From a fundamental
From a fundamental biophysical perspective, both prehistoric human evolution and the course of history can be seen as the quest for controlling greater stores and flows of more concentrated and more versatile forms of energy and converting them, in more affordable ways at lower costs and with higher efficiencies, into heat, light, and motion.
Energy and Civilization by Vaclav Smil provides an explanation of energy in its relation to society. Smil dives deeply into the history of energy. From scavenging and foraging to the modern uses of water, wind, and solar power, energy drives every existing thing in today's world. Interestingly enough, it's difficult to place what exactly energy is, as it's not as tangible as other forms of measurement. Nat and Neil discuss their key takeaways from this book in today's episode of Made You Think.
We cover a wide range of topics including:
Survival features that are unique to humans Energy density of different foods, and how diet has adapted over time Pre-historic methods of gathering food efficiently Renewable and non-renewable resources Technological advancements in transportation And much more. Please enjoy, and make sure to follow Nat and Neil on Twitter to hear which book will be the topic of the next episode!
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Nat's Youtube channel (1:27) Bitcoin episode with Taylor Pearson (8:24) Only humans sweat(18:32) Flood Myth (28:59) Protein Poisoning (36:40) Crime hypothesis (1:07:25) Traffic and infant health(1:08:47) China air quality in COVID (1:17:17) Hiroshima (1:20:07) List of Nuclear Disasters (1:20:49) Medical errors (1:27:35) Boom unveils its first prototype (1:38:56) Books mentioned
The Prize by Daniel Yergin (6:15) The Fish That Ate the Whale by Rich Cohen (7:03) (Nat's Book Notes) Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (9:44) (Nat's Book Notes) (Book Episode pt. 1) (Book Episode pt. 2) Scale by Geoffrey West (9:45) (Nat's Book Notes) (Book Episode) The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant (12:15) (Nat's Book Notes) The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant (14:06) (Nat's Book Notes) Smoke Signals by Martin A. Lee (1:29:51) (Nat's Book Notes) (Book Episode) The Riddle of the Gun by Sam Harris (1:33:43) (Book Episode) People mentioned
Bill Gates (8:07) Richard Feynman (17:05) Show notes
0:16 - Thank you for the support of the Made You Think podcast! Nat and Neil dive into discussion on the book Energy and Civilization by Vaclav Smil this week. If you’re curious to pick up a copy, you can do so here.
8:33 - Energy and Civilization discusses how energy has shaped the progress of humanity and the history of civilization as humans harness more and more energy. Energy drives everything in today’s world from basic human activity to the technological advances throughout time.
13:06 - Is growth limited by the energy that could be harnessed? The author uses energy as his lens to viewing the growth and history.
14:58 - Energy and Pre-history. By nature, humans are made to conserve energy. It’s shown in many everyday tasks such as walking on two legs rather than four and regulating our body heat by sweating. Energy is essential to everything, however it’s hard to place what exactly energy is, as it’s not as tangible as other forms of measurement.
18:13 - Ability to exercise and sweat. Humans are the only species that sweats. While many animals lose water to cool down in the form of panting, humans can do so at a much higher rate through sweating. The idea of a panting threshold in running, and how training can increase how long you can run without panting. Different factors in exercise such as physique, body weight, and training style.
24:09 - Temporary dehydration. Humans can function being dehydrated better than animals, and that ultimately benefits our species from a survival standpoint. Humans’ ability to live in different climates as compared to animals who may only live in a certain temperature range.
30:14 - Energy density of different foods. How diets differ between species based on their need for nutrients and what is essential for their survival. Additionally, energy expended while hunting and gathering also needed to be considered. Energy cost vs. energy returned. Is what you are consuming enough to cover the work you did to hunt or gather the food?
40:47 - Farming, foraging and pasturing. Early farming typically required higher energy input when compared to foraging, but it also could provide a more reliable food supply and support a higher population. Pasturing can also be argued as highly reliable and fairly energy-efficient.
44:06 - Traditional farming. Domesticated animals such as dogs and horses, and the way they have co-adapted with humans. Their partnership with humans in farming and companionship. Evolving to modern foods and diet.
50:05 - Prime movers and fuels. This section of the book...
@18.18 you mention humans are the only animals who can sweat. I walked by a horse being ridden in the mountains on a hike once, and it was definitely sweating. After a quick google, it seems primates, monkeys and horses are the only non-human animals that can sweat to the same extent humans can.
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Currency is not some
Currency is not some great mystery. Let's discuss what makes a currency, how different currencies work together, and more importantly, what would be the currency if society collapsed?
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It's a funny thing that Bulgaria has one of the largest amounts of bitcoin in the world :D
Kuna, Croatia, almost a ferret.
cigarettes and whisky......can you say Vietnam....
Can someone explain why at 6:47, bringing value into the country increases how much its money is worth?
But, what if I want to scan a $100 bill for the express purpose of burning the copies in my low-budget espionage thriller I’m directing?
Gold is one of Earth's
Gold is one of Earth's most widely-accepted currencies, and even in the modern age world governments still store and use it in international trade. But why? What makes gold such a universal currency?
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Why is Gold our Universal Currency?
3:04 WTF? I hope that's fake but it does look real
Oh so you can redeem dollars for oil? Think again. Geez! Where do you get that crap?
This doesn't seem to be a very well known fact. At all.
Your vid r cool but wut up with the stupide voice