Samo Burja joins Wolf Tivy from Turkey to discuss why civilization is older than we thought. Samo’s research into ruins like Göbekli Tepe inspired him to ask just how ancient civilization could really be. Topics include why national politics can end up yielding archaeological progress, whether the Dunbar number is a false limit on human development, and why Samo is willing to bet on finding cities that predate the last Ice Age.
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This week, Tim speaks with Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy and 2312. In Slate last year, Choire Sicha of the Awl wrote that 2312 “is his boldest trip into all of the marvelous SF genres—ethnography, future shock, screed against capitalism, road to earth—and all of the ways to thrill and be thrilled. It’s a future history that’s so secure and comprehensive that it reads as an account of the past—a trick of craft that belongs almost exclusively to the supreme SF task force of Le Guin and Margaret Atwood.”
In the episode, Robinson talks to Tim about the politics of science fiction, how robots have historically represented wage workers, and why we need to right Earth before we head to Mars.
Rodney Harrison, lecturer in heritage studies of the Open University, explains why he is doing archaeological research into Second Life, and what he has uncovered so far.