CAUTIONARY TALES OF PHILOSOPHICAL FICTION

Would you cut off your head to change the world? What if lying were made illegal? Would you take a drug to change your identity? Is death a challenge or something to fear? Scott Ely takes us down a rabbit hole of speculative fiction with psychological twists and philosophical turns to reimagine the big questions of life. Everything is changing, yet the questions that drive us remain the same. These Twilight Zone-style cautionary tales also challenge you to find your place in a rapidly evolving world. Create your reality … before it creates you. Learn more about Scott Ely or the Evolve Faster platform.


PODCAST INTRODUCTION

(EF1) Trailer: The Evolve Faster Podcast Trailer Extended Version The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely

(EF1) Trailer: The Evolve Faster Podcast Trailer (Extended Edition)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Life can feel like a roller coaster you didn’t choose to ride. Being alive is a short and amazing adventure. But it can also be really hard to know how to live, how to be happy and now not to hide from that mother of all existential questions...What in the hell am I supposed to do? More...
(EF2) Intro: Life is a Near Death Experience Welcome to The EFP

(EF2) Intro: Life is a Near Death Experience (Welcome to the Evolve Faster Podcast)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD George Carlin joked that life is a near-death experience. But what if this clever wit is actually concealing the meaning of life itself? And if you could access this truth using some tricks to completely reset your mind, life and soul, would you have the guts to do it? More...

SEASON ONE

(EF3) S1-E1: All Aboard the Experience Machine: Destination…Unknown (Season One, Episode One)

(EF3) S1-E1: All Aboard the Experience Machine: Destination…Unknown (Season One, Episode One)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD The journey to living a meaningful life can feel hopeless, like riding a train through the wilderness at night. But if there was an autopilot track that guaranteed a happy life, would you take it? Would this solve the nagging “What am I supposed to do” riddle? More...
(EF4) S1-E2: The Decapitation of Reason: A Skeptic’s Guide (Season One, Episode Two)

(EF4) S1-E2: The Decapitation of Reason: A Skeptic’s Guide (Season One, Episode Two)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD We rarely have a chance to change the world. If you could prove something fundamental about the human experience, but it came at an enormous cost, would you have the guts? And what if you proved humanity can’t really know anything? More...
(EF5) S1-E3: The Truth is Clay in the Hands of a Sculptor (Season One, Episode Three)

