Zengineering: A Philosophy of Science, Technology, Art & Engineering

86 EpisodesProduced by Brian and Adam

Zengineering Podcast is for everyone who loves Science & Technology and also cares deeply about the beauty of Life's Big Questions. We (Adam & Brian) are obsessed with the spot where modern Science, Technology & Engineering meet Philosophy, Art & Spirituality. We have found this to be the place wher… read more

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080 - On a Life of Video Games

June 18th, 2019

1:11:56

Zengineers!! What's the happs?


Let's have a fun chat this week, we said. Something we both love, that reminds us of being young, and that we could …

077 - with Tim Foad - On Economics, Technology, and Productivity

June 18th, 2019

56:59

What's up, Zengineers?


Welcome back to the laboratory. This week we're discussing economics with a real live economics professor. Wow! Tim Foad is a good friend, the Chair of the Department of Economics at San Diego …

079 - with Patrick Mellor - On Earth’s History of Climate Change

May 22nd, 2019

1:11:13

Hey there, Zengineers?


We hope you're down for a wild ride this week. Our guest is Patrick Mellor: biological scientist, philosopher, geological …

078 - On Surviving In The Woods

April 27th, 2019

52:10

What's up, Zengineers?


We're back in the party pad! Hooray. This week we're getting grungy, or is it crunchy, or maybe grundly? I don't know. Whatever you call it, we're talking about surviving in the great outdoors. …

076 - On Dragon Capsules, Space Trash, and VR Experiences

March 30th, 2019

49:14

What's up, Zengineers?


Welcome back to the laboratory. It's just us this week (no guests), so we've taken the liberty of chasing a bunch of random topics as a throwback to our early episodes.


We started the convo with …

075 - with Paul Gambill of Nori - On The True Cost of Carbon and Reversing Climate Change

March 15th, 2019

1:12:09

Howdy, Zengineers!


We're back at it trying to help understand Climate Change with our buddies at Nori (https://nori.com/). This week we're joined by …

074 - with Jen Harris - On Identity

February 22nd, 2019

59:49

Howdy, Zengineers!


This week we're joined by writer and philosopher Jennifer Harris. She's a staple in the San Diego fundraising community, owns and …

073 - On Working Remotely

February 8th, 2019

53:40

Howdy, Zengineers!

Today we're discussing remote work. Like ... not working at a regular office, and not working in the same room, or even same …

072 - with Colin Murphy - On Universal Basic Income

January 22nd, 2019

1:03:51

Howdy, Zengineers!


Today we're discussing Universal Basic Income (UBI) in The United States. What is it? How does it work? What's good? What's bad? …

071 - On The Complexities and Beauty of The Scientific Method

January 8th, 2019

1:02:36

Howdy, Zengineers!


It's time. What time you might ask? Time to talk about the Scientific Method. Yeah. That method! The scientific one. Yikes! This conversations has been a long time coming and we're so happy to …

070 - with Dave McCarty - On Engineering Buildings and Exploring Fantastic Caves

December 11th, 2018

1:01:04

Howdy, Zengineers!

This week, we're joined by our good buddy, Dave McCarty, a professional structural engineer and an amateur climber and spelunker. Yes, that's the correct word for one that adventures in caves.

Together …

069 - On The Solar System - Part 3 - Asteroids, Giants -- and Pluto

November 27th, 2018

56:32

Heyo, Zengineers!
This week we're wrapping up an epic three part ride through our solar system.
In part one we talked about our solar system as a …

068 - with Nat Wyeth - On Fundraising and The Practice of Giving

November 13th, 2018

56:07

Howdy, Zengineers!

This week we're chatting with Nat Wyeth, professional fundraiser, old friend, and all around good guy. We talk about his experience …

067 - with Scott MacMullan - On That Peninsula Life and Running for Office in Annapolis MD

October 23rd, 2018

51:04

Hey there Zengineers!

