Evolve Faster with Scott Ely

Evolve Faster with Scott Ely

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Into the Rabbit Hole We Go…Cautionary Tales of Philosophical Fiction


EF14 (BTP): Behind the Evolve Faster Podcast — The Making of a Speculative Fiction Meets Philosophical Nonfiction Podcast
May 21 • 73 min
The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely is a laboratory of practical philosophy and applied psychology delivered through speculative fiction. The 30-60 minute episodes experiment with the possibilities of changing human nature through the cautionary…
EF13 (S1-E11): The Bloody Fingerprint of Creativity
May 7 • 50 min
What is art? What is imagination? Facing serious amnesia, Eric Clemens with the help of Dr. Eden Harper tries to recollect his lost memories. Dr. Harper takes an unconventional road not only to help Eric track his past, but to create a foundation for his…
EF12 (S1-E10): Wired to Fail: Leveling Up in the Game of Life
Apr 23 • 69 min
What defines us? Infuriated by the risk-averse approach of his company, Vihaan Raid decides to design his latest game on his own. A widely renowned game developer known to the gaming world as “Koji,” believes he can entirely change how humans see life…
EF11 (S1-E9): When the Lights Go Out: The Blinding Light of an Artificial Future
Apr 9 • 61 min
Can machines think, be creative or fall in love? Aldford Herbert, a famous science fiction writer, is on the brink of finishing his latest novel about a realistic, dark future of artificial intelligence. A stroke of luck provides him with an opportunity…
EF10 (S1-E8): The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering
Mar 26 • 62 min
Does happiness define the good? Coming from a wealthy family, most others would only dream of the life Alex leads. Every moment is another silver platter where he is handed all the best education, can have his pick of expensive items and to experience…
EF9 (S1-E7): I Feel, Therefore I am: Capsized on the River Emotion
Mar 12 • 49 min
Can rationality and emotions coexist? Elliott made a terrible mistake that’s been haunting him ever since. As if rafting through Class V rapids without a paddle, Elliott’s sanity is inches away from crashing into sharp rocks of guilt, shame, and sadness.…
EF8 (S1-E6): Without a Compass: All Who Sail the Seas of Identity Are Not Lost
Feb 26 • 43 min
Who are you? You’re the sailor of the ship called you, and yet most people let their boats go into great disrepair and neglect. Feeling moored in the same spot for years with no clear understanding of the direction she needs to go, Lisa gets a unique…
EF7 (S1-E5): Sleight of Mind: The Black Magic of Rhetoric
Feb 12 • 53 min
Can we trust reason? Edward, a marketing master and spokesperson for the dark arts of rhetoric and propaganda, is hired to educate a controversial businessman running for an important public office. It’s Edward’s job to bestow the black magic of verbal…
EF6 (S1-E4): Information Mainlining and the Folly of Modern Wisdom
Jan 29 • 28 min
What is wisdom? Paul, a child prodigy who became a leading theoretical physicist in his early 30s, is facing a personal dilemma that is making him miserable—the realization that he might be woefully deficient in the one thing he most reveres. Although…
EF5 (S1-E3): The Truth is Clay in the Hands of a Sculptor
Jan 15 • 42 min
What is the truth? Truman, an ordinary man with a regular job, is caught lying in a country where lying is illegal. Thanks to his actions, he ends up facing a mandatory Truth Course to get him back on the track. Terrified, Truman slowly realizes the truth…
EF4 (S1-E2): The Decapitation of Reason: A Skeptic’s Guide
Jan 1 • 46 min
How can you know anything? We rarely have a chance to change the world. If you could prove something fundamental about the human experience, but it came at an enormous cost, would you have the guts? And what if you proved humanity can’t really know…
EF3 (S1-E1): All Aboard the Experience Machine: Destination…Unknown
Dec 18, 2018 • 43 min
What am I suppose to do? The journey to living a meaningful life can feel hopeless, like riding a train through the wilderness at night. But if there was an autopilot track that guaranteed a happy life, would you take it? Would this solve the nagging…
EF2 (Intro): Life is a Near-Death Experience (Welcome to The Evolve Faster Podcast)
Dec 4, 2018 • 53 min
What if you could reset everything? George Carlin joked that life is a near-death experience. But what if this clever wit is actually concealing the meaning of life itself? And if you could access this truth using some tricks to completely reset your…
EF1 (Trailer): The Evolve Faster Podcast Trailer (Extended Version)
Nov 20, 2018 • 3 min
Life can feel like a roller coaster you didn’t choose to ride. Being alive is a short and amazing adventure. But it can also be really hard to know how to live, how to be happy and now not to hide from that mother of all existential questions…What in the…