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Evolve Faster with Scott Ely

49 EpisodesProduced by Scott ElyWebsite

Everything is changing, yet the questions that drive us remain the same. Will humanity face the absurdity of our collective existential crisis in time? Join Scott Ely as he takes us deep into the rabbit hole with philosophical experiments to reboot your mind, psychological tales to upgrade your life… read more

49 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

EF49 (S2-E10): The Domino Effect: The Momentum of an Unstoppable Future

May 26th, 2020

37:48
PLAYEF49 (S2-E10): The Domino Effect: The Momentum of an Unstoppable FuturePLAY | DOWNLOAD Humanity’s relationship to the future is like falling …

EF48 (S2-E9): Checkmate: A Child’s Guide to the Good Life

May 12th, 2020

28:19
PLAYEF48 (S2-E9): Checkmate: A Child’s Guide to the Good LifePLAY | DOWNLOAD Experiencing life through the eyes of a child is to see the world with …

EF47 (S2-E8): Infinite Regress: Drawing Back The Veil of Perception

April 28th, 2020

35:05
PLAYEF47 (S2-E8): Infinite Regress: Drawing Back The Veil of PerceptionPLAY | DOWNLOAD Investigating human limitations beyond the veil of …

EF46 (S2-E7): Empathetic Distortion: Rigging the Scales of Justice

April 14th, 2020

30:01
PLAYEF46 (S2-E7): Empathetic Distortion: Rigging the Scales of JusticePLAY | DOWNLOAD Like a rigged scale of justice, life in society and within …

EF45 (S2-E6): Weaving Society’s Web: Purpose in a Future Without Work

March 31st, 2020

41:19
PLAYEF45 (S2-E5): Weaving Society’s Web: Purpose in a Future Without WorkPLAY | DOWNLOAD Cocooned in webs of lies about happiness and freedom, many …

EF44 (S2-E5): Reality Unchained: Smashing the Icons of Social Delusion

March 17th, 2020

32:58
PLAYEF44 (S2-E5): Reality Unchained: Smashing the Icons of Social DelusionPLAY | DOWNLOAD Society and culture can be shackles locking us in a …

EF43 (S2-E4): Evil Urges: The Fiery Duality of Human Nature

March 3rd, 2020

43:25
PLAYEF43 (S2-E4): Evil Urges: The Fiery Duality of Human NaturePLAY | DOWNLOAD The urges of human nature are like fire: they can cook your food or …

EF42 (S2-E3): Civil Individualism: Loneliness Atop Mount Empowerment

February 18th, 2020

32:36
PLAY(EF42) S2-E3: Civil Individualism: Loneliness Atop Mount EmpowermentPLAY | DOWNLOAD Going against society has the empowering feeling of …

EF41 (S2-E2): Transhuman Fallibility: The Existential Risk of a Superhuman Future

February 4th, 2020

42:30
PLAY(EF41) S2-E2: Transhuman Fallibility: The Existential Risk of a Superhuman FuturePLAY | DOWNLOAD Technology is like a powerful drug that can …

EF40 (S2-E1): Dehumanized: The Search for Self in the Devil’s Looking Glass

January 21st, 2020

38:22
PLAYEF40 (S2-E1): Dehumanized: The Search for Self in the Devil’s Looking GlassPLAY | DOWNLOAD Finding your place in society can feel like being …

EF39 (S2-E0): LIFE, UPGRADED: Welcome to Season Two of the Evolve Faster Podcast

January 7th, 2020

10:22

Welcome to Life, Upgraded. On 1/21/2020, ten new cautionary tales of speculative fiction begin to drop every other week. The goal of Season Two of …

EF38 (AMA-EF13): Flow, Creative Improvisation and Other Altered States of Consciousness — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF13

December 10th, 2019

21:18

EF38 is an Ask Me Anything about Episode EF13 (The Bloody Fingerprint of Creativity). Where does creativity come from?! It’s impossible to understand if creativity is born as soon as we are or is creativity a quest we …

