Joe Rogan Experience #1368 – Edward Snowden

All episodes of Joe Rogan Experience podcast are nearly three hours long, so I usually just watch the highlights. But this chat with Edward Snowden was well worth the full length watch.

Edward Snowden is one of the brightest and bravest people of our generation, and his story is fascinating. I think that this lengthy podcast episode provided a good channel for him to tell it. It’s not a tweet or a blog post, and it’s not strictly framed corporate media.

I also think that Joe Rogan is one of the finest interviewers today. In this episode, he shows that very well, but remaining silent for almost all duration of the show, with an occasional steer of the conversation.

I wish there were more content like this online.

Oh, and just for the record, “Permanent Record” is the book that Edward Snowden has written and is heavily referencing in this talk. I’ll definitely be buying a copy.

Fungal Intelligence


With all the recent hype around artificial intelligence, this thing that I came across today is a breath of fresh air.  The subject is: fungal intelligence.  “WTF?”, I hear you ask.  Have a look at this tiny video:

Crazy, right?  Well, crazy enough to be found in this article at Nature.com.  And, how the heck did I end up there?  That’s the first link in the Google search results for “fungal intelligence”, which I had to look up after watching this video:

Fascinating stuff!

How to Age Gracefully


Found this video in Jason Kottke’s blog:

Good advice all around.  The best one is from the 93 year old:

Don’t listen to other people’s advice.  Nobody knows what the hell they are doing.

Which I’ve heard before in Joe Rogan’s stand up comedy:

You know as much about what life is all about as anybody who’s ever lived ever.

Joe Rogan talks to Chris Hadfield about life, the Universe, and everything


Chris Hadfield, the retired Commander of the International Space Station, is interviewed by Joe Rogan, who questions everything, in this video podcast.  They talk about all kinds of things – space, science, technology, environment, social matters, etc.  It’s an hour long, but it’s worth every minute of it.

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It’s fascinating in a variety of ways.  I particularly enjoyed the bits about stars and light pollution, humans living on a tiny crust, and his feelings during the flight up and coming back down.  As a side note, I couldn’t not notice how clean his language is and how well he expresses himself, and how educated he is in a variety of areas.  Joe Rogan is by far not an idiot, and yet, the contrast is still there.