Ep. 517: Thinking Tools with Michael Covel on Trend Following Radio

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One of Michael’s favorite things to do is intellectually kick people in the ass. People have stopped thinking. We have social media overload and virtual reality is taking over reality.

Michael brings a clip from Daniel Dennett on the podcast. Daniel specializes in providing people with different tools for thinking. Thinking is not genetic, it is learned. “Do tools evolve and make us smarter? Or do we evolve to become smart enough to make tools?” The answer is: Yes. It goes both ways. Daniel uses a chimpanzee example to explain the difference between our minds and the minds of any other animal.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio:

  • Flynn effect
  • Surely alarm
  • Termite colony compared to Gaudi construction
  • Genetic evolution
  • Shaping neurons in the brain
  • Intrinsic value

“You can’t do much carpentry with your bare hands, and you can’t do much thinking with your bare brain.” – Student of Daniel Dennett

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