This week we’re chatting with Scott MacMullan. He’s host of The Annapolis Podcast, a lawyer, and recently ran for local office. …

066 - On Stuff - Bikes

October 9th, 2018

49:29

Hey Zengineers!

This week we continue our series “On Stuff” with an episode about bicycles. We break down all the elements that make the bicycles work: speed, torque, gear ratios, wheel size and more. We also talk …

065 - On Stuff - Corrugated Cardboard

September 25th, 2018

44:05

Howdy Zengineers!

Welcome to our new series, “On Stuff.”

This week’s inspiration came from driving through a neighborhood and seeing the same thing on almost every porch…cardboard boxes. We take you through the history …

064 - with Christophe Jospe of Nori - On Climate Change - Part 4 - Reversing It

September 11th, 2018

57:41

Howdy Zengineers,

We're joined this week by fellow tech entrepreneur and climate change advocate, Christophe Jospe from Nori - https://www.nori.com. What's Nori you might ask? Well, sometimes it's edible seaweed that …

063 - On Learning Guitar and Pretending to Be a Rock Star

August 21st, 2018

50:23

What's the low down, Zengineers?

We've got a music-eee episode for you this week, which is great, because everyone loves music. Right? Yeah, we thought so. Na Na Naaa Naaa Naaaaaaaa

What we're specifically talking about …

062 - On Terminators and Terminating Things

July 24th, 2018

53:12

Heyo, Fellow Zegineers!!

I'll be boch!! I mean ... we'll be back ... er, we're back!! Yeah, there we go. We're back with another fun filled ride through canyon of curiosity, the laboratory of lucidity, the couch of …

061 - On Drones - Part 2 - The Complexity of Not Bumping Into Things

June 26th, 2018

46:53

What's up, Zengineers?

Drones! Get it? Awkward...

Anyway, This is our second episode in a multi part series on Drones. In this one, we get technical …

060 - with Gustaf Alstromer of Y Combinator - On Climate Change - Part 3 - Carbon Capture

June 12th, 2018

1:01:34

Hey there Zengineers!!   Thanks for coming back for another great convo. This week, our guest is Y Combinator (YC - https://www.ycombinator.com

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059 - On Drones - Part 1 - Quadcopters and NASA Warp Drives

May 29th, 2018

49:52

Well, hellow there, fellow Zengineers!


This week is our first in a series on Drones!! Yeah, those unbelievable fantasy vehicles that are everywhere now. Some are taking pictures, some are dropping bombs, some are …

058 - on Climate Change - Part 2 - Carbon, Cooking, and Chemistry

May 15th, 2018

59:18

Hey Zengineers!


This is our second episode in a series on Climate Change. No one knows how many episodes this series may ultimately contain, but …

057 with Kelly Gardner - On Storytelling and Everyday Inspiration

May 1st, 2018

57:03

What's happenin' Zengineers?

Our guest this week is Kelly Gardner, a filmmaker, teacher, community leader, and friend. He has a great radio voice and …

Storj Storage and Solar Powered Mining Rigs w-Netwise Data CTO and Mechanical Engineer T Brian Jones

April 18th, 2018

36:58

Hello Zengineers! (And SideChainers who backtracked to the pre-release episode!)

Surprise! And welcome to our first Zengineering Media spinoff podcast, The SideChain. It’s a Zengineering podcast, but all about …

056 - with Mike Rosolio - On Privacy, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

April 11th, 2018

59:24

Sup, Zengineers?   We had this one in the pipeline, and it sure is relevant, so you're getting it early, and out of order. Enjoy!  

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055 - On Climate Change - Part 1 - What the Fuck is It

April 3rd, 2018

59:25

Heyo Zengineers!!

Here we are again, at the precipice of adventure and intrigue. This week, we're kicking off a series of episodes on Climate Change …

054 - with Jen Friel - On Blogs, Bartering, and Footslaves

March 20th, 2018

56:52

Hey Zengineers, Welcome back for a whirlwind of a conversation with Jen Friel, an entrepreneur, social media pioneer, and someone with a life so fantastic, it's being made into a TV Show!  