(EF5) S1-E3: The Truth is Clay in the Hands of a Sculptor (Season One, Episode Three)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Facts are like soft clay in the social media age and the most skilled sculptors seem to reshape them to their needs. But would the world be a better place if lying were illegal and a severely punishable offense? And what is the truth anyway? More...
(EF6) S1-E4: Information Mainlining and the Folly of Modern Wisdom The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF6) S1-E4: Information Mainlining and the Folly of Modern Wisdom (Season One, Episode Four)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Often we look outside for answers that reside within us. In a world of self-inflicted distractions, is unlimited access to information a cure or an addiction? And is the definition of wisdom changing now that endless knowledge is virtually free? More...
(EF7) S1-E5: Sleight of Mind The Black Magic of Rhetoric The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF7) S1-E5: Sleight of Mind: The Black Magic of Rhetoric (Season One, Episode Five)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Evolution gifted humans with minds able to create complex abstractions like language. But what if this ability is manipulated to hold power over others like a spell cast with black magic? And can we trust reason and our ability to protect ourselves? More...
(EF8) S1-E6: Without a Compass All Who Sail the Seas of Identity Are Not Lost The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF8) S1-E6: Without a Compass: All Who Sail the Seas of Identity Are Not Lost (Season One, Episode Six)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD The ship that is our identity never floats on the same water twice. But if you could upgrade yours with a compass telling you exactly how to navigate life’s rough emotional waters, would you be better off? And would this help you better understand who you are? More...
(EF9) S1-E7: I Feel Therefore I am Capsized on the River Emotion The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF9) S1-E7: I Feel Therefore I am: Capsized by the River Emotion (Season One, Episode Seven)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Emotions often make life harder; but without them, life would be as bland as rafting in a baby pool. But what if you could control the unpredictable emotional current? Would this mindset help you to be rational even in the undertow of heavy emotions? More...
(EF10) S1-E8: The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF10) S1-E8: The Road to Happiness is Inked in Suffering (Season One, Episode Eight)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Even though today’s world is obsessed with happiness, many measures would indicate it’s attainment is on the decline. What if happiness isn’t a lovely, attainable destination, but instead, a journey of learning to embrace day-to-day suffering? And does happiness define the good anyway? More...
(EF11) S1-E9: When the Lights Go Out The Blinding Light of an Artificial Future The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF11) S1-E9: When the Lights Go Out: The Blinding Light of an Artificial Future (Season One, Episode Nine)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD AI may soon make humans seem as inferior as a regular light bulb is to the sun. Will this progress end with AI stripped of emotional baggage? Or might AI help evolve creativity and emotions even further to shine even brighter light into the human experience? More...
(EF12) S1-E10: Wired to Fail Leveling Up in the Game of Life The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF12) S1-E10: Wired to Fail: Leveling Up in the Game of Life (Season One, Episode Ten)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Failing in a video game usually leads to a desire to overcome the obstacle the next time. So why do we so often live our lives desiring a comfortable bubble where we hand the controller to someone else? Because aren’t these failures what most define us anyway? More...
(EF13) S1-E11: The Bloody Fingerprint of Creativity The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF13) S1-E11: The Bloody Fingerprint of Creativity (Season One, Episode Eleven)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Channeling creativity can feel like fighting an internal battle, leaving behind a bloody fingerprint. So if there is a unique brand of art within you, why is creativity treated as something possessed by a lucky few? And is creativity really such a precious human trait anyway? More...

midseason one

(EF14) BTP-AMA: Behind the Evolve Faster Podcast - The Making of a Speculative Fiction Meets Philosophical Nonfiction Podcast

(EF14) BTP: Behind the Evolve Faster Podcast - The Making of a Speculative Fiction Meets Philosophical Nonfiction Podcast

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Episode Description: Pose yourself this thought experiment: What if you could start over with a brain unhindered by evolutionary hangovers? A fresh life with no societal baggage and an aspirational soul with a complete focus towards finding meaning to your existence? What if that nagging question—what in the hell am I supposed to do?—was easy to answer? More...
(EF15) BTP-AMA: Behind the Podcast About Scott Ely and Evolving a Philosophy for Life

EF15 (BTP): Behind the Podcast — About Scott Ely and Evolving a Philosophy of Life

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Episode Description: What is the most important thing you’ve learned through all the key experiences of your life? And how often do you reflect on those lessons towards improving how you live? Even if you’re like me and don’t prefer revealing a lot about yourself, I do think this kind of self-reflective exercise is very important towards living an examined life. More...
(EF16) BTP: On Creative Writing, Video Games and the Future of the Evolve Faster Podcast (About Antonio Rozich)

(EF16) BTP: On Creative Writing, Video Games and the Future of the Evolve Faster Podcast (About Antonio Rozich)

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Episode Description: The big question driving this episode is … Can you turn disagreements into positive results? And can shutting down your ego can lead you to bigger and better discoveries by opening yourself to other people's opinion (without sacrificing your critical thinking and who you want to be)? More...
(EF17) BTP-EF3: What Am I Supposed To Do Free Will and Other Everyday Problems Behind the Podcast of Episode EF3

(EF17) BTP-EF3: What Am I Supposed To Do Free Will and Other Everyday Problems — Behind the Podcast of Episode EF3w

PLAY | DOWNLOAD Episode Description: The question “What Am I Supposed To Do?” does not refer to your lunch plans. Instead, it’s asking what will you do until the inevitable day comes when you’re 6 feet underground to make sure you live a satisfying life of meaning? Let's dissect submitted questions such as "Do you think we have free will?" More...

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