30 episodes

Alex Murshak explores minds, machines, and matters political in the spirit of overcoming system limitations.

Hacking State Alex Murshak

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Alex Murshak explores minds, machines, and matters political in the spirit of overcoming system limitations.

    30 - Alexander Pacheco: Building a Network of 150

    30 - Alexander Pacheco: Building a Network of 150

    Alexander Pacheco is the founder of social media platform, 150. Based on Dunbar’s Limit, 150’s innovative social network leverages insights from network science to create a small-town feel that elides many of the downsides that come with incumbent social media giants.
    Alexander walks us through using anthropology and human nature to shape the network topology of 150 to more closely reflect the way we socialize and build connections in real life, how trust in networks is where the real value lies, the formula for high-quality consensus-building, and why bi-directional, exclusive networks are the optimal structure for building effective, high-trust communities.
     
    Get 150:
    https://150.earth/
    https://twitter.com/150_inc
     
    Alexander Pacheco
    https://alexpacheco.substack.com/
    https://twitter.com/alexandercurves
     
     
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    • 56 min
    29 - Kevin Dolan (Bennett's Phylactery): Rebooting Natalism for the 21st Century

    29 - Kevin Dolan (Bennett's Phylactery): Rebooting Natalism for the 21st Century

    I’m joined by cofounder and organizer of the 2023 Natal Conference in Austin, TX, Kevin Dolan.
    We talk about the conception of a conference to promote having more babies, the various religious and techno-optimist factions of the Natalist Movement, environmental detriments to fertility, how we’re radically undervaluing motherhood, thought-terminating technical solutions to the fertility crisis, surrogacy, expanding freedom of association as the key to self-replicating communities, like-minded community as a solution for the alienation of motherhood, and setting sights on Natal Conference 2024.
     
    “It’s not about stopping the rain, it’s about building a boat.” - Kevin Dolan
    Find out about the Natal Conference: https://www.natalism.org/
    Follow Kevin on X: https://X.com/extradeadjcb
     
     
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    28 - Charles Rosenbauer and Olli Payne: Finding the Keys to Our Possible Futures

    28 - Charles Rosenbauer and Olli Payne: Finding the Keys to Our Possible Futures

    I am joined by Charles Rosenbauer and Olli Payne of Possibilia Magazine. Possibilia is an ambitious literary magazine showcasing realistic, optimistic science fiction. They’re bringing positive visions of the future in digital and in print—replete with short stories, nonfiction companion pieces, and illustration.
     
    We talk about the constraints of keeping sci-fi optimistic and realistic, working with writers to meet these constraints, future-adjacent technologies, how private information (cryptography) beats raw compute power, SPACE INFRASTRUCTURE, optimism as a positive telos for humanity, e/acc’s death drive, the Principle of Explosion, generative art as the catalyst for up-skilling artists, stories as social technology, magic lamps, new futurism aesthetics, and the challenges of running a magazine bridging art and technology.
     
    https://www.possibiliamag.com/
    https://twitter.com/bzogrammer
    https://twitter.com/OlliPayne
     
     
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    27 - Lomez: Keeper of the Press

    27 - Lomez: Keeper of the Press

    I speak with father of the Passage Prize and Keeper of the Passage Press, Lomez.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    26 - Stephen R. C. Hicks: Ayn Rand and High Romanticism

    26 - Stephen R. C. Hicks: Ayn Rand and High Romanticism

    On Ayn Rand, Objectivism, the resonance of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, the development and spread of Individualism, high Romanticism, Rand's polarizing characters, the relationship between altruism and selfishness in her works and philosophy, Ayn Rand's large influence on entrepreneurs, and the intellectual subculture of Randian academics.
    Stephen R. C. Hicks is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University and Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship, and Senior Scholar at The Atlas Society.
    Site: https://www.stephenhicks.org/
     
     
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    • 59 min
    25 - Kevin MacDonald: Jewish Group Evolutionary Strategy | Cofnas-MacDonald Debate, pt. 2

    25 - Kevin MacDonald: Jewish Group Evolutionary Strategy | Cofnas-MacDonald Debate, pt. 2

    For part 2 of the Cofnas-Macdonald debate I interview evolutionary psychologist Kevin Macdonald. We go over his response to Nathan Cofnas' objections to the Jewish Group Evolutionary Strategy laid out in "The Culture of Critique" series, his explanations for outstanding Jewish influence, conscientiousness, emotional intensity, and affect intensity as notably Jewish personality traits, Ashkenazi verbal tilt in IQ, the history of Jewish advocacy for immigration, the dispute over group-level selection in evolutionary biology, and his response to the charge of antisemitism.
     
    Youtube interview: https://youtu.be/_tIut3USaFM
     
    Relevant Links:
    https://kevinmacdonald.net/
    https://nathancofnas.com/debate-with-kevin-macdonald
    https://x.com/nathancofnas
    https://nathancofnas.com
     
     
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    • 1 hr 15 min

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