Category Archive: Transition

Feb
01

Ninth Planet, Extinct Aliens, and Dimming Stars

Hosts Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon delve into some interesting recent space news. Is there a ninth planet out there beyond Neptune? And even if not, what can we expect to discover out there in the deepest reaches of the solar system? Meanwhile the lastest theory proposed to account for the Fermi Paradox is that The Aliens Are Extinct. …

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Jan
25

Best Days Behind Us? Or Before Us?

Writing for the New York Times, Eduardo Porter claims that America’s Best Days May Be Behind It. Citing Robert J. Gordon, author of The Rise and Fall of American Growth, Porter makes the following claims: Innovation will trundle along at the same pace of the last 40 years, Professor Gordon predicts. Despite the burst of progress of …

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Jan
16

Falling to Earth: David Bowie’s Legacy for SF and the Future

World Transformed favorite PJ Manney joins Phil and Stephen to discuss the life and legacy of musician / artist / polymath David Bowie. Beyond the world of the arts, how did he help to shape the future? Plus PJ talks about her recent experience discussing transhumanism with college students. BONUS: PJ’s thoughts on being nominated …

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Jan
10

Happiness Is Solving the World’s Problems

Phil and Stephen welcome philosopher and artificial intelligence researcher Andrés Gómez Emilsson to discuss the Hedonistic Imperative and Andres’ recent piece on Solving the World’s Problems which lays out four scenarios for how we might do so: 1) Homogeneous world ideology 2) Widespread social reform (full justice, rights and healthcare) 3) Universally accessible on-demand mystical experiences 4) Globally …

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Jan
04

The Best Time Ever to Be Alive

Phil and Stephen discuss a recent article in the Atlantic claiming that 2015 was The Best Year in History for the Average Human Being. A few highlights: In the US, 600,000 fewer than violent crimes in 2014  in 1995—that’s a 35 percent decline over the period 6.7 million fewer kids under the age of five are …

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Dec
27

The Year in Review: 2016, 2066, 2116

Sure, a lot of shows are doing their Year in Review episodes this week, but how many are willing to take on NEXT year in review? Phil and Stephen do exactly that, providing not predictions, but scenarios for possibilities that might well unfold in the coming year. Then the guys look 50 years out to …

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Dec
20

Why Star Wars Matters

Phil and Stephen talk about the lasting impact of Star Wars on popular culture. How did a series of space fantasy movies change everything? Topics: A long time ago or a long time from now? What makes Star Wars so great: The Characters The Universe The Issues How geeky became cool. Prequels vs. the Original Trilogy …

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Dec
06

Doing Everything with Nothing

R. Buckminster Fuller famously predicted that technological advancement will allow us to do “more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing.” So how is that working out for us? Are we doing more and more with less and less? And when do we reach that end point? Phi.l …

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Nov
30

Airships, Reusable Rockets, and Programmable Matter

We’ve got all the cool stuff you need — right here! For example, Lockheed is moving ahead with its airship. Jeff Bezos has introduced a fully reusable rocket And it works! Does this mean that Blue Origin is pulling ahead of SpaceX? Since space exploration is happening, it’s a good thing we’re working out property rights in …

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Nov
25

The Power of Gratitude

Phil and Stephen kick off the holiday season with a special Thanksgiving-week discussion of one of this program’s most enduring topics: what we have to be thankful for. The list is probably a lot longer than you think! Research shows that grateful people are healthier and happier. That should be reason enough for anyone, but …

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