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The show notes here at Libsyn are only a rough draft. For the most refined and complete set of show notes, please go to unseenpodcast.com . Thanks for listening.

May 27, 2018

Recorded: 25 May 2018

Released: 26 May 2018

Duration: 74 minutes, 17 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr is joined by panelists Sam Lichtenstein, Patrick Festa, and Nick Nielsen to talk about the evolution and extinction of human languages.  

 

Links:

 

List of Endangered Languages
 
Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis (linguistic relativity)
 
Echoes from My Kodiak Alutiiq Ancestors
 
The state of the Welsh language: Number of people speaking Welsh fluently falls by 7,000 over the last decade
 
Revival of the Hebrew language
 
Who We Are: Europe
 
Future Strategist: Cochran History Of Europe
 
Infographic: A World of Languages
 
 

Recommendations:

 
Sam: A History of the Byzantine State and Society
 
Patrick: Kay Scarpetta Book Series
 
Nick: The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age
 
Paul: Desert Oracle Radio
 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

The Unseen Podcast is released under the Creative Common Attribution/Share-Alike license

 

 

 

Apr 8, 2018

Recorded: 6 April 2018

Released: 7 April 2018

Duration: 91 minutes, 56 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr welomes panelists Gita Jaisinghani, Sam Lichtenstein, Nick Nielsen and Adam Smith to take about a selection of Existential Risks.

Topics include: nanotechnology, pandemics, AI, and Climate Change. As usual, we let the discussion wander where it will go.

 

Links


Controversial US scientist creates deadly new flu strain for pandemic research

Engineered Avian Flu Could Kill Half the World's Humans

 
Asilomoar AI Principles
NASA on Climate Change
 
Early climate action has big effect on rising sea levels
 
 

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

Links: Nick Nielsen

Jan 21, 2018

Recorded: 19 January 2018

Released: 20 January 2018

Duration:126 minutes, 28 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr is joined by new panelist Jon Eckberg, and regulars Nick Nielsen, Buck Field, Mike Bohler and Patrick Festa to talk about how the discovery of the interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua affects the terms in the Drake Equation, if at all. As is typical for us, the discussion ranges wide, once again confirming the Drake Equation's role as an excellent mental lens.

 

Links:

The Drake Equation

Through the Lens of the Drake Equation

Claudio Maccone - The Statistical Drake Equation

David Jewitt - Oddball Visitor from Outer Space

Early trace of life from 3.95 Ga sedimentary rocks in Labrador, Canada

Guns, Germs, and Steel

The Case for K Dwarf Stars

This Humpback Whale Saved a Woman's Life, But Probably Not on Purpose

Face to Face with a Leopard Seal

 

A Skeptic's Guide to Conspiracy

Oh, No Ross and Carrie

 

Credits: 

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

Dec 9, 2017

Recorded: 8 December 2017

Released: 

Duration: 97 minutes, 32 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Nick Nielsen, Sam Lichtenstein, and Patrick Festa to talk about the possible consequences of Active SETI, or METI. Of course, the discussion veers off into religion and just how tasty man flesh is.

 

Links:

Interview with METI.org president Douglas Vakoch

Pascal Boyer

John Romer: Testament

To Serve Man

 

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music; DJ Spooky

Nov 11, 2017

Recorded: 10 November 2017

Released: 11 November 2017

Duration: 92 minutes, 12 seconds

 

 

Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists (King) James Garrison, Nick Nielsen (Benevolent Dictator of the Planet Entire), and (King of the Universe) Patrick Festa for a wide ranging conversation about education. Some of those Lego jokes fall a bit flat..

What would you do about education if you were Benevolent Dictator? Or Andrew Carnegie?

 

Links

Thomas Kuhn - The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

What's Your Problem with Higher Education?

Primitive Technology YouTube Channel

LEGO Women of NASA Kit

James Burke BBC Connections

Juvenile violent crime arrest rates

Chad Davies' Scientific Odyssey Podcast

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

Platform: Google Hangouts on Air

Hardware: Shure, Pro Art, TASCAM, Focusrite, Apple

Software: Chrome, Reaper, Loopback, Scarlett Mix Control, Auphonic Leveller, OS X Sierra

Oct 28, 2017

Recorded: 27 October 2017

Released: 29 October 2017

Duration: 77 minutes 16 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr is joined by James Garrison, Nick Nielsen, and Mike Bohler to talk about local urban legends and the forces driving. Stories like Chicago's Resurrection Mary have been told all around the world for centuries. Also, portals keep popping up in modern narratives, and perhaps have also been with us for a long time. 

Our conversation ranges from the Purple Church, to Crop Circles, to the Nazca Lines, to the Anasazi to Scotland's Ring of Brodgar, to Skinwalker Ranch, and much more.

Links:

Spooky Oklahoma Legends

Vanishing Hitchhiker

Ring of Brodgar

Nazca Lines

Circle Makers

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

Oct 21, 2017

Recorded: 20 October 2017

Released: 21 October 2017

Duration: 85 minutes, 36 seconds

Paul Carr and Adam Smith are joined by NASA Postdoctoral Fellow Eva Bodman, who was recommended to us by Tabetha Boyajian. We discussed the developments on KIC 8462852 (aka Boyajian's Star) over the last year. A lot has happened, and we covered as much as we could. We also took a couple of live questions from the YouTube chat, which is much appreciated.

 

Links

Last years's Episode - 1 Year of WTF

Eva Bodman's Research

Where's The Flux? blog

Tabby's Ted Talk

Tabby's Star for the Perplexed

The KIC8462852 Subreddit and its Wiki

A list of papers on Boyajian's Star and related topics

Tabby on the Gaia Data Release 1

 

Aliens, Perhaps, but Not the Aliens of the Gaps

The Absolute, Definitive Truth About Alien Megastructures

 

Credits

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

Aug 27, 2017

Recorded: 25 August 2017

Released: 26 August 2017

Duration: 93 minutes 16 seconds

Host Paul Carr welomes panelists Nick Nielsen and Sam Lichtenstein, who soldier on when Paul's Thunderbolt 3 hub crashes. They engage in a discussion of whether mathematics is discovered or invented. How does this apply to efforts to communicate with distant technological civilizations? Could math be used to establish a common language?

Links:

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Science

The Mandelbrot Set Crop Circle Formation  
by Joseph E. Mason

A Conversation with Edward Snowden (Part 1) (SETI at 33:00 and following)

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Awarded $7.5 Million Department of Defense Grant To Reshape Mathematics

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: DJ Spooky

 

Aug 12, 2017

Recorded: 11 August 2017

Released: 12 August 2017

Duration: 100 minutes, 41 seconds

 

Host Paul Carr welcomes Sam Lichtenstein, Patrick Festa, Nick Nielsen and Mike Bohler to mark the end of the Summer hiatus. Since this is a non-episode, we have no find agenda, so it ranges from the Kennedy assassination to astronomical anomalies.

We also play the short promo for Oh No Ross and Carrie

 

Links

The Skeptics Guide to Conspiracy

Credits

host and Producer: Paul Carr

Music: Dj Spooky

 

 

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