Podcast by Rhys Lindmark
#92 Tamim Ansary: Understanding The US Exit from Afghanistan from an Islamic Worldview
Tamim Ansary is an Afghan-American author and public speaker. He is the author of the excellent books Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes and Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan.
We chat about the Muslim view of history and how that informs our understanding of the US pull out from Afghanistan.
#91 Susan Blackmore: How Memes Gave Rise To The Third Replicator
Susan Blackmore is a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth who researches consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences. She wrote the excellent book, The Meme Machine. Sue, thanks for being on the show and welcome!
We chat about genes, memes, and the third replicator, tremes.
#90 César Hidalgo: How To Understand Sociotechnical Systems
César Hidalgo is a Chilean-Spanish-American scholar in economic complexity, data visualization, and applied artificial intelligence. He’s written some great books that we chat about today like Why Information Grows and How Humans Judge Machines.
2:10 How to represent ideas visually
5:45 What makes something a great visualization?
7:30 What is the through-line of your work?
10:30 How the printing press changed who can be famous
13:20 What messages are optimized for the internet?
16:30 Using the internet for governance
22:10 What are new network-native institutions?
26:55 How Humans Judge Machines?
31:20 Judging institutions on intentions vs. outcomes
36:30 How do humans judge machines on Haidt's moral foundations?
41:20 How did you give the book away for free as a pdf?
46:00 Connecting the physics of information to the geography of knowledge
51:30 Check out Center for Collective Learning
#89 Grace Lindsay: Your Brain Is Math
Grace Lindsay is a computational neuroscientist who recently wrote the book "Models of the Mind: How physics, engineering and mathematics" have shaped our understanding of the brain.
It was a delightful book and we dive into how these mathematical lenses help us understand the brain.
#88 Andy Clark: How Brains Model The World
Andy Clark is a British philosopher and a Professor of Cognitive Philosophy at the University of Sussex. He’s written some great books on humans as cyborgs, extended cognition, and most recently Surfing Uncertainty, on predictive processing.
We chat about how brains model the world.
Job opportunity with Andy: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/about/jobs/research-fellow-xscape-ref-6023
#87 Casper ter Kuile: How Religion Is Changing
Casper ter Kuile is helping to build a world of joyful belonging in the midst of enormous changes in how we experience community and spirituality. He’s the author of The Power of Ritual, a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, a co-host of the award-winning podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, and the co-founder of the startup Sacred Design Lab.
We discuss the future of meaning and religion.
This is a promising show. Please turn off mic when interviewee is speaking. TY
Rhys is a great host - I love his friendly demeanor and his voice is actually very pleasant to listen to. He finds fascinating people to interview and then asks them great questions. What else could you want?
I really appreciate Rhys’s measured and analytical approach to the crypto space.
His podcast is a signal in a world of distraction