Philosopher Sam Kerstein on the Morality of Genome Engineering, Inequality, and Star Trek – Episode #9

Corey and Steve speak with Samuel Kerstein, Professor of Philosophy and expert in Medical Ethics at the University of Maryland. They discuss the ethics of genome engineering and preimplantation embryo selection, and the inequality and narrowing of human diversity that might result from widespread adoption of these technologies. Among the topics covered: Why genome engineering at this time is immoral. Should we always pick the healthiest embryo? In the future will parents have a moral obligation to engineer their children? Will there be an arms race between countries to engineer their populations? Is Star Trek’s Khan a more advanced person (Steve) or just another smart psychopath (Sam) or both?

Sabine Hossenfelder on the Crisis in Particle Physics and Against the Next Big Collider – #8

Hossenfelder is a Research Associate at the Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies. Her research areas include particle physics and quantum gravity. She discusses the current state of theoretical physics, and her recent book Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray.

David Skrbina on Ted Kaczynski, Technological Slavery, and the Future of Our Species – Episode #7

David Skrbina is a philosopher at the University of Michigan. He and Ted Kaczynski published the book Technological Slavery, which elaborates on the Unabomber manifesto and contains about 100 pages of correspondence between the two which took place over almost a decade. Skrbina discusses his and Kaczynski’s views on deep problems of technological society, and whether violent opposition to it is justified.

David Skrbina on Ted Kaczynski, Technological Slavery, and the Future of Our Species – Episode #7

David Skrbina is a philosopher at the University of Michigan. He and Ted Kaczynski published the book Technological Slavery, which elaborates on the Unabomber manifesto and contains about 100 pages of correspondence between the two which took place over almost a decade. Skrbina discusses his and Kaczynski’s views on deep problems of technological society, and whether violent opposition to it is justified.

Transcript: David Skrbina on Ted Kaczynski, Technological Slavery, and the Future of Our Species – Episode #7

Steve: Okay, our guest today is David Skrbina, a professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan. David has very broad interests, but today we specifically want to talk to him about the philosophy of technology. Perhaps his most well known work is a book which was written in collaboration, in a sense, with Ted […]

John Hawks on Human Evolution, Ancient DNA, and Big Labs Devouring Fossils – Episode #6

Hawks is the Vilas-Borghesi Distinguished Achievement Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is an anthropologist and studies the bones and genes of ancient humans. He’s worked on almost every part of our evolutionary story, from the very origin of our lineage among the apes, to the last 10,000 years of our history.

Transcript: John Hawks on Human Evolution, Ancient DNA, and Big Labs Devouring Fossils – Episode #6

Steve: Welcome to Manifold. Corey, this week we’ve got a real treat. Our guest today is John Hawks, a professor at the University of Wisconsin. He is my favorite perhaps — or definitely one of my favorite — “bone-diggin’ologists” in the whole world. And John is actually a triple threat, he’s a very rare talent: […]

John Hawks on Human Evolution, Ancient DNA, and Big Labs Devouring Fossils – Episode #6

Hawks is the Vilas-Borghesi Distinguished Achievement Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is an anthropologist and studies the bones and genes of ancient humans. He’s worked on almost every part of our evolutionary story, from the very origin of our lineage among the apes, to the last 10,000 years of our history.

Transcript: Noor Siddiqui, Thiel Fellow, on Stanford and Silicon Valley – Episode #3

Steve: My name is Corey Washington. Steve: I’m Steve Hsu, and this our show, Manifold. Steve: Steve, we just had a great conversation with a fabulous young woman named Noor Siddiqui, who you first met a few months ago. Tell us about that. Steve: Noor is the founder of an event at Stanford called No […]

Transcript: Bobby Kasthuri & Brain Mapping – Episode #2

Corey: All right. Okay. Welcome to our podcast. My name’s Corey Washington, and this is my co-host Steve Hsu. And we’re going to tell you little bit about how we hope our next episode should be going and some of the plans we’ve got for the show, but we’d like to lay out our general […]