YANSS 044 – James Burke on the Coming Age of Scarce Scarcity and Abundant Abundance (Rebroadcast)

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The Topic: The Future

The Guests: James Burke and Matt Novak

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Episode 44 is a rebroadcast of two interviews from episode 20 which was all about how we are very, very bad at predicting the future both in our personal lives and as as a species.

Thanks to your support on Patreon, you can now read a transcript of my interview with James Burke from that episode. More transcripts are on the way. I hope to add about four a month. This is a link to the James Burke transcript.

JamesBurkeSmallJames Burke is a legendary science historian who created the landmark BBC series Connections which provided an alternative view of history and change by replacing the traditional “Great Man” timeline with an interconnected web in which all people influence one another to blindly direct the flow of progress. Burke is currently writing a new book about the coming age of abundance, and he continues to work on his Knowledge Web project. In the interview, James Burke says we must soon learn how to deal with a world in which scarcity is scarce, we are more connected to our online communities than our local governments, and home manufacturing can produce just about anything you desire.

mattnovakWe also sit down with Matt Novak, creator and curator of Paleofuture, a blog that explores retro futurism, sifting through the many ways people in the past predicted how the future would turn out, sometimes correctly, mostly not.

Together, Burke and Novak help us understand why we are to terrible at predicting the future and what we can learn about how history truly unfolds so we can better imagine who we will be in the decades to come.

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Links and Sources:

The Episode: DownloadiTunesStitcherRSSSoundcloud – Transcript

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Previous Episodes

Boing Boing Podcasts

Cookie Recipes

James Burke’s Connections

James Burke’s Connections – Book

James Burke’s Knowledge Web

Paleofuture at Gizmodo

Paleofuture Original Site

YANSS 043 – The Science of Misremembering with Julia Shaw and Daniel Simons

The Topic: Misremembering

The Guests: Julia Shaw and Daniel Simons

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Did Brian Williams lie, exaggerate, or misremember?

If he originally reported the truth behind the events in Iraq more than a decade ago, and those events were filmed and broadcast on the nightly news, then why didn’t he fact-check himself before going on national television and recounting a false version of those same events? Surely, as a journalist, he knew the original video was out there for anyone to watch.

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YANSS 042 – Reducing Unconscious Biases and Prejudices With Rubber Hands and Virtual Reality

 

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The Topic: Bodily Resonance

The Guest: Lara Maister

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One of the more unsettling recent scientific discoveries is the fact that your behavior is influenced every day by unwanted, unconscious social and cultural biases.

Sure, you accept that some people think in certain ways that you don’t because they’ve absorbed cultural norms that you didn’t, but what about your own mind? It can seem as if once you’ve recognized your own contributions to racism and privilege you should then be able to proceed with a clean slate, rebooted with the awareness of your own ignorance, but free from it.

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