“The Beginning of Infinity.” What are the sources of knowledge and science? In his brilliant book “The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World” the physicist and computer scientist, David Deutsch, shows that the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution are unique moments coming from Explanations, and that humans have a unique role in the universe in the creation of knowledge.
“Phil Cousineau:” Interview with the author of more than 25 books, lecturer, scholar, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker. His books include “The Hero's Journey” about Joseph Campbell's life, “Soul: An Archaeology, Readings from Socrates to Ray Charles,” and “The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide the Making Travel Sacred.” Phil is host of Global Spirit, which you can see on PBS and Link TV. http://www.philcousineau.net
“Our Computational World.” Is our world a computation – do we live “in the Matrix?” The mathematician Stephen Wolfram, author of “A New Kind of Science,” says that Newton made a mistake to assume nature can be understood through differential equations. Nature uses software-like rule sets. Wolfram says, “I think when I find the code that generates our world, it will be about six lines.” More at: http://generativegenomics.com
“Becoming Creative.” Most of the books about creativity are about mastery, not creativity. Creativity begins with mastering existing traditions, but then goes on to overthrow those traditions and build new traditions. We look at creativity from the point of view of Nietzsche’s parable of the camel, the lion, and the child. More at: http://visionarycreativity.com/wp1/
“Michael Silver.” Mike is an architect, professor, student of consciousness, and principal of Critical Systems Lab. Mike studied architecture at Pratt Institute and Columbia University and has taught at key architecture schools. We discuss consciousness, the mind/body problem, artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, and what all this has to do with architecture.
"Bill Katavolos." Futurist William Katavolos is a professor in the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York. He is an innovative futurist, designer, architect, and teacher, and one of the most imaginative minds of our time. His work and thinking range from chairs in New York’s Museum of Modern Art to 240 mile tall buildings; from furniture made from chemicals with memory to buildings made from water. Find more at: http://www.pratt.digitalfutures.info/william-katavolos-the-new-palladio-poesis-versus-noesis-part-1-of-12/
John David Ebert. Culture and media critic. His many books include “Twilight of the Clockwork God,” “Celluloid Heroes & Mechanical Dragons,” “Dead Celebrities, Living Icons,” and “Post-Classic Cinema,” And most recently, a series of book on classic movies, “Scene by Scene …” We will look at our myths today. Find more at: http://cultural-discourse.com
“Technological Optimism.” Technological pessimism holds that our technology is brining us a bleak future. Books like “The Population Bomb” predicted collapse, and such books are still being written. But technology has also brought us unprecedented affluence and information abundance for all. So how should we think about technology? Find more at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VfMt_BSfic
Natasha Vita-More, PhD, advocate for radical life extension and human enhancement. Natasha is chair of the transhumanist organization, Humanity+, and is a Professor at the University of Advancing Technology. We will look at the future of human beings and the relationship between design, science, and technology. http://www.natasha.cc
Joseph Campbell.” Campbell was a mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and religion. We will discuss Campbell with Bob Walter, the president of the Joseph Campbell Foundation.