The Portal

__The Portal__ is one of the deeper and more interesting podcasts, partly because of how it is connected to the core of what we might call the intellectual dark web, and partly because of the great weaving of powerful thought, poetic rhetorical structuring of memetic thought, all suffused with an unhealthy splash of conspiracy theory -

The Portal is an exploration into discovery, including conversations with thought leaders. Host Eric Weinstein, Managing Director of Thiel Capital, brings his unique expertise and diverse roster of guests for a wide range of discussions, including science, culture, business, and capitalism. The show will feature people whose lives demonstrate that portals into what we would normally consider impossible, are indeed possible.  Guests include presidential candidate Andrew Yang, NY Times bestselling author Sam Harris, and retired Navy Seal and creator of the hit business podcast Jocko Willink.

# Recent episodes

41: Douglas Murray - Heroism 2020: Defense of Our Own Civilization - [imageURL ]

41: Douglas Murray - Heroism 2020: Defense of Our Own Civilization

Sat, Oct 24, 2020

If you don't know Douglas Murray, in the estimation of the The Portal, this may well be the most important voice you will hear from the United Kingdom for some time. In the tradition of De Tocqueville and Alistair Cook's famous "Letter from America," Douglas Murray is America's true friend. He is not the man who tells you that you look great and laughs at all your jokes, but the one who pulls the big mac out of your mouth, flushes your cigarettes down the toilet, locks your liquor cabinet and personally drives you to rehab until you straighten yourself out. 

I have met many men who train in combat sports, or extoll the virtues of masculinity. However, I know of none braver than Douglas Murray. In our time, this is one voice of relentless reason that everyone needs to hear. 41: Douglas Murray - Heroism 2020: Defense of Our Own Civilization - listen

40: Introducing The Portal Essay Club - What if everyone is simply insane? - [imageURL ]

40: Introducing The Portal Essay Club - What if everyone is simply insane?

Wed, Aug 12, 2020

If you have ever wondered whether you were crazy when everyone else claims to see things differently than you do, this is the episode for you.

Book clubs are everywhere and we are always asked for book recommendations. But what about the great Essays, Interviews, Conversations, Aphorisms, Shaggy Dog Stories, Lyrics, Courtroom Testimonies, Poems, Movie Scenes, Jokes and the like? Sadly, there is almost never a club in which to discuss them. Yet there are Essays and offerings in other intellectual formats that are just as profound and meaningful as any book while having the advantage of being much more in keeping with modern attention spans. The Portal seeks to fill this obvious lacuna. 

We thus finish out the regular first year of the Portal Podcast with an inaugural episode of an experiment: The Portal Essay Club. In this episode Eric reads aloud an astonishing essay from 1944 by Arthur Koestler which changed his world. In the essay, Koestler wrestles with a difficult question that has plagued independent thinkers for ages: what if everyone who is supposedly 'normal' is actually a maniac living in a dream world? What if the only sane ones appear crazy just as the crazy appear sane? 

During the episode, Eric first reads aloud the essay "The Nightmare That Is A Reality." and then discusses paragraph by paragraph what makes this one of the most profound yet often forgotten essays to have appeared within the twilight of living memory (1944 as it happens). We hope you will enjoy this experiment and let us know what you would like to see appear next in this series. 40: Introducing The Portal Essay Club - What if everyone is simply insane? - listen 39: Admission To Sugar Baby U - listen 38: Mass Media, Markets, and Human Malware: A Portal Q&A - listen 37: Andrew Marantz - Surfing the Wake of The Woke - listen 36: Dark Matter, Black Matters and All That Jazz - listen 35: Balaji Srinivasan - The Heretic & The Virus - listen 34: Zev Weinstein - On Parenting, Boys & Generation Z - listen 33: Josh Wolfe - The Mind Financing The Future - listen 32: J. D. Vance - American Dreams and Nightmares - listen

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