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Thinking Critically is a podcast brought to you by Intelligent Speculation and hosted by Jonathan Maloney, which provides individuals with the tools necessary to become a Critical Thinker. Informal logic (i.e., argument types, validity, soundness, logical fallacies, etc.), cognitive biases, mental models, and the scientific method along with other science related topics are all explained in detail and at a level that is accessible to anyone with a high school education. Intelligent Speculati ...
 
Explore hundreds of lectures by scientists, historians, artists, entrepreneurs, and more through The Long Now Foundation's award-winning lecture series, curated and hosted by Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand (creator of the Whole Earth Catalog). Recorded live in San Francisco each month since 02003, past speakers include Brian Eno, Neil Gaiman, Sylvia Earle, Daniel Kahneman, Jennifer Pahlka, Steven Johnson, and many more. Watch video of these talks and learn more about our projects at Longn ...
 
ShaiLuv and JusRome will stand on their soapbox each week discussing a variety of addicting, intelligent, innovative, controversial and sometimes idiotic (trending) topics. Join both hosts as they attempt to pimp your minds by exploring “what’s going onnnnnnn” through speculation and hilarity which makes NO ONE OR NO TOPIC OFF LIMITS! Their perspectives will leave you feeling eager to continue the conversation!
 
The Anthropology, AI, and the Future of Human Society podcast mini-series was created in anticipation of the upcoming Anthropology, AI, and the Future of Human Society Virtual Conference. It is being organized by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland and runs from June 6-10th, 2022. The podcast was created as a partnership between the Royal Anthropological Institute and Matt Artz.
 
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What is the role and purpose of Anthropology today? Wade Davis looks back at the pioneering work of Franz Boas in the early 20th century that upended long-held Western assumptions on race & gender, along with definitions of "social progress". Boas and his students used comparative ethnography to advance “cultural relativism”-- the idea that every c…
 
Urbanist, researcher and writer Johanna Hoffman joins us to talk about speculative futures -- a powerful set of tools that can reorient urban development help us dream and build more resilient, equitable cities. Navigating modern change depends on imagining futures we’ve never seen. Urban planning and design should be well positioned to spearhead t…
 
Robot ethicist Kate Darling offers a nuanced and smart take on our relationships to robots and the increasing presence they will have in our lives. From a social, legal, and ethical perspective, she shows that our current ways of thinking don’t leave room for the robot technology that is soon to become part of our everyday routines. Robots are like…
 
Forest Ecologist Suzanne Simard reveals that trees are part of a complex, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground mycorrhizal networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities, and share and exchange resources and support. Simard's extraordinary research and te…
 
Interdisciplinary artist Alicia Eggert and Long Now's Executive Director Alexander Rose will be in conversation for this special evening discussion of time, art and long-term thinking.Eggert's sign work uses sculpture to bring time to the foreground, embodying its passage through carefully chosen quotes. These words, rendered in neon and steel, cyc…
 
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Ty Burr about film and thinking creatively.They discuss:•The origin of his interest in movies and why he wanted to become a critic.•His favorite movies and directors.•The factors that go into a movie review. •The importance of subjectivity in art and enjoying the experience.•How smart phones are sculpting …
 
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Robert Crease about science, politics, and the importance of building trust between scientists and the public.They discuss:•The origins of his interest in philosophy and science.•His book “The Leak: Politics, Activists, and Loss of Trust at Brookhaven National Laboratory” and why he decided to write it.•Wh…
 
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Steven Austad about the science of longevity.They discuss:•How he became interested in science and ended up in longevity research.•Why we age.•His recent book "Methuselah's Zoo: What Nature Can Teach Us About Living Longer Healthier Lives."•Scaling laws, metabolic rate, and the longevity quotient. •Longevi…
 
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Jay Baruch about critical thinking in the ER.They discuss:•How he became interested in science and medicine.•The importance of using stories to communicate information.•How writing can help you to refine your understanding and spark creativity. •Why his book “Tornado of Life” is written in a particular sty…
 
Jonathan Haidt sees that we have entered a social-psychological phase change that was initiated in 02009 when social media platforms introduced several fateful innovations that changed the course of our society and disintegrated our consensus on reality.In this conversation with Long Now co-founders Stewart Brand and Kevin Kelly, Haidt presses on q…
 
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with John Allen Paulos about mathematical thinking.They discuss:•How he studied a number of subjects and then eventually settled on mathematics as a major.•Mathematics as a way of thinking.•The Monty Hall problem.•The concept of scaling and how it leads to size limitations in biology.•The Prosecutor's fallacy a…
 
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Perry Zurn and Dani Bassett about the science and philosophy of curiosity.They discuss:•Growing up as twins and their respective interests in science and philosophy.•Why they decided to coauthor the book "Curious Minds."•The concept of complexity and emergence versus reductionism.•Network science and curio…
 
