WWOTS 022: Just Turn Spongebob Off

WWOTS 022: Just Turn Spongebob Off

Mike and Jon start out complaining about people with terrible grammar but quickly move on to an attempt to make boring things interesting and a far ranging conversation about the possibilities of terraforming Mars and Venus. They finish it all off with an examination of automation and the difference between scarcity and abundance.

WWOTS 017: Back When Mao Was Maoing

WWOTS 017: Back When Mao Was Maoing

Mike and Jon clarify the importance simplicity when learning science. Then they discuss playing pool and the difference between knowing about and knowing how to do something. They follow that with an exploration of potential impacts of Autonomous Vehicles and then close by talking through some of the dangers around cults of personality and the rise of strong men in politics.

WWOTS 013: I Personally Want Genetically Superior Overlords

WWOTS 013: I Personally Want Genetically Superior Overlords

Our hosts examine the difficulties of migration and demographic decline in Eastern Europe and how this is exacerbating populism in Poland, Bulgaria, and Hungary.  They go over what mike wants in a place he lives and talk about the history of number systems as well as what an ideal system might look like. They close out with some speculation about the future impact of fusion, solar energy, and genetic engineering upon societies.

WWOTS 011: Wow This Is Becoming Semi Motivational

WWOTS 011: Wow This Is Becoming Semi Motivational

Mike ruminates on the origins of stairs, housing and doors before challenging Jon to find something interesting in the mundane topic of rope.  They continue with a discussion of commuting, getting gas in LA, and how traits like optimism, caution, responsibility, and age might impact decision making around things we all do.  They then explore the contemporary political realignment seen around the world in the decades since the end of the cold war, the lack of capitalist tradition in post soviet republics, and the proliferation of conspiracy theories about the new world order.  They close by reviewing and reflecting on the first 10 episodes of this show, what they’ve learned along the way, and the value of having recordings of early work for seeing your growth and progress.

WWOTS 010: That Argument Is Incoherent Gobbledegook And Completely Useless

WWOTS 010: That Argument Is Incoherent Gobbledegook And Completely Useless

Mike and Jon begin by discussing how our expectations around marriage, schooling, and work are influenced by our families, the media, and society at large.  They examine how desires interact with expectations and some of theirs growing up.  After touching on some of the failings of the educational system they go into how the search for passions in work distracts from true satisfaction and how passion is actually developed.  They close with a comparison of rationalism and empiricism.  Going through their practical uses and how to use these methods of thinking to assist our learning and pursuit of truth.

WWOTS 009: What's Interesting Today, Will Be Interesting Tomorrow, And Was Interesting 10 Years Ago?

WWOTS 009: What's Interesting Today, Will Be Interesting Tomorrow, And Was Interesting 10 Years Ago?

Our hosts broaden their conversation of grammar by complaining about people not using the plural possessive, schools not teaching grammar, and an exploration of German cases and the echoes of these that remain in English.  They continue with a discussion of people’s interests and why different people are interested in such different things; examining sports and history in particular.  They close by analyzing the media they consume, how long media remains relevant, and what mediums are best for consuming different kinds of information.

WWOTS 008: Justin Time

WWOTS 008: Justin Time

Our hosts start off contrasting the snow in Korea to the fires all over California.  Jon then complains about speed bumps and somehow generalizes them as a symptom of greater evil in society.  They suggest a way to think about implementing long term permanent changes whether as a city planner or for yourself.  They then touch on the hidden French etymological origins of some word families and how finding these connections between languages can shed meaning on patterns in our own language, discuss the drift of accents in the United States and the United Kingdom, and the influence of German culture and language on the USA.  They go on to speculate over the impact of future medical advances greatly lengthening human lifespans, how our societies might acclimate to them, and whether individual rights include healthcare.  They close with some reflections on 2017 and a few plans for the coming months.

WWOTS 007: If You’re Spain, It’s Gonna Hurt A Lot

WWOTS 007: If You’re Spain, It’s Gonna Hurt A Lot

Mike and Jon follow up on the cost of cabs and Ryanair flights, and make corrections about car ownership and New York hurricanes.  They also talk about the Economist Newspaper’s odd practice of collective authorship, and why we trust certain media sources sources.  After this they explain the Catalan independence movement and have a discussion on various secession  movements and the future of the European Union more broadly.

WWOTS 006: Italians, Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Start World War III And Make Them Throw In The Towel

WWOTS 006: Italians, Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Start World War III And Make Them Throw In The Towel

Jon and Mike talk about recent trips to liverpool and Milan, hate listening to podcasts like “the Joe Rogan Experience”, Mike’s new job in the property management industry, and how it feels to listen to recordings of yourself.  They then examine some ideas about change, how and why people are resistant to it, and how integral it is to the way we perceive the world.  Following this conversation they break down generational change, what kinds of beliefs become entrenched in people after adolescence, and how this has growing importance due to potential changes to technology, demographics and lifespans.  They close with a discussion of how power is shifting into the hands of much older people and how, if we develop technologies to extend life spans substantially, we’ll see even more drastic shifts in power and authority.