Highlighted Episodes

Are humans just squishy machines? Can cells be programmed like computers? - Andrew Hessel

Are humans just squishy machines? Can cells be programmed like computers? I spoke to Andrew Hessel, co-author of The Genesis Machine, and we discussed #Genomics #GeneticEngineering #SyntheticBiology #Dune and #Gattaca

Living Forever with Functional Mushrooms and Adaptogens? - Danielle Ryan Broida

Living Forever with Functional Mushrooms and Adaptogens? – Danielle Ryan Broida with Four Sigmatic. 

Here’s the description from her book:

Boost your body’s internal ability to defend, perform, and restore with this guide to the 21 most common adaptogens and their healing properties from the team behind Four Sigmatic.

Are you suffering from chronic fatigue, anxiety, digestive, or autoimmune issues? Or are you seeking a simple way to bring whole-body health into your life with a food that is easy to integrate into your everyday routine with no muss, no fuss?

Welcome to the world of adaptogens: nutrient-dense, calorie-sparse superfoods that have been clinically proven to help your body:

 • defend your immunity and gut health,
 • perform through your cardiovascular and respiratory systems,
 •  and restore balance through your neuroendocrine system.

By definition, adaptogens are nontoxic, nonspecific (meaning they build adaptive energy rather than exerting a specific effect), and normalizing (meaning there’s a balancing bidirectional effect on physiological function). Tero Isokauppila, founder of Four Sigmatic, and registered herbalist Danielle Ryan Broida guide you through the scientific mechanisms and health benefits of the 21 most powerful species of adaptogens, from ashwagandha to chaga to turmeric.

Complete with client case studies and a shopping guide, Healing Adaptogens will educate, inform, inspire, and delight, giving you the tools you need to elevate your daily routine with adaptogens.

Consciousness and Near-Death Experiences with Pim van Lommel

Consciousness, Near-Death Experiences (plus Outer Body Experiences) with Pim van Lommel

Pim and I discuss his book, Consciousness Beyond Life – The Science of the Near-Death Experience. More than most books, I was surprised to have some similar experiences that the book described, which I had never really thought about. The quality of writing and the flow of information are really enjoyable, and the content is very interesting.

Pim shares that the book, Return from Tomorrow, is what set him on track to learn more about Near-Death Experiences (NDE). He discusses Daniel Dennett and David Chalmers briefly in the book, and the theory that consciousness has ‘non-locality’ and ‘endless consciousness.’ We talk about whether or not there are groups that are trying to re-create NDE, or at least induce it. He mentioned the movie ‘Flatliners’ when I asked that. In the book, he talks about Ketamine (Special K), Ayahuasca and DMT. That the brain enables consciousness, but is not consciousness itself.

Pim doesn’t believe that we will ever have ‘artificial intelligence’ or ‘artificial general intelligence’ either.

The Meaning Crisis in Western Society with John Vervaeke

The Meaning Crisis in Western Society – Jon Vervaeke | Consciousness, Wisdom, Meaning, Purpose

Is Western Society doomed? This is my conversation with Professor John Vervaeke about his 50-part series Awakening from the Meaning Crisis and his book Zombies in Western Culture, and the work he and others are doing to identify and win the race against a lack of meaning and purpose in Western society.

John believes were in trouble, especially as we watch the rapid breakdown of the Axial Age and Christianity in Western Society. He argues in both the book and series that we are experiencing something similar to the Hellenistic Domicide and Westerners’ worldview and world attunement is in crisis. There is a breakdown in the agent-arena relationship in the West.

He said there are groups forming rapidly to respond, racing against the clock if you will, and that the “nones” that no longer associate themselves with Christianity, America or similar umbrellas still yearn for something… a new religion which is no religion, and it’s difficult to grasp and will have many options for solving personally. An ecology of practices.

Zombies in Western Culture by Professor John Vervaeke

Electromagnetic Theory of Consciousness — Johnjoe McFadden

Speaking with Professor Johnjoe McFadden about the big bang, evolution and consciousness. Since that time I have received several emails and comments that have pointed me in other great directions. I read the comments here because the conversation, though not very large, is jam packed with incredible feedback and information. Thank you for taking the time to participate and help me. 

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How Computers Really Work — Matthew Justice

Speaking with Matthew Justice about his upcoming book ‘How Computers Really Work’ and discuss computer programming (machine language, assembly language, C, Python), electrical engineering, Nintendo games, his upcoming Nintendo game, among other things. Matthew is a software engineer. He spent 17 years at Microsoft where he took on various roles, including debugging the Windows kernel, developing automated fixes, and leading a team of engineers responsible for building diagnostic tools and services. He has worked on low-level software (the operating system) and on software far removed from the underlying hardware (such as web applications). Matthew has a degree in Electrical Engineering.

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Anesthesiology and Consciousness — Emery Neal Brown

Host David Bramante speaks with Emery Neal Brown about his recent award from the Society of Neuroscience (SfN) (the Swartz Prize) for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience, and discusses his research and experience with anesthesia and consciousness. Emery is the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and a practicing anesthesiologist at MGH.  At MIT he is the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and professor of computational neuroscience, the Associate Director of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, and the Director of the Harvard–MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology. 

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Artificial Intelligence Race: USA vs China — Tom Stefanik

Speaking with Tom Stefanick about artificial intelligence, military warfare, and other interesting topics with AI, military and strategy. Tom is a visiting fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. From 1988 to 2018, Tom had a career in scientific consulting, initially as a technical analyst and eventually as a senior vice president at Metron, Inc. The work that he developed and managed supported Navy and intelligence community research and development and operations analysis for the Pentagon, Navy System Commands, and Warfare Centers. Tom initiated and managed over a dozen technical efforts in machine learning, image recognition, autonomous planning, statistical modeling, sensor modeling, and simulation of military operations and U.S. border security operations. He founded business units that conducted research and development for the Office of Naval Research in autonomy and lidar technology for military applications. 

The Death of Privacy in the Digital  — Scott McClallen

In Twisted Tech, author Scott McClallen seeks to analyze and explore the intersection of technology, free speech, and privacy. He believes technology holds the keys to future advancement of humanity. From accidental policy enforcement to individuals misusing tech; McClallen delves into where things can go wrong while highlighting the incredible opportunities that exist. McClallen seeks to start a conversation. But first, people need to know what’s going on so they can identify emerging problems as technology envelops every part of our lives and blurs the line between public and private. Moving from technology’s roots to the modern-day, there is a lot to explore. 

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Evil Robots, Killer Computers — Steven Shwartz

Longtime artificial intelligence (AI) researcher and investor Steve Shwartz has grown frustrated with the fear-inducing hype around AI in popular culture and media. Yes, today’s AI systems are miracles of modern engineering, but no, humans do not have to fear robots seizing control or taking over all our jobs. In this exploration of the fascinating and ever-changing landscape of artificial intelligence, Dr. Shwartz explains how AI works in simple terms.