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Physical Attraction

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Jun 4, 2020

Well, the manifestation of a global catastrophic risk means that it's time for us to bring back the very first guest on this show, from back in 2017. Phil Torres is a scholar of existential risks - you can find him on Twitter @xriskology and his website at, and we are delighted to ask him back to the show to discuss the field of existential risks in the time of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the second part of our interview, we discuss the field of existential risks more generally, Phil's recent work, and ramble about the concerns surrounding the utilitarian foundation of the philosophy.