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Hosted by Andrew Salisbury and Eden Cohen, An Attempt at Civil Course is an ambitious experiment in thoughtfully debating some of the most profound questions facing our world. We tackle a wide range of subjects, from free will and cognitive biases, to renewable energy and geopolitical rifts. Our objective is to inspire knowledge and curiosity in ourselves and our listeners. And sometimes, we might even reach an agreement on something.

An Attempt at Civil Discourse Eden D. Cohen

    • Philosophy

Hosted by Andrew Salisbury and Eden Cohen, An Attempt at Civil Course is an ambitious experiment in thoughtfully debating some of the most profound questions facing our world. We tackle a wide range of subjects, from free will and cognitive biases, to renewable energy and geopolitical rifts. Our objective is to inspire knowledge and curiosity in ourselves and our listeners. And sometimes, we might even reach an agreement on something.

    Episode 4: Andrew's Green Energy Moonshot

    Episode 4: Andrew's Green Energy Moonshot

    Eden and Andrew continue to explore and debate the topic of green energy. Andrew lays out his American moonshot plan for a massive Federal government-led green transition. As expected, Eden pokes some holes while promoting the role of the private sector and the need for carbon capture. In the end, both reach an agreement that more action is needed, more quickly!

    • 41 min
    Episode 3: Fossil Fuels and the Green Energy Transition

    Episode 3: Fossil Fuels and the Green Energy Transition

    As global warming breaks dismal records, can we and should we aim for a world free of fossil fuels? Do coal, oil and natural gas have a place in a low carbon economy? What about nuclear energy and its potential calamities? And where does all this leave the transportation sector? Eden and Andrew try to find answers to these and other questions through a civilized fact-based discussion on the future of energy.

    • 29 min
    Episode 2: Free Will in the 21st century

    Episode 2: Free Will in the 21st century

    Andrew and Eden respectfully debate the age-old question of Free Will vs. Determinism. Do we have free will? What does science tell us about its existence? Just how much of our lives are determined by environmental factors that we have no control over? Where does the "American Dream" fit into this, and can people truly be happy if their life course is preordained? We weigh in on these and other timeless questions from a 2020 vantage point.

    • 32 min
    Episode 1: Artificial General Intelligence

    Episode 1: Artificial General Intelligence

    What is Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)? In what ways does it differ from today's ubiquitous AI? How far away is AGI, and how would we know when we've finally achieved it? In this first episode of the podcast we tackle what will potentially be the century's greatest breakthrough, and respectfully debate its feasibility, timelines, shape and form. 

    • 37 min

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