Episode 44 - How Decentralized is the Wind? with Jim McCanney

We last talked with Jim McCanney back in March 2018 when he had recently been selected as one of five international finalists in the Water Abundance Xprize. In this episode we follow up to find out what happened. In addition to that we do a good coverage of the technologies he’s developed to efficiently extract water from th...

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Episode 43 - High-Tech, Low-Tech, Some-Tech, No-Tech

John and Robert probe questions regarding the level of technology appropriate to different situations, and we try to isolate some touchstones for selecting the right type, level and amount technology to employ. As fodder we talk a lot about Robert’s different situations as simple farmer on the one hand, and as a writer, publ...

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Episode 42 - Writing Challenge Wrap-up, with Robert Worstell

Our regular guest/co-host, Robert Worstell, and I talk about the year-long project he just completed to train himself in fiction writing, and documenting the process for others who are interested in writing, especially professionally. We go over what he set out to do, what he did, his statistics, and what he learned. There i...

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Episode 41 - Economics - In Search of a Firm Foundation, with Bob Murphy

Is Economics an ideology or a technology, a science or a religion? Is there some foundational principle of Economics upon which everyone can agree? Why is the subject of Economics so contentious? We explore these and other questions with our guest, Bob Murphy. Bob is a bona fide professional economist with tons of academic c...

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Episode 40 - Ayurveda Technology, with Vaidya Lokesh Rathuri

Ayurveda is a practice for maintaining and restoring health with origins dating back 10,000 years. It has been practiced consistently since. Might there be something to learn here? Might it offer choices for health and healing which are not available in the modes and institutions which most of us are used to? I recently had ...

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Episode 39 - Technology and a Parallel Society, with Paul Rosenburg

Paul Rosenburg is a man of many interests and talents, with a lot of real-world technical experience. A principal author of fiberoptic installations standards and a founder of CryptoHippie (industrial grade internet privacy solutions), he is also the author of Freeman’s Perspective, with both free and subscription newsletters...

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Episode 38 - The Mid-Terms Through the Looking Glass

A rather historical event in the United States gives us an interesting opportunity to examine a bunch important dynamics through the lens (or “Looking Glass”) of Technology and Choice as a tool. There may never have been a time, not only in the United States but the rest of the world, when we have been so connected and yet s...

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