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Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. The Think Again podcast takes us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives. 

William Shatner created the role of Captain James T Kirk on the original Star Trek, and won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Denny Crane on “The Practice” and “Boston Legal”. He’s also written nearly 30 bestselling books of fiction and non-fiction and released two albums of music with the artist Ben Folds. His new book Zero-G, coauthored with Jeff Rovin, is a science fiction terrorism thriller set in the year 2050. It begins with an unnaturally powerful Tsunami that destroys most of the coast of Japan, and follows FBI Field Agent Samuel Lord as he attempts to unravel the mystery.

In this extra feisty episode of Think Again - a Big Think Podcast, Shatner and host Jason Gots talk ego, the extinction of the human race, bullying, and whether or not it's a dog-eat-dog world out there. 

Surprise conversation starter interview clips in this episode: Ryan Holiday on ego, Nikhil Goyal on Bullying 

Conversation snippet from this episode: Jason Gots: We don’t have to organize things as “kill or be killed”. We are different from other animals in that, for example, you and I are not going out and machete-ing people. Now, there are humans who are doing that––  William Shatner: No, but how did you get this podcast?   JG: Not by machete-ing anyone.   WS: Well, not literally, but did you push somebody aside who might have had a podcast if not you? Somebody could have had a job but you got it.   JG: Good point.   WS: I love making a good point.

About Think Again - A Big Think Podcast: You've got 10 minutes with Einstein. What do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? Some of the best conversations happen when we're pushed outside of our comfort zones. Each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you may have heard of with short clips from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. These conversations could, and do, go anywhere.