22 episodes

We read books and discuss ideas that help us see the world differently. Hosted by Trish and Hirad, who met at a Vancouver-based book club, focused on reading on topics of evolution and human behaviour. Music for this podcast is courtesy of purple-planet.com.

Fresh Lens Podcast Hirad Motamed & Patricia Veinott

    • Science

We read books and discuss ideas that help us see the world differently. Hosted by Trish and Hirad, who met at a Vancouver-based book club, focused on reading on topics of evolution and human behaviour. Music for this podcast is courtesy of purple-planet.com.

    The Techno-Optimist Manifesto

    The Techno-Optimist Manifesto

    In this episode, Trish & Hirad discuss Marc Andreesen's techno-optimist manifesto, advancements in AI, accelerationism vs decelerationism, the concept of the right-wing progressive, and the historical follies of progressivism.

    Links to the articles discussed:

    - The Techno-Optimist Manifesto
    - The Rise of the Right Wing Progressive
    - Yudkowski's call to shut down AI in Time Magazine 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Dawn of Everything - Part 3

    The Dawn of Everything - Part 3

    In this final instalment on The Dawn of Everything, we discuss the 3 forms of domination characteristic of the modern state, anarchism, non-western democracies, civilizations that have reversed course, and all kinds of other goodies.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Dawn of Everything - Part 2

    The Dawn of Everything - Part 2

    This is part 2 of our coverage of The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity.

    In this episode, we're still laying the foundations to answer the question of why it is that we're stuck in a single political paradigm. We discuss how cultures diverge, why the agricultural revolution wasn't much of a revolution, and how pre-agricultural societies actually lived (spoiler: in all sorts of ways).

    • 52 min
    The Dawn of Everything - Part 1

    The Dawn of Everything - Part 1

    In this episode, we kick off our discussion of The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow.

    We liked B******t Jobs so much that we decided to keep going with the Graeber titles. This book examines the ways in which humans have organized themselves since the beginning. In this first part, we talk about the fallacious but popular narratives that have saturated our thinking about the history of humanity and the origins of inequality.

    • 39 min
    #MahsaAmini

    #MahsaAmini

    In this mini-episode, we talk about the recent events in Hirad's home country of Iran. Hirad shares some recollections about life there, and we use the recent events as a perspective on western issues.

    This episode is a bit different from the usual Fresh Lens content. We feel it's incumbent upon us to keep the conversation about these events alive, since that is all we can do.

    • 23 min
    Conversation with Joomi Kim

    Conversation with Joomi Kim

    Today, Hirad is speaking with Joomi Kim, biologist, researcher, and writer of an excellent Substack.

    Topics include: how Joomi ended up researching COVID vaccine safety, the parallels between the Iraq war propaganda and today's information climate, and how we can navigate difficult topics.

    You can find her Substack publication here: https://joomi.substack.com/

    • 43 min

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