EF37 (BTP-EF13): Where Creativity Comes From and How to Find Your Uniquely Bloody Fingerprint — Behind the Podcast of Episode EF13

November 26th, 2019

35:08

EF37 is a Behind The Podcast about Episode EF13 (The Bloody Fingerprint of Creativity). The driving question of this episode is ... Where does creativity come from?! Art, imagination, and creativity aren't mystical …

EF36 (AMA-EF12): Pyrrhic Victory and Finding the 10% of Your Mind that Defines Who You Are — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF12

November 12th, 2019

28:02

EF36 is an Ask Me Anything about Episode EF12 (Wired to Fail: Leveling Up in the Game of Life). What defines us? Success, failure and fear are the three main ingredients that define what we are and what we can and will …

EF35 (BTP-EF12): Cryptocurrencies, Gaming and Leveraging Failure to Help Us Define Who We Are — Behind the Podcast of Episode EF12

October 29th, 2019

28:54

EF35 is a Behind The Podcast about Episode EF12 (Wired to Fail: Leveling Up in the Game of Life). The driving question of this is ... What defines us? What have you done in your life that makes you feel proud? …

EF34 (AMA-EF11): On Perfection, the AI Alignment Problem, and the Possibility of Quantum Leaps of Creativity — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF11

October 15th, 2019

32:54

EF34 is an Ask Me Anything about Episode EF11 (When the Lights Go Out: The Blinding Light of an Artificial Future). For the first time, something is …

EF33 (BTP-EF11): The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Creativity — Behind the Podcast of Episode EF11

October 1st, 2019

30:39

EF33 is a Behind The Podcast about Episode EF11 (When the Lights Go Out: The Blinding Light of an Artificial Future). The driving question of this episode is ... Can machines think, be creative or fall in love? It's …

(EF32) AMA-EF10: Mind Control Through a Well-Chosen Tattoo and the Unlikely Case of Being Happy Enough — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF10

September 24th, 2019

26:05

EF32 is an Ask Me Anything about Episode EF10 ((The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering). The driving question of this episode (and this BTP) for you to think through is ... Does happiness define the good? The …

EF31 (BTP-EF10): Dharma, Modifying Negative Thinking and the Never Ending Pursuit of Happiness by Embracing Suffering — Behind the Podcast of Episode EF10

September 17th, 2019

37:22

EF31 is a Behind The Podcast about Episode EF10 (The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering). The driving question of this episode (and this BTP) for you to think through is ... Does happiness define the good? We need …

EF30 (AMA-EF9): Emotional Manipulation, Tribalism and Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Think Before you Feel — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF9

September 10th, 2019

24:47

EF30 is an Ask Me Anything about Episode EF9 (I Feel, Therefore I am: Capsized on the River Emotion). The driving question of this episode (and this AMA) for you to think through is ... Can rationality and emotions …

EF29 (BTP-EF9): Waging War Between Reason and Emotions and the Importance of Leaving Things Unresolved — Behind the Podcast of Episode EF9

September 3rd, 2019

33:24

EF29 is a Behind The Podcast about Episode EF9 (I Feel, Therefore I am: Capsized on the River Emotion). The driving question of this episode (and this AMA) for you to think through is ... Can rationality and emotions …

EF28 (AMA-EF8): Drugs, Consciousness Manipulation and Cheating Your Way To a Better You — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF8

August 27th, 2019

26:37

EF28 is an Ask Me Anything about Episode EF8 (Without a Compass: All Who Sail the Seas of Identity Are Not Lost). The sixth episode of the first …

EF27 (BTP-EF8): Who are You and is it Possible to Upgrade Your Identity as an Adult? — Behind the Podcast of Episode EF8

August 20th, 2019

31:06

EF27 is a Behind The Podcast of Episode EF8 (Without a Compass: All Who Sail the Seas of Identity Are Not Lost). The driving question of this episode is ... Can you change your identity? Or the shorter philosophical …

