Doug Carmichael and How to Understand The World

This pilot episode features Doug Carmichael, a strategy consultant at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. We talk about how to understand the world, where he grew up, how he developed his interests, his influences, what you should study to understand the world, the importance of history and physics, the origin of capitalism.

Carmichael started physics at Caltech, got a PhD from Berkeley in human development, a post doc of Harvard’s Center for Cognitive Studies and lived in Mexico City while studying at Eric Fromm’s Institute for psychoanalysis. He consulted the White House and ran the network for Al Gore’s Reinventing government. For the last ten years has focused on the broad social science issues relevant to rethinking humanity’s relationship to nature. Started the Stanford Strategy Studio and is most interested in the relationship between the humanities and economics.

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