EF23 Show Notes

(EF23) BTP-EF6: Scaling Mount Wisdom Without Suffocating Under an Avalanche of Ego Behind The Podcast of Episode EF6


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Episode EF23 Summary

Spoiler alert: You’re about to listen to a Behind The Podcast  (BTP) of Episode EF6, which was Season 1, Episode 4 of the Evolve Faster Podcast titled Information Mainlining and the Folly of Modern Wisdom.  The driving question of this episode (and this BTP) for you to think through is … what is wisdom?!

As a reminder about Episode EF6: Paul, a child prodigy who became a leading theoretical physicist in his early 30s, is facing a personal dilemma that is making him miserable—the realization that he might be woefully deficient in the one thing he most reveres. Although filled with endless knowledge, he isn’t wise. But how? Isn’t harnessing more and more information the key to becoming wise? In his attempt to figure it out, Paul might realize the obstacle he’s facing isn’t even close to being the final one. And can he feel like a complete person without it?

The fourth episode of the first season of the Evolve Faster Podcast Episode is driven by the big question What Is Wisdom? Is it possible for all of us to attain true wisdom and if so, how do we do that? Are there rules to the game or does each one of us have to take their own path towards wisdom?

To peek behind the curtain of Episode XXX, we’ll dissect the following submitted questions:

  • Why the question “What is Wisdom?” and how did the episode come to be?
  • Is Paul modeled after anyone?
  • Do you find yourself in Paul?
  • What happened to Paul as he lay on the floor?
  • Why did you decide for Paul to be so eccentric and rude? Can that type of person be wise?
  • What does the ending mean? It somehow feels as if Sid replaces Paul as the protagonist.
  • And more…


DEDICATION: Episode EF6 is dedicated to Bill Gates, a man well known to consume enormous amounts of books and leverage that knowledge to change the world in incredible ways. Gates started by programming a simple tic-tac-toe game and grew that meager start into the what would become the most influential software stack in the personal computing revolution. And now through his Gates Foundation, initially funded with billions of his own capital, it’s hard to imagine any living person who will have a more positive impact on the world.

Being one of the wealthiest people in the world and the co-founder of one of the biggest tech companies doesn’t come at a small price. And success isn’t a synonym for wisdom. Imagining him to be a Gandalf type of character is an exaggeration on its own. But in his case, wisdom has evolved from his particular brand of applied knowledge acquisition and global entrepreneurship.

Gates might not have a long beard or post wise quotes on Instagram and Twitter. But through wisely selected projects, he might save more lives and improve the planet more than any person in history. If there were a case study in the power of effective altruism, it would have to be him. He’s now tackling some of the root causes of climate change as well, which will also contribute to his extraordinary legacy.


Episode EF6 is all about overcoming the step between being knowledgeable and being wise and discovering the obstacles that lie between. We can say Gates pulls this off, but our protagonist still has a long road ahead of him. Bill Gates is proof that you can information mainline and still become wise; the effort is not ‘folly’ as the episode title suggests if you approach the project strategically.

If you need more insight in Gates’ work, check out the links below:


INSPIRATIONS: Albert Einstein, whose E = mc2 changed the world and became the foundation of modern physics. Who would’ve thought three letters, one number and an equals sign could influence so much. Aristotle, the Father of Western Philosophy which is an enormous achievement for a guy who lived two millennia ago with no WiFi connectivity. Alan Turing, a great computer scientist without whom you’d likely be reading this text on a different interface. He also invented Banburismus and it isn’t what you might think it is. George Santayana, a Spanish philosopher and novelist who besides his great work, had a knack for wise aphorisms to stop and make you wonder. Episode EF6 was further inspired by Monika Ardelt, Plato, Socrates, Francis Bacon, Erasmus, Arthur Conan Doyle, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Leonardo da Vinci, Buddha. For a full list of data and references, please see Episode EF6 Show Notes.



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(EF23) BTP-EF6: Scaling Mount Wisdom Without Suffocating Under an Avalanche of Ego Behind The Podcast of Episode EF6

Will you look back from your deathbed proud of all the articles, social media and shows you consumed? Or would you prefer to see your creations and the wise worldview you both earned and then passed on?