EF26 (AMA-EF7): The Impossibility of Honest Politicians and Protecting Our Kids from The Most Insidious Fake News — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF7

August 13th, 2019

29:11

EF26 is an Ask Me Anything about Episode EF7 (Sleight of Mind: The Black Magic of Rhetoric). The driving question of this episode (and this AMA) for you to think through is ... can we trust reason? In an online world …

EF25 (BTP-EF7): The Power of Propaganda and Rhetoric to Divide Us and the Quest for a Better World — Behind the Podcast of Episode EF7

August 6th, 2019

29:42

EF25 is a Behind The Podcast (BTP) looking back at Episode EF7 (Sleight of Mind: The Black Magic of Rhetoric). The driving question of this episode is ... can we trust reason? Since perfected by the ancient Greeks, …

EF24 (AMA-EF6): Is Less Really More When it Comes to the Pursuit of Wisdom or is Ignorance Bliss? — Ask Me Anything of Episode EF6

July 30th, 2019

26:26

This is an Ask Me Anything (AMA) about Episode EF6 (Information Mainlining and the Folly of Modern Wisdom). The driving question of this episode is …

EF23 (BTP-EF6): Scaling Mount Wisdom Without Suffocating Under an Avalanche of Ego — Behind The Podcast of Episode EF6

July 23rd, 2019

30:41

Is it possible to learn to be wise? This is a Behind The Podcast (BTP) of Episode EF6 (Information Mainlining and the Folly of Modern Wisdom). The …

EF22 (AMA-EF5): Defeating Fake News and Critical Thinking as the Superpower the World Needs Most — Ask Me Anything of Episode EF5

July 16th, 2019

23:18

This is an Ask Me Anything (AMA) looking back at Episode EF5 (The Truth is Clay in the Hands of a Sculptor). The driving question of this episode …

EF21 (BTP-EF5): Should Lying be Made Illegal and the Importance of Figuring Out Why You Believe What you Believe — Behind the Podcast of Episode EF5

July 9th, 2019

43:16

This is a Behind The Podcast (BTP) of Episode EF5 (Season 1, Episode 3 of the Evolve Faster Podcast) titled The Truth is Clay in the Hands of a …

EF20 (AMA-EF4): The Declining Value of Information and Taking Risks to Determine What is the Truth — Ask Me Anything of Episode EF4

July 2nd, 2019

29:06

Episode EF20 is an Ask Me Anything (AMA) looking back at Episode EF4, which was Season 1, Episode 2 of the Evolve Faster Podcast titled 'The …

EF19 (BTP-EF4): Head Transplantations and Finding Inspiration for Speculative Fiction — Behind the Podcast of Episode EF4

June 25th, 2019

36:24

The driving question of this episode (and this BTP) for you to think through is ... How can you know anything? It’s a fascinating question that actually has surprisingly little research or philosophical investigation. …

EF18 (AMA-EF3): The Mystical Allure of Converting to Buddhism and Speculating about Quantum Mechanics— Ask Me Anything for Episode EF3

June 18th, 2019

33:39

The first episode of the first season of the Evolve Faster Podcast Episode is driven by the big question What Am I Supposed To Do. We as human beings …

EF17 (BTP-EF3): What Am I Supposed To Do, Free Will and Other Everyday Problems — Behind the Podcast of Episode EF3

June 11th, 2019

44:29

The first episode of the first season of the Evolve Faster Podcast Episode starts with the big question that’s always lurking in your head: “What Am …

(EF16) BTP: On Creative Writing, Video Games and the Future of the Evolve Faster Podcast (About Antonio Rozich)

June 4th, 2019

45:22

In this episode, we go behind the scenes where Scott Ely talks to Antonio Rozich — his creative collaborator and co-writer on most of the episodes — …

EF15 (AMA): Ask Me Anything — About Scott Ely and Evolving a Philosophy of Life

May 29th, 2019

58:30

Welcome to the first Ask me Anything (AMA) Episode, which will be loosely framed around the question ... Who controls your narrative? Evolve Faster …

