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SynTalk (short for Synthesis Talk) is a freewheeling interdisciplinary talk show with a philosophical approach to understanding the world from a long term perspective.

SynTalk (short for Synthesis Talk) is a freewheeling interdisciplinary talk show with a philosophical approach to understanding the world from a long term perspective.
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India

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SynTalk (short for Synthesis Talk) is a freewheeling interdisciplinary talk show with a philosophical approach to understanding the world from a long term perspective.

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English


Episodes

#TCOTI (The Context Of The Implicit) --- SynTalk

9/8/2018
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What paints the scene for you? Do you often get carried away? How do we recall the mutable past? Is all implicitness context, time, politics, language, and subject dependent? Is our freest choice also controlled by culture? What makes something visible, sayable, perceivable, or (even) intuitive? Can the visual be more implicit than the textual? Is sound most implicit? Is our implicit explicit for ‘God’? Is architecture, being both symbolic and real, the language of the given? Is...

Duration:01:12:23

#TMFF (The Markets For Farmers) --- SynTalk

8/12/2018
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Do you consume Garcinia? What does it mean to (not) own land or the forests? Do farms and forests lie on a continuum? Can forests themselves be farmed? Does wildlife conservation impact people for whom forests are a source of livelihood? Do we eat what some animals would not eat? Do you primarily eat (volatile) fresh produce? How are agricultural markets different from, and similar to, other markets? Is the Market an alien imposition atop the subsistence ‘economy’? Why are farmers often...

Duration:01:19:04

#TPKT (The Places Knotted Together) --- SynTalk

7/20/2018
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How far are you? ‘What’ is a place? Are they a moment of ‘realized’ relationships? Are (say) air pollution, hospitals, hydraulic systems, temperature, diseases, real estate prices, and species distributed similarly spatially? Does it take a lot of work to make a place? What does it mean for places to be similar? Have we always been placed the same way? Why aren’t there tigers in Sri Lanka? Are habitats and species always strongly correlated? Might India be closer to Madagascar than Africa...

Duration:01:18:29

#TMBA (The Murmurs Before Arrival) --- SynTalk

7/13/2018
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#TMBA (The Murmurs Before Arrival) --- SynTalk by SynTalk

Duration:01:18:42

#TJAG (The Just Almost Games) --- SynTalk

6/29/2018
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What’s your kill count? Do cats and dogs play to win? Do you like running and racing? Does play express freedom while pushing at the boundaries of reality, materials, & rules? Does normal life lend solidity to games, even though they may be interrupted by reality? Are literature and games both forms of cultural simulation? Would a Martian visiting Earth be able to distinguish work from play? Why can games only be enacted (& not narrated) in real time by the player? Must players be aware of...

Duration:01:14:16

#TTAT (The Types And Tokens) --- SynTalk

6/8/2018
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Are you unique, even though you are of a certain type? What kind of a tree is the tree of life? Are all organisms, languages, and substances in the world distinct? 'Can' languages be genetically interpreted? How do we know if we have an origin common with (say) bacteria? Are types always fuzzy, and tokens always particular? Do types exist, & are they like classes? Does our craving for understanding lead us to structures, or does the World 'have' a structure? Are all languages tokens of a...

Duration:01:21:33

#TCAO (The Chaotic And Orderly) --- SynTalk

6/1/2018
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#TCAO (The Chaotic And Orderly) --- SynTalk by SynTalk

Duration:01:10:53

#TUUC (The Ultimate Ultimate Causes) --- SynTalk

5/25/2018
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Do we die ‘because’ we stop breathing? Is it possible to say how ‘a’ cancer is caused? Do causes exist? Are they (always) universal, uniform, & a priori? Are all phenomena eventually multi-causal and probabilistic? Might cause be a feature of the mind? Is the ‘concept’ of cause essential? What explains changes in the world? What role do (say) our senses, culture, technology, institutions, & chance play? Why do grasshoppers jump randomly once in a while? Can randomness also have causes? Is...

Duration:01:11:44

#TCAOS (The Closed And Open Systems) --- SynTalk

4/20/2018
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Can the ocean be boiled? Is the aquarium a closed system? Is the Universe an open system? Are all systems conceptual (& arbitrary?)? Do systems always have components? Can an individual body have a temperature? Why does the temperature not change ‘during’ the process of freezing? What describes volume? Might we have closed (idealized) theories to understand otherwise open systems? How do bodies ‘turn’ inactive? Is openness always a question of degree given (say) the strength of...

