Science Podcasts

"To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves."


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"To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves."




Daniel Kahneman - Adversarial Collaboration

DANIEL KAHNEMAN (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/daniel_kahneman) is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Princeton University, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, and co-author (with Cass R. Sunstein and Olivier Sibony) of Noise. He is the winner of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Honor, and the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/daniel_kahneman-adversarial-collaboration


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Flow: Positive Human Behavior

MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/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 Chicago and of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Lake Forest College. His research and theories in the psychology of optimal experience have revolutionized psychology and have been adopted in practice by national leaders such as Bill Clinton and Tony Blair as well as top members of the global executive elite who run the world's major corporations. Csikszentmihalyi is the author of several popular books about his theories, including the bestselling Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience; The Evolving Self: A Psychology for The Third Millennium; Creativity; and Finding Flow. The Wall Street Journal has listed Flow among the six books "every well-stocked business library should have." The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi-flow


Larry Brilliant - A Very Bumpy Ride

Epidemiologist and pandemic expert LARRY BRILLIANT, MD, (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/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 World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program in South Asia. He also worked for the WHO polio eradication effort and Chaired the National Bio-Surveillance Advisory Subcommittee, created by President George W. Bush. He has won the TED Prize, TIME 100, and many honorary doctorates and is the author of Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventures of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/larry_brilliant-bumpy-ride


David Kaiser - The Shifting Terrain of Scientific Inquiry

DAVID KAISER (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/david_kaiser) is the Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science and professor of physics at MIT. He is the author, most recently, of Quantum Legacies. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/david_kaiser-the-shifting-terrain-of-scientific-inquiry


Ainissa Ramirez - Interrogating and Shaping the World Through Science

AINISSA RAMIREZ (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/ainissa_ramirez) is a materials scientist and science communicator. She is the author, most recently, of The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/ainissa_ramirez-interrogating-and-shaping-the-world-through-science


Stephen Wolfram - Computation All the Way Down

STEPHEN WOLFRAM (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/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 Fundamental Theory of Physics. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/stephen_wolfram-computation-all-the-way-down


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

LAURENCE C. SMITH (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/laurence_c_smith) is the John Atwater and Diana Nelson University Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown University. He is the author, most recently, of Rivers of Power. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/laurencecsmith-how-humans-make-the-earth-their-home


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

TOBY ORD (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/toby_ord) is a senior research fellow in philosophy at Oxford University and author of The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity. _The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/tobyord-we-have-the-power-to-destroy-ourselves-without-the-wisdom-to-ensure-that-we


Donald Hoffman - Realism Is False

DONALD D. HOFFMAN (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/donald_d_hoffman) is a full professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author, most recently, of The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/donalddhoffman-realism-is-false


Lee Smolin - The Causal Theory of Views

LEE SMOLIN (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/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 recently, of Einstein's Unfinished Revolution. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/lee_smolin-the-causal-theory-of-views


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

MARKUS GABRIEL (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/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: https://www.edge.org/conversation/markus_gabriel-the-paradox-of-self-consciousness


Seth Lloyd - Communal Intelligence [10.28.19]

SETH LLOYD (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/seth_lloyd) is a theoretical physicist at MIT; Nam P. Suh Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; external professor at the Santa Fe Institute; and author of Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/seth_lloyd-communal-intelligence


Patricia Churchland - The Nature of Moral Motivation

PATRICIA S. CHURCHLAND (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/patricia_s_churchland) is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and adjunct professor at the Salk Institute. Her research has centered on the interface between neuroscience and philosophy, with a current focus on the association of morality and the social brain. She is the author of Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/patriciaschurchland-the-nature-of-moral-motivation


Robert Pollack - Rethinking Our Vision of Success [10.10.19]

ROBERT POLLACK (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/robert_pollack) is a professor of biological sciences, and also serves as director of the University Seminars at Columbia University. He is the author of The Course of Nature, a book of drawings by the artist Amy Pollack, accompanied by his short explanatory essays. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/robert_pollack-rethinking-our-vision-of-success


Philip Goff - A Post-Galilean Paradigm [9.24.19]

PHILIP GOFF (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/philip_goff) is a philosopher and consciousness researcher at Durham University, UK, and author of Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness (forthcoming, 2019). The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/philip_goff-a-post-galilean-paradigm


Julian Barbour - The Universe Is Not in a Box [9.11.19]

JULIAN BARBOUR (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/julian_barbour) is a theoretical physicist specializing in the study of time and motion; emeritus visiting professor in physics at the University of Oxford; and author of The Janus Point (forthcoming, 2020) and The End of Time. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/julian_barbour-the-universe-is-not-in-a-box


W. Daniel Hillis - Emergences [9.4.19]

W. DANIEL HILLIS (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/w_daniel_hillis) is an inventor, entrepreneur, and computer scientist, Judge Widney Professor of Engineering and Medicine at USC, and author of The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/wdanielhillis-emergences


Peter Galison - Epistemic Virtues [8.21.19]

PETER GALISON (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/peter_galison) is a science historian; Joseph Pellegrino University Professor and co-founder of the Black Hole Initiative at Harvard University; and author of_ Einstein's Clocks and Poincaré’s Maps: Empires of Time. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/petergalison-epistemic-virtues


George Dyson - AI That Evolves in the Wild [8.14.19]

GEORGE DYSON (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/george_dyson) is a historian of science and technology and author of Darwin Among the Machines and Turing’s Cathedral. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/george_dyson-ai-that-evolves-in-the-wild


David Chalmers - The Language of Mind [8.8.19]

DAVID CHALMERS (https://www.edge.org/memberbio/david_chalmers) is University Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science and co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness at New York University. He is best known for his work on consciousness, including his formulation of the "hard problem" of consciousness. The Conversation: https://www.edge.org/conversation/david_chalmers-the-language-of-mind