Episode 349: The Incredible Insights of Timur Kuran

Why did the Middle East fall behind Europe despite being in a similar state in 1000 AD? How do modern authoritarians benefit from our tendency to falsify our preferences? Timur Kuran joins Amit Varma in episode 349 of The Seen and the Unseen to share his learnings from history — and what they teach us about today.

Also check out:
1. Timur Kuran on TwitterWikipediaGoogle Scholar and Duke University.
2. Private Truths, Public Lies — Timur Kuran.
3. The Long Divergence — Timur Kuran.
4. Freedoms Delayed — Timur Kuran.
5. You Will Know Them By Their Unpopular Views — Bryan Caplan.
6. The Hindu Equilibrium — Deepak Lal.
7. From Cairo to Delhi With Max Rodenbeck — Episode 281 of The Seen and the Unseen.
8. The Life and Times of Nilanjana Roy — Episode 284 of The Seen and the Unseen.
9. James M BuchananAlbert O HirschmanMancur OlsonThomas Schelling and Kenneth Arrow.
10. The Logic of Collective Action — Mancur Olson.
11. Micromotives and Macrobehavior — Thomas Schelling.
12. Exit, Voice, and Loyalty — Albert O Hirschman.
13. A Theory of Justice — John Rawls.
14. Anarchy, State and Utopia — Robert Nozick.
15. A Trump wave is on the way (2016) — Glenn Reynolds.
16. It’s Cascading Trump, It’s Cascading Modi!  (2016) — Amit Varma.
17. Instapundit — Glenn Reynolds’s blog.
18. Marginal Revolution.
19. Bari Weiss on TwitterSubstack and her own website.
20. VS Naipaul on Amazon.
21. Solomon Asch’s experiments.
22. Irreversible Damage —  Abigail Shrier.
23. Luxury Beliefs.
24. Fixing Indian Education — Episode 185 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Karthik Muralidharan).
25. Education in India — Episode 77 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Amit Chandra).
26. Fund Schooling, Not Schools (2007) — Amit Varma.
27. The Beautiful Tree — James Tooley.
28. The Incredible Curiosities of Mukulika Banerjee — Episode 276 of The Seen and the Unseen.
29. The Pathan Unarmed — Mukulika Banerjee.
30. The Mystery of Capital — Hernando De Soto.
31. Belling the Cat.
32. Oppenheimer — Christopher Nolan.
33. Censored — Margaret E Roberts..
34. The Art of Not Being Governed — James C Scott.
35. Domination & the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts — James C Scott.

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Episode art: ‘Marketplace of Ideas’ by Simahina.