DEDICATION: Episode EF13 is dedicated to Paul McCartney. As the founding member of the Beatles, he needs no introduction for most. EF13 being an episode on the depths and source of creativity, you might assume that the Lennon/McCartney songwriting powerhouse would be enough to justify the dedication. They proved a career of hard work mixed with seemingly endless creativity can result in unforgetful pieces of art. An active musician for more than 50 years, McCartney is the best-selling musician of all time.
THINKERS, CREATIVES & OTHER INSPIRING MINDS…
DEDICATION: Episode EF11 is dedicated to Elon Musk, one of the leaders of modern world technology development. Besides Tesla and SpaceX, his third company Neuralink, focuses on brain-computer interfaces which could play a huge role in the transhumanism movement. Musk’s work directly influences where the world goes next, although many of us wish his influence was bigger. Yet, his work is pioneering the path to a new era for humanity. Luckily, we have Musk and not the anti-hero in Episode EF11.
DEDICATION: Episode EF9 is dedicated to William James, the father of American psychology whose constant emotional struggles resulted in prolific work in the field of psychology. James hard work on untangling the emotional knot further helped us realize how much influence emotions have on our decisions. Also, how much chaos, but also greatness they can cause. Because sometimes, value is greater than the truth.
DEDICATION: Episode EF8 is dedicated to Isaac Asimov, a prolific scientist and writer known for his dedicated work and the ability to provide crazy stories that somehow are becoming true. Asimov used his knowledge to write enticing pieces of fiction and is known as one big three SF writers alongside Arthur Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein.
DEDICATION: Episode EF7 is dedicated to George Orwell. This episode builds off of the investigation started in Episode EF5 of what is the truth. Here, however, we add in the complex reality that important facts and truths are both manipulated by the organizations which dominate our lives — like governments, corporations and other institutions.
DEDICATION: Episode EF6 is dedicated to Bill Gates, a man known worldwide and someone who just might have achieved wisdom. Because it takes a huge appetite for knowledge to realize how little we need. Gates who started by programming a simple tic-tac-toe game to creating an operating system used worldwide – talk about taking a leap in your career.
DEDICATION: Episode EF5 is dedicated to Ai Weiwei, a Chinese contemporary artist who successfully brings his work way outside the barriers of art. Through the mysterious “lies” of artistic creativity, he provides light on the truth around him. Weiwei is in constant feud with Chinese government, actively opposing their stance on democracy and human rights. Supposedly, his name can’t even be typed in Chinese-domestic web search.
DEDICATION: Episode EF5 is dedicated to Sam Harris, a neuroscientist and philosopher who isn’t afraid to tackle tough questions and controversial topics in search of the truth. His book Lying is a manifesto on why even white lies lead to a downward spiral of dishonesty. In the fictional world of Episode EF5, however, lying has been made illegal. Yet somehow, the truth becomes even harder to define.
Episode EF4 is dedicated to Richard Dawkins, a British evolutionary biologist, and reason-fanatic who, like Ian Ament in Episode EF4, might be willing to cut off his head if it would prove something fundamental about science. It would have to be something dear to his heart, however; perhaps something like disproving the existence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Dawkins coined the term meme just like Monty Python coined spam. His work on popularizing the gene as the central unit of evolutionary selection puts him on ‘Darwin of the modern era’ lists, at least in the popular sphere. And similar to the ubiquitous utility of the word spam in an internet flooded with junk, the word meme is synonymous with the current fake news epoch. It’s also likely to be the key concept for which Dawkins will be known.
DEDICATION: Episode EF3 is dedicated to Robert Nozick, an American philosopher and conceptual creator of the mysterious Experience Machine, one of the more useful thought experiments posed in the last century. Because would a world where you can handpick your experiences indeed be heaven? Or would this scenario be hell, neatly camouflaged in a colorful but cheap package? His other prominent work is Utility Monster, which instructed that even our plans that are born with best intentions could give birth to a dangerous monster. Meaning, it’s not the plan that makes the better tomorrow…but you.