Podcasts

538: Playing Roles

KMO welcomes author and game designer, Michael O. Varhola, to the C-Realm to discuss the story-telling alchemy that comes from getting a group of people together around a table with dice, character sheets and possibly some miniatures to engage in collaborative adventure-spinning. Michael is the founder of a gaming company called Skirmisher, and you can find all of their offerings on DriveThruRPG.com.

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KMO drove over the mountain and through the woods to Jim Kunstler's house for a visit. Most of their conversation was off the record, but in this episode of the C-Realm Vault Podcast, subscribers will hear the parts of the conversation that got recorded but maybe shouldn't have been. Here's the Twitter thread Jim read and responded too: https://twitter.com/KevinCarson1/status/1088120193031778305

537: H1B Mission Creep

The H1B Visa program was originally intended to make sure that American tech companies had access to enough computer programmers to fix the Y2K bug before the stroke of midnight. Mission accomplished. But then the H1B program found a new mission. Kevin Lynn of U.S. Tech Workers explains how the program expanded and the effect that it continues to have on the culture of Silicone Valley and on the fate of Americans who have the aptitude and the skills to do the work that US firms would rather give to foreign workers.

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Here's a conversation that I recorded on New Year's Eve. What will you remember as a defining event of 2018, both on the larger scene and on a personal scale? For me, 2018 was the year I started getting paid to write and draw a comic strip and the year I got kicked off of Facebook. For my friend Doug, it was General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the new EU rules on data security and privacy for users of social media. Then, KMO has a long rant at the end about Star Trek: Discovery. That's the last topic of the episode, so if that is of no interest to you, stop listening when he gets to that topic.

536: Recontextualizing Identity

KMO speaks with Mark Gober, author of An End to Upside Down Thinking: Dispelling the Myth That the Brain Produces Consciousness, and the Implications for Everyday Life. The idea that consciousness arises from sufficiently complex arrangements of matter isn't so much  a finding arrived at by scientific investigation as it is an axiom of the materialist worldview. Modern science doesn't lead to the conclusion brains produce consciousness so much as the scientific community demands that you accede to this starting assumption or keep quiet about your reservations if you want to be taken seriously. Mark Gober argues that experimental findings demonstrate that ideas concerning telepathy, precognition, remote viewing and life after death need to be given more thorough-going consideration than they currently receive in the scientific community.