Wednesday, 1 August 2012

New Humanist Podcast August 2012: Transhumanists, Robin Ince and the Cult of Will Self

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In the August 2012 edition of the New Humanist podcast, editor Caspar Melville talks to two of the contributors from the July/August issue of the magazine, and look forward to the return of our annual seasonal jamboree Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People.

First up (1:08), Caspar speaks to Adam Smith, author of our guide to the strange world of living together. He discusses the different groups – singularitarians, transhumanists, cryonicists – who aim to cheat death, as well as the sceptics who suggest their aspirations amount to little more than science fiction.

Next (13:46) Caspar talks to the novelist Sam Mills, who has spent the past few years building up a cult dedicated to the worship of the author Will Self. What exactly are they doing when they don bizarre robes and engage in "literary orgies"? What's the point of it all? Sam reveals all in the podcast.

Finally (23:55), in a look ahead to Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People, which returns to London's Bloomsbury Theatre this December (16th-20th, 22nd, 23rd), we play a clip of stand-up from the man behind the annual phenomenon, Robin Ince. Keep your eye on our Twitter feed and blog, where we'll be announcing ticket details soons.

Podcast music by Andrea Rocca.

To listen to the podcast, which is just over 35 minutes long, use the player below, subscribe via RSS or email, or download the full file via our podcast page, where you can also find the full archive of the podcasts we published during 2008-9. We're also on iTunes - just search for "New Humanist" in the store and select the podcast subtitled "The podcast for godless people". 

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