The Reality Report: Episode 125

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Episode 125

The tenth and final episode in a series discussing free will with Mark Taylor. Mark brings up Yuval Noah Harari's book Homo Deus in connection with the evolution of artificial intelligence, and how potential AI treatment of humans ties in with the ethics around human treatment of animals. We then get back to Peter Godfrey-Smith's writings on the octopus mind, arguably the closest thing to an "alien" consciousness we can encounter on this planet. I bring in Terence McKenna's ideas about octopus communication and psychedelics before we wrap things up by contemplating whether octopuses (not octopi!) have free will. This episode has an extended Moment of Ecological Wonderment featuring commentary from McKenna himself.


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