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Sorry Trump. You're wrong about Sovereignty

This is an audio essay on the issue of state sovereignty in an interconnected world, inspired by Trump's recent address to the UN General Assembly. The essay is available on and on medium -@shbarton. Links and sources can be found there as well. You can support the podcast at or at


Why I turned off my notifications and you should too

A short essay on why I turned off my notifications, updates regarding my trip to the US/Canada as well as on future podcasts. Show notes can be found at Support the podcast at or at


The Inevitable Technologies that will Shape our Future with Kevin Kelly

In this episode, we explore the techologies that will shape our future as outlined in the book 'The Inevitable' by Kevin Kelly. It takes the vast swathes of technological developments that we’ve seen over the past few decades, and paints a marvellous picture of what they could, and most likely will inevitably mean for the future. Topics covered in the podcast include: - Artificial intelligence and the cognifying of everything - The blockchain - Information abundance - Startup advice for...


The Death of Aging with Aubrey de Grey

Aging could become a thing of the past. Not in 100 years, but within our lifetime (whatever that means) In this episode, I'm joined by Aubrey de Grey. Aubrey is a British biomedical gerontologist, chief scientist and founder of the SENS Research Foundation, an institution focused on using regenerative medicines to repair damage underlying the diseases of aging. In our conversation, we talk about some of the underlying causes of aging, where anti-aging research is at the moment, and what...


Concussions with Dr Fatima Nasrallah

This episode is with Dr Fatima Nasrallah, a senior scientist and researcher from the Queensland Brain Institute. This is a discussion on concussions, yo. What do we know about them, how do we measure them, what are the long term impacts, and how should you use this information? Show notes available at Links: Queensland Brain Institute:


The Psychedelic DMT with Dr Rick Strassman

DMT(dimethyltryptamine - more like dimethyltripdaeffout) is a psychedelic substance that's found throughout nature and within the human body. It's a substance that, after more scientific enquiry, could bridge the gap between science and spirituality due to the life-changing, and some would say, mystical experiences it can facilitate. Dr Rick Strassman is an author, specialist in psychiatry and psychopharmacology. He was the first to legally administer psychedelics to people in the United...


Coral Bleaching and the Great Barrier Reef

Today's guest is Brett Lewis, a marine researcher from the Queensland University of Technology. He was a part of the team that filmed video of coral bleaching in action that ended up going viral. In today's episode ,we find out exactly what coral bleaching actually and what does it mean for the great barrier reef? Why is reef actually important, and we also discuss current issues in science communication. Links: Twitter: BrettM_Lewis


Biohacking with Amal Graafstra

We can now take our evolution into our own hands. Amal Graafstra is Chief of Awesome and Dangerous Things, a Biohacking company based out of Seattle, Washington. He's one of the guys that put biohacking on the map, with the RFID chip he's got implanted in his hand, that allows him to access his car and house without keys - and that's just the start! Technologies available today can allow us to do far crazier things - from paying for stuff with a wave of a hand, to actually changing our...


Principles behind Engineering a Viral Idea with Dr Brendan Markey-Towler

What makes an idea stick? What is it about an idea that causes it to plant itself in the mind and spread? In this episode, I talk to Dr Brendan Markey-Towler, an economist from the University of Queensland, about a paper he wrote called 'Competition of Ideas in the Public Sphere'. Basically, what Brendan does in this paper is break dow what form an idea should take, to make an idea the fittest it can be in the marketplace of ideas. He does this using behavioural economics, psychology and...