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The History of Being Human

Jul 30, 2018

NASA philosophical advisor Kelly Smith, PhD and I discuss:

Does the universe move inexorably towards complexity?

If so, what ethical implications does that have?

If AI becomes more rational than humans, will AIs have ANY ethical obligations towards us?

What is the state of public discourse today?

What moral obligations...


Jul 23, 2018

How did our skulking, digging, night sneak ancestors come to rule the world? With upgrades to their brains, fancy glands that drip liquid nutrition, and three bones in their middle ears.

This episode is brought to you by the KT extinction event, without which none of this would have been possible.


Jul 16, 2018

How much force would it take to pull the horned head right off the neck of a triceratops?

Crocodiles have the highest bite force ever measured in nature, how do they compare to T. rex.

Today we speak with a recognized expert on Tyrannosaurs and all things dinosaur, Dr. Thomas Carr.

We dig deep into why he won't be...


Jul 9, 2018

A biggest-picture history tour, from the Big Bang to the KT extinction event that starved, suffocated, froze, and basically snuffed every four-legged animal heavier than 25 kilos (55 pounds) out of existence. Oh, except for two or three.

Life, never easy, got a lot harder 5 different times in our planet's inhospitable...