Ariel Waldman is the founder of Spacehack.org, a platform to allow anyone to participate in space exploration. We spoke about the democratization of science, who science is working for, and some of the ideas of “good” that guide scientific research and technological development. As usual, connections with earlier conversations abound. Listen for a continuation of Alexander Rose‘s claim that, generally, creating more choices is a reasonable way to maximize the good. The idea of “progress” is dragged over the coals again and Aengus and Micah discuss whether it should be a synonym for more complexity, understanding, and material.
Apologies for the slight distortion on Ariel’s track–it was an iPhone pushing data and Aengus didn’t catch it until the interview was over. He’s not the brightest, but he means well.
Illustrations by Eleanor Davis at www.doing-fine.com.