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Replacing Rome, Part II: The Visigothic Code

by Anonymous in 642 C.E.

When the Roman Empire collapsed, society persisted and new regimes thrived.  Europe quickly became a patchwork of new and competing socio-political orders.

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We Got Your Black Friday Shopping List

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, Will Duffield, & Matthew Feeney on Nov 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! Look no further for the most (arguably) useful and live-changing technology to put under the tree this holiday season. 

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Social Laws, Part 10

by George H. Smith on Oct 10, 2014

Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.

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Augur(ing) Assassinations

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Will Duffield on Sep 6, 2018

Does Augur, a decentralized prediction market platform, represent the future of the world of betting? Does it serve as a valuable market for knowledge?

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Facial Recognition or Faceless Man?

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Caleb Watney on May 2, 2019

Our brains cannot remember the faces of everyone we cross on the street, but for better & for worse facial recognition software can. 

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John Locke: In Search of the Radical Locke

by George H. Smith on Dec 4, 2015

Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written, and the possible influence of the Levellers on Locke.