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We are, fundamentally, the same beings as we were in ancient times.
I was just talking with a friend of mine about the most recent Pompeii discoveries, and the conversation quickly landed at how we are essentially the same beings as then, only our technology and some of our culture has changed.
I would extend, that with technology came an influence into our culture, which then influenced back the prominence or course of that technology had on our culture, so on and so forth. From either sacking of cities or the increased comfort or size of a luxury elite, or in the way in which I would posit technology has been most influential, that being an increase and disbursement of widespread luxury goods. …
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This episode, like all things, is many different dimensions at once.
In April of 2016, I lived in Chicago, and was working on a short lived podcast on the side.
I’ve had a long interest in water as a resource.
How are we getting it, the increasing stress and instability of it, I can go on and on.
With that podcast, I wanted to highlight water infrastructure, and the looming issues with it going unnoticed. …
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This one, like the 10th episode with Ari Novy, I walked in primed and ready for an interview. But before we even really got going, we were already deep into a conversation about the conundrums of our present day.
Going with the flow, I threw out my notes and decided to see where the conversation with one of the foremost experts, and first to get into the game, on social media misinformation and disinformation would take us.
My guest is professor Yotam Ophir, who’s expertise ranges from Misinformation; persuasion; effect of media content on audiences, including in health, science, politics and terrorism. …
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What we’re going to hear if you should listen to this episode, isn’t something happy.
But if you stick with it, I think it will bring you a lot of faith in our shared humanity and ability to persevere, just as much as a shock to what is silently happening to 48% of American’s who are renting right now.
For me, it gave me a deeper appreciation in the selflessness of others, to put their time and emotional fortitude in any way possible to help the helpless. …
An idea that I will continue to build upon as the series gains momentum, is given the sheer pace of information and data being created, curated and transmitted, it is within the absences of information where many of the most important events and issues are taking place.
With everyone getting a tailored message from an algorithm, their chosen news authority, or social media account, what we each pay attention to seems to increasingly get smaller as it gets more fractured within.
Just think for a quick moment, most people at the time this episode is broadcasted are spending most of their news time on politics and Coronavirus. …
I spend more time than most, reading and pondering the Romans. In my college years, I focused more on the republic, particularly the connection the founding fathers had with that ancient Republic.
But for the most part, my studies centered around the tragedy of the Republic, famously marked by the stabbing of Julius Cesar and the immortal words, “et tu brute?”
Cesar, came up at a time when ambition was the currency for glory. The force of the civilization was so grand, one had to create their immortality, as even the resulting civil wars didn’t shake it’s hold.
Cesar, ever the ambitious Roman, constantly pulled his losses and wins, again and again in a rolling game of double or nothing. …
The regularity of certain patterns.
Snow should be easy to spot.
Then maybe weather regularities, hurricanes and typhoons have pretty distinguishable features.
What about the past two hundred cycles around the sun would stand out more than nearly any other?
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If you were an alien, and every once in a while a specific part of your alien bureaucracy would point a telescope-like device over at our star system for a looksee.
Their department of interstellar geospatial intelligence would be having quite a lot of interest on our planet right now. …
What is science? How can it help us look at the world around us? Where are it’s limits?
What’s the value in literature, narrative or analogy? How can their lessons help us understand our world?
Who’s Norman Borlaug and why is he responsible for saving more lives than anyone else…ever?
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These questions are just some of the areas that were covered in my conversation with this episode’s guest, Dr. Ari Novy.
Dr. Novy is a biologist, author and CEO of the San Diego Botanical Gardens.
He’s also is a through and dynamic thinker, who is great at breaking things down into a small point, before finding the interconnectivity of it all. …
If you so choose to listen to this and the two episodes that follow, they are the start of an ongoing arch on the Anthropocene.
The Anthropocene, is the scientific label for the age in which we live.
An age, that if looked at in a fossil record, or as one of my guests puts it, as aliens from above, we can see a drastic change from homo sapien activity.
That all of the land and ocean, not just the 30% we are actively farming, the 2% where we live in cities, but all of it, is either directly or indirectly influenced by homo sapiens. …
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I want these messages before interviews to be a bit of a cocktail.
The largest portion is making something worth paying attention to that helps take something away from the dialogue.
I also want it to serve as a marker for the interview, what’s the theme I took out of it, and how does this, fit with everything else on the series.
On this episode there’s a lot I’m still thinking about.
From riffing with a generational great historian about definitions of Truth, another hill to view culture from, or more questions about western culture and history. …