Monday, August 22, 2016

Episode 57 - How Noble In Reason, How Infinite in Faculty...

Recorded: 19 August 2016
Released: 23 August 2016
Duration:65 minutes

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A quote from Hamlet.
Host David Grigg welcomes Chris Prophet, Patrick Festa, and (eventually) Nick Nielsen to talk about
the future of humanity.

Producer's Note: about 1 minute of content-free technical difficulty was edited out.



Host: David Grigg
Panelists: Chris Prophet, Patrick Festa, Nick Nielsen
Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

Friday, August 12, 2016

Episode 56 - Morgan Rehnberg

Recorded: 12 August 2016
Released: 13 August 2016
Duration: 86 minutes, 20 seconds

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Morgan Rehnberg
Host Paul Carr is joined by planetary scientist and science communicator Morgan Rehnberg. Our panel consists of Adam Smith, Marsha Barnhart, Chris Prophet, and Mateusz Macias. We talk about the weird rings and moon of Saturn, traveling to Mars, and the search for life in the universe - on Mars, Enceladus, Europa, titan, and even Venus.


Morgan Rehnberg
Interview with Ben Montet
Iapetus - Saturn's Ying/Yang Moon
What is the Decadal Survey?

The new Public G+ Community
The G+ Listener's Community


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Special Guest: Morgan Rehnberg
Panel: Adam Smith, Chris Prophet, Marsha Barnhart, and Mateusz Macias
Music: DJ Spooky

Friday, July 15, 2016

Episode 55 - The Summer Hiatus Star-studded Non-Episode

Recorded: 15 July 2016
Released: 16 July 2016
Duration:97 minutes

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It's our Summer hiatus, so we just had a free form conversation hosted by Paul with Mike Mongo, Nick Nielsen, and Patrick Festa. James Garrison was with us in spirit.


George Clinton
George Clinton
Maggot Brain
Maggot Brain Live
Sun Ra
Bernie Worrell
Big Lebowski
Episode 54
Daniela De Paulis
Sarah Jane Pell
Nick Nielsen: The Spoor Of Civilizations
Astronaut instruction Manual
Natalie Cabrol's new paper on SETI

Lev Vygotsky

The Lorentz Transformation
The Michelson Interferometer

The Outer Edge of Star's Habitable Zone is a Hard Place for Life


Nick Nielsen: Rethinking the Snow Line
Paul Carr: Silicon Valley


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Panelists: Mike Mongo, Nick Nielsen, Patrick Festa
Music: DJ Spooky
Hardware: Shure, Pro ART, Focusrite, Apple
Software: Loopback, Reaper, OS X Yosemite
Post Production:

Monday, July 4, 2016

Episode 54 - Artists without Boundaries

Recorded: 4 July 2016
Released: 4 July 2016
Duration: 74 minutes, 44 seconds

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Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Adam Smith, Gita Jaisinghani, and Daniela De Paulis (our first completely non-American and majority female panel), to talk about the relationship between art and science, SETI, and METI.
  • Encouragement to contribute to "Earthling's Quest" kickstarter.
    A Moonbounce Image
  • Daniela's work to unite art and science
  • Confusion about art - should art be explained?
  • Daniela has published papers about her work.
  • Visual Moonbounce
  • Daniela's technical team
  • METI and Breakthrough Messaging and the artist's role.
  • METI as a human exercise
  • Should we put our best foot forward in the ET message or tell the ugly truth?
  • Is any advanced ET highly evolved? Do they have a violent past?
  • DO we know that alien consciousness would be like ours?
  • Advanced civilizations likely to be long lived.
  • Is ET leaving us alone for a good reason?
  • The terms in the Drake Equation and the fourth term in particular
  • Martian life?
  • Communicating with technological ET - is there a universal?
  • Technological progress not correlated with language complexity
  • Consciousness and SETI do we need to understand consciousness better?
  • Past human conceptual revolutions
  • Philosophers plugged into science and vice versa?
  • Morality and science - are there questions science shouldn't ask?
  • Resistance to science in the US
  • The evolution of scientific ethics in recent generations
  • The importance of ethics
  • Human sex differences should be researched?
  • There will always be ethics "cheaters."
  • Wrapup
  • Recruiting, nagging, promoting
  • Goodbye


Daniela De Paulis
The Earthling's Quest Kickstarter
METI International
The Pioneer Plaque
The Drake Arecibo Message
Carrie Peterson
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Drake Equation
Shadow Biosphere
Wights on Game of Thrones
The Tuskeegee Syphilis Study



Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Panelists: Adam Smith, Gita Jaisinghani, Daniela De Paulis
Music: DJ Spooky
Hardware: Shure, ART, Focusrite, Apple
Software: Loopback, Reaper, OS X Yosemite

Friday, June 24, 2016

Sorry, failed to record Episode 54 on 24 June

We did not get it together for a 24 June recording of Episode 54. It may just be a bad time of year for an open participation podcast to put a panel together however, I do have some hope we will record Ep. 54 soon, and I hope that some of our international participants can join in. We have never wanted this to be a USA only podcast, but we think the conversations we want to have need to engage the entire world.

Much gratitude to people like Adam Smith, David Grigg, Chris McGinlay, and Mateusz Mateus who have joined us at very inconvenient times in the past episodes. We will try to make things easier for them when we can.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Episode 53 - War in Heaven

Recorded: 10 June 2016
Released: 11 june 2016
Duration: 98 minutes, 44 seconds

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Host Paul Carr is joined by panelists Adam Smith, Marsha Barnhart, and Nick Nielsen to talk about
the future of human conflict.

  • Intro
  • Cyber warfare
  • Snowden and the NSA information
  • Snowden hero or traitor?
  • Drawing the line where cyberwar starts
  • Defining warfare
  • The cold war and limited war
  • War in low Earth orbit and cyber warfare
  • Easy and cheap to bring down big expensive satellites
  • Anti satellite weapons
  • Kessler syndrome
  • Weather satellites and the military value of weather data
  • Warfighting platforms in space
  • GPS and their military value
  • Boots on the Ground in space.
  • Supersoldiers?
  • DARPA does proof of concept.
  • Asymmetric warfare
  • Camouflage and concealment
  • Suicide bombers as smart bombs
  • The enemy gets a vote
  • Counterinsurgency warfare
  • Suicide bombers in space?
  • Humans really a warlike species? Are we done with big wars?
  • What purpose would war in space serve?
  • Proxy wars and shadow wars
  • Plausible to send large military forces into space?
  • Private companies quietly supporting government spying?
  • An analogy to Chinese new islands?
  • Transhumanism a moral horror? Would it make wealth inequality worse?
  • The first CRISPR baby soon? The first cloned baby?
  • The great firewall of China
  • Weapons in space  and the Soviet pistols
  • Space the next flashpoint?
  • recommendations
  • recruiting,nagging, begging
  • brief pitch for the Wow! Signal
  • Final round of goodbyes
  • outro

TheCosmonaut's TP-82 pistol

Avoiding War in Space
NOAA Weather Satellites
The Weather Forecast that Saved D-Day
The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
Chiquita admits to paying terrorists
NSA Infiltrated RSA Security
AT&T Helped NSA Spy on Internet
The TP-82 Pistol
Chinese Test Anti-Satellite Weapon
The Outer Space Treaty and Lucite Balls


Marsha: DARPA
Nick: Alain de Botton: Status Anxiety
Adam: Star Wars Audiobooks: Darth Bane Trilogy
Paul: Raging Bitch


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Episode 52 - Space X on Mars, Simulations, CRISPR, Monument Probes

Recorded: 27 May 2016
Released: 28 May 2016
Duration: 94 minutes, 52 seconds

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SpaceX has plans for Mars

Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Chris Prophet, David Grigg, Marsha Barnhart, and Patrick Festa, each of which brings their own topic:
  • Chris: SpaceX going to Mars and Chris Prophet's book on SpaceX
  • David: The validity of computer simulations
  • Marsha: CRISPR-cas9 gene editing
  • Patrick: Monument Probes for humanity


Chris Prophet: SpaceX from the Ground Up (USA)
Chris Prophet: SpaceX from the Ground Up (UK)
Active Shielding on Spacecraft
Effectiveness of Artificial Mini-Magnetospheres
Gregory Benford: The Martian Race
The Genesis Engine (article on CRISPR)
The Promise and Peril of Gene Editing
The Billion Year Pyramid
The Benfords: Messaging with Cost Optimized Interstellar Beacons


Chris Prophet: Interstellar Propulsion
David Grigg: The Lunar Men by Jenny Uglow and Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes
Marsha Barnhart: Orphan Black
Patrick Festa: Juno Mission
Paul Carr: Where's The Flux Kickstarter (please donate)


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

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