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The Deep Future

Over on the speculative evolution forum, Science Meets Fiction asked this cool question: “What might life look like if it had ten times as much time to develop since its world’s equivalent of the Cambrian Explosion?” I can’t do it … Continue reading

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Paul and Dan on The Book of Joy

Paul and Dan on The Book of Joy (by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams) We talk about my cancer, faith as foundational to hope and hoping for faith, Paul and my different religious backgrounds, faith as a … Continue reading

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Some Kind of Alien

This originally came from a GAN-generated image (here, 2nd row, 2nd from the right). I like the bauplan I came up with to make sense of the AI’s work: Four limbs , one at each vertex of a rhombus, with … Continue reading

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Paul and Dan on Atlantis

Paul and Dan on Atlantis (by Carlo and Renzo Piano). We talk about architecture, beauty and goodness, optimism and pessimism, civil society, not being cool, and conversation in general.  

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Paul and Dan on Deep Work 4/4

Paul and Dan on Deep Work (by Cal Newport). I push back and say what I like about Deep Work. We discuss being driven to distraction, unplugging, lentil soup with spearmint (it’s just not for me), and the difference between … Continue reading

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Paul and Dan on Deep Work (2/4)

Paul and Dan on Deep Work (by Cal Newport). We discuss Books of Hours and manga, the law librarian, being part of a community, Dan’s communication class, hitting your thumb with a hammer, and horses in New York.

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Video: Deep Work by Cal Newport

Paul and Dan on Deep Work (by Cal Newport). We discuss negative reviews, St. Augustine’s “Tolle Lege” moment, Ric Furrer’s Viking sword forging, the Monastic Practice, and solitude. Stay tuned for Dan’s rebuttal next week.

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Flights of Foundry Specbio panel

This is the video of the specbio panel I moderated last year at Flights of Foundry. I’m a little slow getting started, but my guests had some excellent things to say, so  please skip ahead a few minutes and hear … Continue reading

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Interview with Sea Lion Press

Gary Oswald of alternate history publisher Sea Lion Press asked me some very good interview questions, and I think I answered them well. We talk about the “difference problem,” the “reality doesn’t have to make sense” problem and the joy … Continue reading

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Giant Mouse

I made a challenge for the participants in the Build a Better Monster workshop: make a mouse the size of an elephant. In my original sketch I gave it a long mobile tail (moving the elephant’s trunk onto its bottom), … Continue reading

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