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January 22 2014


Carl Zimmer: Unlocking Secrets of the Human Brain

In his new cover article for National Geographic magazine, science writer Carl Zimmer explores the inner workings of the human mind, and delves into the latest technologies on mapping the brain and finding out what specific neurons do - including one neuron that's only triggered by pictures of Jennifer Aniston. We talk with Zimmer about how far the science of the mind has come - and how far it still needs to go before we can answer questions about consciousness and free will. Host: Michael Krasny Guests: Christof Koch, chief science officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science Carl Zimmer, science writer who contributes frequently to National Geographic and The New York Times and three-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Journalism Award

January 08 2014


PodOmatic | Best Free Podcasts

Neil Kramer is a British philosopher and teacher specializing in the fields of consciousness, metaphysics, and mysticism. Kramer has made a lifelong independent study of philosophy, mystical traditions, religion, and esoteric world history. He shares his path of transformation and empowerment in writings, recordings, interviews, and lectures, as well as giving personal consultations and group workshops. He is a frequent guest on leading alternative radio and internet shows, enjoying international audiences and enthusiastic support. His work regularly appears on cutting-edge media portals and has featured on television networks in the US, UK, Canada and Europe. Kramer speaks on many fascinating subjects and is renowned for his unique blend of lucidity, empowerment, and authenticity. He divides his time between Oregon, Washington, and New York. Neil Kramer’s latest book “The Unfoldment” is in bookstores now.   For more info: www.neilkramer.com Host: John Gibbons (www.djjohngibbons.com) Mus" name="DESCRIPTION http://alchemyradio.podomatic.com/entry/2013-10-01T04_16_12-07_00
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January 07 2014


How to Build a Mind

A foray into the present, future and ideas of Artificial Intelligence. Are we going to build (beyond) human-level artificial intelligence one day? Very likely. When? Nobody knows, because the specs are not fully done yet. But let me give you some of those we already know, just to get you started. While large factions within the philosophy of mind still seem to struggle over the relationship between mind, world, meaning, intentionality, subjectivity, phenomenal experience, personhood and autonomy, Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers a clear and concise set of answers to these basic questions, as well as avenues of pursuing their eventual understanding. In the view of AI, minds are computational machines, whereby computationalism is best understood as the most contemporary version of the mechanist world view. In the lecture, I will briefly address some of the basic ideas that will underlie a unified computational model of the mind, and especially focus on a computational understanding of motivation and autonomy, representation and grounding, associative thinking, reason and creativity. http://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/Fahrplan/events/5526.html Day: 2013-12-29 Start time: 16:00 Duration: 01:00 Room: Saal 2 Track: Science & Engineering Language: en

December 29 2013


How To Handle Conflict With A High I | Manager Tools

high I´s think talking! I love this podcast! This is so much myself!  Unbelievable.   I had a conflict with a high C collegue a long time back and as I was arguing with him, I told him: "I agree with you."  "But but you were not in agreement with me at the beginning of this conversation.", he said.  To which I replied: "I know, but you convinced me, you changed my mind!"  He didn´t say anything but I could almost read his mind: "You must have changed your mind all by yourself because there is no way I could have convinced you this fast!"  It never crossed my mind that for him the issue could not have been solved so quickly.   Before listening to this podcast I hadn´t quite grasp that what could be resolved in my mind, perhaps was not as resolved in somebody elses even with me telling them it had been resolved! The high-I´s "think while they talk" is so much me!  I am exercising not doing it though, perhaps because most people around me are not high I´s and they don´t really understand that thinking process.  The high D´s say I loose time talking and confuse people, the high C´s think I don´t think things through properly (and I probably don´t), and the high S´s feel I am too accelerated, I need to calm down (which I probably need as well). Hearing this podcast is like "looking into the mirror and seeing oneself". Nara http://www.manager-tools.com/2012/07/how-handle-conflict-with-a-high-i

December 23 2013


Episode 37: The One about the Mind Controlling Cow. Oh, and We Killed Business #2.