Duration:01:09:34

#TSTP (The Survival To Posterity) --- SynTalk

4/14/2018
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What’s posterity ever done for you? What survives in the long run? How did (public) museums come to be from private collections? Who owns the past? Do we transact with the invisible sacral world via these accumulations? How is the integrity of (say) sounds preserved and meanings imbued in them? What makes chants memorable? Can objects be looked at as mere postulations? Are ‘art’ objects pointers to a certain moment in time in the artist’s life? How stable are museums – do objects sometimes...

Duration:01:13:45

#TGAM (The Gestures And Movements) --- SynTalk

3/30/2018
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Does your neck hurt? Do you allow yourself to be moved? What is your relationship with gravity? Are ‘bodies moving in space’ the fundamental units of meaning? Do we shape the space around us geometrically? Is dance a way of generating numbers from the metaphysical space (…from the stars?)? Is our body, also, linear and planar? Is your body interconnected? Can you feel your fascia? Could gestures ‘disturb’ language? Is a static body always lifeless? Is movement (intention?) life, & is only...

Duration:01:09:39

#TIOP (The Implications Of Poverty) --- SynTalk

2/16/2018
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Can inequality kill you? Are poorer brains smaller? Is poverty (= inequality + deprivation) the mother of all diseases? Do the rich lead shorter lives in unequal countries? (Why) does Law, with its attempted neutrality, often criminalize poverty? How is theft by a rich person different? Can/should the State demand actions off the poor for them to access ‘benefits’? Is providing opportunity enough, or must inequality of agency also always be addressed? Would you drink water from any well?...

Duration:01:11:22

#THOTT (The Higher Order Thought Tools)--- SynTalk

1/6/2018
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What’s a thought? Could that chair have been water? Does perception precede production? What does it mean to know a language? How & why did humans end up acquiring the very complex (& ‘discontinuous’) linguistic capacity? How do we carry meaning detached from the real physical world? Do we reason axiomatically or algorithmically? Is semantics logical? Do non-human animals care about reasons? How different is our brain from the primates ‘right behind us’? Do the ‘number’ of brain areas...

Duration:01:12:08

#TCOD (The Constraints Of Diagrams) --- SynTalk

12/11/2017
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Imagine taking a step forward, then a step to the right, & then a step back – where are you now? Do you have to reason for this, & how ‘far’ can you go? How are diagrammatic reasoning and representation different? Are diagrams for domains that can be represented spatially? Are mental images an internal perceptual representation shared by both internal and external inputs? Do (explicit) symbols make cognition possible? Is our cognitive architecture multi-modal? Can the blind use diagrams?...

Duration:01:14:08

#TROI (The Role Of Interfaces) --- SynTalk

9/25/2017
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#TROI (The Role Of Interfaces) --- SynTalk by SynTalk

Duration:01:14:04

#TKOP (The Kinds Of Pain) --- SynTalk

9/15/2017
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Do you have a pain of 9? Do you malinger? 'Where' does it hurt, & when? Do you want to be admitted to a hospital? Do you want attention? Are you suffering from loneliness? Do you need morphine? Is pain subjective, & always multidimensional? Is the brain always a part of any pain experience? Is pain a disease? How can it be assessed? Can there be patients without diseases, and diseases without patients? Can groups experience pain? Is treating the pain different from treating the disease? Do...

Duration:01:07:20

#TPAC (The Paradoxes And Contradictions) --- SynTalk

8/20/2017
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How does your tongue taste? What do you take for granted? Can you create randomness? Do you act in the continuum? Can you then reason about racing a tortoise ahead of you? Is there something common to most paradoxes? Can all paradoxes be ‘stated’? Do paradoxes owe something to the nature of Reality? Are dilemma, doubt, disbelief, paradoxes, & contradictions in the same class? Do we necessarily need faith before reasoning? Is there a reasoning process that does not lead to paradoxes? Why...

Duration:01:11:45

#SynToy_World --- SynTalk

7/30/2017
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#SynToy_World --- SynTalk by SynTalk

Duration:00:02:59

#TIIH (The Invisible Invisible Hand) --- SynTalk

7/30/2017
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#TIIH (The Invisible Invisible Hand) --- SynTalk by SynTalk

Duration:01:17:00

#TSAS (The Saying And Showing) --- SynTalk

7/15/2017
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#TSAS (The Saying And Showing) --- SynTalk by SynTalk

Duration:01:12:05