Alex, almost as soon as Dr. Shiva starting talking, I started talking too. I don't do that often but I couldn't help myself. I was saying, "Holy S---! Holy S---! Holy S---!" At other moments I was speechless. I don't know if you've ever had another interview that surprised me more. Maybe the woman who pretended she didn't know who you were and then hung up on you, but holy cow. I was amazed how antagonistic he was. He went straight to "racism" when it would have been so much simpler to address your question. Holy cow.
I was expecting Dr. Shiva to say something like, "I understand why you and others have qualms about describing my email program as 'the discovery of email'. It makes sense because, as you say, it isn't strictly speaking an invention because it isn't a physical object or an original concept. I took an existing idea, communication in writing and images, and translated it into a program that allowed similar functionality in a digital environment….
Great summary Andy.
And yes, this interview was as strange at the Patricia Churchland head scratcher.
When he went straight to the taking points of brown skin and whiteness I knew we had someone only looking to dominate a conversation. That approach has shown, more than ever, today - a lack of capacity to collaborate or a desire to connect. It’s decisive and hateful. Bias? Yes, he projected plenty of that.
I regret to see a missed opportunity for someone with plenty of intellect to fail to connect to the reality of opportunity before him, if he would only look to enguage with people in a collaborative way. He seems to exist in his own inner fantasy.
But that’s OK. To each their own. I’m just glad to be reminded at times that a reality check is a good thing. Running for Senate or “inventing the internet” really is just any old thing. For me - It’s the connections, collaborations and experiences (learning) every day that count.