Hydra Vulgaris / Joscha Bach

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Oct 21 2021 • 1 hr 41 mins

Hydra Vu-whatnow? Is this some kind of nearly immortal fresh water polyp? Actually... yes. That's exactly what it is. This weird looking creature has quite an enviable superpower (immortality) and a biological trade off that might make you question whether you’d want to live forever. After Josh talks Polyps, Nick talks People! Well one person in particular, J. Bach. No, not Johann Sebastian Bach! The other Bach. Cognitive scientist with a focus on cognitive architectures, models of mental representation, emotion, motivation, sociality... dang. He's no polyp but he's pretty Bachtastic: Joscha Bach.

Off-top Links and References:

Hydra Vulgaris Article


Joscha Bach Website

Edge Questions

Progress in AI

TEDx Bach

Epstein Foundation

Bach on Twitter


(...seriously, these dudes and their show are awesome...)

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Other Podcast Appearances:

Josh on Have Not Seen This: Ep. 66 - Devil's Rejects

Josh on The Don't Assume Podcast: Ep. 24 - Skydiving