With a loose focus on design, and a heavy dose of absurdity, we discuss a variety of topics that we hope you will find relevant to your own life. Or, at least you might find them entertaining. Please enjoy.1
Ned and Meg plus Dana continue the discussion around Transhumanism, or using technology to improve our own biology through design in order to improve the existence of humans. Topics today include the Theory and Aims of Transhumanism. We raise questions about measuring humanity by its limitations, modifying the self versus future individuals, the age of modifiability, whether transhumanism is narcissistic or serves the greater good, if we don’t die are we still human, and will there be an arms race for enhancement? See also: trickle down rich kid theory, survival vs. other stakes, and the Fermi Paradox. Thanks for going on this adventure with us! Wash your hands, wear a mask, don’t be a dick.
Ned and Meg chat about the Bechdel Test, which listeners may already know, except we chat about what it means to pass or fail the REVERSE Bechdel test, and there’s some lively conversation about what that even means. We’re not sure we were successful, but maybe you can help! Tell us your secret thoughts. Thanks for listening, wear a mask and wash your hands and be patient for the vaccine, kiddos! End is in sight!
Ned and Meg bag all over Intelligent Design, a religious conservative propaganda effort designed to undermine science and secure for its apologists various positions of educational and political leadership throughout the USA. Roundly rejected by scientists and people who like to think, we discuss the many ways in which 'ID' is just stoopid. Join us! Wash your hands and keep that mask on til you get your vaccine. Thanks for listening.
Ned listens in stunted horror as Meg describes making friends with a wild mouse that moved into her kitchen. This mouse is no mere mouse, but rather an Exceptional Mouse, and Meg is more than happy to undertake precautionary measures to ensure a safe coexistence until Spring, thus preventing her untimely death from Hantavirus during the Covid Pandemic. Wash your hands twice, and wear a mask! Thanks for listening.
Ned and Meg discuss Jelery. What even is Jelery? Is it jelly made of celery? Is it ants on a log but with jelly instead of peanut butter? Today we discuss these heavy hitting topics and more, like Meg’s old jobs, Ned’s Xmas party, rescuing animals, open face sandwiches and we address some reader mail! Wash your hands, wear a mask, be patient for that vaccine! Thanks for listening.
Ned and Meg discuss the Exodusters! This intrepid group of former enslaved people left the American South after the Civil War ended and headed West as homesteaders. They faced tribulations along the way, and faced hardship once they finally reached their destinations in Kansas. Meg just learned about these resilient people and wanted to share! Enjoy a piece of American History. Wash your hands, wear a mask, be patient for the vaccine, and thanks!
Ned and Meg continue the discussion around Transhumanism, or using technology to improve our own biology through design in order to improve the existence of humans. Topics today include the history of Transhumanism and the people who developed the definitions we use today. Also, alzheimer sharks. Wash your hands, wear your mask, don’t quit now! Thanks for listening.