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053 - On AOL Instant Messenger - May it Rest in Peace

March 6th, 2018

55:04

Hello Zengineer Friends!!


This week we're diving into text based digital communication!! Hooray. Yeah, we're excited too. What's that you ask? Texting? Yeah, kinda. Tweets? Yup, sorta. Email? Of course...


We've been …

052 - with Jonathan Sampson, on Brave, Basic Attention Token and Browser Security

February 20th, 2018

52:34

What's up Zengineers!!??

It's that time again? What time you may ask? Time to get jiggy inside a high tech rabbit hole.


Our guest this week is …

051 - On The Solar System - Part 2 - Rovers and Rocky Planets

February 6th, 2018

58:48

We're adventuring off planet this week, Zengineers! We hope you brought your oxygen tanks and sunshades.


This is part two of our series on planets that started a few months ago when we talked all about our home planet, …

050 - On Listener-fed Rabbit Holes

January 16th, 2018

1:50:00

Heyo, Zengineers!

This is our 50th Episode!! We are so thrilled to still be on this wild ride, and so honored that you are all riding along with us. Thank you each for every bit of feedback, support, and funding through …

049 - with Peet Guercio - On Rap Battles, Aaron Sorkin, and Problematic Art

December 19th, 2017

59:05

Heyo fellow Zengineers!!

This episode's got our friend, comedian, rap battle enthusiast, and occasional hype man, Peet Guercio as guest. "Did you say rap battles?" Yes. Yes we did. Rap Battles!! Surprised? Not us. We …

048 - On STEAM Education and the Importance of Curiosity

December 5th, 2017

50:07

What's happening, Zengineers?

This week, we're chasing our previous episodes on experts and experiments, by talking about STEAM Education!! Have you …

047 - with Pat Connelly - On Health, Happiness, and The Rock

November 21st, 2017

54:55

What's up Zengineers?!

Our guest this week is a health and fitness fanatic, long time friend, and CEO of Corevity, "A health community for millennials." He's here to dive into the confusing world of optimizing our …

046 - On Experiments, and their Limits in Meat Space

November 7th, 2017

59:22

What's up Zengineers? This episode continues our marathon of depth, diving into the pool of modern human understanding on our way to episode 50!!


045 - with Laura Goldfarb - On PR, Pop Music, and Power To The People

October 24th, 2017

54:37

Hey Zengineers! This week we’ve got another special guest: Laura Goldfarb. Laura’s an award winning music publicist, writer, entrepreneur, radio …

044 - On Experts, Algorithms, and Scientific Thinking

October 10th, 2017

55:19

Heyo Zengineers. Welcome back for a ride through the thick cloud of confusion around the modern accessibility of trustworthy information. In this …

043 - With Allen and Jesse From FitBod - On Fitness and Technology

September 26th, 2017

58:05

Heyo, Zengineers ... Welcome back for an exciting ride through the technological fitness wonderland with Allen & Jesse, the founders of FitBod. …

042 - On Optimization, Staying Stoked, And Our New Website

September 12th, 2017

46:09

You may already be aware if you’re a Zengineering powerfan, but for everyone else, we’re excited to announce the launch of a brand new website at ZengineeringPodcast.com. As Zengineering has become an increasingly more …

Shorty 004 - Give Us Your Rants

September 9th, 2017

17:03

In appreciation of everyone who supports us and listens to the show, we want to feature YOU on Zengineering Podcast's 50th Episode, scheduled for …

041 - with Leah Culver of Breaker - On The Potential of Podcasts

August 29th, 2017

51:46

Today we’re joined by Leah Culver, entrepreneur, avid podcast listener, and CTO of Breaker (the app we both use to listen to podcasts). Leah has …

040 - On Star Wars vs Star Trek - May the Prime Directive Be With You

August 15th, 2017

47:26

Welcome back, Zengineers. We’re finally doing it. Yes! Wait, what are we talking about? Star Wars versus Star Trek! YAY!!! Do you think the Millennium Falcon is the greatest ship of all time? Do you think Captain Kirk …

