Two weeks ago, Chris Martenson flew to Spain to speak at the 2012 Gold and Silver meeting in Madrid. During the meeting Chris gave his latest, and streamlined version of his popular ‘Crash Course’ titled simply – Unfixable.
GoldMoney was a sponsor of the event and recorded the presentation, which has subsequently been put onto the internet. The wide pickup and positive reaction have been a real pleasure to see. If you’re one of the few who has yet to run across it, here it is. Of particular note is how deftly Chris handles the Q&A, which starts about mid-way through.
If it’s been a while since you’ve watched the Crash Course, you’ll find this good fuel for recharging your 3E sensors.
Executive summary: Father of three young children; author; obsessive financial observer; trained as a scientist; experienced in business; has made profound changes in his lifestyle because of what he sees coming.
First of all, I am not an economist. I am trained as a scientist, having completed both a PhD and a post-doctoral program at Duke University, where I specialized in neurotoxicology. I tell you this because my extensive training as a scientist informs and guides how I think. I gather data, I develop hypotheses, and I continually seek to accept or reject my hypotheses based on the evidence at hand. I let the data tell me the story.
It is also important for you to know that I entered the profession of science with the intention of teaching at the college level. I love teaching, and I especially enjoy the challenge of explaining difficult or complicated subjects to people with limited or no background in those subjects. Over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at it.
Once I figured out that most of the (so-called) better colleges place “effective teacher” pretty much near the bottom of their list of characteristics that factor into tenure review, I switched gears, obtained an MBA from Cornell (in Finance), and spent the next ten years working my way through positions in both corporate finance and strategic consulting. From these experiences I gather my comfort with numbers and finance.