Dispatched from Mars

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

25 episodes of Dispatched from Mars since the first episode, which aired on March 17th, 2018.

  • Digital Nomads

    July 3rd, 2019  |  55 mins 58 secs
    digital lifestyle, digital nomad, remote jobs

    Remotely working in today's digital economy without seeing anyone all day. What does it take to succeed?

  • Why Learning Doesn’t Work

    May 14th, 2019  |  52 mins 3 secs
    books, education, learning, passion

    We read and discussed an interesting article titled ”Why Books Don’t Work” by Andy Matuschak. We felt the problem isn't so much the medium or how to write the book. It’s something else...

  • Retirement?

    April 11th, 2019  |  1 hr 17 mins

    We discussed the realities of retirement, how different people think about it and deal with it, how we think about it, what it means philosophically as well as scientifically.

  • Love

    February 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins
    japanese, language, love, spanish

    What do we mean by the word "love" in English? It means so many different things that it seems meaningless. In Japanese and Spanish, love means something much more specific.

  • Conversation

    February 9th, 2019  |  58 mins 7 secs
    autism, conversation, social skills

    What is the optimal number of people to have a conversation with? What happens when we keep adding more people? Why do some people, particularly autistic people, have a hard time engaging in a group conversation? What do we mean by "social skills"? We theorize on these issues.

  • Feelings vs Reason

    January 18th, 2019  |  1 hr 4 mins
    education, feelings, learning, reason

    To get along with others, we often have to tell people what they want to hear, not what you are actually thinking. We talked about the implications of doing this, and what happens if you never told the truth. The conversation then shifted to talking about our education system.

  • René Girard — Scapegoating

    December 19th, 2018  |  1 hr 5 mins
    rené girard, scapegoating

    We discuss René Girard's theory of scapegoating.

  • René Girard — Mimetic Desire

    December 12th, 2018  |  1 hr 7 mins
    mimetic desire, rené girard

    Discussed René Girard’s theory of mimetic desire.

  • Documenting Life—Photography of Evan Fairbanks

    December 8th, 2018  |  54 mins 29 secs
    evan fairbanks, photography

    Dyske spoke to his friend Evan Fairbanks about photography over a Malaysian dinner in Queens.

  • Passion

    October 12th, 2018  |  1 hr 4 mins

    What does it mean to follow your passion in today’s "gig economy"?

  • Normalization

    September 25th, 2018  |  59 mins 38 secs

    When any idea or act is normalized within a group of people, it's easy and safe to criticize anything outside of that group that contradicts it. Normalization works so hypnotically that those under the influence begin to assume these ideas and actions to be universal. This makes people arrogant and even fascistic. What is more important than criticizing others who contradict your normalized values is to ask yourself what sort of hypnosis you yourself are under.

  • Critical Thinking

    September 18th, 2018  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Although every school teacher and parent touts the value of "critical thinking," there is no critical thinking about critical thinking. Everyone seems to accept it as a virtue but when their own fundamental assumptions are questioned by critical thinking, they are appalled by that act of critical thinking.

  • Identity

    September 7th, 2018  |  1 hr 14 mins

    We have our own narratives to explain why we did what we did. Not having any narratives makes us uncomfortable. Ultimately we have our narratives for why we exist and who we are.

  • Authenticity

    August 27th, 2018  |  1 hr 5 mins

    What does authenticity mean today? Everyone from artists, musicians to marketers talk about "authenticity" but what exactly are we looking for? How do we define it?

  • Ethnic Food

    August 17th, 2018  |  1 hr 10 mins
    ethnic food, nyc

    We talk about the ethnic food in the US, particularly in New York City, and the cross-cultural functions food plays.

  • Time Management

    July 27th, 2018  |  47 mins 55 secs
    psychology, socializing, time, time-management, work life balance

    Being rich or poor is a state of mind. Some people feel poor even if they have money, and others feel rich even if they don't have money. Likewise, some people are time-poor even if they have time, while others are time-rich even if they don't have time.