Winning Slowly

Taking the long view on technology, religion, ethics, and art. There are plenty of podcasts that will tell you how Apple’s latest product will affect the tech landscape tomorrow, but there aren’t that many concerned with the potential impact of that tech in 2026. In a culture obsessed with now, how can we make choices with a view for tomorrow, next year, and beyond?


Some Sciency Stuff!

Cixin Liu's The Three Body Problem and the strengths and weaknesses of literature as a window into other cultures.

Show Notes

We chat about a Chinese novel with an American translation, our love of sci-fi and fantasy, and the ways different cultures tackle the same kinds of underlying problems through fiction. We also talk about the beauty, and the limitations, of thinking about different cultures through their art. (Including what might happen if you tried to understand American culture through its popular art!)

  • The Three Body Problem, by Cixin Liu
  • Season 4: Globalization
  • “genre-savvy”
  • The 1200-page-long Brandon Sanderson novel mentioned: Oathbringer
  • The Incomparable’s discussions of The Three-Body Problem:
    • Ep. 251
    • Ep. 256
  • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  • Trappist system
  • Ancillary Justice
  • Howl’s Moving Castle and Hayao Miyazaki
  • “Warm” by Speakman Sound feat. Frankie Forman. Used by permission.
  • “Winning Slowly Theme” by Chris Krycho.

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  • Andrew Fallows
  • Kurt Klassen
  • Jeremy W. Sherman

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