Great episode guys. I know I’m all over the map here but ya’ll are inspiring me to blab a bunch of stuff! Thanks for keeping my mind running! 1) New site design looks top-notch and 337% better than the prior version – kudos! (I really do want to click that beer-donation button more now, too…) 2) I just want to jump in and say *I, for one* appreciate the “rawness” of the podcast not because I don’t think you guys aren’t good at what you do… it’s because you’re presenting problems that are just above or nearer to where *I’m* at and it’s hits home. I love Jay Abraham, Ted Nicholas, Joe Polish, Dean Jackson, Tim Conley, Pat Flynn, etc. etc… and those are listed in order of “level of empathy” for me. Do I have any idea what it takes or feels like to be the $9.8b marketer? Hell no. What do I know about having $25k a pop mastermind groups on Necker Island? Zilch. How about $50k per month profit? Nope. But you two guys hustling, bustling, and busting @$$ at a level I am still trying to achieve, but can taste… that hope of close proximity… that nearness and camaraderie on what I know will be both of your journeys to even greater success…. THIS is what I get some actual, real-life applicable, and appreciated value from. From my perspective, you guys occupy a space of growing success that cannot be manufactured by the “gurus out there” and is little discussed in such a useful, entertaining, and personal level. I hope this made sense as it’s a very difficult thing to discuss or “verbalize.” But everything you guys do is appreciated. 3) On rejuvenating motivation… you guys got it ON THE NOSE!!! Entrepreneurs are absolute #1 targets for hitting rock bottom while they hustle. I haven’t read the post referenced in the podcast, but it sounds like a spitting image of Dr. Neil Fiore’s “Guilt-Free Play” mentioned in his book The Now Habit. Awesome book, though a bit academic. I can’t do a fair treatment of the topic here but this little reminder keeps me in check: you can only let the conscious mind rule for so long before being rescued by the unconscious mind (subconscious). If you don’t *choose* how that unconscious rescue happens, then you are more likely to channel that rescue ‘energy’ into less useful things like: depression, worry, malaise, procrastination, etc. Choosing to incorporate some level of guilt-free play in everything you do… in regular intervals… is absolutely necessary for overall human success. Think of it like your marriage. How many special occasions can you go forgetting flowers and a fancy dinner before you’re in for a “stern talking to?” Keep the whole relationship happy for familial-success. Keep your whole mind happy for self-success. ~~~ And there I go taking up a billion and a half pages here. Sorry about the long reply but this episode was spot on. Thanks again, guys. http://www.bootstrappedwithkids.com/episode-37-the-one-about-the-mind-controlling-cow-oh-and-we-killed-business-2/

November 22 2013


Science Weekly podcast: the waking nightmare of sleep paralysis

This week's edition is dedicated to the little understood phenomenon of "sleep paralysis": the experience of waking from sleep (or waking at the point of entering sleep) and being unable to move. It can be accompanied by hallucinations, fear, the sense of a "presence" in the room and the feeling of crushing pressure on the chest. People who have an episode of sleep paralysis will sometimes attribute it to something paranormal, such as attempted alien abduction. Christopher French, professor of psychology at Goldsmiths College London, and film maker Carla MacKinnon came into the studio to discuss The Sleep Paralysis Project where artistic and scientific perspectives on the condition come together to shine a light on this neurological glitch in our normal waking pattern. http://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2013/aug/05/podcast-science-weekly-sleep-paralysis

August 20 2013


To The Best of Our Knowledge: Higher Consciousness

Suppose neuroscientists map the billions of neural circuits in the human brain....are we any closer to cracking the great existential mysteries - like meaning, purpose or happiness? Scientists, contemplatives and religious thinkers are now exploring the connections between neuroscience and contemplative practice, and creating a new science of mindfulness. http://ttbook.org/book/higher-consciousness

November 07 2011


All In The Mind - 5 November 2011 - Practice makes perfect?

The virtuoso violinist, star surgeon and super sportswoman - could any of us become the best of the best? Daniel Coyle toured the world's famous talent 'hotbeds' in search of secrets. Psychologist K. Anders Ericsson says with enough 'deliberate practice' - 10,000 hours of it, he argues - anything's possible. But does that trump 'natural talent'? Guests: Dr K. Anders Ericsson, Conradi Eminent Scholar, Professor of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida - (http://www.psy.fsu.edu/faculty/ericsson.dp.html) Daniel Coyle, Author and contributing editor for Outside magazine - (http://thetalentcode.com/author/) Jacqui Cooper, Former world champion aerial skier - (http://jacquicooper.com/) Further Information: Jacqui Cooper ski-jumping at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj8sSTmKMG0) Publications: Title: The Talent Code; Greatness Isn't Born It's Grown Author: Daniel Coyle Publisher: Arrow Books, 2009 Title: The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance Author: Ericsson, K. Anders; Krampe, Ralf T.; Tesch-Rer, Clemens Publisher: Psychological Review: Vol 100(3), Jul 1993, 363-406. URL: http://www.scribd.com/doc/50947539/Ericsson-et-al-Role-of-Deliberate-Practice-in-Acquisition-of-Expert-Performance Title: Toward a science of exceptional achievement: attaining superior performance through deliberate practice. Author: Ericsson KA, Nandagopal K, Roring RW. Publisher: Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 Aug;1172:199-217. URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1196/annals.1393.001/abstract Title: From the Guest Editors: How Do Experts Learn Author: A. Mark Williams and K. Anders Ericsson Publisher: Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2008, 30, 653-662 URL: http://www.castonline.ilstu.edu/smith/405/readings_pdf/expert_rdngs/how_experts_learn_1.pdf Title: Cognitive functions of the cerebellum explain how Ericsson's deliberate practice produces giftedness Publisher: High Ability Studies; Vol 18, No 1, June 2007, pp89-92 URL: http://positivedisintegration.com/Vandervert2007.pdf Title: Deliberate practice and expert performance: defining the path to excellence Author: Paul Ward, Nicola J. Hodges, A. Mark Williams and Janet L. Starkes Publisher: London: Routledge (2004) URL: http://hkin.educ.ubc.ca/faculty/hodgesn/msl/docs/ward_chap.pdf In A.M. Williams and N.J. Hodges (Eds.), Skill acquisition in sport: Research, theory and practice (pp. 232-258). Title: Tracing the Development of Athletes Using Retrospective Interview Methods: A Proposed Interview and Validation Procedure for Reported Information Author: Jean C K. Anders Ericsson, Madelyn P. Law Publisher: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Vol. 17, No. 1. (March 2005), pp. 1-19. URL: http://areas.fmh.utl.pt/~arosado/Repositorio/ficheiros/LONGTERM/Ref7.pdf Title: Success is all in the Mind Author: Shelley Gare Publisher: The Australian newspaper, January 24, 2009. URL: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/success-is-all-in-the-mind/story-e6frg8gf-1111118649674 http://www.abc.net.au/rn/allinthemind/stories/2011/3352585.htm

