Hello, I'm Simone and this is The Hoomanist. It's a radio program and a text-only Digest. Who am I? You can learn more about that here.

What

At its core, The Hoomanist is a series of genuine conversations between human beings. It's about taking the time to talk and reflect on stories and ideas far from the noise of social media. It's self-produced, self-hosted, and it makes me really happy. The first conversation I have ever shared here is "The Art of Paying Attention", with the amazing Mr. David Pasquesi.

Why

I started interviewing other human beings about not just what we do, but why we do it. Why do we take certain decisions? Why do we look at something in a specific way? I want to have real, honest, and intimate conversations about our existential drives. Voice seemed to be the most natural medium, so The Hoomanist was born as a produced audio show. I apply all the skills that I learned during over a decade working for TV and radio, doing my best to craft a product that I can (sometimes) be proud of. I am convinced that a lot can be learned about ourselves from solitude, but we can also learn about ourselves by listening to others. I do all I can to have these conversations in person.

The Hoomanist is a solo project. I am the only one taking care of guests, web servers, graphics, audio editing, and publishing. It's fun, it's therapeutic, and it's far from the bullshit of "niches" and creating something for the sole purpose of market it. The conversations require strong attention from the listeners. I don't try to sell anything because this is my exercise in listening. The Hoomanist is just the name that I gave to sharing this process with you.

I see a lot of material published with the intent to provoke a clash of extreme views. The Hoomanist is my active contribution to respectfully bridge different views through conversation. To remind myself that tough arguments are a great tool to grow together when accompanied by reciprocal respect.

Why "Hoomanist" and Not "Humanist"?

GOOD QUESTION HOOMAN.

How

I sit and chat with a person for a certain amount of time (say, 60 minutes, or 180). Before our meeting, I research and learn about them as much as I can. When we sit, I do my best to forget it. Why? It's more important to listen their story. After talking, I take their photo for cover picture. Sometimes neonavocado does.

During the following weeks I edit the audio, prepare transcripts, pictures, and posts. Every episode features on average 1100 cuts. That's a lot, what's the reason? It's mostly pauses and silences, to improve the listening experience while keeping the context almost intact.

I upload backups of masters and unedited versions on many remote servers. I am a host in two ways: for the show and of this website, interacting both with guests and code. I manage the Linux server, code, audio editing, graphic design, writing, and distribution. What you are reading is not hosted by Wix, Squarespace, or Wordpress. It's based off an independent Ghost instance running on Ubuntu. This allows me to keep full content control while offering a clean, optimized website.

Minimalist photo of man walking in the snow, by E. Seguin.

Support

I'm not trying to steal your attention by implementing dark patterns. Like Prof. Linnea Gandhi explained to me: "attention is the most valuable currency of our times". I want my attention to be respected, so I do my best to respect yours. I prefer to ask you to stop, take some time, and choose to listen to whatever words a guest might have to share with us.

No ads, no promo codes for mattresses. Want a new mattress or semi-okay toothbrushes? Great, there are plenty of podcasts out there for those. I hope you sleep better and your teeth get cleaner and cleaner, but that's not my responsibility. I'm asking other people about their lives, not trying to make a living by tricking you into using promotional codes. But to find guests, record, edit, publish, over and over, still costs money. That's why this project and I need your support now.

Only with your help, I can keep doing this.

I need to sustain the basic infrastructure for the show, and I want to add more features in the future. Like human-curated transcripts, currenlty possible because of supporting members (thank you). Want to see new episodes released regularly? If you have enough resources available, please support my work now.

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