I was just interviewed via phone for an upcoming episode of Seth Shostak’s SETI Radio show. It was extremely brief, and despite the praise by Shostak and his producer Molly Bentley that I was articulate, I am not sure that is true. I meant to record myself so I could hear for myself if I provided any good quotes, but I forgot to start the recording device. So all I will hear are my edited remarks when it airs. They plan to use a couple minutes of what I have to say, followed by a full program in which several people (Susan Clancy, Patricia Churchland and John Searle) will explain why I am mistaken and wrong.
Why don’t I decline interviews in which there are no proponents of more open-minded theories? I guess because there’s no harm in speaking to people with closed minds. They can’t become more closed-minded. At best, the producers will include one good quote that may excite the imaginations of a listener or two.
I’ll update when the program is available.
UPDATE: The show is online now. My brief participation airs in the second half. I haven’t listened to it yet. Here’s the synopsis: “March 15, 2007: That Thinking Feeling: You think, therefore… what? We can’t be sure of much when it comes to consciousness. Not only do scientists not agree on what consciousness is – they don’t agree on whether they ever will be able to agree! What if you’re not you, but a self-aware supercomputer? Could you tell the difference? Is consciousness an emergent phase transition? What does that even mean? Grab the aspirin and help us explore these questions, together with a little help from A.I. expert Marvin Minsky.”
(*title to the tune of Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out”)