In this episode, Patrick is speaking with Donna Bean about the importance of public health.They discuss:•How she came to find herself working in public health.•Higher education and the uniquely American problem of crippling student debt.•Her experience with the US Peace Corps.•Her experiences as a public health nurse in Alaska.•How her childhood ex…
 
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Gerd Gigerenzer about how to stay smart in a smart world.They discuss:•Origins of his interest in science and why he chose psychology.•Why he chose to write his most recent book, “How to Stay Smart in a Smart World.” •How he prefers the strategy of teaching how to think versus nudging.•Artificial intellige…
 
How do we address society's most pressing issues and create opportunity for those who need it most? Can we create a blueprint for a just and inclusive economy that includes a safety net that centers dignity, quality jobs that empower workers, housing as a human right, wealth creating opportunities for all, and much more? Michael Tubbs is developing…
 
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with James Zimring about partial truths and how fractions can distort our thinking.They discuss:•Origins of his interest in science, why he chose medicine, and his current research interests.•How he first became interested in philosophy of science and how this eventually lead to his book “What Science is and Ho…
 
In this episode of the Anthropology, AI, and the Future of Human Society podcast, Anthony Pickles discusses prediction markets, gambling, and politics. Anthony will be presenting the paper Pricing the future of politics: prediction markets, gambling, and the evacuation of causal narrative at the upcoming Anthropology, AI, and the Future of Human So…
 
In this episode of the Anthropology, AI, and the Future of Human Society podcast, Oded Ben-Tal discusses creativity, musical intelligence, and AI. Oded is the organizer of the AI and creativity panel at the upcoming Anthropology, AI, and the Future of Human Society conference which is being held from June 6-10. About Oded Ben-Tal Oded Ben-Tal is a …
 
Attend the Long Now Talks in-person or via our livestreamWatch & share these talks on YouTube and Long NowPersonal goals need a long-term strategy too.Dorie Clark offers concrete practices to sharpen strategic thinking and incorporate a long-term perspective within a personal time scale. By reorienting ourselves to focus on the big picture, and usi…
 
Attend the Long Now Talks in-person or via our livestreamWatch & share this talk on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Long NowLong Now continues our dialogue with the acclaimed writer Kim Stanley Robinson around COP26 and his most recent book The Ministry for the Future. Clean energy advocate & author Ramez Naam will join Robinson on stage after the t…
 
Attend the Long Now Talks in-person or via our livestreamWatch & share these talks on YouTube and Long NowJoin us for an illuminating evening with journalist John Markoff in conversation with Long Now's Co-founder Stewart Brand and Executive Director Alexander Rose around Markoff's new biography of Brand.Journalist John Markoff writes about technol…
 
As a society, how do we address the "wicked hard problem" of vaccine acceptance? How can public health institutions reach those who are hesitant when even robust fact-based campaigns don't seem to work? Infectious diseases are one of the long-standing challenges for humanity; historical plagues and flare ups of disease have transformed societies, r…
 
What is time? What is humankind’s role in the universe? What is the meaning of life? For much of human history, these questions have been the province of religion and philosophy. What answers can science provide?In this talk, Sean Carroll will share what physicists know, and don’t yet know, about the nature of time. He’ll argue that while the unive…
 
Long Now Talks are in-person or via our livestream; get tickets for the in-person talk in San Francisco or RSVP for the free livestream.Watch & share this talk on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Long Now Live.Join us for an evening with Neal Stephenson reading from his newest book Termination Shock (pub. 11/16/21) and a discussion with Long Now's Ex…
 
Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley track the history and future of quarantine around the globe, chasing the story of emergency isolation through time and space—from the crumbling lazarettos of the Mediterranean, built to contain the Black Death, to an experimental Ebola unit in London, and from the hallways of the CDC to closed-door simulations where…
 
How has time been imagined, politicized, and weaponized over the centuries—and how it might bring peace?Horologist David Rooney tells the hidden story of timekeeping and how it continues to shape our modern world. From medieval water clocks to monumental sundials, and from coastal time signals to satellites in earth's orbit, Rooney takes us on a gl…
 
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with David Robert Grimes about how critical thinking can save the world.They discuss:•Origins of his interest in science, views on scientific endeavor, and why he chose physics as his primary focus of study. •How he became a science communicator.•How ideology effects one's acknowledgment of scientific evidence.…
 
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Leidy Klotz about the power of subtraction.They discuss:•How he became interested in science, engineering, and interdisciplinary research. •Genesis of how he conceived the idea of subtraction neglect/addition bias.•Biological origins of subtraction neglect. •How subtraction neglect is observed in modern so…
 
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