Friday, September 16, 2016

Episode 59 - Big Time

Recorded: 16 September 2016
Released: 17 September 2016
Duration: 87 minutes, 40 seconds

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Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Roger Wehbe, Chris Prophet, David Grigg, and Nick Nielsen to
James Hutton

talk about the very long stretches of time that reality evolves over vs. the the very local perception of time that we humans have. With a bigger concept of time, could we colonize the galaxy? Wht would we? Has someone else already done this, but left us out of the party?


XKCD: Global Temperatures
James Hutton
Globular Clusters as Cradles of Life and Advanced Civilizations
The Wilderness Hypothesis
Wow! Signal Burst 20 with Tabetha Boyajian
The Transcension Hypothesis
Total Fertility Rate


David Grigg: The Hunt for Vulcan
Chris Prophet: Elon Musk at Upcoming Conference
Nick Nielsen: Series of Papers by Jay Olson on Aggressively Expanding Civlizations
Paul Carr: Voices from L5


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Panelists: Rober Wehbe, Chris Prophet, David Griff, and Nick Nielsen
Music: DJ Spooky

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Episode 58 - Fusion Powered Killer Robots

Recorded: 2 September 2016
Released: 3 September 2016
Duration: 77 minutes, 12 seconds

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National Ignition Facility
Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Chris Prophet, Sam Lichtenstein, and James Garrison to talk about what's real, what's commercializable, and what's not in nuclear fusion.  Then we turn our attention to the ostensibly grave dangers of AI.


The Unseen Podcast Blog

The National Ignition Facility
Lawrenceville Plasma Physics
The Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

Not Even Wrong - Fusion Energy at Lawrenecville Plasma Physics
RationalWiki: Fusion Woo
Eric Lerner: The Big Bang Never Happened


Chris Prophet - Iain Banks
James Garrison - Scott Sigler Generations Trilogy
Sam Lichtenstein - Uluru in Austraila
Paul Carr - Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart: Bongo Fury


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Panelists: James Garrison, Chris Prophet, Sam Lichtenstein
Music: DJ Spooky

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.