Wed. Dec 7th, 2022
Artistic depiction of man experiencing awe while contemplating the nature of consciousness.
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Swimming for adults

Below is the third episode of this week’s After On podcast interview. It’s with neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley of the University of California, San Francisco, about his pioneering efforts to develop the medical potential (if any!) latent in video games. Watch part one and part two if you missed them. Otherwise, press play on the embedded player or pull out the transcript – both are below.

The main topic today is awareness. Gazzaley has his own rather eclectic take on this mysterious force and presence. His perspective actually inspired several elements of my most recent novel (which, like my podcast, is called After On). Adam and I discuss his views and how they have infiltrated my writing.

The last part of the podcast is a conversation between me and podcasting superstar Tom Merritt. In it, Merritt and I discuss my interview with Gazzaley – as well as part of the novel After On. You may want to skip this closing section.

Or not. The reason is that there are no spoilers in this mini interview (for the small percentage of you who might pick up my novel!). More importantly, Merritt and I discuss the process of writing science fiction (Merritt is a fellow practitioner of this dark art). If you’re interested in storytelling, this is sort of a backstage look at how people like us do our thing.

If you liked my interview with Gazzaley, a full archive of my episodes can be found on my site or through your favorite podcast app by searching for ‘After On’. The broader series is built around in-depth interviews with world-class thinkers, founders and scientists, and is usually very technical and scientifically heavy.

Finally, if you’re curious about the latest episode in the main After On podcast feed, I posted an interview with British astronomer Royal Martin Rees last week. We are, of course, discussing some astrophysical awesomenesses, such as gamma-ray bursts. But our main topic is the existential dangers facing humanity in the 21st century. If you’re interested in this topic, you might want to read the four-part essay I just started posting on Medium.com called Privatization of the Apocalypse.

This special edition of the Ars Technicast podcast can be accessed at the following locations:

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ars-technicast/id522504024?mt=2 (May take several hours after publication to appear.)

RSS:
http://arstechnica.libsyn.com/rss

stitcher
http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ars-technicast/the-ars-technicast

libsyn:
http://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/arstechnica

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