January 5th, 2022 | 59 mins 5 secs
agrippa, amnesia, aquinas, christianity, forgetting, history, islam, medieval, memory, middle ages, modernity, scholasticism, science
Emmet and Mike discuss medieval techniques of memory and forgetting. They discuss Cornelius Agrippa's assault on those techniques as an assault on the corrupted scholastic world. In Agrippa's thought we see the germs of modernity. The discuss opens up into a contemplation of ancient science and tech, the propaganda of the Enlightenment, the disciplining of the mind and the gaze, recovering tradition, and more.
December 21st, 2021 | 1 hr 6 mins
agamben, bill gates, carl schmitt, constitution, covid, fear, history, law, medicine, politics, science, scientism, security
Emmet and Mike talk about Agamben's book, Where Are We Now?: The Epidemic as Politics, and reflect on life since the pandemic. They discuss Carl Schmitt, security theater, anti-social civics, the cultic gnosticism of scientific faith, the need for physical practices and spiritual mentors, bare life, their own intellectual failings during the pandemic, and more.
July 6th, 2021 | 1 hr 24 mins
ecology, malthus, population, science, statistical modeling, taleb
Canada Mike returns to talk about the theoretical basics of statistical modeling, which turns into a discussion of discourse, democracy, expertise, sophistry, and history.