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The Wait What If Podcast

Interviews with authors, philosophers, and thinkers about life now and in the future. Visit www.waitwhatif.com for more!

     Have we unknowingly wandered into George Orwell's dystopian world from his famous novel 1984? Manipulation of language; punishment of dissent; control of thoughts and actions; these are just a few of the realities for which we find ourselves. There is some backlash to the phenomena of self-censorship and political correctness run amok, how else would you explain the unlikely rise of Trump? Luckily there are a group of people out there who are willing to talk freely and address politics and culture without adhering to partisan talking points. You may not agree with what people have to say but our Constitution guarantees they have the right to say it. Gray Winsler is one of those people. He is a YouTuber who is known for his defense of the first amendment and his insightful critique of American politics. His unique story starts with his unconventional education which began after he left school 2 weeks into the eighth grade. A few years later, his parents had to drive him to his first college classes because he was too young for a driver's license. Gray is the creator of several viral videos based on his insightful commentary on Donald Trump's unlikely bid for the presidency and the culture which made it happen. He's a smart guy and has a great future ahead of him!
 
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I was honored to have a chance to record an episode of the WWI Podcast with the legendary Dr. Christopher Ryan. You may recognize his name from his many appearances on the Joe Rogan Experience, his successful podcast Tangentially Speaking, his TED talks, or perhaps his best selling book Sex at Dawn. His biography is as wild as his adventuresome life. From his website:

Christopher and his work have been featured just about everywhere, including: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Times of London, Playboy, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Outside,El Pais, La Vanguardia, Salon, Seed, and Big Think. 

A featured speaker from TED in Long Beach, CA to The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House to the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, Chris has consulted at various hospitals in Spain, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films.

... After receiving a BA in English and American literature in 1984 he spent the next two decades traveling around the world, pausing in unexpected places to work at decidedly odd jobs (e.g., gutting salmon in Alaska, teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok and self-defense to land-reform activists in Mexico, managing commercial real-estate in New York’s Diamond District, helping Spanish physicians publish their research). In his mid-30s, Chris decided to pursue doctoral studies in Psychology...

I hope you enjoy listeining to this episode as much as I enjoyed recording it!

As always, please visit www.waitwhatif.com for announcements, contact info, bios, episode archive, blogs and much more. 

We'll be giving away a copy of Sex at Dawn to a lucky listener. Follow me on Twitter @wwipodcast for more info on how you can enter for a chance to win!

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Papa Frank came for a visit, so why not sit down and hit record! We talk about rights of passage, growing older and discuss what it is like to be "dead" for 2 hours during open heart surgery!

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I had a virus and was laying on the couch fighting a fever and decided to record a solo show. Topics include CNN Leaks, NASA's big announcement, and I think the Nyquil caused me to black out a bit, so there might be more? Take a listen and find out!

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I love waxing philosophical about what our lives will be like in the near (very near) future. "How near" you ask? Ray Kurzweil believes we'll have microscopic robots in our brains in 13 years. Too far fetched? He's got an 86% accuracy rate in predicting future technology and the number goes higher if you consider sometimes he is just a few years off. 

Topics discussed: Genetically modified babies; Robot love; Would art made by a computer still be art without the human emotion put into it? A a bunch of other tangents. Plus, I tell a few funny stories about terrible awkward moments with patients. 

Hope you enjoy! For all episodes and information please visit www.waitwhatif.com - Bios, links and 10% off any and all Onnit products.
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John Taylor, creator of Twisted Podcast and true crime author joins Savanna and me to wax philisophical about the nature of coincidences; the validity of so called psychic detectives; his experience with Mike and Maleah using the Ouija Board and how tough is the job for the Secret Service under the current administration. We also look into the prospect of future law enforcement with predicitve policing (think Minority Report without the people floating in pools).

Like the outro song? Be sure to check out www.pogomix.net 

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On this second of Futurism Friday, we spend thi first 2/3rds of show show ignoring the topic of futurism and instead talk about my battle with death! (spoiler - I won). Then Savanna discusses the mainstreaming of AI in 2017 with IBM's Watson acting as personal accountant.

Thanks for listening to the Wait, Wahat If Podcast! 

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According to his website Alchemist's Heir, author John Mathis is a research clinician, a small business owner, a public speaker, an author and a website designer. On the other hand / brain, he is a near death survivor, an Usui Reiki Master,  a practitioner of astral projection, and paranormal investigator.

John joins us tonight to talk about his experiences in the metaphysical. We managed to just uncover the tip of the iceberg with his experiences and knowledge of the metaphysical and will be having him back on the show soon!

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Thanks for listening!

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This is the first ever WWI Futurism Friday, a series of short episodes where we will discuss mind blowing advancements in science, medicine, life extension, artificial intelligence and much more. This week we discuss Peter Diamandis' theory that humans will evolve rapidly (decades v millenniums) into new species with technology aided augmentation of our physiology. In other words, we will bypass classical evolution and force adaptations and become something other than human? Plus, if we upload the sum of our experiences into a machine, is it still you or just a copy?
We also discuss the future of medicine and how it will soon be easy to closely monitor subtle changes in our body's physiology and be able to more accurately predict disease processes. We may not be able to cure being old (yet) but we will be able to live disease free!
I hope you enjoy the new series. Stay tuned for next weeks WWI episode on Near Death Experiences. I will be interviewing a man who allegedly left his body in the ICU while suffering a massive infection that was shutting his organs down and pushing him close to death.
 
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This show was originally meant to be live of FB and we ran into yet another snag. Stay tuned for future video episodes which will most likely be on demand via YouTube. 

This was a fun show! We made predicitions for 2017 in technology, science and celebrity deaths. Savanna royally screws up the advert at the start of the show (which I had to leave in) and Mike royally screws up a celebrity prediction - so, all in all it was probably the best show to date!

Questions? Comments. Perogatives! Please visit the site www.waitwhatif.com where you'll find bios, show archives, blogs, listener discounts to Onnit and much more! 

Thank you SO much for listening and making 2016 so successful. I'm planning on adding much much more content for 2017 and looking forward to your imput!

Happy New Year ;)

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