-calling. Other topics include George Orwell, Africa, and Reed's Law (the lesser known cousin of Metcalfe's Law).

Dating and Mating Via Twitter with @Default_Friend

Learn how Default met two different boyfriends through Twitter, how she networked her way into tech without tech skills, some copywriting tips for creators, and why we're creating an arranged marriage agency.

On Marriage

One of the luckiest accidents of my life was British visa restrictions forcing me & my girlfriend to decide if we were truly in love or just pretending.

Making Social Theory Viral on TikTok with Biz Sherbert

Biz Sherbert is a fashion theorist inspired by Mark Fisher, who's figured out how to make academic theory resonate with millions of people on TikTok. These videos earn her writing and consulting gigs, which she's leveraging to build an independent intellectual life instead of doing a PhD. We discuss all of this plus a bunch of fascinating tangents on internet aesthetics, Dark Academia vs. Chaotic Academia, Caroline Calloway, fashion advice for aging Millennial men like Justin, and Biz's desire to marry a listener of this podcast.

Buying Mansions Without Money and Writer-Entrepreneurship with Max Nussenbaum of On Deck

Max Nussenbaum is an author and entrepreneur who currently runs the On Deck Writing Fellowship, a new Silicon Valley take on modern education and career acceleration. We talk about how On Deck is helping writers become entrepreneurs; how Max bought a mansion in Detroit when he was 23; why JFK is overrated; what cults teach us about community building; and optimal strategy for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (which Max was on).

How to Build a Mafia with Sudarshan Sridharan of Fion.tech

Sudarshan Sridharan is a 20-year-old co-founder of the wildfire prediction startup Fion.tech, and co-creator of the Gen Z Mafia. We discuss how to launch a tech startup when you're only 20; how VCs want deal flow but college kids want party flow; how awkward outcast can "flip the switch" to start networking; how to use Twitter; and the benefits of being silent and elevating others.

Growing a Social Science Newsletter from a Creator House in Mexico, with Brett Goldstein

Brett Goldstein writes the newsletter SocialStudies.news. We talk about the untapped riches of social science for creators and founders, and how to think about branding and growing content-creation projects from niche academic disciplines. We also talk co-living and hype-house business models, as Brett calls in from the OnDeck program in Tulum, Mexico.

Meet the Gen Z Mafia, with Ringleader Emma Salinas

Gen Z Mafia is a Discord server incubating teenage billionaires. I talk with one of the ringleaders about community design, Gen Z psychology, and business models.

Should you start a Substack?

For most of you, no, starting a Substack is not the best way to build a financially sustainable long-term writing project. You should definitely build an email list, but you should do it with a free newsletter you run alongside a website/blog that you own.

Self-Publishing Non-Fiction with David Kadavy

David Kadavy is a full-time author of non-fiction books. He shares a ton of practical insight about Amazon's publishing system, how you should consider using paid ads, why you should write extremely short books, how to think about blogs vs. books, and much more.

Internet Vitalism: A talk given to Gen Z Mafia

A talk I gave to Gen Z Mafia (Gen Z Mafia). Thanks to Emma Salinas (@emmalsalinas) for all the great questions. Works Cited: Hard-Forking Reality On Liberal Pacification IndieThinkers.org Where are the hottest countercultures today? What will happen to academia? What is my advice for young people? What Schelling points will emerge after academia? Why has academia has become left-wing since the 1990s? Can we make society more accepting of weird thinkers? Why do many of the countercultures today have a right-wing tendency? What caused the Left to gain dominance over mainstream institutions? Which conspiracy theories are directionally compelling? Should aspiring authors self-publish or try to get a traditional book deal? What will post-pandemic politics look like? What it's like living with two evolutionary psychologists? How will psychedelic drugs affect politics? What is my long-term vision for IndieThinkers.org?

Tech Twitter's Christian Wunderkind Nicole Williams

Find Nicole at twitter.com/nwilliams030. ➡️ Patrons get early access to podcasts, not-yet-published writings, videos from my paid courses, and more. Become a patron at https://patreon.com/jmrphy. ➡️ If you'd like to discuss this podcast with me and others, suggest future guests, or read/watch/listen to more content on these themes, request an invitation at theotherlifenow.com/join.

From Hacker to Homesteading Author with Travis Corcoran

Travis Corcoran worked on startups before he built a homestead and turned to indie book writing and publishing. He recently launched a homesteading book on Kickstarter, which insanely crushed its goal. He describes himself as a "Catholic anarcho-capitalist software-engineering hobo farmer." You can get his homesteading book and support his work on Kickstarter. ➡️  If you'd like to discuss this podcast with me and others, suggest future guests, or read/watch/listen to more content on these themes, request an invitation at theotherlifenow.com/join. ➡️  Patrons get early access to podcasts, not-yet-published writings, videos from my paid courses, and more. Become a patron at https://patreon.com/jmrphy.

