Latest Episode: 5/12/2017
Riley Anderson was working in the Canadian oil industry earning good money but, like many others, did feel he was living a purposeful life. He sought help through an ancient shamanic Ayahuasca ritual which dramatically changed his outlook on life and led him to his true path. Riley returns to WWI to discuss in more depth about the physical versus metaphysical effects of the active drug DMT. We also wax philosophically about the origins of DMT and what purpose it serves here on Earth. Was it programmed into DNA as the calling card of our creator or is it merely a chemical that stimulates our brain into meaningless psychedelic hallucinations? Riley is a knowledgeable guy and lots of fun to talk to. Strap on your thinking caps and prepare for a journey to other dimensions!
*The Wait What If Podcast does not promote or condone use of illegal drugs. Riley's experiences were anecdotal and experimentation with illegal substances can lead to seriously injury or death.
Check out Riley's first appearance on WWI here:
I was honored to have a chance to record an episode of the WWI Podcast with the legendary Dr. Christopher Ryan. You may recognize his name from his many appearances on the Joe Rogan Experience, his successful podcast Tangentially Speaking, his TED talks, or perhaps his best selling book Sex at Dawn. His biography is as wild as his adventuresome life.
From his site:
Christopher and his work have been featured just about everywhere, including: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Times of London, Playboy, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Outside,El Pais, La Vanguardia, Salon, Seed, and Big Think.
A featured speaker from TED in Long Beach, CA to The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House to the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, Chris has consulted at various hospitals in Spain, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films.
James Barrat is a writer, director and producer of documentary films. He is also author of the nonfiction book Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era. Time Magazine named him one of the 5 smartest people who believe AI could bring on the apocalypse and his book was named on of the 8 definitive tech books of 2013 by Huffington Post.
Mr. Barrat joined me for a frank discussion on how real the negative impacts of AI will be on the future of humanity. He states that the development of this technology should be the most important conversation of the current era and yet we rarely hear of it beyond the novelty of self-driving cars, personal digital assistants (Siri, Echo) and simplified online personal shopping. However, bringing an intelligence online which is smarter than humans drops us down a rung on the hierarchy of life and may lead to our eventual demise... in unpleasant ways
Mr. Mark Garrison, a Warrant Officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War and author of "Guts N' Gunships: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam" shares some of his experiences with us in today's show. Running out of college money during the mid-1960s meant he had little choice but to sign up for the Army before the Army came and got him anyways. He refused to run for the border and wanted to somewhat control his destiny, therefore he volunteered under the promise that he would become a pilot. As the sleeve of his book explains:
"Straight from college, to the US Army, to command pilot of a four ton gunship with a four man crew in Vietnam. From college chess games to a game of life and death. It was surreal to say the least. In this book I pour my heart out and bare my soul to tell you what that was like, from basic to Vietnam and back."
I hope you enjoy this show. It was an honor to have Mr. Garrison as a part of the WWIPodcast experience.
Calum Chase is the author of The Economic Singularity: Artifical Intelligence and the Death of Capitalism and Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence. He joined the show to discuss another aspect of the rise of automated technology besides the peril of the human race and that is the peril of the human social structure. What will humans do when all the jobs become automated? Will the Earth become a utopia where robots perform daily tasks ans humans live lives of leisure or will millions of jobs be suddenly lost and only the few will have money for basic goods? These are difficult question to answer and we were lucky to have Mr. Chase join us on today's show.
Gray Winsler is a YouTuber who is known for his defense of the first amendment and his insightful critique of American politics. His unique story starts with his unconventional education which began after he left school 2 weeks into the eighth grade. A few years later, his parents had to drive him to his first college classes because he was too young for a driver's license. Gray is the creator of several viral videos based on his insightful commentary on Donald Trump's unlikely bid for the presidency and the culture which made it happen. He's a smart guy and has a great future ahead of him!