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94 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
68. Naturalizing Consciousness (with Walter Veit)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Walter Veit about the science and philosophy of consciousness. Walter is an interdisciplinary scientist and philosopher who is currently completing his PhD dissertation at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published on a wide range of topics, including the topic of animal consciousness and animalContinue reading "68. Naturalizing Consciousness (with Walter Veit)"
69 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
67. Animal Ethics (with Dr. Heather Browning)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Dr. Heather Browning about animal ethics. Dr. Browning received her PhD from the Australian National University in 2020 and is currently a postdoctoral research officer at the London School of Economics working as a part of the Foundations of animal Sentience Project. Dr. Browning and IContinue reading "67. Animal Ethics (with Dr. Heather Browning)"
89 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
66. Extremism (with Professor Quassim Cassam)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with the philosopher Quassim Cassam on the topic of extremism. Dr. Cassam is a professor of philosophy at the University of Warwick and has made contributions to many different areas of the field. A lot of his earlier work focuses more on traditional topics in epistemology, likeContinue reading "66. Extremism (with Professor Quassim Cassam)"
48 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
65. Entering the Matrix
In this episode I discuss virtual reality technology. Here are a few links to relevant articles:
88 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
64. The Purpose of Life (with Brad Turner)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my brother Brad Turner about Buddhism, the purpose of life, the possibility of the afterlife, the existence (or nonexistence) of God, the concept of rebirth and nirvana, and the nature of consciousness and the self.
8 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
63. The Scattered Unity of Youth
In this episode I read a few poems that I’ve written. The text of the poems can be found at the following link:
45 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
62. The Precipice
In this episode I discuss the idea that we are currently living in an age of heightened existential risk. Here are links to articles/books that I reference in the episode: The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity (Toby Ord 2020): https://www.amazon.com/Precipice-Existential-Risk-Future-Humanity/dp/0316484911
37 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
61. The AI Revolution
In this episode I discuss the topic of artificial intelligence and automation. Here are links to articles that I reference in the episode: GPT–3 Guardian Article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/08/robot-wrote-this-article-gpt-3 MIT Task Force Article: https://news.mit.edu/2019/work-future-report-technology-jobs-society-0904 ‘What is AI?’ Article: https://www.zdnet.com/article/what-is-ai-everything-you-need-to-know-about-artificial-intelligence/
21 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
60. The Dangers of Digital Performance
In this episode I discuss how social media is deranging society and democracy by turning all of human communication into a public performance.
95 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
59. Schadenfreude and Authoritarianism (with Professor Susanna Siegel)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Professor Susanna Siegel. Dr. Siegel is the Edgar Pierce Professor of philosophy at Harvard University. She has made significant contributions in many different fields of philosophy, and is especially well known for the work that she’s done in the philosophy of perception. In this episode IContinue reading "59. Schadenfreude and Authoritarianism (with Professor Susanna Siegel)"
120 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
58. The Commodification of Civilization (with Darian Spearman)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I have a wide ranging conversation with my friend Darian Spearman about many different topics, including healthcare, 2020 politics and culture, capitalism, social media, and the state of contemporary journalism.
78 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
57. The Nature of Democracy (with Professor Michael Morrell)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with professor Michael Morrell about the nature of democracy. Dr. Morrell is currently a political science professor at the University of Connecticut. He received his PhD in political science from Arizona State University in 1998. Here I speak with Dr. Morrell about a range a differentContinue reading "57. The Nature of Democracy (with Professor Michael Morrell)"
74 minutes | Jul 18, 2020
56. The Extended Mind (with Hunter Gentry)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Hunter Gentry about the so-called extended mind thesis in philosophy. Hunter received his master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Houston, and is currently a PhD student in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work primarily focuses on perception, memory, and control. Our discussionContinue reading "56. The Extended Mind (with Hunter Gentry)"
80 minutes | Jul 11, 2020
55. Buddhism, Karma, and Consciousness (with Brad Turner)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my brother Brad (aka B-rad 3) about Buddhism, the idea of karma, and the metaphysics of consciousness.
70 minutes | Jul 2, 2020
54. The VSBRO App and What It’s Like to Go Viral (with Andrew Burns)
In this episode of Tent Talks I speak with my former student Andrew Burns about a popular app that he created. Andrew is a rising senior at the University of Connecticut, and a computer science major. This past spring Andrew and a few of his friends created an app called VSBRO that went viral. TheContinue reading "54. The VSBRO App and What It’s Like to Go Viral (with Andrew Burns)"
85 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
53. Anarchism (with Eric Berg)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my colleague Eric Berg about anarchism. Eric is a self-described anarchist and is currently a PhD student in philosophy at the University of Connecticut. Here we talk about many different things related to anarchism, such as the distinction between anarchism and chaos, the distinction between anarcho-communism,Continue reading "53. Anarchism (with Eric Berg)"
79 minutes | Mar 8, 2020
50. Mindfulness and the Attention Economy (with Benji Buchanan)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend Benji Buchanan. Benji is an entrepreneur and currently a computer science student at the University of Connecticut. We talk about a range topics, including Benji’s experience in the military and what it was like for him to undergo buds navy seal training, mindfulness, theContinue reading "50. Mindfulness and the Attention Economy (with Benji Buchanan)"
88 minutes | Feb 29, 2020
49. The Young Democratic Centrists of America (with Gundy)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with my friend Gundy about contemporary US politics and the 2020 election. Gundy has worked as a campaign staffer for the Pete Buttigieg campaign the past 8 months or so. He explains to me what his experience as a staffer was like and why he is aContinue reading "49. The Young Democratic Centrists of America (with Gundy)"
71 minutes | Feb 29, 2020
48. Is the Universe Conscious? (with Professor Philip Goff)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Dr. Philip Goff, who is a professor of philosophy at Durham University. Professor Goff’s research focuses on the philosophy of consciousness and the question of how to integrate consciousness into our scientific worldview. In recent years, Professor Goff has become one of the leading proponents ofContinue reading "48. Is the Universe Conscious? (with Professor Philip Goff)"
127 minutes | Feb 22, 2020
47. The Young Democratic Socialists of America (with Tori Zane and Gino De Angelis)
In this episode of Tent Talks, I speak with Zori Lane and Gino De Angelis, who are the leaders of the University of Connecticut chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America. We discuss many topics, including socialism versus capitalism, the concept of ‘fully automated luxury communism’, healthcare, the 2020 presidential election, and cancel culture.
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