039 - with Lin Qiu - On Startups Part 1 - What’s My Motivation

August 1st, 2017

44:55

This week our guest is Lin Qiu, Senior Software Engineering at Upside Travel! Lin's an old friend and a co-conspirator on a number of projects with …

038 - With Scott Bauer - On Your Secret Love Affair With Pop Music

July 12th, 2017

58:05

Howdy Zengineers! Today we're talking about Music with industry expert, Scott Bauer. Not just any music, either. We're talking specifically about Pop Music. Cringe! What's that you're feeling right now? Are you upset …

037 - On Artificial Intelligence - Part 3 - A Philosophy Of Terminators

July 4th, 2017

58:50

Welcome home, Zengineers! This is the final episode in our three part series on Artificial Intelligence. This is the deep dive into the big questions. Will computers be smarter than us some day? What the heck does that …

036 - On Virtual Reality - Part 2 - A Dungeon of Whiteboards

June 20th, 2017

1:05:44

Howdy, Zengineers. Welcome to our second episode on Virtual Reality. We start this episode by examining the five traditional senses (evolutionary …

035 - On File Sharing, Distributed Technologies, And The Birth Of Bitcoin

June 6th, 2017

1:08:46

Hey Zengineers! Let me ask you a strange question. How would you feel if you knew that all your hard earned money was just going to be converted into …

034 - On Virtual Reality - Part 1 - A Weekend with an HTC Vive

May 23rd, 2017

1:02:07

In this episode, we discuss “alternate” realities, aka virtual realities. To do so, I travelled to Los Angeles to visit Adam (this is Brian, btw). …

Shorty 003 - On Writing Honestly

May 17th, 2017

18:27

Hey it's a shorty! This week we've got a quick convo on podcasting versus writing, how each is used to convey info, and where it's easier to be dishonest. Dig it! Share it! Let us know what you think. Enjoy!

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033 - With Alan Gilbert - On Procedurally Generated Content

May 9th, 2017

59:02

Alan’s back, to help us bring you Procedurally Generated Content. What the hell is that? Well it might be our every day reality, but we’ll start simple where you may or may not be aware of it ... games! We’ll do a …

Shorty 002 - On Stuff Made in China

May 2nd, 2017

17:27

It's a shorty! Just a little something something to get you through the week. This one's about some of the problems and complications inherent in the idea that we're going to "bring manufacturing back" to the United …

032 - On Bill Nye, Activism, And The Depths Of Science

April 26th, 2017

52:20

The March for Science happened this last weekend all over the world. Did you know about it? We almost didn't. How awkward. Did we attend? Nope. Why not? Urrrrr ... Ummm ... well, let's talk about it. In this episode we …

Shorty 001 - On Monkey Sex

April 18th, 2017

10:27

Hey Zengineers! We're taking this week to introduce a new format you'll be seeing/hearing on our feed more often. The SHORTY! We'll explain in the episode. This one's about all different kinds of sex. Yep, there are …

031 - On Planets - Why We Explore And What We Know

April 4th, 2017

1:01:56

We've wanted to up our stoke recently, so after a lot of consideration, we decided to launch a three part series on PLANETS. We love em. We love em a lot!! Heck, we better, cuz we live on one!! In this first part of our …

030.5 - On Logical Fallacies - With Mike Rosolio

March 28th, 2017

39:28

Hey! It's a bonus 'cast! When we had Mike Rosolio on last week we failed to make it out of the intro for the episode we planned before time ran out. …

030 - On How to Argue Good - with Mike Rosolio

March 21st, 2017

52:20

We missed the Rhetorical Theory and Semantics class in school, but our guest this week got his degree in it! What's that mean? He's really good at …

029 - On Artificial Intelligence - Part 2 -  What is Modern AI?