Hustlers #3: Paul Skallas aka Lindy Man

Paul Skallas aka Lindy Man is an acolyte of Nassim Taleb. He operates a particularly strange and, frankly, dubious hustle selling ebooks. This is a case study of his operation. Third in a series on internet intellectuals & their hustles. ➡️  Request an invitation to IndieThinkers.org ➡️  If you'd like to discuss this podcast with me and others, suggest future guests, or read/watch/listen to more content on these themes, request an invitation at theotherlifenow.com/join. ➡️  Patrons get early access to podcasts, not-yet-published writings, videos from my paid courses, and more. Become a patron at https://patreon.com/jmrphy.

Intro to Georges Bataille with Nina Power

Get our free Bataille study guide and learn more about our online course at theotherlifenow.com/bataille. ➡️  If you'd like to discuss this podcast with me and others, suggest future guests, or read/watch/listen to more content on these themes, request an invitation at theotherlifenow.com/join. ➡️  Patrons get early access to podcasts, not-yet-published writings, videos from my paid courses, and more. Become a patron at https://patreon.com/jmrphy.

Anna Khachiyan's Insubordination

Anna Khachiyan from Red Scare tells the story of how she left her PhD program at NYU; how she has more intellectual influence because of it; whether living in NYC is worth it for creators; and many other things. Find Anna on Twitter at @annakhachiyan and Red Scare on Patreon. ➡️ If you'd like to discuss this podcast with me and others, suggest future guests, or read/watch/listen to more content on these themes, request an invitation at theotherlifenow.com/join. ➡️ Patrons get early access to podcasts, not-yet-published writings, videos from my paid courses, and more. Become a patron at https://patreon.com/jmrphy.

Hustlers #2: Selling Zines and Quitting Jobs with Sonya Mann

Hustlers is a series on how independent intellectuals make money on the internet. Check out Sonya Mann at sonyasupposedly.com or on Twitter at @SonyaSupposedly. ➡️ Register for one of my future talks in this series at theotherlifenow.com/events ➡️ Request an invitation to IndieThinkers.org ➡️ If you'd like to discuss this podcast with me and others, suggest future guests, or read/watch/listen to more content on these themes, request an invitation at theotherlifenow.com/join. ➡️ Patrons get early access to podcasts, not-yet-published writings, videos from my paid courses, and more. Become a patron at patreon.com/jmrphy.

Hustlers #1: How Aella Makes Bank on OnlyFans

A new series on how independent intellectuals make money on the internet. Aella is a blogger who recently started on OnlyFans, the new decentralized porn platform revolutionizing the adult industry. We talk about the sociology and economics of OnlyFans, and Aella's experiences so far. Follow Aella on Twitter at @Aella_Girl. If you'd like to discuss this podcast with me and others, suggest future guests, or read/watch/listen to more content on these themes, request an invitation at theotherlifenow.com/join. Patrons get early access to podcasts, not-yet-published writings, videos from my paid courses, and more. Become a patron at https://patreon.com/jmrphy. New intro/outro music by composer Philip Daniel via IndieThinkers.org. Check out his Youtube channel.

Do Not Despair (Kierkegaard and The Sickness Unto Death)

Some reflections on despair, existentialism, and Christianity via Kierkegaard's book The Sickness Unto Death. ➡️ I publish a free weekly newsletter about independent intellectuals on the internet. You should subscribe. ➡️ If you'd like to join my Discord server, request an invitation here. ➡️ Big thanks to my patrons who help me keep the lights on. Patrons get access to a lot of good stuff (including early access to this podcast, a week ago). Consider becoming a patron today.

Radical Politics for Control Societies: Based Deleuze Lecture 4

This is Lecture 4 (out of 6) in the Based Deleuze lecture course. You can get the whole series at gum.co/deleuze. ➡️If you'd like to join my Discord server, request an invitation here. ➡️Big thanks to my patrons who help me keep the lights on. Consider becoming one here. Works Cited Deleuze, Gilles. “Postscript on the Societies of Control.” October 59 (1992): 3–7. Foucault, Michel. The Courage of Truth (The Government of Self and Others II). Edited by Frédéric Gross. Translated by Graham Burchell. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. Translated by Alan Sheridan. New York: Vintage Books, 1995. Murphy, Justin. “Parrhesia and the Future of Honesty (Talk given at the Invisible College, London).” Other Life (blog), October 11, 2019. https://plnk.to/otherlife/e/1000453126804 Navia, Luis. Diogenes the Cynic: The War Against the World. Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 2005. Shannon, Claude E. “A Mathematical Theory of Communication.” The Bell System Technical Journal 27, no. 3 (October 1948). https://doi.org/10.1002/j.1538-7305.1948.tb01338.x

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