The Filter is about how we perceive the world, the lenses through which we view our reality.
The Filter is like:
- Black Mirror but not fiction.
- A darker version of Making Sense with Sam Harris
- Radiolab minus the cool music and with 50% less storytelling
- The Joe Rogan Experience minus stand-up comedians minus MMA minus about 12hrs per week of content
- The Portal with Eric Weinstein but with Matt Asher
- The Tom Woods Show but with 1600 fewer episodes
Ep 35: Hamish Low on Building the World’s Largest Bog Oak Table
I talk with Hamish Low, of Adamson and Low, about creating an enormous table out of ancient bog oak. See Mattasher.com for a video clip of Hamish showing off bog oak.
Adamson and Low
The Fenland Black Oak Project
Ep 34: Jeff Deist on Magical Monetary Thinking, Doomsday Cults, and Decision Making for Strippers
My conversation with Jeff Deist, president of the Mises Institute. We talk about the political reaction to the pandemic, perverse monetary incentives, and the end of American as a single, unified nation. This was the first in-person interview done at The Filter’s new Moray Bay studio.
Jeff Deist at the Mises Institute
Book La Guerra Del Fin Del Mundo
Ep 33: Peter Godfrey-Smith on Sea Life and the Evolution of Consciousness
In this episode I talk with Peter Godfrey-Smith, author of Metazoa, a book which explores consciousness from an evolutionary perspective. We talk about octopus arms, impudent tongues, and theories of consciousness, including panpsychism.
Peter Godfrey-Smith homepage
Metazoa on Amazon
Other Minds on Amazon
My discussion with Tam Hunt about panpsychism
Ep 32: Grant McCracken on Honor Codes, Artisanal Cultures, and Time Machines
In this episode of The Filter, I talk with Grant McCracken about his most recent book, The New Honor Code: A Simple Plan for Raising Our Standards and Restoring Our Good Names. We discuss the ways in which our culture relates to the concept of value. We talk about various examples of honor codes, the role of hazing rituals, creating a marketplace for good behavior, the rise of artisanal cultures, and how one might get a sneak preview into the future.
The New Honor Code
Grant McCracken homepage
My discussion with Tim Virkkala (includes discussion of the topic of honor)
Ep 31: Our Glorious Future as Amish or Termites
In this solo episode, I explain why the future of the human race, if we have one at all, will look a lot like Amish life, or like one giant termite colony. I dive into the forces that push us in each of these directions, and how the conflict between these two possibilities might play out. Along the way I blow up the pyramids, trigger an all-out bee attack, look for bleeding predators, and check in on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
You can find a transcript of this episode at https://mattasher.substack.com/p/our-glorious-future-as-amish-or-termites
Crossover Episode: LocoFoco with Timothy Wirkman Virkkala
What follows is my appearance on the LocoFoco podcast. In it, I discuss some of the ideas in my Black Box episode with host Tim Virkkala. Tim is one of the most interesting thinkers I've met, and I still remember some of his comments from 25 years ago, including his observation that I should call risk a transaction cost in an article I was writing at the time. It took me a day of pondering the idea to go from strong disagreement, to the realization that in the context of my article, this was the only way to look at risk.
Tim's personal blog can be found at Wirkman.com.
Great listen with a wide variety of subjects covered. I often pause throughout listening to fully digest the insights from both guest and host. If you’re a fan of through provoking, intellectual discussion, this podcast is for you. 10/10!
Online political discussions have become increasingly difficult in the age of social media, but The Filter offers a breath of fresh air by bringing nuanced discussions about our developing global political landscape, technology and more to light through balanced interviews, research and open analysis. The podcast brings depth to discussions about major societal issues such as augmented reality technology, the effects of digital propaganda or today’s social media landscape among others. In short, The Filter is allowing critical thinkers to take a step back from the chaos of the world and analyze the factors shaping our thinking process.
While political podcasts often focus on the divide between left and right, The Filter dives in on the wider scope of issues driving the gap between people all across the spectrum. Do we as a society really want our privacy and rights to be invaded through technology crafted by corporations? Are our views being shaped deceptively by people or groups with bad intentions? All of these things and more are explored from an analytical viewpoint that will have listeners thinking more critically about the world they live in.
Interesting Takes on Hot Topics
The Filter looks at complex problems afflicting modern society and sifts through difficult ideas to give you clarity and help you understand more about the world. Each episode takes a deep dive into topics such as politics, culture, philosophy, psychology and journalism. The host Mattasher is frequently joined by highly reputable guests who are experts in their field and together they take an uncompromising look at some of the most interesting, and contentious, issues affecting our society.