Tim Ferriss interviews Kevin Kelly

kevinkellysfI have frequent bouts of insomnia, the kind where I fall asleep easily but wake up at 2am and have trouble falling back asleep. One of the best ways for me to go back to sleep is listening to a podcast. I tried that last week with Tim Ferriss' 3-part podcast interview Kevin Kelly, but I was so interested that I couldn't fall asleep. I've know Kevin since the late 1980s when he was editor of the Whole Earth Review and I traded him a subscription to the magazine for a subscription to bOING bOING, but he is still full of surprises!

What's in the podcast:

  • Kevin Kelly's biggest regret
  • His lesson in finding contentment in minimalism and "volunteer simplicity"
  • How he realized that writing actually creates ideas
  • Why he promised himself that he would never resort to teaching English while traveling abroad
  • The "creator's dilemma," or how you have to go lower to get higher
  • Why you don't want to be a billionaire
  • His realizations after doing a "6 months until death" challenge
  • His Kickstarter-funded project linking angels and robots
  • Why a self-proclaimed ex-hippie waited until his 50th birthday to try LSD for the first time
  • Why a population implosion is probable in the next 100 years
  • The greatest gift you can give to your child
  • The criteria for Amish technology assimilation
  • What technology-free sabbaticals can do for you
  • Long Now Foundation's vision of a better civilization
  • The graphic novel for young people on how to become indispensable
  • His favorite fiction book
  • The great resource Kevin compiled for documentary lovers
  • How he accumulated enough books to fill a two-story library
  • Mythbuster's Adam Savage's organizational method, which transformed Kevin's life
  • The project that everyone should undertake at least once in life
  • The advice he would give to his younger self

The Tim Ferriss Show: Interview of Kevin Kelly, Co-Founder of WIRED, Polymath, Most Interesting Man In The World?