Thomas Moynihan is a writer and researcher interested in the history of ideas surrounding existential risk and human flourishing. He completed a PhD on the history of human extinction, and currently works with the Future of Humanity Institute. His most recent book is called X-Risk: How Humanity Discovered Its Own Extinction.
As Moynihan shows, the recognition of existential risk represents a dramatic and revealing turning point in the history of ideas, and the story that leads up to it is instructive, expansive, and often surprising.
In our (audio) interview, we meet some figures from this story, and discuss the significance of intellectual history more generally. This was one of my favourite interviews so far: I think the history of ideas is underrated in the EA context, and Thomas does an amazing job of demonstrating why.
The (text) article jumps off from the interview, giving an overview of the book plus links and further reading. Note that the article is not a transcript: you don't need to listen to the episode to read it, nor should listening to the episode make it redundant.