My guest on this program is Robin Hanson, associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and a research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. His academic training is in physics, philosophy, and social science, and he has worked for years in artificial intelligence at Lockheed and NASA. His recent book is The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth, in which he provides a thought experiment about our technological future when brain emulations, or “Ems,” proliferate, perhaps a hundred years from now.
This program features a conversation with Charles Eisenstein, a speaker and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. He is the author of The Ascent of Humanity: Civilization and the Human Sense of Self, and Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition. In these books and other media he has established himself as a genre-defying social philosopher and countercultural intellectual. The Ascent of Humanity argues that our disconnection from the natural world and one another is built into the foundations of our civilization: into science, religion, money, technology, medicine, and education. He talks about what he calls an “Age of Reunion” wherein we have a more expansive sense of self, and a more Continue reading
My guest on this program is Joseph Heath, director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, where he is also a professor in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Public Policy and Governance. He has an acute capacity to debunk widespread ideas on environmental, economic, social and political issues. He has authored numerous scholarly and mainstream works that ask fundamental questions about society and how to make it more just. One of his more recent books published here in the U.S. is Economics Without Illusions: Debunking the Myths of Modern Capitalism.
On this program we’ll talk with two authors. In the first half-hour, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., professor of psychology at UC, Riverside, will be talking with us about her most recent book, The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn’t; What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, but Does. Professor Lyubomirsky’s training is in Social Psychology (Stanford, 1994), and her research career has focused on the scientific study of happiness.
In the second half-hour, Thomas Edsall, professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, talks about his recent book, The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics. He writes an online opinion column for The New York Times, is a correspondent Continue reading