Episode 31: Future Philosophy
Get in the Delorean, Marty! It’s time for the future of philosophy and the philosophy of the future. Philosophers and chrononauts Richard Brown and Pete Mandik overclock their flux capacitors to see if philosophy has a chance of surviving into the deep future of the human race. In the first half of the episode, they discuss the future of life itself. Along the way they hit Nick Bostrom’s “Great Filter” argument, Susan Schneider’s argument that aliens will be robots, and Pete’s own “Metaphysical Daring” argument about mind uploading and posthuman survival strategies. In part two, they delve into the future of the human race, and the question of whether philosophy could survive humanity's slipping into a Mad-Max-style future-primitive dark age. If we don't devolve into an idiocracy, will philosophy ever converge on a uniquely correct way of representing the real?
(The audio in this episode is edited down from our video chat viewable @YouTube)
- Jeremy England and physics of life @ScientificAmerican
- Nick Bostrom and his Great Filter argument @YouTube
- Susan Schneider on why aliens would be robots @Vice
- Pete Mandik "Metaphysical Daring as a Posthuman Survival Strategy"
- Richard Brown "What Is Philosophy?"
- Bernard Williams “On Hating and Despising Philosophy”