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WWI #82: Dr. Joseph Uscinski and Conspiracy THeories
Conspiracy theories often conjure up the image of shadowy characters running the show behind the curtain. Cross the system and the system will take you out. This idea makes for a great John Grisham novel but rarely represents reality. My guest tonight is an expert of conspiracy theories and how they become a part of our culture. Do conspiracy theories expose nefarious plots to undermine the system or simply a way to address political shortcomings and help quell the feeling of ineptitude?
Joseph E. Uscinski received his bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University, his Master’s from University of New Hampshire, and his Doctorate from University of Arizona. His research has appeared in Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Critical Review among other scholarly outlets. His first book, The People’s News: Media, Politics, and the Demands of Capitalism (New York University Press, 2014) addresses how audience demands drive news content. His second book, American Conspiracy Theories (Oxford University Press, 2014) coauthored with Joseph Parent, examines why people believe in conspiracy theories.
WWI Podcast Spotlight
Jason Seib is the creator of the AltShift Diet, the author of The Paleo Coach and Body Beliefs and the co-host of the AltShift Podcast. He is also the founder and co-owner of AltShift Fitness and Fat Loss located in the Portland, Oregon area.
I would describe Jason as an expert in the psychology of weight loss and fitness, a subject that is as complex as the weight problem we face in America. From his site:
"Jason speaks on the subject of fat loss regularly, delivering his Sustainable Fat Loss Seminar around the US. Jason’s passion is guiding normal people to extraordinary levels of health and fitness. Marrying his extensive knowledge of fitness and nutrition with his love of psychology, he has built his career by helping thousands of people change their perspective and find a healthy, sustainable path to their goals."
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.
WWI #65 SCOTT SANTENS - WRITER AND ADVOCATE FOR BASIC INCOME FOR ALL
Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a somewhat controversial subject in a culture of capitalistic competition but if you've been paying attention to technology and the presence of automation, you should realize that human labor will soon be antiquated and jobs across the spectrum of trades will be lost. How will you provide for your family when artificial intelligent machines force you into retirement? If you don't believe this is a reality, then you'll need to get out from under that rock and face reality!