Think Again – a Big Think Podcast
About This Show
We surprise some of the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss. With host Jason Gots and special guests Neil Gaiman, Alan Alda, Salman Rushdie, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Saul Williams, Henry Rollins, Bill Nye, George Takei, Maria Popova, and many more . . .
You've got 10 minutes with Einstein. What do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel?
Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting?
Some of the best conversations happen when we're pushed outside of our comfort zones. So each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you've probably heard of with hand-picked gems from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. The conversation could go anywhere.
SINCE 2008, BIG THINK has captured on video the best ideas of the world’s leading thinkers and doers in every field, renowned experts including neurologist Oliver Sacks, physicist Stephen Hawking, behavioral psychologist Daniel Kahneman, authors Margaret Atwood and Marylinne Robinson, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, painter Chuck Close, and philosopher Daniel Dennett.Read more »
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157. The Spiders From Mars – Jason Heller (Hugo Award-winning writer)
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The other day I was at a kid’s birthday party and a fellow dad was joking that “When we were kids, it was all ‘bang-bang-bang!’ and now it’s all ‘pew-pew-pew!’”He was talking about video games and lasers as opposed to, I’m guessing, cowboys? Actually, as I remember childhood, it was all “wowm…wowm!” The sound of lightsabers. I was 5 years old when Star Wars: A New Hope came out, and like everyone who grew up back then, I had sci-fi seeping into my very pores. Alien civilizations. Cyborg killers. The dark, unfeeling menace of advanced technology…Because there can never be too many Jasons, my guest today is the Hugo-award winning writer Jason Heller. He’s here to tell the eerie and fascinating tale of how sci-fi seeped into the pores of popular music in the 1970s, and how, along with psychedelic drugs and electronic instruments, it produced and was transformed by David Bowie and others into something rich and strange. Something that changed the face of music and pop culture forever. His new book is Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci Fi Exploded.Surprise conversation-starter clips in this episode: Reza Aslan on how religious believers describe godDambisa Moyo on 3 ways to make American politicians betterLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesRead more »
Rated 5 out of
Engaging & Thoughtful
Jason Gots obviously takes great care to research his guests, his questions are therefore thoughtful and lead to interesting conversation. He comes across as someone who really likes and is curious about people. For the most part, the interviews have great energy and flow. Now and again, a crotchety, contrary guest who refuses to watch through one of the videos will end up on the show. It is fascinating and instructive to notice how Jason will go even deeper into listening and understanding. His efforts to puzzle out these grumps fascinate me. Those are some of my favorite episodes (Joshua Cohen and Jeff Garlin are a couple examples).
I began listening from Episode One, and am a little over one year in. In the earlier episodes, I enjoyed the surprise video clips. They were close enough to the interests of the guests to spark a reaction, but different enough that the conversations felt like a fresh take. In more recent episodes, the topics seem fairly closely related to the guests own areas of expertise/experience. For example, when Neil DeGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist, was on the show, one of the clips was by a physicist. Basically, Neil's response was to say that he basically agreed with what was said. I would like the producers to go back to more creative choices in their clips.
Date published: 2018-06-04