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David Barash – What’s the point of consciousness?

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Humans are aware of their own and other's thoughts in ways unlike any other animal. But why did consciousness evolve?

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Consciousness was for a long time the charged third rail of biology: touch it and … well, maybe you didn’t die, but you were unlikely to get a grant, or tenure. Of course, it helped if you were a Nobel laureate, such as Francis Crick, lauded for his work on DNA, or Gerald Edelman, for his work on antibodies. Yet even their attempts to pin down the electrical-chemical-anatomical (or whatever) substrate of consciousness seemed, until recently, likely to go the way of Albert Einstein’s doomed search for a unified theory of everything. However, the situation has changed dramatically in recent years. Inquiry into the neurobiology of consciousness has become one of the hottest, best-funded, and most media-friendly of research enterprises, along with genomics, stem cells and a few other newly favoured sub-disciplines.For centuries, it was perfectly acceptable for philosophers to ponder consciousness because, after all, no one actually expected them to come up with anything real. Thus, René Descartes’s renowned statement ‘Cogito ergo sum’ (I think therefore I am) becomes, in the words of the early 20th-century American satirist Ambrose Bierce, Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum — I think that I think, therefore I think that I am (which was, according to Bierce, about as close to truth as philosophy was likely to get). Now we have micro-electrodes recording from individual neurons, computer modelling of neural nets, functional MRIs, and an array of even newer 21st-century techniques, all hot on the trail of how consciousness emerges from ‘mere’ matter. Cartesian dualism is on the run, as well it should be.


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‘The Character of Physical Law’: Richard Feynman’s Legendary Course Presented at Cornell, 1964

‘The Character of Physical Law’: Richard Feynman’s Legendary Course Presented at Cornell, 1964 | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Lecture One, The Law of Gravitation:

Feynman ended the first of his famous 1964 Messenger Lectures at Cornell University, a talk entitled 'The Law of Gravitation, an Example of Physical Law.' (See above.) The lectures were intended by Feynman as an introduction, not to the fundamental laws of nature, but to the very nature of such laws.
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Improving Reality 2013 - Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg - YouTube

LigWe assume design will make things 'better', but what do we mean by better? Longer-lasting? Cheaper? Sustainable? Hi-tech? Whose 'better' ultimate shapes our common future? Now synthetic biology is attempting to transform biology -- and life with it -- into a design and engineering discipline, finding ways to ask these questions is as important as ever. Daisy will talk about her work within synthetic biology, asking: can we use design to shape our future, rather than perpetuate the present?.


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Big Think Interview With Howard Gardner - YouTube

Big Think Interview With Howard Gardner
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"I’ve never met Obama, I don't know whether I ever will, but if I had 90 seconds with him in an elevator this is what I would say: Mr. President, American society has been dominated by the three M’s: moneys, markets and me. Especially the young, the best, and the brightest, the students that I work with they want to be rich, they believe totally in the market, even though that’s a very complicated thing and it’s all about me. We have to switch them, first of all, 90 degrees to the three E’s, which I hope will be visible on the camera. Excellence, engagement, and ethics; that’s what I call good work. Good work is the people who know what they’re doing, are engaged in it, and try to do it in a responsible way."

 

http://bigthink.com/videos/big-think-interview-with-howard-gardner

 

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Beautiful Equations: Documentary Explores the Beauty of Einstein & Newton’s Great Equations

Beautiful Equations: Documentary Explores the Beauty of Einstein & Newton’s Great Equations | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Like many right-brained people, artist and critic Matt Collings finds higher math mystifying, a word that implies both bewilderment and wonder. Faced with the equations that make, for example, Stephen Hawking’s work possible, most of us are left similarly slack-jawed.
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Walter Gropius: The New Architecture and the Bauhaus (1935/1965) — Monoskop Log

Walter Gropius: The New Architecture and the Bauhaus (1935/1965) — Monoskop Log | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
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Can beauty help us to become better people? – John Armstrong – Aeon

Can beauty help us to become better people? – John Armstrong – Aeon | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
True beauty pleases the eye and the mind – but can it help us to become better people?
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Is Buddhism the Most Science-Friendly Religion? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Is Buddhism the Most Science-Friendly Religion? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Here is some sad news, courtesy of the Pew Research Center’s “Religion & Public Life Project.” Not only is there a growing gap between Democrats and ...
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Sharing Entanglement without Sending It

Sharing Entanglement without Sending It | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Three new experiments demonstrate how entanglement can be shared between distant parties without the need of an entangled carrier.
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Introduction to Complex Systems: Patterns in Nature

This video provides a basic introduction to the science of complex systems, focusing on patterns in nature. (For more information on agent-based modeling, visit http://imaginationtoolbox.org ).


