Many of these podcast feature writers as their guests, or their guests mention books that were influential in their thinking. This is my attempt at documenting these books so that I might be able to pick them up later if a guest was impressive.
Lex Fridman is an AI researcher at MIT who does “Joe Rogan” style long form interviews.
Ian Hutchinson is a nuclear physicist mainly interested in nuclear fusion, tokomaks, generating power, etc. He is also a Christian and in this episode him and Lex get pretty deep in to the philosophical realm. Kind of refreshing to hear from someone who has a positive association with religion on these kinds of podcasts.
Steven Pressfield is well known for his war themed historical fiction. He also writes about writing itself, and the War of Art almost sounds like a self help book for writers.
William MacAskill is one of the founders of effective altruism - the application of logic and reasoning to maximize the effects of altruism. In other words, it’s a study of how to most effectively help others.