EP7 Daniel Schmachtenberger and the Evolution of Technology



Daniel Schmachtenberger is a founding member of The Consilience Project, aimed at improving public sensemaking and dialogue. The throughline of his interests has to do with ways of improving the health and development of individuals and society, with a virtuous relationship between the two as a goal. Towards these ends, he’s had particular interest in the topics of catastrophic and existential risk, civilization and institutional decay and collapse as well as progress, collective action problems, social organization theories, and the relevant domains in philosophy and science. Motivated by the belief that advancing collective intelligence and capacity is foundational to the integrity of any civilization, and necessary to address the unique risks we currently face given the intersection of globalization and exponential technology, he has spoken publicly on many of these topics, hoping to popularize and deepen important conversations and engage more people in working towards their solutions. Many of these can be found here.

  1. Introduction and the Evolution of Technology
    11 minutes
  2. We’ve Exceeded the Limits of Growth
    8 minutes
  3. Tinkering with Liberal Democracy is Not a Solution
    10 minutes
  4. Self Interest, Free Riders, Defectors and Tony Soprano
    13 minutes
  5. Building a Non-Terminating Civilization + The Charismatic Sociopath
    18 minutes
  6. Anti-Rivalrous Behavior, Maslow’s Hierarchy and “Game B” 7 minutes
  7. The Open Source Society 15 minutes

Transcript of The Jim Rutt Show featuring Daniel Schmachtenberger


14 thoughts on “EP7 Daniel Schmachtenberger and the Evolution of Technology

  1. I really appreciate your deep knowledgeable discussion. A lot of insights about the current and future state of civilization are fascinating!
    However, in the beginning, Daniel is talking about social Darwinism, some potential stability of ecosystems, and equilibrium on markets as part of evolutionary biology. This simply isn’t true.
    Just listen to the following respectable scientist Sloan Wilson to notice this:
    https://youtu.be/lE4yMq8g1nw
    https://youtu.be/oxxQuK6UHzY

  2. Hi Jim, this is the first podcast of yours I attempted to listen to because I’m currently working my way through everything Daniel Schmachtenberger had put out into the aether. Thank goodness for this transcript because sadly I couldn’t finish the audio. Do you actively cut out all pauses and silences in post production? Part of Daniel’s magic is his pacing, his long pauses where you can see/feel him actively processing interviewer input and accessing deep reserves of content in his own mind to generate comprehensive complex responses. These huge concepts *need* room to breathe. With the editing on this podcast it all sounded like one big run on sentence, which destroys the essence of your guest. Perhaps something to consider. I’d truly love to hear the unedited take. Until then, I’ll stick with the transcript. All best, truly, Diane

    1. Hi Diane, can’t agree more with you. I also like seeing Daniel’s thought process in action…
      Moreover, I suspect that Daniel is usually speaking a bit slower…

      1. Awesome discussion and a great roadmap for those of us trying to pursue this brighter future of an anti-rivalistic, sharing based community. Thank you so much!

  3. This was hard to listen to…..So many “theories” are taken as given and linked to create model of the “future” that will immediately collapse when compared with any future events.

  4. re: complexity… “Annual agriculture is all about living through our concepts… our idea we’ve imposed on reality & when reality doesn’t behave according to our idea, what do we do? We input… we can never input enough to make our false concept correct.” http://bit.ly/1GnbtAA

  5. Is there a forum where I might join in on these Game B discussions? I have an idea/intuition re how to transition, which I keep expecting to hear people discussing, but although these conversations often come really close – talking about commons, anti-rivalrous dynamics etc – they don’t quite go there … so I’d like to get it on the table. 🙂

    1. If you look for #GameB forums look at Facebook – there are more than few groups about it.

  6. This is clearly the route to humanities best potential. Jacque Fresco of The Venus Project also talked about this direction.

  7. Another brilliant and compelling analysis of our present dilemma.–a ‘must hear’ podcast,

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