#199 - Cosmic dreamers and storytellers | Curio

#199 - Cosmic dreamers and storytellers

25 mins | Apr 29, 2022

Today's episode from 29th April 2022. First this Friday: The conventional wisdom that the tangible trumps the intangible these days is wrong, says economist Tim Harford. He looks at two recent global events which suggest a mishandling of the intangible economy goes a long way toward explaining our mounting problems. Then later, modern scientists are churning the universe for treasure leftover from the big bang. We explore how science is like mythology in pushing the boundaries of the known. After the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the brutalities of the Ukrainian war, it's becoming increasingly apparent that the economy doesn't revolve around digital currency. However, the events of the past two years have also proven that the intangible economy is more critical than ever. For The Financial Times, Tim Harford examines these events to break down how our mishandling of the intangible economy goes a long way toward explaining the mounting disappointments of the modern world. "Modern cosmologists are dreamers and storytellers... seeking the same answers as all the dreamers and storytellers who came before them." For Nautilus, Paul M. Sutter explores how science and mythology have more in common than might be assumed. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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