feeling like I need to re-evaluate a bit. Once I was able to purge the trump-venom out of my system, I found I had to rethink where I wanted to go with podcasts. Plus, I’ve been taking in the changes in the media landscape since my last go around, and I’m thinking my energy is better spent on my areas of specialisation, rather than comprehensive musings. The first 8 episodes of solve everything make for a decent season with a good through line, with some interesting digressions. I’m content to leave it there until something takes shape in my head again for a second season.
I’d always planned to pivot to something more enlightenment-oriented, I just wasn’t thinking I’d do it so soon, but we must follow the inspiration, or we’re just doing a job, right? So, you can look forward to something that looks to come at the whole enlightenment project from first principles, and sets aside as much of the mythology and dogma as possible. And no, that doesn’t mean some tedious neuroscience or materialist reduction. Sam Harris is already doing that, about as well as it can be done. I’m just concerned with building something that is clear in its methods and aims and will actually work for people, provided they are willing to put in the effort. Having walked many sides of the fence in this game, I find it appalling how much metaphysical bullshit, personality cultism, historical dust-worship, and obscurantism creeps into it. It’s just another thing that people can do, and I’m concerned with helping them do it well. Systematic for the People was my attempt to be reverential, yet relevant and accessible. Getting More Enlightened is a genuine attempt to change the game. Stay tuned.
I’m also halfway through the edits on my novel, so I’ll probably be starting a separate blog to house that, when it’s ready to roll. I’m planning to record the audio book version myself and release it concurrent with print, all for free, so if you can’t live without my mellifluous tones, that will be another way to treat yourself. This is about the most aggressively subversive anti-commercial story imaginable, so I suspect I’ll be content releasing it creative commons and just letting people share it around, to whatever degree they feel moved to do. Stay tuned for that as well.