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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Flow: Positive Human Behavior

Nov 4 • 39:43

MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI (1934-2021) (pronounced "chick-SENT-me high") was a Hungarian-born polymath who recognized and named the psychological concept of "flow," a highly focused mental state conducive to productivity. He was Distinguished Professor of Management at Claremont Graduate University and the former head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chica...

Larry Brilliant - A Very Bumpy Ride

Dec 7 • 01:32:53

Epidemiologist and pandemic expert LARRY BRILLIANT, MD, is on the Advisory Board for Ending Pandemics. He is also on the board of the Skoll Foundation and was the founding executive director of Google's non-profit organization. Dr. Brilliant lived in India for more than a decade while working as a United Nations medical officer, where, in 1971, he helped run the successful...

David Kaiser - The Shifting Terrain of Scientific Inquiry

Jul 13 • 34:55

Ainissa Ramirez - Interrogating and Shaping the World Through Science

Jun 25 • 29:37

Stephen Wolfram - Computation All the Way Down

Jun 19 • 01:09:57

STEPHEN WOLFRAM is a scientist, inventor, and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. He is the creator of the symbolic computation program Mathematica and its programming language, Wolfram Language, as well as the knowledge engine Wolfram|Alpha. His most recent endeavor is The Wolfram Physics Project. He is also the author, most recently, of A Project to Find the Fundame...

Laurence C. Smith - How Humans Make the Earth Their Home

Jun 12 • 57:23

Toby Ord - We Have the Power to Destroy Ourselves Without the Wisdom to Ensure That We Don't

Apr 6 • 59:44

Donald Hoffman - Realism Is False

Jan 28 • 01:01:02

Lee Smolin - The Causal Theory of Views

Dec 19 • 41:39

LEE SMOLIN, a theoretical physicist, is a founding and senior faculty member at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada. His main contributions have been so far to the quantum theory of gravity, to which he has been a co-inventor and major contributor to two major directions, loop quantum gravity and deformed special relativity. He is the author, most rec...

Markus Gabriel - The Paradox of Self-Consciousness [11.11.19]

Nov 11 • 01:20:40

MARKUS GABRIEL, one of the founders of New Realism, holds the Chair for Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy at the University of Bonn, where he is also Director of the International Center for Philosophy and the multidisciplinary Center for Science and Thought. He is the author of Why The World Does Not Exist. The Conversation:

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