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Satire website seizes chance to ‘pick Elon Musk’s brain’

At the end of each podcast, Babylon Bee leaders ask guests the same 10 questions, including this stumper: “Calvinist or Arminian?”

That caught Elon Musk by surprise, and he needed clarification on the difference between Arminian believers and persons from Armenia. After some background on Protestant history, he said: “My mind would say ‘determinism’ and my heart says ‘free will.'”

Why was the mastermind behind Tesla and SpaceX – a man worth $278 billion at the end of 2021 – talking to a Christian satire website? The answer: Musk has 69.7 million Twitter followers, and he frequently responds to them, even if it’s a U.S. senator questioning his taxes.

“You know, he engages with our content from time to time,” Bee CEO Seth Dillon told Fox News. After email exchanges about a meeting, Musk said: “Fly to me and we’ll do it.”

The result was 100-plus minutes of conversation in Austin, Texas, ranging from satire to science and from politics to pop culture. Topics included sustainable energy, superheroes (Musk would choose to be “Irony Man”), why entrepreneurs are fleeing California, the physics of reusable rockets, cyborgs, how “wokeness” threatens humor, CNN morality and the future of a planet near an expanding sun.

Terry Mattingly, News Sentinel columnist

Musk discussed his journey from South Africa to America, including his days as a manual laborer while struggling to pay student loans. Then he dove into computer coding and online commerce, making millions of dollars that led to Tesla. The rest is history.

On celebrity websites, Musk is often described as an atheist or agnostic. Asked if he prays, Musk once replied: “I didn’t even pray when I almost died of malaria.” But after the success of the first manned Falcon rocket mission, Musk said in his public remarks: “You know, I’m not very religious, but I prayed for this one.”