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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: 2023
Dec 23, 2023

My report from Natal Con 2023. Including reflections on Tommy Boy, seatbelts, and the proliferation of polycrises.

Nov 29, 2023

Transcript: https://www.wearenotsaved.com/p/egregores-group-minds-and-white-magic 

Is there such a thing as a group mind? If so how does it affect the thriving and surviving of groups? What do such group minds look like from a historical perspective? What about a modern perspective?

Nov 20, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/11/the-overemphasis-on-love-and-tolerance/ 

Love is very important for Christians, but has there been too much emphasis placed on it? And has this emphasis warped it into something else? To put it more simply is perfect Christian love the same as unlimited tolerance? This post argues that it's not, and that in fact if you're looking for the ultimate Christian principle it might be "repentance".

Oct 31, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/10/the-worst-book-ive-ever-read/ 

John Seel Jr.'s book, The New Copernicans, is the worst book I have ever read. He puts forth a dubious premise. In support of which he provides no data to back it up, nor any anecdotes which illustrate it actually occurring. To the extent there is anything backing it up, it's provided by extensive misrepresentation of other books.

Oct 25, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/10/worthy-of-our-sufferings/ 

Dostoevsky wrote, "There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings." What does that mean? I think he meant that whatever suffering we’re experiencing it’s suffering God felt we were capable of handling. We need to prove worthy of that trust. This has always been hard to do, and now that we have numerous ways of mitigating suffering, it's not only hard, but confusing.

Oct 21, 2023

Transcript: https://www.wearenotsaved.com/p/can-we-eliminate-struggle-2023 

Humanity has struggled and suffered for so long that we might be unable to survive without them. We dream of such elimination through technology, but will that dream turn into a nightmare?

Oct 17, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/10/tragedies-truths-and-technologies/ 

Historically we didn't worry about wars in far away places because we weren't aware of them. Now we're aware of them, but with the rise of AI we're going to have a similar difficulty acquiring accurate information. This is going to complicate our ability to intervene righteously. 

Oct 12, 2023
  1. Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas by: Natasha Dow Schüll

  2. The Evolutionary Limits of Liberalism: Democratic Problems, Market Solutions and the Ethics of Preference Satisfaction by: Filipe Nobre Faria

  3. A Language Older Than Words by: Derrick Jensen

  4. WTF?!: An Economic Tour of the Weird by: Peter T. Leeson

  5. Blowback (Second Edition): The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by: Chalmers Johnson

  6. The Sun Is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds by: Caroline Van Hemert

  7. So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by: Cal Newport

  8. Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by: Jostein Gaarder

  9. The Sandman 4 by: Neil Gaiman

  10. American Gods by: Neil Gaiman

  11. The Eye of the Bedlam Bride: Dungeon Crawler Carl, Book 6 by: Matt Dinniman

  12. Letters to a Young Mormon by: Adam S. Miller

Oct 10, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/10/would-you-wager-on-pascals-mugging/ 

Imagine that someone walks up to you and demands all your money. If you fail to comply they threaten to kill all the inhabitants of some far off planet. How would you react? And is this similar to Pascal's Wager? 

Oct 3, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/10/betting-on-the-future/ 

There are three obvious paths forward: religion, atheism and transhumanism. But each of these paths must be chosen. There's also a fourth path, that of apathy. Which should we choose?

Sep 29, 2023

Transcript: https://www.wearenotsaved.com/p/ai-risk-might-be-more-subtle-than 

Depressed people are more prone to addiction. If social media engagement looks a lot like addiction, does that mean algorithms for increasing engagement also increase depression?

Sep 26, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/09/the-greatest-three-nephites-story-ever-told/ 

It is believed that, during his mortal ministry, Jesus granted immortality to three of His American apostles. Known as the Three Nephites they now wander the Earth until His return, doing good. This has lead to many stories of miraculous assistance. This is the greatest of all those stories.

Sep 19, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/09/faith-ufos-the-supernatural-and-transistor-radios/ 

Why are many people so willing to believe evidence of UFOs and Aliens, and so unwilling to believe evidence for God?

Sep 16, 2023

Transcript: https://www.wearenotsaved.com/p/speculative-attempts-to-complicate 

When things aren't going well, those in power will sometimes introduce some speculative chaos in the hopes that what emerges on the other side will be better. It mostly doesn't work.

Sep 12, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/09/the-thickness-of-the-world/ 

In the book Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis there is a scene where the King is arguing with a priest about what seems to be an unreasonable demand from one of the gods. The priest says something profound, something I'm still trying to wrap my head around. This episode is an effort to do just that.

Sep 9, 2023

 

  1. The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction by: Matthew B. Crawford 

  2. Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by: Oliver Burkeman

  3. Generations: The Real Differences between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, and Silents—and What They Mean for America's Future by: Jean M. Twenge

  4. When Violence Is the Answer: Learning How to Do What It Takes When Your Life Is at Stake by: Tim Larkin

  5. Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution by: Tucker Carlson

  6. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by: Gino Wickman

  7. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by: B. J. Novak

  8. Animal Farm by: George Orwell

  9. Slaughter-House Five (Graphic Novel) by: Kurt Vonnegut and Ryan North

  10. Children of the Mind (The Ender Saga, 4) by: Orson Scott Card

  11. Chariots of the Gods by: Erich von Däniken

Sep 2, 2023

Transcript: https://www.wearenotsaved.com/p/the-apocalypse-will-not-be-as-cool 

There are many potential apocalypses, and when people imagine them they imagine that everyone will die. On the contrary most people will live, and it will be messy and miserable.

Aug 30, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/08/does-technology-encourage-virtue/ 

Last week we looked at how technology appears to multiple our temptations, but what does it do to our better impulses. If we move from considering the Deadly Sins to the Capital Virtues does technology undermine our efforts or assist us?

Aug 23, 2023

Apparently even the "smart" people are finally ready to admit that we should start reducing our annual deficit. In 2017 I was unclear on what the endgame was. I'm still unclear.

Aug 23, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/08/the-temptations-of-technology/

What effect does technology have on the temptations we experience? If we examine the seven deadly sins it would appear that in all cases technology makes these sins more tempting and more accessible. Why would that be?

Aug 12, 2023
  1. End Times: Elites, Counter-Elites, and the Path of Political Disintegration by: Peter Turchin

  2. Minds Make Societies: How Cognition Explains the World Humans Create by: Pascal Boyer

  3. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by: Steven Johnson

  4. Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity by: Peter Attia MD

  5. Jump Gate Twist by: Mark L. Van Name

  6. Send Us Your Armies (Pilgrim's Path Book 1) by: Vic Davis

  7. Lonesome Dove by: Larry McMurtry

  8. Science Fiction Short Stories compiled by: Guy d'Andigne 

  9. Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent by: Larry Correia 

  10. The Myth of Sisyphus by: Albert Camus

Aug 9, 2023

Transcript: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatchesendofworld/2023/08/and-there-was-silence-in-heaven/ 

In the Book of Revelation we read that when the seventh seal was opened there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. In this post I'm going to engage in some spurious scriptural speculation about what that might mean. 

Aug 2, 2023

Transcript: https://www.wearenotsaved.com/p/is-pornography-a-supernormal-stimuli-15a?sd=pf 

Supernormal stimuli are those things which encourage us to do something that was historically very useful, but in an artificial and supercharged way. Think of the way junk food hacks our appetite.

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