New episode on fixes to democracy

Dear blog readers, this week’s episode is out now on your podcatchers and here

It is about two proposals to fix the current state of the democracy in the west, compulsory voting, or epistocracy, the view that only the knowledgeable and rational get to vote. We investigate the arguments and go into democratic schools that do both in order to learn about the costs and benefits of giving the vote to children, who many believe are too ignorant and irrational to get to vote. Enjoy!

Episode 4 on the Forever War in Afghanistan

Episode 4 of Season 3 is out now and it is a retrospective on the war in Afghanistan. Recent reports once again indicate that peace talks with the Taliban are making progress, but we’ve been here before. We take a thorough tallying of the staggering costs of the forever war, and talking to veterans who served at each stage of the war. Journalist Doug Wissing and Neta Crawford help me see where all the money went, and philosopher Seth Lazar and I talk about moral sunk costs and our inability to quit this war.

Upcoming live appearances

Dear Hi-Phi Nation listeners,

I will be making some public appearances this coming week to give some talks, about the wishes of the dead, about turning stories into ideas, and more. If you are in the New York area, this is your chance to meet me!

On Friday, November 30th, I will be presenting at The Strand bookstore for ThinkOlio, 828 Broadway at 7pm. ThinkOlio is like a college course, but for one night. Information is here, and the charge is $20.

On Saturday, Dec. 1st, I will be a guest at a live taping of the Happier Hour podcast, with Monica McCarthy. This will be at 4pm at Caveat, NYC 21A Clinton Street. Tickets are $15-$20.

On Saturday, Dec. 8th, I will be giving a Tedx talk at TedxPrinceton University. The talks begin at 1:30pm, and I’ll be one of the first. The event is free and open to the public.

Barry in the media today

Hi everyone, just a couple of announcements today. I’m appearing in two pieces of media today. Clifford Sosis’ series “What its Like Being a Philosopher” is an interview series talking about the life and times of people who work in philosophy. I’m the subject today here. Also, Episode Party is a British podcast about podcast, hosted by Jack Chutner and Freddie Harrison. This week, I’m the guest on the show and we review three shows, Mothers of Invention, Love + Radio, and Science Vs. Check it out here.