Sunday, August 19, 2018

Episode 93 - The 2018 Summer Non-episode

Recorded: 17 August 2018
Released: 19 August 2018
Duration: 97 minutes, 20 seconds

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Host Paul Carr is joined by David Grigg, Nick Nielsen, Mike Bohler, and Sam Lichtenstein to talk about a wide range of cutting edge issues in our Summer non-episode. We started with the recent article by Torres about we should not colonize space.
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The Skeptic's Guide to Conspiracy
Why We Should Think Twice About Colonizing Space by Phil Torres
Space colonization and suffering risks: Reassessing the “maxipok rule” by Phil Torres
Solar storm of 1859
Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate
A Super Solar Flare
What If the Biggest Solar Storm on Record Happened Today? Repeat of 1859 Carrington Event would devastate modern world, experts say by Richard A. Lovett
Coronal mass ejection
Stuxnet virus
On the Beach by Nevile Shute (novel)
On the Beach by Nevile Shute (film)

Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene by Will Steffen, et al.
Is Humanity About To Accidentally Declare Interstellar War On Alien Civilizations? by Ethan Siegel 
Alex Jones systematic de-Platforming does not bode well for Intellectual Dark Web
The Great Deplatforming War Rages On: Should libertarians cheer, boo, or do a shrug-emoji when a private social media platform bans the likes of Alex Jones? by Matt Welch

Licensing Order of 1643
Areopagitica; A speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England (1644) 


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky
Linkage: Nick Nielsen

Saturday, August 18, 2018

A brief announcement for listeners

Released: 18 August 2018

A brief announcement about changes to the podcast format and new destinations for our audio content.  Please see for more information.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Episode 92 - Mars is wet, but the Moon is near.

Recorded: 27 July 2018
Released: 29 July 2018
Duration: 72 minutes, 2 seconds

Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists David Grigg, Nick Nielsen, and Patrick Festa. The cosmic Lyft

driver has pulled up to the curb. Where to next? Moon or Mars, and why? Why anything other than birth, copulation, and death? We get to decide.

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Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky
Linkage: Nick Nielsen

Friday, June 15, 2018

Unseen Pub #9

With Mike Mongo, Nick Nielsen, Mike Bohler, Patrick Festa, and Paul Carr

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Episode 91 - Speaking in Tongues

Recorded: 25 May 2018
Released: 26 May 2018
Duration: 74 minutes, 17 seconds

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Host Paul Carr is joined by panelists Sam Lichtenstein, Patrick Festa, and Nick Nielsen to talk about the evolution and extinction of human languages.


The pre-show discussion thread
Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis (linguistic relativity)



Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Episode 89 - XRisk

Recorded: 6 April 2018
Released: 7 April 2018
Duration: 91 minutes, 56 seconds

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Host Paul Carr welomes panelists Gita Jaisinghani, Sam Lichtenstein, Nick Nielsen and Adam Smith
Eric Drexler
to take about a selection of Existential Risks.

Topics include: nanotechnology, pandemics, AI, and Climate Change. As usual, we let the discussion wander where it will go.


Engineered Avian Flu Could Kill Half the World's Humans


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky
Links: Nick Nielsen