We bros welcome astronomer and SETI rockstar Seth Shostak. Listen, learn, love.
Seth Shostak is the senior astronomer at the SETI Institute and the host of the awesome podcast Big Picture Science. He’s a remarkably nice and funny guy for how big of a deal he is. We’re shocked and grateful he took the time to chat with us, and now his generosity is your reward.
After the chat and media mentions, we bros chat some more. Chats on chats on chats. And now, before I get to the notes, a quick shoutout to Origami Conspiracy. He left us a nice review on iTunes, and through some reverse stalkage on the part of Zach, we found our way to his music. And it’s good. A little too good. Maybe that’s the conspiracy. Either way, it probably merits your investigation.
- Throughout the show, I refer to Seth’s book, which is Confessions of an Alien Hunter. If you want to know more about the past, present and future of SETI, I suggest you check it out.
- Got FLOPS to spare and wanna do your part in the search? Check out SETI@HOME.
- For more on The Transcension Hypothesis, here is a list of resources, including a link to the original paper by John Smart.
- Thoughts on the Zoo Hypothesis from our friend João Pedro de Magalhães.
- Will SpotMini melt your heart, or tear it from your chest with its neck-arm-thing? Only time will tell. Zach says this thing reminds him of a Pierson’s Puppeteer from Larry Niven’s Known Space books.
- Upon listening to my own words, I realize that whatever I said about nanoswarms and simulated consciousness was dumb. Real dumb. For a not dumb exploration of the future of consciousness—you guessed it—Diaspora.
- Forever Young: The Church of Perpetual Life
- Author Sarah Perry talks about the rights of consciousness (foremost among them, the right to die) on Review The Future.
- Big Picture Science, the podcast so good it got linked twice.
- Also, I meant to mention this in the show but never got it in: Carl Sagan’s classic essay on SETI.
- Moving Naturalism Forward
- Future Express, the new subsidiary podcast from Review The Future.