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Agent based modeling still is the best tool to understand complex systems when mathematical modeling gets very complicated.

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Always looking for good resources to introduce complexity science to others. This looks great. 

Ian Biggs, MAIPM, CPPD's curator insight, Today, 5:08 PM

I recently conducted a series of workshops on the subject of 'Complex Project Management - Navigating through the unknown'. This clip provides a great introduction to complex systems and for those interested in Complexity Science, this clip is worth 7:52 of your time.

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Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Funnies :: Critical-Theory.com

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Funnies :: Critical-Theory.com | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Critical theory jokes.
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Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation (Dec. 4, 2013)

Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation (Dec. 4, 2013) | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
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Why it's time to lay the selfish gene to rest – David Dobbs – Aeon

Why it's time to lay the selfish gene to rest – David Dobbs – Aeon | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
The selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented. Unfortunately it’s wrong

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Why You Aren't as Creative as You'd Like to Think - Wired Science

Why You Aren't as Creative as You'd Like to Think - Wired Science | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
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So how does this mode of innovation hold up in the 21st century? Pagel offers both pessimism and hope. On the downside, the ease of information access endangers our critical reasoning: “If we think Google will do our thinking for us,” he warned, “the internet might make us stupid.” On the other hand, globalization and our unprecedented connectedness may prepare us well to conquer global challenges like resource scarcity, poverty, and climate change. “The world is connected in a way that it’s never been connected before,” said Pagel, “so the collective mind is primed in a way it’s never been before.”

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900 Years of Tree Diagrams, the Most Important Data Viz Tool in History | Design | WIRED

900 Years of Tree Diagrams, the Most Important Data Viz Tool in History | Design | WIRED | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Trees are a data viz tool that has outlived empires and endured huge upheavals in the arts and sciences.
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Consciousness Might Emerge from a Data Broadcast

Consciousness Might Emerge from a Data Broadcast | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
What is consciousness? A neuroscientist's new book argues that it arises when information is broadcast throughout the brain
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Lecture: Brian Eno (New York, 2013)

Brian Eno, live and direct from the Red Bull Music Academy 2013 in New York. In this intimate setting he talks about the difference between sympathetic and parasympathetic…
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Wildcat: Some nothings are like elephants really big elephants

Wildcat: Some nothings are like elephants really big elephants | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it

No one knows how many kinds of nothings there are, also there are many kinds of knowing and also many kinds of one, yes, and many kinds of no, and many kinds of things, obviously there are many kinds of nothings, also many kinds of kinds.


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Michel Foucault: Free Lectures on Truth, Discourse & The Self

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Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was an enormously influential French philosopher who wrote, among other things, historical analyses of psychiatry, medicine, the prison system, and the function of sexuality in social organizations.
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Devourer of Encyclopedias: Stanislaw Lem's "Summa Technologiae" -

Devourer of Encyclopedias: Stanislaw Lem's "Summa Technologiae" - | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
AT LAST WE have it in English. Summa Technologiae, originally published in Polish in 1964, is the cornerstone of Stanislaw Lem’s oeuvre, his consummate work of speculative nonfiction. Trained in medicine and biology, Lem synthesizes the current science of the day … Continue reading →
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▶ The Intersection of Neuroscience and Philosophy - On Our Mind - YouTube

(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Is there a science of the soul? Does how we think about the brain define how we think about ourselves? Patricia Churchland, B. P...
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▶ Seven Complex Lessons in Education - Edgar Morin - Interview - YouTube

Dr. Edgar Morin, an eminent sociologist and philosopher, discusses his work on Seven Complex Lessons in Education for the Future, addressing themes related t...
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Where is the proof in pseudoscience?

Where is the proof in pseudoscience? | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
The word “pseudoscience” is used to describe something that is portrayed as scientific but fails to meet scientific criteria. This misrepresentation occurs because actual science has creditability (which…
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Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 1: 1913–1926 (1996) — Monoskop Log

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The role of chance in evolution – Lewis Spurgin – Aeon

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The strange biology of island populations highlights the role of chance, as well as selection, in evolutionary change

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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
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