Sunday, September 16, 2018

Episode 96 - Meta Solo


Recorded: 14 September 2018
Released: 16 September 2016
Duration: 44 minutes 31 seconds

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The first (and hopefully, last) solo episode, although this is our second meta episode, following a very unpopular one in 2015.

Links

Episode #1
The Unseen Podcast
About the Podcast
The Back Catalog
The Episode Sheet
The Wow! Signal

Desert Oracle Radio

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky





Sunday, September 9, 2018

Episode 95 - All Models Are Wrong


Recorded: 31 August 2018
Released: 9 September 2018
Duration: 44 minutes, 14 seconds

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David Hilbert
A continuation of the discussion from Episode 94. Host Paul Carr and panelists Buck Field and Nick Nielsen jam on the theme of what are our models of reality, and what do they mean?


Links:

sieve of Eratosthenes

The Cognitive Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Hanne Andersen, Peter Barker, and Xiang Chen
Proofs that there are infinitely many primes

Why are there infinitely many prime numbers?

The Autonomy of Mathematical Knowledge: Hilbert's Program Revisited by Curtis Franks

THE PECULIAR MATH THAT COULD UNDERLIE THE LAWS OF NATURE

Cohl Furey

Octonion

How Much Does It Cost To Find A Higgs Boson? by Alex Knapp


Credits:

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


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Episode 94 - No Oranges in My Waldorf Salad


Recorded: 31 August 2018
Released: 2 September 2018
Duration:42 minutes 16 seconds

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Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Buck Field and Nick Nielsen to further extend the discussion
about what mathematics really means.

Episode 95 will pick up where this left off.

Links:

Episode 77 with Sam Lichtenstein and Nick Nielsen

Proofs that there are infinitely many primes
Why are there infinitely many prime numbers?
The Autonomy of Mathematical Knowledge: Hilbert's Program Revisited by Curtis Franks
THE PECULIAR MATH THAT COULD UNDERLIE THE LAWS OF NATURE
Cohl Furey
Octonion
How Much Does It Cost To Find A Higgs Boson? by Alex Knapp
sieve of Eratosthenes

The Cognitive Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Hanne Andersen, Peter Barker, and Xiang Chen

Credits:

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


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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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Breakthrough Starshot artist's concept
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.
Please see our main site, unseenpodcast.com for more information about this episode and the podcast. You can discuss the episode and its contents.

Links:

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) 

Credits:

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 unseenpodcast.com 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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Links:

Credits: 

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.

Links:

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

Recommendations:

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

The Unseen Podcast is released under the Creative Common Attribution/Share-Alike license






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.

Links

Engineered Avian Flu Could Kill Half the World's Humans

Credits

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


Friday, March 16, 2018

Unseen Pub #8 tonight - join us!

Here is the watch live link if you don't want to participate:

If you do, just meet up with us on Twitter, @podcastunseen, and tell us you'd like to be on #upub8.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Episode 88 - Chad Davies on the Scientific Odyssey



Recorded: 16 February 2018
Released: 17 February 2018
Duration:  85 minutes, 8 seconds

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Host Paul Carr welcomes special guest Chad Davies of the Scientific Odyssey podcast, and panelists Sam Lichtenstein and Patrick Festa, to talk about the history and philosophy of science.

erratum: at the end, the host says it's the 16th of September. It was February.

Links:

the Scientific Odyssey Podcast:
Chad Davies on Twitter

The Doom of Spacetime

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

The Unseen Podcast



Saturday, January 27, 2018

Episode 87 - The Fight for Kids in Space



Recorded: 26 January 2018
Released: 27 January 2018
Duration: 104 minutes 39 seconds

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Host Paul Carr is joined by special guest panelist and documentary filmmaker Paul Hildebrandt,  director of The Fight for Space. Joining The two Pauls are Mike Mongo, Jon Eckberg, and Nick Nielsen. We talk about kids in space, and how it relates to Paul Hildebrandt's kickstarter for his film First to the Moon.

 

Links

Fight for Space
First to the Moon Kickstarter

Eric S. Raymond on Google Plus
Linus Torvalds on Google Plus
Sally Ride
Sally Ride
Valentina Tereshkova
Who Was Sally Ride?
Christa McAuliffe
Apollo 8
Thomas Selfridge, first person to die in an airplane crash

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky







Saturday, January 20, 2018

Episode 86 - A Hyperbolic Trajectory Through the Drake Equation



Recorded: 19 January 2018
Released: 20 January 2018
Duration:126 minutes, 28 seconds

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Frank Drake and his famous equation
Host Paul Carr is joined by new panelist Jon Eckberg, and regulars Nick Nielsen, Buck Field, Mike Bohler and Patrick Festa to talk about how the discovery of the interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua affects the terms in the Drake Equation, if at all. As is typical for us, the discussion ranges wide, once again confirming the Drake Equation's role as an excellent mental lens.
affects the terms in

Links:

The Drake Equation
Through the Lens of the Drake Equation
Claudio Maccone - The Statistical Drake Equation
David Jewitt - Oddball Visitor from Outer Space
Early trace of life from 3.95 Ga sedimentary rocks in Labrador, Canada
Guns, Germs, and Steel
The Case for K Dwarf Stars
This Humpback Whale Saved a Woman's Life, But Probably Not on Purpose
Face to Face with a Leopard Seal

A Skeptic's Guide to Conspiracy
Oh, No Ross and Carrie

Credits: 

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Episode 85 - Beyond Flags and Footprints



Recorded: 5 January 2018
Released: 6 January 2018
Duration: 97 minutes, 44 seconds

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Erratum: the 2017 Federal Budget is 4.1 Trillion dollars.

Host Paul Carr is joined by panelists Adam Smith, Nick Nielsen, Patrick Festa, and Buck Field to talk about the human return to the moon. It seems to boil down to: yes,, but who's going to pay for it? Maybe the Chinese? Maybe American or Asian billionaires? Somehow this drifts into discussion of flat Earthers and joke cults.

 

Links

Artist's conception of lunar colony
Deep Space Gateway
Space Launch System
SpaceIL

Thiel: Google has $50B, doesn't innovate  or the longer version: 2012 - Eric Schmidt and Peter Thiel - Debate
The Largest Companies by Market Cap
"There is a tide in the affairs of men."
Lava tubes as hidden sites for future human habitats on the Moon and Mars
Lunar lava tube
Budget of NASA

5 Whys
A Skeptic's Guide to Conspiracy
Ross and Carrie Traverse Flat Earth
Ross and Carrie Go Raelian
Church of the Subgenius
North Texas Church of Freethought

 

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

Hardware: Shure, ProArt, Focusrite, Apple, Audio Technica,Tascam
Postproduction: Auphonic Desktop Application
Hosting: Libsyn

The Unseen Podcast is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license.