We Are Not Saved discusses religion (from a Christian/LDS perspective), politics, the end of the world, science fiction, artificial intelligence, and above all the limits of technology and progress.
Eschatologist #4 Turning the Knob of Safety to 11
In my last newsletter I described the temple of technology with it's countless knobe. Some knobs inspire caution, others relief. Like the knob for safety, which we turned all the way to 11, but the effects have not always been what we expect. When you maximize "safety" you can only maximize it's perceived importance, which is why, in the midst of a deadly pandemic, we have restricted certain vaccines, dooming thousands because the vaccines are not entirely risk free. But is anything?
Dragging History Into the Present Moment vs. Dragging the Present Moment Into History
Lately there have been a lot of attempts to relitigate history. It is felt that taking history which has been ignored and giving it new emphasis will both increase the accuracy of that history and also help mitigate the negative effects of historical events. I show that this is generally not the case and that what we choose to emphasis is more based on the narrative we're pushing than the actual impact of the history or event in question.
Vanquished Vaccines and Vetocracies
Of the various approaches to fighting COVID we ended up with the worst of all. It's understandable that we didn't follow China. And it's also understandable that we didn't copy 1918. But what kept us from taking the technolibertarian approach of human challenge trials, etc.? More importantly why are we now taking the exact opposite approach, "pausing" Johnson and Johnson, while Europe restricts Astrazeneca? Why are we so bold when it comes to government spending and so timid when it comes to vaccine safety?
The 9 Books I Finished in March
- Secular Cycles by: Peter Turchin and Sergey A. Nefedov
- Where Is My Flying Car? A Memoir of Future Past by: J. Storrs Hall
- A Short Stay in Hell by: Steven L. Peck
- Cibola Burns by: James S. A. Corey
- Nemesis Games by: James S. A. Corey
- Classical Philosophy by: Peter Adamson
- Playing at the World by: Jon Peterson
- Earth Abides by: George R. Stewart
- The Goal: A Business Graphic Novel by: Eliyah Goldratt
Eschatologist #3 Turning the Knobs of Society
I present a metaphor for technology and progress as an ancient temple with thousands of knobs. Technology allows us to turn the knobs, but we're never quite sure what they do, and we generally decide to turn the knobs as far as we can. In the metaphor they control the weather, but in reality they control the weather of civilization, and just like the actual weather it's a chaotic system and small changes create massive effects. Effects like the hurricane which is currently bearing down on us...
Epistemology as Revealed by "Murder Among the Mormons"
The recent Netflix series "Murder Among the Mormons" bills itself as a true crime drama, but really it's a multi-faceted philosophical inquiry into questions of epistemology. Most notably through the central role fraud and forgery plays in the story, but the inquiry goes beyond that into issues of divine revelation, the reconstruction of history and the role of mercy when truth becomes difficult to pin down.
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Thoughtful, intellectual, data driven, philosophical, objective, and provocative. These are a few words which describe the podcasts theme which is: how technology is insufficient in solving life’s most difficult problems. Be prepared to have your prejudices challenged in a respectful way.
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One of the things I like most about this podcast is the ability to bring to light issues that on a whole the majority of the population don't really consider but should.