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Each week, a new panel will examine the frontiers of human knowledge, human action, and human aspiration from their own perspectives. The conversation is unscripted, uncensored, and open to anyone who wishes to participate. Special guests will often be asked to join us.

Each week, a new panel will examine the frontiers of human knowledge, human action, and human aspiration from their own perspectives. The conversation is unscripted, uncensored, and open to anyone who wishes to participate. Special guests will often be asked to join us.
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Each week, a new panel will examine the frontiers of human knowledge, human action, and human aspiration from their own perspectives. The conversation is unscripted, uncensored, and open to anyone who wishes to participate. Special guests will often be asked to join us.

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English


Episodes

Episode 90 - The 10,000 Year Water Nomads

4/21/2018
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Recorded: 20 April 2018 Released: 21 April 2018 Duration: 88 minutes, 9 seconds Host Paul Carr is joined by panelists Nick Nielsen and Sam Lichtenstein to talk about - well, just listen (or browse the links). Links The Insight Podcast by Insitome Homo Naledi The Hand of Homo naledi Homo floresiensis Indonesian divers have evolved bigger spleens to hunt underwater Weapon of mass destruction The Silurian Hypothesis: Would it be possible to detect an industrial...

Duration:01:29:00

Episode 89 - XRisk

4/7/2018
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Recorded: 6 April 2018 Released: 7 April 2018 Duration: 91 minutes, 56 seconds Host Paul Carr welomes panelists Gita Jaisinghani, Sam Lichtenstein, Nick Nielsen and Adam Smith to take about a selection of Existential Risks. Topics include: nanotechnology, pandemics, AI, and Climate Change. As usual, we let the discussion wander where it will go. Links Future of Humanity Institute (exrisk think tank) Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk There's Plenty of Room...

Duration:01:31:56

Episode 88 - Chad Davies on the Scientific Odyssey

2/17/2018
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Recorded: 16 February 2018 Released: 17 February 2018 Duration: 85 minutes, 8 seconds Host Paul Carr welcomes special guest Chad Davies of the Scientific Odyssey podcast, and panelists Sam Lichtenstein and Patrick Festa, to talk about the history and philosophy of science. erratum: at the end, the host says it's the 16th of September. It was February. Links: the Scientific Odyssey Podcast: Blog On Facebook On Apple Podcasts On Stitcher On player.fm The Doom of...

Duration:01:25:08

Episode 87 - The Fight for Kids in Space

1/27/2018
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Recorded: 26 January 2018 Released: 27 January 2018 Duration: 104 minutes 39 seconds Host Paul Carr is joined by special guest panelist and documentary filmmaker Paul Hildebrandt, director of The Fight for Space. Joining The two Pauls are Mike Mongo, Jon Eckberg, and Nick Nielsen. We talk about kids in space, and how it relates to Paul Hildebrandt's kickstarter for his film First to the Moon. Links Fight for Space First to the Moon Kickstarter Eric S. Raymond on Google...

Duration:01:44:39

Episode 86 - A Hyperbolic Trajectory Through the Drake Equation

1/20/2018
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Recorded: 19 January 2018 Released: 20 January 2018 Duration:126 minutes, 28 seconds Host Paul Carr is joined by new panelist Jon Eckberg, and regulars Nick Nielsen, Buck Field, Mike Bohler and Patrick Festa to talk about how the discovery of the interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua affects the terms in the Drake Equation, if at all. As is typical for us, the discussion ranges wide, once again confirming the Drake Equation's role as an excellent mental lens. Links: The Drake...

Duration:02:06:28

Episode 85 - Beyond Flags and Footprints

1/6/2018
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Recorded: 5 January 2018 Released: 6 January 2018 Duration: 97 minutes, 44 seconds Host Paul Carr is joined by panelists Adam Smith, Nick Nielsen, Patrick Festa, and Buck Field to talk about the human return to the moon. It seems to boil down to: yes,, but who's going to pay for it? Maybe the Chinese? Maybe American or Asian billionaires? Somehow this drifts into discussion of flat Earthers and joke cults. See unseenpodcast.com for detailed show notes Erratum: the 2017 Federal...

