Ron Unz is the publisher of the Unz Review, a controversial, but widely read, alternative media site hosting opinion outside of the mainstream, including from both the far right and the far left. Unz studied theoretical physics at Harvard, Cambridge and Stanford. He founded the software company Wall Street Analytics, acquired by Moody’s in 2006, and was behind the 1998 ballot initiative that ended bilingual education in California.
Corey and Steve speak with Samual 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?
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.
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 […]
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: […]
all right my name is Corey Washington and I’m Steve Schuh and this is our show manifold and Steve we just had a great conversation with a fabulous young woman named Nora Siddiqui who you first met a few months ago tell us about that so Noor is the founder of an event that Stanford […]
okay welcome to our podcast my name is Cory Washington and this is my co-host Steve Hsu and we’re gonna tell you a little bit about how we hope our next episode should be going and some of the plans we’ve got to the show but we’d like to lay out kind of a general […]
let’s begin to move into the topic of today’s discussion which is these CRISPR babies that recently generators for babies designer babies and so this touches on your interest in in genomics it does and so let’s get a little background about this let’s talk a little about CRISPR first and I have to say […]
Steve: All right. Corey, I’m really excited about our guest today. He’s someone whom I’ve been listening to I think since 2010 or so, which is when his podcast Sinica launched, and he’s quite a colorful character. I hope to spend some time on his biography, which I think is underexplored in his own podcast. […]
Corey: Ready to go Steve? Steve: Yeah, I’m all set. This is your show. Corey: Awesome. Welcome to Manifold. Our guest today is Ted Schultz. Ted is a research entomologist at the National Museum of Natural History, where he studies leaf-cutter ants. Ted is a specialist in evolution, symbioses, and systematics. Welcome to Manifold, Ted. […]