Well, not actually hung out with him in as much as participated in a Google Hangout to talk about his new book The Future of the Mind, but with just me and two other participants it was a fairly intimate affair. My time was limited, and in addition to my own questions I was responsible for fielding questions from audience members, so I didn’t get to everything I wanted to ask. However, I tried to do Disinfo proud: I asked about psychedelic research, Nikola Tesla (Thanks, audience member who gave me the excuse to do so!), mind uploads and some other stuff. I’m also happy to say that my fellow interviewers got to a lot of questions I wanted to ask, too.
Anyway, I thought I’d share it here. Hope you like it – or at least it gives you something to discuss or think about.
(By the way, watching this, I noticed that I was subconsciously shifting my lower jaw around a lot. Terrible TMJ today. That and probably a good dose of nerves. Suffice it to say that I’m mortified: It’s not that often that you get to look like a spastic circus freak in front of one of the entire internet and one of great minds of the 21st century at the same time. Very embarrassing, but I hope it won’t prove too distracting to you. I understand that showing vulnerability online – acknowledging faults, mistakes, or shortcomings – brings trouble, but I try to be as honest as I can here, and if I don’t point it out then someone else will. Oh, and that is indeed my four-month old puppy that starts whining toward the end. Thankfully, I was able to mute my microphone within minutes. Gah. These are the days…)