Duration:01:37:43

Episode 84 - Will Religious Aliens Serve Man?

12/9/2017
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Recorded: 8 December 2017 Released: Duration: 97 minutes, 32 seconds Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Nick Nielsen, Sam Lichtenstein, and Patrick Festa to talk about the possible consequences of Active SETI, or METI. Of course, the discussion veers off into religion and just how tasty man flesh is. Links: Interview with METI.org president Douglas Vakoch Pascal Boyer John Romer: Testament To Serve Man Credits: Host and Producer: Paul Carr Music; DJ Spooky

Duration:01:37:32

Episode 83 - Mind Legos: the Burger King James Version

11/11/2017
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Recorded: 10 November 2017 Released: 11 November 2017 Duration: 92 minutes, 12 seconds Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists (King) James Garrison, Nick Nielsen (Benevolent Dictator of the Planet Entire), and (King of the Universe) Patrick Festa for a wide ranging conversation about education. Some of those Lego jokes fall a bit flat.. What would you do about education if you were Benevolent Dictator? Or Andrew Carnegie? Links Thomas Kuhn - The Structure of Scientific...

Duration:01:32:12

Episode 82 - Legends in Our Own Minds

10/28/2017
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Recorded: 27 October 2017 Released: 29 October 2017 Duration: 77 minutes 16 seconds Host Paul Carr is joined by James Garrison, Nick Nielsen, and Mike Bohler to talk about local urban legends and the forces driving. Stories like Chicago's Resurrection Mary have been told all around the world for centuries. Also, portals keep popping up in modern narratives, and perhaps have also been with us for a long time. Our conversation ranges from the Purple Church, to Crop Circles, to the...

Duration:01:17:16

Episode 81 - Another year of WTF with Eva Bodman

10/21/2017
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Recorded: 20 October 2017 Released: 21 October 2017 Duration: 85 minutes, 36 seconds Paul Carr and Adam Smith are joined by NASA Postdoctoral Fellow Eva Bodman, who was recommended to us by Tabetha Boyajian. We discussed the developments on KIC 8462852 (aka Boyajian's Star) over the last year. A lot has happened, and we covered as much as we could. We also took a couple of live questions from the YouTube chat, which is much appreciated. Links Last years's Episode - 1 Year of...

Duration:01:25:36

Episode 80 - We, Martians?

10/9/2017
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Recorded: 6 October 2017 Released: 10 October 2017 Duration: 80 minutes 12 seconds Host Paul Carr welcomes Jake Robins of the WeMartians podcast, along with panelists Sam Lichtenstein, Adam Smith and Nick Nielsen to talk about the current and future state of the human advance upon the fourth stone from the sun. Links: WeMartians WeMartians on Twitter Pit Crater in Elysium Mons The Descent Propulsion System Credits: Host and Producer: Paul Carr Music: DJ Spooky The Unseen...

Duration:01:20:12

Episode 79 - Przybylski's Star Stuff

9/16/2017
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Recorded: 15 September 2017 Released: 16 September 2017 Duration: 81 minutes, 31 seconds Host Paul Carr welcomes Adam Smith and Sam Lichtenstein to talk about Przybylski’s Star, or HD 101065, possibly the weirdest thing in astrophysics - even weirder than Boyajian's Star, maybe. Links Przybylski's Star in Simbad Jason Wright's blog series on Przybylski's Star Antoni Przybylski (1961) - HD 101065-a G0 Star with High Metal Content Antoni Przybylski (1977) - Is iron present in the...

Duration:01:21:31

Episode 78 - Alien Signal Stephen Hawking Clickbait Mystery

9/4/2017
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Recorded: 4 September 2017 Released: 4 September 2017 Duration: 70 minutes, 11 seconds Host Paul Carr welcomes long-time panelist Nick Nielsen to talk about some of the latest news in radios astronomy - both the serious science and the lurid headlines. Radio Bursts (FRBs) have been know for some years now, but a the only known repeating FRB, 121102, has been acting up lately. Links FRB 121102: Detection at 4 - 8 GHz band with Breakthrough Listen backend at Green Bank BREAKTHROUGH...