July 08 2011


The Headspace meditation podcasts: Sleeping

Meditation exercises to help you get to sleep quickly and easily. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/audio/2011/jan/28/headspace-sleeping

The Headspace meditation podcasts: Commuting

Third in a series of meditation podcasts. Take the stress out of travelling to and from work with Headspace's guide to mindfulness while commuting. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/audio/2011/jan/27/headspace-commuting

The Headspace meditation podcasts: Eating

Third in a series of meditation podcasts. Learn how to take the time to appreciate food. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/audio/2011/jan/26/headspace-eating

The Headspace meditation podcasts: Walking

Second in a series of meditation podcasts. Tips to help you take the time to notice the world around you while walking. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/audio/2011/jan/25/headspace-walking

The Headspace meditation podcasts: Day-to-day mindfulness

First of a series of podcasts explaining how to use meditation and mindfulness to reduce stress and increase concentration. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/audio/2011/jan/24/headspace-mindfulness

April 23 2011


V. S. Ramachandran - Tales from the Brain

Drawing on strange and thought-provoking case studies, eminent neurologist V. S. Ramachandran offers unprecedented insight into the evolution of the uniquely human brain in his new book, The Tell-Tale Brain.

April 02 2011


All In The Mind - David Eagleman: The afterlife, synesthesia and other tales of the senses

Neuroscientist by day, novelist by night - David Eagleman has just written an extraordinary little novel about the afterlife. He's also a leading researcher in synesthesia, studying people who taste sounds, hear colours, and live in a remarkable world of sensory cross-talk. He joins Natasha Mitchell in conversation about life, death and the in-between. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/allinthemind/stories/2010/2745028.htm

March 13 2011


Robot Opera and Immortality

http://onpoint.wbur.org/2011/03/07/robot-opera In the new robot opera, “Death and the Powers,” humans are history. So is flesh and blood- as ‘so over’ as the dinosaurs. The high-tech drama, composed by Tod Machover, tells the story of how one eccentric billionaire led the way, by refusing to die. He uploads himself – his mind – into the realm of digital immortality, and leaves his worldly body behind. Machover, known as “America’s most wired composer” and director of the Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab, thinks of his character Simon Powers, as “a combination of Howard Hughes, Walt Disney and Bill Gates,” who rather than wanting to live forever, desired “to leave the world, but leave everything about himself here.”

January 16 2011


Propaganda and the Public Mind - Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is one of the world's leading intellectuals, father of modern linguistics, outspoken media and foreign policy critic and tireless... http://www.archive.org/details/RadioDiscordia022NoamChomsky-PropagadaAndThePublicMind

December 10 2010


KQED Forum: Constructing Consciousness

What is consciousness? This primal question has occupied humanity since we gained the language to ask it. In his new book "Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain," Antonio Damasio investigates how new discoveries in neuroscience can shed light on the evolution and emergence of the conscious self.

October 28 2010


Oliver Sacks

Neurologist Oliver Sacks tells stories of people who manage to navigate the world and communicate, despite losing what many consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the ability to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, and to see. In The Mind’s Eye he considers the fundamental questions: How do we see? How do we think? http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2010/oct/27/oliver-sacks/
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