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  1. The Incomparable #187: Man versus Mars

    Book Club: "The Martian" by Andy Weir.


    —Huffduffed by grahamwetzler 3 weeks ago

  2. 5by5 | The Incomparable #184: Genius Edition

    A draft of favorite board games.


    —Huffduffed by skiaec04 3 weeks ago

  3. 5by5 | The Incomparable #85: Game Show

    The Incomparable panelists answer quiz-show questions.


    —Huffduffed by kevinpacheco 3 weeks ago

  4. 5by5 | The Incomparable #130: And the Children Shall Lead (Star Trek TOS, part 2)

    The original "Star Trek." (Part 2 of 2.)


    —Huffduffed by kevinpacheco 3 weeks ago

  5. 5by5 | The Incomparable #129: Prescription Salad (Star Trek TOS, part 1)

    The original "Star Trek." (Part 1 of 2.)


    —Huffduffed by kevinpacheco 3 weeks ago

  6. 5by5 | The Incomparable #30: Let Me Show You My Warp Bubble

    "Star Trek: The Next Generation."


    —Huffduffed by kevinpacheco 3 weeks ago

  7. 5by5 | The Incomparable #188: Game Show II

    Another Incomparable game show.


    —Huffduffed by maicki 3 weeks ago

  8. The Partially Examined Life: Sci-Fi and Philiosophy with David Brin

    Discussing David Brin’s novel Existence (2012) with the author.

    What’s the point of thinking? Brin sees the future as a pressing threat, and Existence speculates that the reason we don’t see evidence of life on other planets is that no species survives its technological adolescence. The solution? We need to be smarter than our parents and work to give our kids the tools to be smarter than we are. In the book, the ultimate hope comes from a concerted effort to develop and diversify the coalition of Earth’s intelligent life, to make “humanity” encompass more than just the biological humans that we currently are.

    In our present political difficulties, Brin sees the solution as positive-sum games: institutions like science and markets that (are supposed to) result in everybody benefiting overall. We need to keep elites (whether corporate or governmental) from screwing these games up, and to use technology to foster reciprocal accountability. The government is illicitly spying on people? Spy back and call them out when power is abused! Instead of vainly trying to hold back technology, just make sure that it’s not restricted to elites, that there can be effective debate re. its uses.

    The point of thinking for Brin is to “be a good ancestor.” Philosophy and science fiction can help through thought experiments that visualize the outcomes of our ideas and can help in developing scientific theories. Philosophy’s most Brin-approved task is to promote the critical argumentation needed for reciprocal accountability. The “examined life” is not just for navel-gazers, but for societies prone to catastrophic mistakes.


    —Huffduffed by adactio 3 weeks ago

  9. 5by5 | The Incomparable #63: Like a Good Book Exploded

    Book Club: "The Wise Man’s Fear" by Patrick Rothfuss.


    —Huffduffed by cashman 3 weeks ago

  10. 5by5 | The Incomparable #132: Kind of Like a Dinosaur

    Hulk, She-Hulk, and other Hulks I’ve known.


    —Huffduffed by mef one month ago

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