Friday, March 16, 2018

Unseen Pub #8 tonight - join us!

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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.


the Scientific Odyssey Podcast:
Chad Davies on Twitter

The Doom of Spacetime


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.



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


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


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


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.



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

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



Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky

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