The Jim Rutt Show

The Jim Rutt Show

Crisp conversations with critical thinkers at the leading edge of science, technology, politics, and social systems.

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July 25, 2022 66 min

Jim talks with recurring guest Zak Stein about the Consilience Project’s article “Technology is Not Values Neutral: Ending the Reign of Nihilistic Design.” They discuss how technologies actualize & encode values, 2nd- & 3rd-order effects of technologies, the “invisible hand” approach to design, effects of cars on culture, landscapes, & sexuality, the work of historian … Continue reading Currents 067: Zak Stein on Ending...

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Jim continues his discussion with Matthew Pirkowski on ideas of emergence and how they can be applied to today’s meta-crisis. They discuss the meaning of emergence, treating potential as ontologically real, exaptation & meta-adaptation, path dependency in the history of science, the naivety of closed systems, the apparent tension between energy efficiency & energy production, … Continue reading Currents 066: Matthew Pirkows...

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Jim talks with Greg Thomas about American democracy & the problems created by racial essentialism & racialization. They discuss the Jazz Leadership Project, jazz as metaphor, the connection between racism & the concept of race, the slave trade’s role in producing racial essentialism, Bacon’s Rebellion & subsequent divide-and-conquer legislation, justifications for exploitation, the horrors of … Continue reading EP 1...

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Jim talks with Curtis Yarvin about his proposal to replace our current government with a monarchy, part of an ongoing exploration of problems with and alternatives to democracy… Jim talks with Curtis Yarvin about his proposal to replace our current government with a monarchy, part of an ongoing exploration of problems with and alternatives to … Continue reading EP 160 Curtis Yarvin on Monarchy in the U.S.A. →

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Jim talks with Bobby Azarian about the ideas in his new book The Romance of Reality: How the Universe Organizes Itself to Create Life, Consciousness, and Cosmic Complexity, which Jim calls “the most Jim Rutt Show-ish book ever”… Jim talks with Bobby Azarian about the ideas in his new book The Romance of Reality: How the Universe … Continue reading EP 159 Bobby Azarian on the Romance of Reality →

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Jim talks with Alexander Bard, continuing a series of encounters between GameB and the Dark Renaissance movement… Jim talks with Alexander Bard, continuing a series of encounters between GameB and the Dark Renaissance movement. They discuss the Grand Narrative Trilogy Bard has been writing with Jan Söderqvist, the kinds of stories we tell about ourselves, … Continue reading Currents 065: Alexander Bard on Protopian Narratology →

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This is the first, experimental episode of Who Are You, a subseries of the Jim Rutt Show in which Jim has an unplanned conversation with a mystery guest nominated and elected by listeners… This is the first, experimental episode of Who Are You, a subseries of the Jim Rutt Show in which Jim has an … Continue reading Who Are You EP 01: Seth Jordan on Social Threefolding →

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Jim talks with Michael Garfield and J.F. Martel about the intersection of AI and art… Jim talks with Michael Garfield and J.F. Martel about the intersection of AI and art. They discuss DALL-E & Midjourney, whether conscious agency is necessary for art, artifice vs discernment, Jung’s synchronicity, AI art as dreaming, discernment & consecration, the … Continue reading Currents 064: Michael Garfield and J.F. Martel on Art x ...

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Jim talks to Remzi Bajrami about the ideas in his book Common Planet: A New Game of Life…    Jim talks to Remzi Bajrami about the ideas in his book Common Planet: A New Game of Life. They discuss what GameB means to him, three classes of players, whether property or profit is the engine of GameA, … Continue reading EP 158 Remzi Bajrami on Flow Currency →

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Jim talks with Jessica Flack about nth-order effects of the war in Ukraine… Jim talks with Jessica Flack about nth-order effects of the war in Ukraine. They discuss the meaning of second- and nth-order effects, black swans, Gaussian vs fat-tailed distribution models of extreme social events, factoring in Ukraine’s wheat & Russia’s fertilizer production, agency … Continue reading Currents 063: Jessica Flack on nth-Order Effects ...

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Jim talks to Terrence Deacon about the ideas in his book Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged From Matter… Jim talks to Terrence Deacon about the ideas in his book Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged From Matter. They discuss the story of zero, integrating absence into physical theories, systems that generate entropy to stave off entropy, the … Continue reading EP 157 Terrence Deacon on Mind’s Emergence From Matter →

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Jim talks with James Poulos about the ideas in his new book Human Forever: The Spiritual Politics of Digital War… Jim talks with James Poulos about the ideas in his new book Human Forever: The Spiritual Politics of Digital War. They discuss his decision to publish the book on the blockchain, going beginner’s-mind on media & communications … Continue reading EP 156 James Poulos on Remaining Human →

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In this episode, Jim Rutt is a guest on his own show! He’s interviewed by Stephanie Lepp about the ideas in his Quillette essay “Musk and Moderation“… In this episode, Jim Rutt is a guest on his own show! He’s interviewed by Stephanie Lepp about the ideas in his Quillette essay “Musk and Moderation.” They discuss where things stand with Musk’s … Continue reading Currents 062: Stephanie Lepp Interviews Jim Rutt on Musk and Moderatio...

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Jim has a second talk with Iain McGilchrist about the ideas in his book The Matter With Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World… Jim has a second talk with Iain McGilchrist about the ideas in his book The Matter With Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World. They … Continue reading EP 155 Iain McGilchrist Part 2: The Matter With Things →

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Jim talks with Nora Bateson about ecologies of communication and the value of earnestness… Jim talks with Nora Bateson about ecologies of communication and the value of earnestness. They discuss simple irony, dramatic irony, post-irony, & meta-irony; irony & the ecology of communication, the mistake of pitting earnestness directly against irony, questioning forms of cynicism … Continue reading Currents 061: Nora Bateson on ...

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Jim talks with Iain McGilchrist about his new book, The Matter With Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World… Jim talks with Iain McGilchrist about his new book, The Matter With Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World. They discuss issues created by having one word for “know,” the … Continue reading EP 154 Iain McGilchrist on The Matter With Things →

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Jim talks with Panos Siozos, CEO and co-founder of LearnWorlds, a platform for online education, about alternative routes in education delivery… Jim talks with Panos Siozos, CEO and co-founder of LearnWorlds, a platform for online education, about alternative routes in education delivery. They discuss how Panos transitioned from science to entrepreneurship, why adult lifetime learning … Continue reading Currents 060: Panos Siozos o...

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Continuing his series of expert interviews on the Russia-Ukraine War, Jim talks again with Samo Burja about the state of the Russian advance one month in… Continuing his series of expert interviews on the Russia-Ukraine War, Jim talks again with Samo Burja about the state of the Russian advance one month in. They discuss Putin’s … Continue reading Currents 059: Samo Burja on RU->UKR 23-MAR-2022 →

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Jim talks with Forrest Landry about his Small Group Method and the obstacles to scaling it up… Jim talks with Forrest Landry about his Small Group Method and the obstacles to scaling it up. They discuss why studying group processes is important, the difficulty of doing new things with old structures, 3 classes of decision-making … Continue reading EP 153 Forrest Landry on Small Group Method →

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Continuing his series of expert interviews on the Russia-Ukraine War, Jim talks again with John Robb, this time about the likelihood of a settlement… Continuing his series of expert interviews on the Russia-Ukraine War, Jim talks again with John Robb, this time about the likelihood of a settlement. They discuss the pressures currently pushing both … Continue reading Currents 058: John Robb on Russia-Ukraine Outcomes →

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