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Dr. J. Hughes


Warren Wagar

A Short History of the Future

This is an interview that I conducted with historian and futurist Warren Wagar in 1998. Wagar was a professor at SUNY Binghamton, an HG Wells scholar, and the author of the technoprogressive classic A Short History of the Future. A special issue of the Journal of World-Systems Research was devoted to commentaries on Warren Wagar’s theory of the forces that are leading to world government. Professor Wagar passed away in 2004.

 



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Brent Waters

Do Christians Need Bodies?

Dr. J. chats with theologian Brent Waters, author of This Mortal Flesh: Incarnation and Bioethics and From Human to Posthuman: Christian Theology and Technology in a Postmodern World. Professor Waters teaches Christian Social Ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois. They discuss the importance of the body for Christianity, the ethics of reproductive choice and life extension, and whether human beings are supposed to have a creative role in nature.



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Christian Miller

What is Character? pt2

Dr. J. chats with Christian Miller, Professor of Philosophy and Director of The Character Project at Wake Forest University. They discuss the idea of virtue and moral character and its relationship to moral philosophy, personality theory, religion and neuroscience. Part 2 of 2. Also Dr. J. finishes his chat with Ted Chiang about his Hugo award winning novella “The Lifecycle of Software Objects” and the state of science fiction. (Part 2 of 2)



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Christian Miller

What is Character? pt1

Dr. J. chats with Christian Miller, Professor of Philosophy and Director of The Character Project at Wake Forest University. They discuss the idea of virtue and moral character and its relationship to moral philosophy, personality theory, religion and neuroscience. Part 1 of 2.



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Joseph Schwartz

The Future of Democratic Equality pt2

Dr. J. chats with Joseph Schwartz, Professor of Political Science at Temple University and author of The Future of Democratic Equality: Reconstructing Social Solidarity in a Fragmented United States. Prof. Schwartz is a long-time leader in the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest American socialist organization. Part 2 of 2.



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Joseph Schwartz

The Future of Democratic Equality pt1

Dr. J. chats with Joseph Schwartz, Professor of Political Science at Temple University and author of The Future of Democratic Equality: Reconstructing Social Solidarity in a Fragmented United States. Prof. Schwartz is a long-time leader in the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest American socialist organization. Part 1 of 2.



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John Robb

Open Source Warfare and Resilient Communities

Dr. J. chats with John Robb, a former USAF pilot in special operations and author of Brave New War. He writes the blog Global Guerrillas at globalguerrillas.typepad.com. (Originally broadcast Dec 19, 2009)



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Ted Chiang

The Ethics of Creating Conscious Beings

Dr. J. chats with Ted Chiang about his Hugo award winning novella “The Lifecycle of Software Objects,” the ethics of creating intelligent machine minds, and the state of science fiction. (Part 1 of 2)



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Robert Zubrin

The Case for Mars

Dr. J. chats with Robert Zubrin, author of the recently updated The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (1996/2011), as well as How to Live on Mars and Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization. Zubrin helped found and helps lead the Mars Society, the principal lobby for a Mars mission.



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Sonia Arrison

100 Plus: The Coming Age of Longevity pt2

Dr. J. chats with Sonia Arrison, a futurist and policy analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies for the Pacific Research Institute (PRI). They discuss her new book 100+: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith. (Part 2 of 2)



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Sonia Arrison

100 Plus: The Coming Age of Longevity pt1

Dr. J. chats with Sonia Arrison, a futurist and policy analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies for the Pacific Research Institute (PRI). They discuss her new book 100+: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith. (Part 1 of 2)



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Erik Olin Wright

Class Analysis

Dr. J. chats with Erik Olin Wright,  professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a foremost scholar of class analysis, and author of many books including Class, Crisis and the State, Class Structure and Income Determination, and Classes, Class Counts and Deepening Democracy. (Originally broadcast Apr 2, 2005).



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Daniel Wilson

Robopocalypse

Dr. J. chats with Daniel Wilson, who holds a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, and is the author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising, How to Build a Robot Army, Where’s My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived and most recently Robopacolypse, which is being made into a feature film by Steven Spielberg.



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Ron Bailey

The Future of Freedom pt2

Dr. J. talks with journalist Ron Bailey about the libertarian perspective on biotechnology, drugs, economics and contemporary politics. Bailey writes a weekly science and technology column for Reason magazine and is the author of Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution. Part 2 of 2. The last part of the podcast is the fourth installment of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Clockwork Fagin,” which appears in the anthology Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories from Candlewick Press.  Cory’s podcasts can be found at his website craphound.com.



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Ron Bailey

The Future of Freedom pt1

Dr. J. talks with journalist Ron Bailey about the libertarian perspective on biotechnology, drugs, economics and contemporary politics. Bailey writes a weekly science and technology column for Reason magazine and is the author of Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution. Part 1 of 2. The last part of the podcast is the third installment of Cory Doctorow’s short story “Clockwork Fagin,” which appears in the anthology Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories from Candlewick Press.  Cory’s podcasts can be found at his website craphound.com.



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