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We Are Not Saved

We Are Not Saved is a podcast covering Eschatology. While this concept has traditionally been a religious one, and concerned with the end of creation, in this podcast that study has been broadened to include secular ways the world could end (so called x-risks) and also deepened to cover the potential end of nations, cultures and civilizations. The title is taken from the book of Jeremiah, Chapter 8, verse 20: The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
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Now displaying: July, 2019
Jul 26, 2019

Like many people the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon is an opportunity for retrospection, and the thing that jumps out to me and to everyone is the fact that after Apollo was over we haven't been back. What does that mean for the future of space exploration, and particularly colonization, given that if colonization isn't in our future then we're going to go extinct sooner or later and probably sooner. If we assume that something resembling Moore's Law, also affects space exploration what does that tell us about when we might reach certain celestial bodies?  

Jul 20, 2019

In a continued attempt to drill down into cultural evolution, I examine whether, in addition to cultural evolution, if there's a separate phenomenon which deserves the label memetic evolution. I conclude there is a phenomenon, but that a better label for it is "memetic accumulation" and that there are some worrying things happening with the speed and diversity of this accumulation.  

Jul 12, 2019

I recently read the book Alone, by Michael Korda. It was about the opening months of World War II, and he said that at the time the French had the reputation as the world's preeminent military power. This obviously turned out to not be the case, but in the past they had been. Is there anything where we're overemphasizing our view of the past, and overlooking that what might happen in the future will almost certainly be completely different. I think there is...

Jul 3, 2019

Books Reviewed:

  1. Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond
  2. Then It Fell Apart by Moby
  3. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
  4. To Live and Die in LA (Podcast) Hosted by Neil Strauss
  5. Left For Dead: 30 Years On - The Race is Finally Over by Nick Ward and Sinead O'Brien
  6. Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory by Michael Korda
  7. How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon
  8. Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
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