We return once again to interfere with your Conversation enjoyment. Micah and I felt it was about time to synthesize a few of the broader trends we’ve seen over the course of The Conversation, partly because it’s hard to fit a general discussion like this at the end of an episode and also because we wanted a place where new listeners can quickly catch up on a few deeper themes. We touch on five specific points:
- The rift between anthropocentrists and biocentrists.
- Divisions within the broader camps of tech optimists and tech skeptics.
- Teleological explanations, narratives, and the concept of history-as-progressive.
- The Conversation as a historical phenomenon. Is it top-down? Bottom-up? An ex-post-facto construction by desperate historians?
- The Conversation as project designed to spark The Conversation. Why aren’t (most) of the interviewees interested in listening to each other?
That should be enough of us thinking out loud. What are the large trends you’ve seen in the project? Things you’ve taken away? As always, we’re curious to hear your thoughts.