EF14 (BTP): Behind the Evolve Faster Podcast — The Making of a Speculative Fiction Meets Philosophical Nonfiction Podcast

May 21st, 2019

1:13:25

Pose yourself this thought experiment: What if you could start over with a brain unhindered by evolutionary hangovers? A fresh life with no societal …

EF13 (S1-E11): The Bloody Fingerprint of Creativity

May 7th, 2019

50:26

Facing serious amnesia, Eric Clemens with the help of Dr. Eden Harper tries to recollect his lost memories. Dr. Harper takes an unconventional road …

EF12 (S1-E10): Wired to Fail: Leveling Up in the Game of Life

April 23rd, 2019

1:09:40

Infuriated by the risk-averse approach of his company, Vihaan Raid decides to design his latest game on his own. A widely renowned game developer known to the gaming world as “Koji,” believes he can entirely change how …

EF11 (S1-E9): When the Lights Go Out: The Blinding Light of an Artificial Future

April 9th, 2019

1:01:56

Aldford Herbert, a famous science fiction writer, is on the brink of finishing his latest novel about a realistic, dark future of artificial intelligence. A stroke of luck provides him with an opportunity to talk to …

EF10 (S1-E8): The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering

March 26th, 2019

1:02:33

Coming from a wealthy family, most others would only dream of the life Alex leads. Every moment is another silver platter where he is handed all the …

EF9 (S1-E7): I Feel, Therefore I am: Capsized on the River Emotion

March 12th, 2019

49:03

Elliott made a terrible mistake that's been haunting him ever since. As if rafting through Class V rapids without a paddle, Elliott's sanity is inches away from crashing into sharp rocks of guilt, shame and sadness. …

EF8 (S1-E6): Without a Compass: All Who Sail the Seas of Identity Are Not Lost

February 26th, 2019

43:24

(EF8) You're the sailor of the ship called you, and yet most people let their boats go into great disrepair and neglect. Feeling moored in the same spot for years with no clear understanding of the direction she needs …

EF7 (S1-E5): Sleight of Mind: The Black Magic of Rhetoric

February 12th, 2019

53:34

Edward, a marketing master and spokesperson for the dark arts of rhetoric and propaganda, is hired to educate a controversial businessman running for an important public office. It's Edward's job to bestow the black …

EF6 (S1-E4): Information Mainlining and the Folly of Modern Wisdom

January 29th, 2019

28:34

The big question driving Episode EF6 is ... How do you acquire wisdom? Paul, a child prodigy who became a leading theoretical physicist in his early …

EF5 (S1-E3): The Truth is Clay in the Hands of a Sculptor

January 15th, 2019

42:49

The big question driving Episode EF5 is...What is the Truth? Truman, an ordinary man with a regular job, is caught lying in a country where lying is …

EF4 (S1-E2): The Decapitation of Reason: A Skeptic’s Guide

January 1st, 2019

46:33

At the height of his success, a controversial philosopher named Ian Ament reveals a dangerous plan to do a head transplant swap with his brother. Nobody knows why and both the scientific and medical communities at large …

EF3 (S1-E1): All Aboard the Experience Machine: Destination…Unknown

December 18th, 2018

43:55

The big question driving Episode EF3 is... What am I supposed to do? You can't say we get to choose if we want to live this life or not. One day you're born, and that's it--your journey starts with zero preparation. …

EF2 (Intro): Life is a Near-Death Experience (Welcome to The Evolve Faster Podcast)

December 4th, 2018

53:21

In this introduction to the Evolve Faster Podcast, we’ll ride an hour-long roller coaster of a thought experiment designed to challenge your normal …

EF1 (Trailer): The Evolve Faster Podcast Trailer (Extended Version)

November 20th, 2018

3:18

Everything is changing, yet the questions that drive us remain the same. Will humanity face the absurdity of our collective existential crisis in …

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