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Episode 2 – Science and Swartz


In this episode we present some cool science-related articles and talk a little about online activism.

The opening song is “I’ve Got a Bullet In My Heart” by Colin Weaver.

In the first segment, we present three scientific articles that have been circulating around the web this week. The first deals with research on the limits in our threshold for socialization. Next, we explore last week’s cold snap and face the fact that we’re not cut out for winter anymore. Finally, we look at an experiment where researchers are able to turn back time to allow test subjects to think young again.

The second segment is a short chat with one of the musicians who has been kind enough to lend us his songs for the show, Aleksi Pietikäinen. The segment opens and closes with music by this Finnish composer who aspires to create film scores.

In the final segment we remember activist and innovator Aaron Swartz, and talk with the executive director of the Freedom of the Press FoundationTrevor Timm. Director Timm, who once worked as as activist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, tells us that we can help to carry on Aaron’s legacy by visiting  TheDayWeFightBack.org and contacting our representatives to demand reforms in NSA surveillance policies.

The show closes with the song “Grey to Blue” by Dead Surf Country.

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    Regarding awareness of net neutrality, I can’t comment for generations, but a guy I used to find intelligent, who is quite educated on paper in lieu of technology and IT, replied to my first mention of the subject with him back in 2006 with, “Well it depends on who you ask.”

    Let me clarify: this was around the time he started becoming full-blown Libertarian, and his point was that, hey corporations know what’s best for us, right?! Tyranny is fiiine, just as long as long as it’s in the hands of billionaires. Oppressive corporate monarchy is freedom and government through democracy, law and public interest is slavery. Therefore if you ask him.. net neutrality has been a’long time comin’!

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    Sorry, went on a rant there.

    Where I was going with that was that personally, net neutrality looks more a political concern than generational. After all as your guest said, you hear more and more older folks lament how “these darned kids know this technology better than we do!”

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