Socrates on the Wow Signal Podcast: Be Unreasonable!

I know how hard it is start a podcast. So when budding podcasters ask me for an interview, I am always looking for reasons to say “Yes.”

This is a re-post of my month-old interview for the Wow Signal Podcast recently started by Paul Carr. Since this is only the 3rd episode ever, the recording is still a bit rough around the edges. Never-the-less, I enjoyed talking to Paul and you might enjoy listening to it too.

During our conversation with Carr we cover a variety of topics such as: transhumanism and the technological singularity; hard and slow take-offs and why I bet on the latter rather than the former; mind uploading and the two major criticisms thereof; pro-sports, performance enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong and regulation; the Fermi paradox, our civilization’s chance of surviving and colonizing the universe…

I end up the interview with one of my favorite quotes of all time:

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

Geroge Bernard Shaw, “Maxims for Revolutionists,” Man and Superman, 1903

And so that is why I say: Go, be unreasonable!!!


P.S. My comments about Lance Armstrong were made a few weeks before his Oprah interview, and during a period when Lance was still vehemently denying any doping whatsoever.

Browse More

Karl Schroeder 2

Canadian SF Author Karl Schroeder: We’re living in a moment of creative possibility

Nikola Danaylov @ the Happy Ways Podcast with Jon Nielsen

The Happy Ways Podcast with Jon Nielsen: Nikola Danaylov on COVID-19

Dr. Ann Cavoukian on Privacy preview

Former Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian: Never give up on privacy!

James W. Clement preview

James W. Clement on the Switch: Longevity, Fasting, Protein Cycling and Keto

Nikola Danaylov NeoTechnocracy

Nikola Danaylov at Dark Futures: NeoTechnocracy – The Future is Worse than You Think

David Ferrucci preview

Former IBM Watson Team Leader David Ferrucci on AI and Elemental Cognition

Katy Cook

Katy Cook on the Psychology of Silicon Valley

Cathy O'Neil Weapons of Math Destruction

Cathy O’Neil on Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Threatens Democracy