103 Transhumanism with Matt Sheean


I’m talking with Matt Sheean, about his and Simon Roy‘s Utopia Plantitia. Also, colonialism, technology, the noble savage, transhumanism, zombies, and Cartesian Dualism.

Simon Roy is a sweet, patient man with a knife

Drawing Simon’s stuff (“Royification“)

Malachi Ward and the Singularity

Elevator pitches

The Borg are great!

We’re doing you a favor by conquering you

Davi Kopenawa’s The Falling Sky

Carl Hoffman’s Savage Harvest

Everything you guys do is stupid

Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood and tentacles

Rousseau’s Noble Savage

There’s no such thing as traditional surgery, and I’m glad about that

Traditional Californian Botox medicine


Assuming it’s smart, my computer double won’t pretend to be me

The Head Museum

Ray Kurzweil (kurz-wile?)

The Ship of So-and-so (Theseus, it’s the Ship of Theseus)

Don’t worry, there are no people anyway

Replacing human parts

(aside from World War Z) The best damn zombie book: Raising Stoney Mayhall

What is it like to be a zombie

Descartes and dualism

Daniel Dennett…possibly getting off the Cartesian merry-go-round?

Heidegger says “that’s just the wrong way to look at the world”

I choose my philosophers based on how funny they are

The feisty John Searle

It’s just stuff, man

Aristotellanism isn’t the same as vitalism, you dummy

John Haldane, who is nice and articulate

Maximo Pigliucci (also here)

And Matt illuminates the true nature of reality! Listen carefully.

~~Update: Ancestor, Matt’s Singularity project with Malachi Ward comes out in issue three of Island Magazine. Utopia Plantitia comes out next year, publisher TBA.

Special bonus! Here’s a fun video where he and Lawrence Krauss and Dan Dennett are all drunk together!

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