4 - Bruce Damer (Asteroid Mining & Origins of Life)

On asteroid mining, the origins of life, growing up during the Apollo Program and the importance of unifying society under visions for Great Projects (see also: Project Hieroglyph), the magic of lipids, thinking fractal and the similarity between chemical and technological cells, new genetic base pairs and the geological evidence of ancient oceans, pitching NASA and Elon Musk on a plan to protect Earth from asteroids and comets (and settle the best real estate in the solar system), the legacy of Biosphere 2, the persistent evolutionary advantage to working in collectives, and more... * Support Future Fossils Podcast on Patreon: patreon.com/michaelgarfield * Bruce Damer is a living legend – not only the guy who taught NASA how to capture asteroids but ALSO the co-author of some amazing new research on the origins of life. You've probably already heard him on Joe Rogan, Duncan Trussell, and Third Eye Drops, but for our shameless geek-stravaganza he really let it fly. This is a no-holds-barred exploration of all that human beings have been and could be... Bruce's website: www.damer.com

Next:Space | Dr. Bruce Damer | TEDxSantaCruzDesigner and scientist Bruce Damer shares his thoughts - and bold SHEPHERD spacecraft design - to enable sustainable space exploration. He argues that we CAN go to Mars, but it doesn't need to be a one way trip.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLMHcUg36yc

In the Beginning: The Origin & Purpose of Life | Dr. Bruce Damer | TEDxSantaCruzAre we compelled to become an interplanetary species? Scientist and designer Bruce Damer thinks so. In this philosophical talk he elaborates on a new theory of the origin of life, and makes the case that the future of all life on earth lies in complete, and radical, collaboration.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qiW4aUqtvA

Project Hieroglyph http://hieroglyph.asu.edu/

Image of Aronofsky’s bubble ship:http://images.popmatters.com/misc_art/n/notesoncelluloid-fountain-650.jpg

Biosphere 2’s “lungs”:http://globalecotechnics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Ecol-Eng-1999-Bio-2-Engineering-Design-Dempster.pdf

More on Biosphere 2:http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2013/09/05/biosphere_2_experiments_in_a_sealed_off_artificial_earth_in_oracle_arizona.html

MG's article comparing the great oxygenation event to our era’s sixth mass extinctionhttp://bigthink.com/experts-corner/what-we-can-learn-from-mass-extinctions

...and lecture on the importance of communal living in evolution:https://evolution.bandcamp.com/track/evolutionary-transitions-in-individuality


More links about Damer's work and this conversation: http://www.informationphilosopher.com/solutions/scientists/deacon/





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