19. Misinformation, Memes, and Mockery w/Dannagal Young
On this episode of NeoAcademia, Danna Young and Natasha Mott discuss misinformation, censorship, free speech, memes, and more in the context of Danna's book Wrong: How Media, Politics, and Identity Drive our Appetite for Misinformation.. There was a pretty big audio issue which spurred me to start thinking about these episodes differently. This is still under the realm of podcasts, but I may switch exclusively to YouTube in future seasons. I highly recommend watching on YouTube for the full experience with subtitles. You’ll see why.
18. Imperial Empiricism w/ Michael Strevens
On this episode of NeoAcademia Michael and I discussed society’s perception of science and his book The Knowledge Machine. Michael is a professor of philosophy at NYU Micahel keeps pretty busy working on complex systems, probabilities, causation, and the philosophy of science, the sociology of science. Subscribe to the Newsletter for show notes, the Big Nerve link, and more. Video episode available here.
16. Spelunking the Mind w/Erik Hoel
I had a blast talking with Erik Hoel about his new book The World Behind the World. Erik writes a popular substack called The Intrinsic Perspective, and he’s also written a novel, but this episode focuses on his first nonfiction book, where he explains his theory of casual emergence and where the field of consciousness is today. Check out the newsletter for more links and notes.
15. Questioning Academia at Scale w/ Geoffrey West
I had the pleasure of hanging out with Geoffrey West talking science, misinformation, laws of scale, Casablanca -- and we had a blast. Geoffrey is a theoretical physicist who is questioning universal laws of Scale (also the title of his book), and he relates these laws to our everyday life which is no small feat for someone studying elementary particles. For show notes, more on Geoffrey, and the Big Nerve challenge question check out the Theory Gang newsletter. The full video is also available on YouTube.