Duration:01:10:10

Episode 77 -The Question

8/26/2017
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Recorded: 25 August 2017 Released: 26 August 2017 Duration: 93 minutes 16 seconds Host Paul Carr welomes panelists Nick Nielsen and Sam Lichtenstein, who soldier on when Paul's Thunderbolt 3 hub crashes. They engage in a discussion of whether mathematics is discovered or invented. How does this apply to efforts to communicate with distant technological civilizations? Could math be used to establish a common language? Links: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural...

Duration:01:33:16

Episode 76 - 2017 Summer hiatus non Episode

8/12/2017
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Recorded: 11 August 2017 Released: 12 August 2017 Duration: 100 minutes, 41 seconds Host Paul Carr welcomes Sam Lichtenstein, Patrick Festa, Nick Nielsen and Mike Bohler to mark the end of the Summer hiatus. Since this is a non-episode, we have no find agenda, so it ranges from the Kennedy assassination to astronomical anomalies. We also play the short promo for Oh No Ross and Carrie Links The Skeptics Guide to Conspiracy Credits host and Producer: Paul Carr Music: Dj Spooky

Duration:01:40:41

Episode 75 - Fraser Cain

6/16/2017
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Recorded: 16 June 2017 Released: 17 june 2017 Duration: 80 minutes 44 seconds Host Adam Smith welcomes the publisher of Universe Today Fraser Cain to talk about (nearly) twenty years of online space journalism. Fraser chats with interdisciplinary artist Daniela De Paulis, Astronomy's Finest blogger Mateusz Macias, Paul Carr, and Astronaut Teacher Mike Mongo. Links: Universe Today https://www.universetoday.com/ CosmoQuest https://cosmoquest.org/x/ Pamela Gay...

Duration:01:20:44

Exoplanet Atmospheres

6/3/2017
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Recorded: 2 June 2017 Released: 3 June 2017 Duration: 68 minutes 35 seconds Host Adam Smith welcomes Cambridge PhD student and Mars One astronaut candidate, along with panelists Ciro Villa and Paul Carr. The main topic is exoplanet atmosphere science, but we also discuss Mars colonization. Links: MacDonald and Madhusudhan: HD 209458b in New Light: Evidence of Nitrogen Chemistry, Patchy Clouds and Sub-Solar Water Episode 69 on TRAPPIST-1 Blue Origin Technology J. Serrano...

Duration:01:08:34

Ep. 73 - Viruses in Space with Madison Campbell

5/20/2017
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Recorded: 19 May 2017 Released: 20 May 2017 Duration: 74 minutes, 18 seconds Host David Grigg welcomes Madison Campbell, a graduate student at the University Massachusetts, and panelist Paul Carr for a conversation about epidemiology in various space colonization scenarios. What are the risks for the first space colonists from diseases activated by mutations? What models can we look to for help in finding the answers? What are thefts mitigations? Links: Madison...

Duration:01:14:17

Episode 72 - Morgan irons of Deep Space Ecology

4/22/2017
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Recorded: 21 April 2017 Released: 22 April 2017 Duration: 78 minutes, 20 seconds Host Sam Lichtenstein welcomes Deep Space Ecology chief scientist Morgan irons and panelists Adam Smith, Paul Carr, and Nick Nielsen. This isn't our best audio quality yet, but hey, Blame Google. Links: Morgan irons is running Her Own Martian Farming Experiment Deep Space Ecology Vertical Farming Credits: Host: Sam Lichtenstein Producer: Paul Carr Music: DJ Spooky

Duration:01:18:20

Episode 71 - A Newspace Startup

4/8/2017
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Recorded: 7 March 2017 Released: 8 March 2017 Duration: 92 minute, 20 seconds ISDC Host Sam Lichtenstein welcomes Lee irons of Deep Space Ecology to talk about his newspace startup working with his daughter Morgan. He is joined by panelists Nick Nielsen and Paul Carr Links: Deep Space Ecology Biosphere 2 TEDx Duke Talk - Morgan Irons ISDC 2017 The Humans to Mars Summit The Mars Ice House New Worlds 2017 Credits: Host: Sam Lichtenstein Producer: Paul Carr Music: Dj Spooky

Duration:01:32:20

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