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.
14. Doomer Optimism w/Jason Snyder
This week my guest is Jason Snyder, a cofounder of the Doomer Optimism movement and faculty member in the Department of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State. We talked about the concept of Doomer Optimism the future of practical skills, education, and what that means in local and cosmolocal communities. Jason had a great perspective on the galaxy brain-like tendencies of intellectual ideas, versus small-scale, practical implementations that anyone can take.Subscribe to the newsletter for show notes and a link to the Big Nerve challenge.
13. Certainty and the End of Science w/Heather Heying
This week I invited evolutionary biologist, writer, and co-host of the Dark Horse podcast, Heather Heying, to discuss what it means to do science now, what it meant in the past, and how we educate those who will do it in the future. For more on Heather, show notes, and the Big Nerve challenge question subscribe to the Theory Gang Newsletter.