Our world is complex! What a no-brainer, right? Turns out we haven’t always thought about it quite this way, though, and many of us still tend to want to simplify the world, especially around the tried-and-true model of the tree. How does thinking about the world this way bias us? What can we learn from a complex, network model of the world? What does complexity have to do with intelligence? And most importantly, why the hell do we put pants on in the morning? This episode Kevin, John Elliot, Numero Uno Fanboy Matt Epperson, and I explore these questions, prompted mainly by the works of Manuel Lima. Have a listen!
This Week’s Postshow Song Pimpage:
“Monkeys in Space” by Billy Childish and Sexton Ming
Manuel Lima – “The Power of Networks” (RSA Animate)
Manuel Lima – “The Power of Networks” (full original talk)
Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information (Amazon)
“1491″ by Charles C. Mann
“Visualizing my Facebook Network” by Stephen Torrence
Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies
About two years ago we discussed the whole Bitcoin thing, and once again it’s back in the news, for better and worse. The misconceptions, positive and negative, around this strange new form of value exchange seem to multiply without end. To get our heads around this once again, Kevin and I were joined by good friend Simon Ponder to dive into the topic. Have we finally become Beliebers in Bitcoin? Have a listen and find out!
This Week’s Post-show Song Pimpage:
Metalocalypse – Rock & Roll Clown
A spectre is looming over the Internet. It is the spectre of… another discussion of Marxism! That’s right, my dear proletariat, this episode we are pleased to tickle your ears with our thoughts on the core concepts of good ol’ Karl himself, courtesy of the wonderful compendium Action Philosophers and this here paper on how those hipster Soviets got the idea for workplace gamification way before it was cool. Our old friend Greg Briley even joined me and Kevin via the magic of Skype. Why, we even stuffed a puppy full of candy for you. Enjoy!
This Week’s Post-Show Song Pimpage:
“A Communist’s Manifesto” by Sabastian Villainy
First off, let’s acknowledge a tragedy. We lost Episode 133, folks. It joins the likes of Episodes 7, 21, 42, 49, 87, and 127 in the oblivion of BF content that has never seen the light of day due to unfortunate technical glitches. If you’re curious, we had our good friend Nicholas Bergfeld on to discuss Chinese hacker schools. It was rad.
On a happier note, after a longer hiatus than we would’ve liked, Kevin and I got back together to talk about hats! Turns out there are quite a few on OK Cupid, that bastion of everything right and good. Speaking of rampant sexism, Samsung let this happen. Yeah. It was almost as entertaining as Kevin’s first webcomic series, but it can hardly hold a candle to Joss Whedon’s new gem. So put on your trilby and have a listen. BF is back!
This Week’s Post-Show Song Pimpage
“Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat” by Bob Dylan
Questions Answered in This Week’s FormSqueeze
Why is Formspring going away?
It’s a nice day to start again, folks. The end of January marked the beginning of the first Coursera MOOC purely focused on the venerable phield of philosophy. In this first application of the first week of material (what I meant but forgot to call “Coursera Diaries Part I”), Kevin and I test out Dave Ward’s conception of philosophy as “the activity of working out the right way of thinking about the things that matter most to us.” Television happens to matter quite a bit to me and Kevin, so we put on our best drinking caps for one of our more intentionally F-isodes in a while. So man the boats, don’t touch that dial, and prepare to go meta, it’s BF time!
This Week’s Post-Show Song Pimpage:
“Kill Your Televion” by God Fodder