11 episodes

Challenging our beliefs for a brighter future. Dare to rethink how we live and think in today's society?

Together with brilliant minds across the world, we are connecting the dots between philosophy, technology, society, science and progressive thought.

Hosted by Swedish tech professional Maria Selting, who truly believes that all progress in society starts with asking the question “why?”. She is on a mission to challenge the way we think and what we believe, in the hope to drive one micro bit of progress in society one episode at a time.

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    • Society & Culture

Challenging our beliefs for a brighter future. Dare to rethink how we live and think in today's society?

Together with brilliant minds across the world, we are connecting the dots between philosophy, technology, society, science and progressive thought.

Hosted by Swedish tech professional Maria Selting, who truly believes that all progress in society starts with asking the question “why?”. She is on a mission to challenge the way we think and what we believe, in the hope to drive one micro bit of progress in society one episode at a time.

Ready to get unboxed? Tune in!

    Ancient Wisdom Explained by Scientific Psychology

    Ancient Wisdom Explained by Scientific Psychology

    Does ancient wisdom, especially found in Buddhism, have elements in common with modern psychology?

    Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis is a world-renowned expert on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), which is in fact the pioneering cognitive approach in the field of psychotherapy and the precursor of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).*

    Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy focuses holistically on the human being, even more than classic CBT does, reminding us that the mind and behavior and emotions and physical health and well-being are inseparably intertwined, and REBT also has many similarities with elements seen within the teachings of ancient philosophies, including Buddhism and Stoic Philosophy.

    Thousands of years later, tenets within these ancient wisdoms can be explained by scientific modern psychology.

    You'll learn:


    The basic elements of REBT and how in parts it differs from CBT
    What unconditional acceptance means according to REBT, and its benefits explained by psychology
    The concept of detachment
    The immensely beneficial impact of choosing compassion, explained by psychology
    That in addition to REBT being a highly effective, scientific, evidence-based, psychotherapeutic approach, it is also a way of life for those who choose to adopt it as such

    *The writings and research on the widely known psychotherapeutic modality of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which were first published and taught more than15 years after REBT was presented to the psychology community and the general public, stand on REBT's shoulders and were significantly influenced by it.


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    • 48 min
    Blockchain Explained: Can We Really Scale Human "Trust"? 

    Blockchain Explained: Can We Really Scale Human "Trust"? 

    In today’s episode we interview Dr Brennan Jacoby, founder of Philosophy at Work, who holds a Ph.D in philosophy and is specialized in the philosophy of trust.

    Blockchain is argued to solve the human trust issue, or even scaling human trust. However is this really what blockchain is doing? What is the actual benefit of blockchain? And what is trust really, according to philosophy?

    You’ll learn:


    The definition of trust from a philosophy point of view
    Why blockchain is argued to solve human trust
    What the Dunbar’s number is and how this can help explain blockchain
    The difference between removing the need for trust and solving trust


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    • 50 min
    Future of Voting: Liquid Democracy to Combat Polarization?

    Future of Voting: Liquid Democracy to Combat Polarization?

    What if we could combine the best out of ancient direct democracy and modern delegative democracy? Where you can vote for representatives in regular elections but override their votes on any specific topic when you disagree with your representative?

    This is something that David Ernst, CEO of Secure Internet Voting, Liquid Democracy Technologies, and Secure ID, set out as a mission to build. By building a modern technological platform his company is enabling states to integrate liquid democracy solutions into their already existing democratic systems.

    You’ll learn:


    What liquid democracy is
    The role of blockchain in a liquid democracy voting system
    How liquid democracy could change the political landscape
    How the role of politicians could change in a liquid democracy system

    David has spent a decade building empowering software across many fields, including social coordination, cryptography, finance, education, and more. He ran for the California Statehouse in 2018 as one of more than a dozen digital democracy candidates.


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    • 52 min
    How To Master Your Hidden Creative Genious

    How To Master Your Hidden Creative Genious

    How can you unlock your hidden creative genius?

    Today's guest is Stephan Schwartz, who is a scientist, futurist, award-winning author, columnist for the journal EXPLORE, and editor of the daily web publication Schwartzreport.net. He is a Distinguished Consulting Faculty of Saybrook University,  and a BIAL Foundation Fellow who has spent 40 years as an experimentalist researching the nature of consciousness. He has also studied creativity and found during his research a pattern that all creative geniuses throughout history seem to follow.

    In today’s episode, he shares the secret path and what you need to do to unlock your creative genius inside you.

    You’ll learn:


    How you can unlock the hidden path to creativity
    What the most common blocker to creativity is
    How to successfully master social transformation
    How small everyday choices, so call quotidian choices, can create a movement of change and how it mathematically can change society for the better


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    • 43 min
    Future of Journalism: Overcoming the Filter Bubble Bias

    Future of Journalism: Overcoming the Filter Bubble Bias

    What will journalism look like in the future? 

    In today's episode, together with Viktor Lidholt, the founder of Newsvoice who are on a mission to 'fix the news', we're discussing the future trends of journalism. 

    Journalism used to be a dedicated and trusted profession, however when anyone in the world can become a publisher, how can we trust anything we read online? Accelerated by filter bubbles, the need for unbiased news has become a pressing societal matter. Unbiased news is the backbone of our democratic society, so now is the time to protect it. 

    Newsvoice decided to do something about this, and are innovating a news model to secure reliable and unbiased news. 

    In today's episode you'll learn more about: 


    What Newsvoice is 
    Tactics to get one step closer to unbiased news 
    How the role of the editor has changed due to technology
    How AI can impact the future of journalism 




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    • 38 min
    Applying UX Principles to Design a Better Future

    Applying UX Principles to Design a Better Future

    Companies have mastered the art of design to grow their businesses, but how could you UX principles to design a better future? 

    Stephen Bau, a designer, writer and educator decided to, after 30 years in the design industry, retire to focus on projects that enhance not only humanity but all life forms. 

    In the episode, he shares his learnings from 30 years as a UX designer and how the design principles could be, instead of building products, be applied to build a better future. 

    You'll learn:


    What social architecture is
    The difference between human-centered vs life-centered design
    How design could be applied to redesign our societies
    What a more sustainable KPI would be for the future 

    Stephen Bau is also the founder of the Builder's Collective, Director of BLDRS Collective Inc, member of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and writes about social architecture at socialarc.com


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    • 57 min

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