As Prince Vulcan says in the that old Flash Gordon movie (with the Queen soundtrack): "Who wants to live forever?" Well, we put that question to each other, and also to you ... and you can answer us on that amazing free Anchor.fm app. Also covered in this episode are cold war computer scientists who are erased from history, giant bees and snails, and an AI computer program so dangerous that if it gets loose it can write political speeches.
One of the guests on this episode may or may not be an actual Sasquatch. Could they, and other creatures we generally never see, be forced closer to our proximity due to changing climate? Could changing climate lead to collapse of society? What about solar flares? And if society is going to collapse, would it make you not want to live forever? All this and more on this new episode!
This episode is a kind of rambling conversation that touches upon a lot of topics, but ultimately the thread comes together around what the odds are of things happening, and, ultimately … how did we come to exist, despite the overwhelming odds against it happening?
On one hand, you’ve got R2D2, Wall-E, and Johnny-5. On the other hand you have HAL-9000, Cylons, and The Terminator. And yet on another hand (this one on a third robotic arm) you have the possibility of a cyborg enhanced self. Which way will AI go? We explore this with the (admittedly feeble) help of Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant.
Is the purpose of life to be happy? What if you could take a pill and you would be blissfully happy? Is that the end game, then? If not, what is it? Let’s ask the Dalai Lama … or at least a poster of his purported sayings, and test to see if they are acceptably real.
Are some monsters real? Could they be anomalies that pop into our reality like griefers in an online social sim? Or are they just figments in our shared subconscious? Could they be, in some aspect… acceptably real?
Under what circumstances can ghosts be considered acceptably real? Joe and I think we have the answer. And if that’s not enough to pique your interest, we have several spooky stories to tell you, one with actual photographic evidence (see it here: AcceptablyReal.com).
Is photography our proof that the past actually existed? Or is it just another figment of the ever present “now”? And when you remember something that you took pictures of, are you remembering the event, or the pictures? What is time, anyway? And how is it related to memories? And why in the world did we … Continue reading "Episode 3 – Time, Photography, and … Sucker Punch?"
Have intelligent extraterrestrials visited Earth? Are they still here? Are they walking among us? Why? What could they possibly want, and how would they get here? These and other questions spring from both Joe and Jerry seeing the recent movie Arrival. Also, would it even be possible for humans to understand the complexities of an alien language?
This first episode of our podcast is a bit different than what we plan for the rest of them, mainly because Jerry had been telling Joe about his childhood adventures with his father, and how one time his father had taken him hunting for pirate treasure down in the Sea of Cortez.