March 7th, 2017

59:55

We're back, with our second conversation on Artificial Intelligence. Last time we mostly talked about the past, while we tried to dissect what AI …

028 - On Crossfit and Being Fit Enough - With Ryan Zaffino

February 22nd, 2017

1:01:12

Hey everybody! We’re back with more Zengineering goodness. This week we’ve got guest Ryan Zaffino hanging out. He’s a Crossfit coach, personal trainer, and studying to be a physical therapist. Crossfit has come up …

027 - On Artificial Intelligence - Part 1 - A History of Artificial Memory

February 7th, 2017

50:11

Howdy, Zengineers! A lot of season one danced around the topic of Artificial Intelligence, so we decided it was time to dive in for realz. This is part one of a three part series on Artificial Intelligence. What the …

026 - On Corrections with Alan Gilbert - Quantum Computing, Gold Dollars, and Solipsism

January 24th, 2017

43:22

Hello Zengineers! We're back with our second guest episode of Season 2. Have you ever been listening and thought, "These guys are really really good looking, but what they just said is total BS!" Well, our good friend …

025 - On Podcasts, with Borson And D-Abel

January 10th, 2017

59:00

Welcome to 2017! In celebration of a New Year, we're hosting two of our good friends that are launching their New Podcast (I Don't Know Shit, with Borson & DAbel). We've wanted to discuss the merits of doing a …

024 - On Holiday Safety, Costco Carts, and Trump Snow Globes

December 27th, 2016

39:42

Happy Holidays! This week we're giving out some holiday safety tips to keep the family from experience too many Chevy Chase Christmas-Vacation …

023 - On Fake News, Political Discourse, And Media Literacy

December 13th, 2016

1:00:52

Hey Zengineers! Episode 22 was our Season One finale so we took some time off to invite new listeners (welcome!) and to clean up our digital landing pads so we can communicate with all of you more easily. We’re …

022 - On Patreon, The Value Of Time, and Redistribution Of Wealth

November 8th, 2016

58:58

Holy cow! 22 Episodes. That’s a whole season! This week Adam and Brian are talking about plans for season 2, our big move to Patreon, …

021 - On Mutant Mosquitoes and Internet of Things Cyberattacks

October 26th, 2016

49:53

Hey there Zengineers! Did you notice the podcast wasn’t streaming for a bit last week? Worried about catching Malaria or Zika? Then this one’s for you. This week Adam and Brian are talking about the big Internet of …

020 - On Millennials Watching Stuff, The EpiPencil, And The Napster Of Everything

October 12th, 2016

59:08

Is the pharmaceutical industry headed for a Napster moment, is every industry? Adam & Brian are back, and they’re working through this one. First …

019 - On Uncomfortable Silence, and Star Wars Simulation Theory

September 27th, 2016

25:54

What’s up Zengineers!? It’s been crazy over here, but we owe you an episode, so Brian is Skyping in from the road. Sorry if it sounds a bit wonky. Anyway, this week we’re talking about using canned responses to avoid …

018 - On Digital Audio, Apple, and Headphone Jacks

September 13th, 2016

1:07:51

What’s up Zengineers!? We’re flexing our new production workflow this week, and giving you an episode we recorded just this morning. Because it’s been in the news and we’ve wanted to talk about it anyway, we’re talking …

017 - On Uncomfortable Topics, Profanity, and Sexy Han Solo

September 6th, 2016

44:47

Damn Daniel! Back at with a podcast! (That’s probably dead by now, huh?) Well, Adam & Brian are back with a doozy. This week we’re talking about things that are uncomfortable to talk about…as a topic. Why are we …

016 - On Stuff They Shouldn't Teach Kids Anymore

August 23rd, 2016

56:08

Woah! Took another little break, sorry, it’s summer, but we’re back and talkin’ education in the age of Google. Do not fear … it’s mostly light …

015 - On Water (w/ Ian Prichard)

