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Breaking the Fever takeover with Chris Mason

Breaking The Fever

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This episode of Breaking the Fever features a podcast takeover by Nithya Iyer — a Preventable Surprises Research Fellow investigating existential risks and systemic change. This takeover episode features biophysicist and meta geneticist Dr Christopher Mason. He is a professor of physiology and biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine, the director of the World Quantitative Initiative, was the lead researcher on the NASA Twin Study, and founder of MasonLab which is working towards a 500-year plan for humanity to inhabit other planets through genetic engineering.We discuss the 500-year plan, how scientific visions move in the world and become reality, and the meaning of life. The podcast refers to Chris's new book 'The Next 500 Years, Engineering Life to Reach New Worlds', by MIT Press which you can find here: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/next-500-yearsAlso referenced are Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/6113/oryx-and-crake-by-margaret-atwood/Immanuel Kant, John Rawls' Veil of Ignorance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_positionand John Stuart Mills' Utilitarianism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utilitarianism_(book)You can read more about Chris's work here: https://www.masonlab.net/

37m 50s  ·  Jul 15, 2021

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