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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

#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

#TWOC (The Workings Of Clocks) --- SynTalk

2/2/2018
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#TWOC (The Workings Of Clocks) --- SynTalk by SynTalk

Duration:01:12:54

#TMOC (The Matter Of Cities) --- SynTalk

1/19/2018
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Do villages grow up to be cities? Do you have piped water? Is your city your home? Do you feel free? Or, abandoned? Or, anonymous? Why do people come together and cohabit in large numbers? Does this itself create new possibilities (& externalities)? How ‘natural’ is a city? Can there be villages within a city unit? What is called urban? Are cities heterogeneous and diverse, but also internally hierarchical? Why do ghettoes, slums, & suburbs emerge and persist? Do cities mirror the modern...

Duration:01:12:11

#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

#TEMM (The En Masse Media) --- SynTalk

1/5/2018
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Are you looking at a small screen now? Do you like following news ‘stories’ and soap operas? Why are the processes of media production always getting homogenized? Is the content often ‘more of the same’ – why? Is media a creature of the market? Are humans innately in the narrative mode both for communicating and sense-making? ‘Or’, do we now increasingly take in the world impressionistically? What does individuation of choices lead to? When do individuals make ‘good’ choices? Isn’t...

Duration:01:09:45

#TDAC (The Discrete And Continuous) - - - SynTalk

12/22/2017
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Is grey ‘real’? Is all discretization perspectival? Can there be absolute notions of discreteness and continuity? Is time eternal? Is the world continuous but we perceive it as discrete? Are micro and macro objects continuous, but the meso discrete? Can real numbers be ‘made’ from integers? Are real numbers continuous (analog), & integers discrete (digital)? Do we don’t have access to ‘most’ of the real numbers? Did God make integers – or only 1 (& 0?)? What does Fourier Transform imply?...

Duration:01:17:24

#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

#TAAF (The Alienation And Freedom) --- SynTalk

12/8/2017
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Are you free if thoughts just occur to you? Is alienation – as loss of a sense of belonging and subjectivity – a phenomenon of modernity? Is freedom contra-causal and spontaneous? Is it truly in human nature to be free? Are people ‘already’ free? Do you exercise your freedom in the Market? Is all of production voluntary? Is production a form of fulfillment? Is leisure (without work), then, a threat to freedom? Are you overworked and overspent? Are your desires yours? Are we accumulating...

Duration:01:18:27

#TFOT (The Fantasy Of Translation) --- SynTalk

11/25/2017
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#TFOT (The Fantasy Of Translation) --- SynTalk by SynTalk

Duration:01:11:50

#TEAE (The Eras And Epochs) --- SynTalk

11/18/2017
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Can you be a revolutionary? Might concrete events have causes, but not history? What drives the world? Does history develop (or progress?) in stages? Is the end there at the beginning? Are we moving from ‘less free’ to ‘more free’? Are eras and epochs merely intellectual constructs, & always retrospective? Does human mind create different visions of the same era? How did human wants increase for the formulaic economic human to emerge? What role did trade play? Is creative technology an...

Duration:01:18:46

#TCOA (The Coordination Of Affairs) --- SynTalk

11/5/2017
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#TCOA (The Coordination Of Affairs) --- SynTalk by SynTalk

Duration:01:11:50

#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

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