Neil deGrasse Tyson earned his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia. He is the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium. His professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. In this video he is asked, “What advice would you give to NASA?”
Dr. J. chats with David Eagleman, a fellow of the IEET and director of the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law at Baylor College of Medicine. Eagleman is author of the bestseller Sum, on fictional afterlives, Wednesday is Indigo Blue, about synaesthesia, the e-book Why the Net Matters and the forthcoming Incognito: The Brains Behind the Mind. They discuss the thesis David outlined for the Long Now Foundation that the Internet makes our civilization more resilient than previous ones.
All in all, the latest wave of globalization has increased human welfare, helping lift hundreds of millions of people from pre-industrial poverty levels into comparatively much better lives. But, leaving aside its often poorly managed disruptive side effects, globalization is also a symptom of the relative technological slowdown of the last few decades.
Physics might be considered the most fundamental of all sciences, for all other sciences derive from basic principles of forces, motion, electromagnetism and thermodynamics. And yet, physical laws are mathematical models of the world; however, mathematics itself is abstract, deriving from theoretical constructs of philosophy. But, philosophy arises out of theories of mind, or psychology. The mind itself depends upon the biology of the brain….which is nothing but chemical reactions of molecules, such as neurotransmitters and proteins. And of course, chemistry depends upon the behavior of atoms and forces, which is constrained by physics…..
Joel E. Cohen is a mathematical biologist and Professor of Populations at Rockefeller and Columbia Universities. He projects that by 2050 there will be about 9 billion people in the world. The vast majority of them will live in urban areas, and will have a significantly higher average age than people today.
Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on “external brains” (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.
While thoughtful folks point to recent, tragic events in Arizona, appealing for Americans to tone down the horrifically polarized rhetoric of recent years, we all can see the opposite going on. It seems that we have entered what Robert Heinlein forecast as “The Crazy Years.”
Looking ahead to 2050, Glenn Roberts, a farmer and owner of Anson Mills, says the ethical responsibility to grow and preserve and sustain land-raised systems will survive, and local, land-raised cuisines will return and thrive.
Dr. J. chats with historian, novelist, and journalist Philipp Blom philipp-blom.eu) about his delightful history of the French philosophers of the eighteenth century, A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment. Part 1 of 2.
If you could take a drug that could erase your memories, would you do it? It’s not such a hypothetical question-neuroscientists have identified a drug that can wipe out memory in rats. It’s not something that could be used on humans, but its existence raises a lot of big ethical issues. To sort those out, NOVA talked to Art Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.
In this fascinating lecture, IEET Fellow David Eagleman considers some emerging questions relating to law and neuroscience, challenging long-held assumptions in criminality and punishment and predicting a radical new future for the legal system.
One day when I was a young teenager, living out in the countryside in the south of England, a dear old guy I knew drove past me when I was on a long solitary walk. He recognized me and pulled over to ask if I wanted a ride down to the village.