I’m glad that you managed to fit in one last episode this year, I was afraid to ask if there will be an episode, I don’t like to create pressure, but it’s enjoyable to hear your take on what’s happening, as we are living, unfortunately, in seemingly very interesting times.
You mentioned something about getting old and the image of the old guy yelling at the sky, yeah… Check (soon I will be 49).
On one hand I enjoy listening to your point of view as I feel it resonates with things I’m thinking of too.
But on the other hand, I try to balance this by trying to listen to other points of view (I’m still listing to Sam Harris, among others).
I’m really curious about how people come to their conclusions, but now and then you also feel the need to validate your own point of view.
So thank you for contributing to my attempt to understand.
At one point you mentioned that you blame the media and how “they are not […] performing their function in society”.
I really don’t share this expectation, for me it’s important to remember that the media are also people, with their shortcomings, blind spots, biases, which should all be taken into account when listening to them.
It’s always on the receiver to try to filter out the good from the bad, and to finally: make their own point of view based on the available data.
Another interesting point you raised: about how a scientist, like a hacker would look at research.
Here again a small disagreement: I don’t believe a hacker is looking only to how break something.
For me, a hacker is someone who tries to understand how something, really works. To try to understand it completely: where it works and what are its limitations. And, in the end, he would use this to achieve his own purposes, by using these things in the way it actually works, not in the way it is “supposed” to work.
Finally, best wishes to everyone at this time of year, and looking forward to other interesting topics.