Ep 59: The Candles Blew and then Disappeared

In this solo episode I do a deep dive on the social and political implications of indefinite life span extension. This is a followup to my interview with Aubrey de Grey where we spoke about achieving “escape velocity” and people become effectively immortal. I suggested that eternal life this might have negative consequences at a broader level, Aubrey dismissed these concerns. I go through probable scenarios and the game theory implications if we begin to see a realistic chance of this happening.

Related links:

My discussion with Aubrey de Grey

Ep 58: David Gornoski on Girard and Mimetic Theory

I talk with writer and fellow Florida radio host David Gornoski about Rene Girard and Mimetic Theory. We talk about the nature of human desire, myths as cover stories for violence, and the role of the scapegoat. I explain how I almost purchased a boat with an extraordinary history.

Related links:

A Neighbor’s Choice radio show and podcast

David Gornoski’s work at the Mises Institute

Ep 57: Welcome to the Truman Show

In this solo episode I discuss the “Truman Show” conspiracy and the extent to which it is our reality. Along the way, I talk about conditions for a healthy society, Scooby Doo, log odds, Simulacra and Simulation, kayfabe, Potemkin Villages, and your lying parents.

Related links:

Episode with Jesse Walker, author of The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Reader

Ep 54: Andrew Thurman on Absurd Art, Virtual Embassies, and Why Walken’s Watch Was Worth so Much

I talk with Coindesk reporter and entrepreneur Andrew Thurman about Non-Fungible-Tokens, what gives them value, and the history of absurd art. We also discuss the implication of Barbados opening a virtual embassy in the Metaverse.

Related links:

Andrew Thurman on Coindesk

Follow Andrew on Twitter

Article by Matt Asher about the Metaverse as dystopia

Ep 53: Walter Block on Blackmail, Suicide, and Voluntary Schmavery

I talk with economist and philosopher Walter Block. We discuss his series of books, Defending the Undefendable. The third and latest in that trilogy was recently released. Block defends the legality, and sometimes the morality, of a variety of generally maligned practices and people. We talk about these, as well as libertarian punishment theory, how to handle hostage takers, and the infamous flagpole problem.

Related links:

Walter Block page at Loyola University

Defending the Undefendable III

Walter Block author page at alibris


Ep 50: Adam B. Levine on Irreversible Transactions

I talk with Adam B. Levine, managing editor at Coindesk, about decentralized finance startup Compound’s very costly error and their CEO’s ham-fisted attempt to fix it. We discuss ethereum, immutability, fungibility, and what constitutes a hack in the context of code as law.

Related links:

Adam B. Levine Homepage

Compound sends out extra COMP

Adam’s author page at Coindesk