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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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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

#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

#TLGAG (The Local Global And Glocal) --- SynTalk

7/8/2017
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#TLGAG (The Local Global And Glocal) --- SynTalk by SynTalk

Duration:01:13:39

#TKAK (The Kith And Kin) --- SynTalk

6/25/2017
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#TKAK (The Kith And Kin) --- SynTalk by SynTalk

Duration:01:15:04

#TPOE (The Properties Of Events) --- SynTalk

6/16/2017
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Did H. M. lead an eventless life? How was your last beach holiday? How do languages make events granular? Can events in texts be ‘inferred’ computationally? Do events always occur in the past? Is evental time modal? Are events objects? Are places facts? Is a decaying apple evental? Are all events spatiotemporal? How do recent events become long term episodic memories or facts? Are events and facts stored in the same region? Are space and time encoded differently? What is the role of...

Duration:01:13:04

#TSAP (The Separations And Partitions) --- SynTalk

5/12/2017
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#TSAP (The Separations And Partitions) --- SynTalk by SynTalk

Duration:01:12:19

#TCOE (The Conundrums Of Embodiment) --- SynTalk

4/28/2017
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Do you despise your body? Can the body be a source of transcendence? Can one, however, have nothing but only the body? Are we embedded in this world as bodies with other objects, texts, rituals, spectators, and bodies? Is everybody also a biological, physical, social, & political object? Do you see yourself through the eyes of others? Can there be The (disembodied) View from Nowhere? Is it possible to experience the body as the object and subject fused together? Why do we watch dance? Why...

Duration:01:08:39