July 12th, 2016

1:01:50

Hey Zengineers! Ever wonder what it really takes to keep water coming out of your tap and filling up your toilet? Let’s be real, what you’re really worried about is The Joker poisoning Gotham’s water supply. This week …

014 - Hitlist: On Facebook Affection & Babies, Cycles, & Self Control

June 21st, 2016

31:13

Hey Zengineers! We’re back after a little break with more hitlist goodness. This week we’re talking Facebook displays of affection, babies with their own Facebook page, the value of things that go in cycles, and the …

013 - On Fitness Chores, Practice, And "The Zone"

May 24th, 2016

57:06

Hey Zengineers! So, this was a tricky one, but this week we're talking about how to keep fitness from feeling like a chore. We get into the body, the idea of what it means to practice at something, and the value of …

012 - Hitlist: On Interweb Outrage, “Smart" Light Bulbs, and Backup Cameras on The Bridge

May 10th, 2016

29:53

This week your hosts are outraged about outrage on the interwebs, talking the importance of controlling the light around you, and realizing the …

011 - Hitlist: On Wikipedia, Stale Earth Problems, and Genetic Code

April 26th, 2016

37:05

Zengineering is back with another "hitlist" episode: some nice bite-size nuggets to get you thinkin'. This week we're talking Wikipedia, Kardashev …

010 - On Sports, Fandom, Socialism, and The Fear of Losing (w/ Mike Rosolio)

April 12th, 2016

49:28

This week Adam & Brian have special guest Mike Rosolio on the podcast. Mike's a screenwriter, but who cares about that, he's here to try to …

009 - On Hacking, Cryptography, and The FBI vs. Apple

March 29th, 2016

46:47

Well, good timing. This week Brian & Adam are talking about hacking, encryption, cryptography, and cyber-security. Stick around for everything you need to know to understand the FBI vs. Apple case, and everywhere it …

008 - Hitlist: On Poo Particles, AlphaGo, and Photo Filter Sizing

March 16th, 2016

This week we've got another "hitlist" episode for you! Brian & Adam are talking smartphones in the bathroom, AI's beating humans at go, and the photo format we need in the age of filters. Enjoy! Got questions!? Get …

007 - On Search Engines

March 1st, 2016

46:43

Zengineers! Adam & Brian are back with some deep dive, single topic goodness. This episode all about search engines. Of course that breaking down the thing they're searching: the web, and the stuff they're …

006 - Hitlist: On Unlimited Paid Vacation, Big Telescopes, and Surfing the Universe

February 16th, 2016

27:08

Howdy Zengineers! Adam and Brian are back with their first hitlist only episode. They're talking about the merits of unlimited paid vacation, the new telescope due to replace Hubble, and going for a ride on a …

005 - On Dungeons & Dragons, Fantasy Sports, and Lego Math

January 26th, 2016

58:06

Hello fellow Zengineers! This week Adam and Brian are talking about how Dungeons & Dragons and Fantasy Sports are pretty much the same game. Dig it. Deal with it. This is the 6th recording, disguised as the 5th …

004 - On Engines, Motors, and Electric Cars

January 10th, 2016

46:08

Should you buy an electric car? Maybe. This week Adam and Brian are digging in on the difference between normal cars, electric cars, and what all of …

003 - On Velcro, Dexterity, and Quantum Computing

December 27th, 2015

53:26

This week Adam and Brian get into computers, how they work, where they're going (quantum computing) and what it means for the world. Also: our love of velcro, and the dexterity required to tie your shoes. Enjoy!

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002 - On Nerd Kids, Skateboard Tricks, And Digital Cameras

December 13th, 2015

48:28

We're back! Ever wonder what a megapixel really is? We've got you covered. This week we're talking digital cameras. How they work, what's happening inside, why everyone cares so much about pictures, and where to start …

001 - On Legos, Marbles, and The Origin Of All Matter

November 29th, 2015

32:25

Here we go. Training wheels are off, but we might still be a bit wobbly. In this one we're talking about where all the stuff comes from. Literally, all of it.

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