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Richard Feynman: The Law of Gravitation
56 minutes
The Messenger Lectures are a prestigious series of talks given by leading scholars and public figures at Cornell University. They were founded in 1924 by a gift from Hiram Messenger and are regarded as one of the most important of Cornell's extracurricular activities.
Eric Weinstein: On Fake News, Trump, and the Mathematical Mind with Dave Rubin
100 minutes
Eric Weinstein (Managing Director, Thiel Capital) joins Dave Rubin to discuss Trump, the 4 kinds of fake news, complex mathematical theories, and more. These are two of our favorites.
Jason Silva: On We are the Gods Now
37 minutes
JASON SILVA is an extraordinary new breed of philosopher who meshes philosophical wisdom of the ages with an infectious optimism for the future. Combining intriguing insights and a mastery of digital filmmaking, Jason delivers philosophical shots of espresso, which unravel the incredible possibilities the future has to offer the human race. Jason draws from his experiences as a television personality, a media artist, a filmmaker, and a techno-philosopher to share his inspirational take on scientific and technological advancements, the evolution of intelligence, and the human condition.
Neil Turok: On The Astonishing Simplicity of Everything
83 minutes
In October 2015 Neil Turok, director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) located in Waterloo, Canada opened the new season of the PI Public Lecture Series with a talk about the remarkable simplicity that underlies nature. Professor Turok, who was born in South Africa and now lives in Canada, discussed how this simplicity at the largest and tiniest scales of the Universe is pointing toward new avenues of research and revolutionary advances in technology.
Tim Ferriss: On Super Learning and Pushing the Limits from Impact Theory
45 minutes
Tim’s brand new book is Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers. In this episode, Tim dives deep into many of the lessons and strategies he’s learned over the years from his world-class guests and constant self-experimentation. <br> Tom and Tim discuss the driving force behind their greatest superpowers. [4:04] <br> Tim talks about how you can test the impossible in 17 questions. [7:45] <br> Tim defines red/blue team strategies and how to apply them. [13:36] <br> Tim explains why setting low expectations for creativity leads to higher performance. [18:50] <br> Tom and Tim talk about what it means to copyright your faults. [26:52] <br> Tim emphasizes the importance of writing morning pages. [30:17] <br> Tim talks about the most important takeaways from his new book. [31:31] <br> Tim reveals an absurd goal that he has not shared with anyone else. [38:30]
Daniel Kahneman: On Thinking, Fast and Slow
62 minutes
Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you think about thinking.
Peter Thiel: On Why Competition Is For Losers
50 minutes
The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. <br>Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.<br>Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.
Robert Sapolsky: Emergence and Complexity
102 minutes
Professor Robert Sapolsky gives a lecture on emergence and complexity. He details how a small difference at one place in nature can have a huge effect on a system as time goes on. He calls this idea fractal magnification and applies it to many different systems that exist throughout nature.
54 minutes
PART ONE: THE MORAL SIDE OF MURDER <br>If you had to choose between (1) killing one person to save the lives of five others and (2) doing nothing even though you knew that five people would die right before your eyes if you did nothing—what would you do? What would be the right thing to do? Thats the hypothetical scenario Professor Michael Sandel uses to launch his course on moral reasoning. After the majority of students votes for killing the one person in order to save the lives of five others, Sandel presents three similar moral conundrums—each one artfully designed to make the decision more difficult. As students stand up to defend their conflicting choices, it becomes clear that the assumptions behind our moral reasoning are often contradictory, and the question of what is right and what is wrong is not always black and white. <br>PART TWO: THE CASE FOR CANNIBALISM <br>Sandel introduces the principles of utilitarian philosopher, Jeremy Bentham, with a famous nineteenth century legal case involving a shipwrecked crew of four. After nineteen days lost at sea, the captain decides to kill the weakest amongst them, the young cabin boy, so that the rest can feed on his blood and body to survive. The case sets up a classroom debate about the moral validity of utilitarianism—and its doctrine that the right thing to do is whatever produces "the greatest good for the greatest number."
Robert Greene: On The 48 Laws of Power
28 minutes
Host Barry Kibrick sits down with Robet Greene, author of the world famous "48 Laws of Power", to talk about what it really means to have power and be powerful in a true sense.
Steve Jobs: On Life at 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
15 minutes
Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself -- at the university's 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.
Leonard Shlain: On The Alphabet vs. The Goddess Lecture
75 minutes
In this groundbreaking book, Leonard Shlain, author of the bestselling "Art & Physics," proposes that the process of learning alphabetic literacy rewired the human brain, with profound consequences for culture. Making remarkable connections across a wide range of subjects including brain function, anthropology, history, and religion, Shlain argues that literacy reinforced the brain's linear, abstract, predominantly masculine left hemisphere at the expense of the holistic, iconic feminine right one. This shift upset the balance between men and women initiating the disappearance of goddesses, the abhorrence of images, and, in literacy's early stages, the decline of women's political status. Patriarchy and misogyny followed.
Alain de Botton: On Status Anxiety
38 minutes
Alain de Botton discusses his book Status Anxiety which examines our fears over what others think about us and about how we are judged to be either a success or failure. As always, de Botton explores the history and impact of the topic. One would be wise to examine status signalling behaviours in their own lives. For better or worse, they are ever-present in our society.
Steve Jobs: On How to Start a Business
20 minutes
Steve Jobs founded NeXT, Inc. in 1985 after he was forced out of Apple, along with a few of his co-workers. The purpose of the company was to developed and manufactured a series of computer workstations for the higher education and business markets.
Kevin Kelly: On 12 Inevitable Tech Forces That Will Shape Our Future at SXSW 2016
55 minutes
In a few years we’ll have artificial intelligence that can accomplish professional human tasks. There is nothing we can do to stop this. In addition our lives will be totally 100% tracked by ourselves and others. This too is inevitable. Indeed much of what will happen in the next 30 years is inevitable, driven by technological trends which are already in motion, and are impossible to halt without halting civilization. Some of what is coming may seem scary, like ubiquitous tracking, or robots replacing humans. Others innovations seem more desirable, such as an on-demand economy, and virtual reality in the home. And some that is coming like network crime and anonymous hacking will be society’s new scourges. Yet both the desirable good and the undesirable bad of these emerging technologies all obey the same formation principles.
Naval Ravikant: On Open Source and Bitcoins
21 minutes
Naval Ravikant (Angel List) speaks about the future of open source and bitcoins. This is a great introduction to the topic. It's as relevant as ever having been recorded three years ago. Naval is one of the best in the game, a must-watch.
Andreas Antonopoulos: On The Future Of Money
64 minutes
Andreas M. Antonopoulos gives an enlightening speech about the future of money at Zentrum Karl der Grosse in Zurich - 30th March 2016
Yanis Varoufakis: On The Future of Capitalism
119 minutes
We all know Varoufakis as the former Greek Finance Minister and media sensation who stood up to Europe in the fight against austerity. His lecture will discuss themes from his new book, "And The Weak Suffer What They Must?," including the origins of a crisis that has affected not only Greece, but all of Europe. <br> The Robert Heilbroner Memorial Lecture on the Future of Capitalism: The Heilbroner lecture honors the work of Robert Heilbroner, who was both a student and a professor in the economics department of The New School for Social Research. This event is dedicated to understanding questions of economic justice and how the profit-seeking activities of private firms might also serve broader social goals. To use Heilbroner’s words, "capitalism’s uniqueness in history lies in its continuously self-generated change, but it is this very dynamism that is the system’s chief enemy."