April 15th, 2021 | 1 hr 14 mins
ai, artificial, bostrom, cave, consciousness, control, derek, destroy, deutsche, elon, ethics, god, grad school, graduate, hard, harris, infinite, intelligence, johnstown, jordan, leben, machine, materialism, musk, myers, pascal, phd, philosophy, pitt, pittsburgh, plato, plato's cave, problem, sam, suffering, universe, university, wager
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Derek Leben about his recent Philosophy Now article, Pascal’s Artificial Intelligence Wager. We talk about Pascal's wager applied to AI, the control problem, consciousness, our ability to control the course of AI development, and the meaning that grounds moral realism.
August 14th, 2020 | 1 hr 8 mins
academia, academic, appearance, blackford, boghossian, broderick, cave, chmess, culture, damien, future, grad school, graduate, guest, james, jordan, lindsay, muckraker media, myers, peter, peterson, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, pop, popular, professor, progress, russell, shapiro, teaching, test, university, woke
In this episode, I speak with the Philosopher Russell Blackford about his edited book with Damien Broderick on the problems of philosophical progress, pop-philosophy, academic isolation, interdisciplinary work, and more. This was a wonderful insight on the niche details of the field, and will be of interest to both PhD's and fans of philosophy alike.
April 7th, 2020 | 1 hr 16 mins
academia, academic, affirmative action, atheism, boghossian, cave, controversy, free will, grad school, graduate, grievance, how to have, humanities, impossible conversations, james, lindsay, manual for creating atheists, metaphysics, muckraker media, outrage, peter, phd, philosophy, plato, plato's cave, portland state, professor, reform, science, scientific method, shaming, socrates, socratic method, studies, teaching, twitter, university
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Peter Boghossian about where academic philosophy stands in the modern university system. We discuss the problems that it and other humanities create for themselves and for the public, and how to reform the standards in the field by injecting a scientific and Socratic standard.
March 20th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
alastair, birmingham, cave, choice, contingency, counterfactual, decision theory, dr., free will, grad school, graduate, metaphysics, multiple worlds, options, oxford, phd, philosophy, physics, plato, plato's cave, professor, quantum, self, theory, university, wilson
In this episode, I spoke with Professor Alastair Wilson about his newly released book, The Nature of Contingency: Quantum Physics as Modal Realism. We spoke about contingency, counterfactuals, the multiple worlds interpretation of quantum physics, free will, and more.