Apr 1, 2020
Last episode, Thomas complained that I never take him to any nice utopias, so here we are! The Culture, the closest any sci-fi I've ever read got to anything that sounded like a good outcome, besides maybe Um-Helat. I'm told all of Ian Banks's books are fabulous, but we start with a really easy and satisfying intro to the Culture world, The Player of Games. In part one we cover the Culture society and whether it counts as an AI Utopia and what the potential costs are for living in such a society. Part two will cover the contrasting Empire of Azad and the various kinds of essentialism at its core.
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Recent appearances: Aaron did a two part chat with Emerson over at the Counterapologetics and Walden Pod. Pt1 is on Moral Luck and Pt2 is on Neutral Monism:
CONTENT PREVIEW: Player of Games and Biological Essentialism pt2