TMBA529: The Price of Progress

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We here at the Tropical MBA are always fascinated with people who raise questions that challenge the social narratives that most people follow.

It’s no wonder then that Christoper Ryan caught our attention.

Christopher is a New York Times bestselling author, the host of a brilliant podcast called Tangentially Speaking, and is perhaps best known for his 2010 book Sex at Dawn.

Christopher recently published a new book called Civilized to Death, which argues that so-called “progress” has actually adversely affected the way we live.

He joins us today to talk about his unconventional path to becoming a published author, and why civilization might not represent progress.



Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • How Christopher’s life changed in one weekend. (11:15)
  • Why we should be suspicious of ambition. (19:40)
  • Why Chris believes that progress isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. (30:35)
  • What we can learn from the things that we aren’t supposed to talk about. (39:10)
  • Why America represents some of the worst things about modern civilization. (47:04)


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