Social BehaviorAlain de Botton Gad Saad Leonard Shlain Robert Putnam David Linden Peter Thiel Neil Strauss Michael Sandel Simon Sinek
Leonard Shlain: On The Alphabet vs. The Goddess Lecture
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
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.
Simon Sinek: On Why Leaders Eat Last
In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an "authority" versus a true leader.
David Linden: On Brain Evolution and Mating Behavior
As he did in his award-winning book The Accidental Mind, David J. Linden—highly regarded neuroscientist, professor, and writer—weaves empirical science with entertaining anecdotes to explain how the gamut of behaviors that give us a buzz actually operates. The Compass of Pleasure makes clear why drugs like nicotine and heroin are addictive while LSD is not, how fast food restaurants ensure that diners will eat more, why some people cannot resist the appeal of a new sexual encounter, and much more. Provocative and illuminating, this is a radically new and thorough look at the desires that define us.
Alain de Botton: On Love
Twenty-first century depictions of love and marriage are shaped by a set of Romantic myths and misconceptions and with his trademark warmth and wit, Alain de Botton explores the complex landscape of a modern relationship, presenting a realistic case study for marriage and examining what it might mean to love, to be loved - and to stay in love. Alain de Botton is an internationally renowned philosopher, television presenter and author of international best sellers Essays in Love, How Proust Can Change Your Life and Status Anxiety. In this talk, he discusses his stunning new novel The Course of Love, a philosophical novel about modern relationships.
Leonard Shlain: On The Big O: What Do Women Want? Why Do Men Hunt?
Leonard Shlain explores age old questions in this talk. What do women want? Why do men hunt? What is the nature of an orgasm? What is it's evolutionary purpose. What attracts humans? Shlain is a polymath who connects disperate fields of knowledge exceptionally well.
Peter Thiel: On The Diversity Myth in 1996
Thiel dives into microeconomic decision making in this discussion. He looks at the American economy, where it's headed, where the competition is and how one can make decisions optimally in that landscape. Avoid competitors and go to the whitespace. Think independently.
Robert Putnam: On Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
Robert Putnam, author of the groundbreaking and influential bestseller Bowling Alone, discusses his newest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, an authoritative examination of the growing inequality gap that is leaving fewer Americans with the opportunity for upward mobility that has defined the American dream. Putnam speaks about how and why the American dream – get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success in a nation of opportunity, constrained only by ability and effort – has, during the last twenty-five years become an unrealizable goal for many.
Neil Strauss: On Cheaters, Sex Addicts & Pickup Artists
Popular culture is obsessed with easy sex and the importance of dating, implying that we live in a new enlightened age of sexual promiscuity. As an investigative journalist, if you penetrated the inner sanctum of a secret society and discovered the key to picking up women would you use it for good or bad? Can too much sex and dating damage you irreparably? What is the deep psychology behind our quests and fears of love and sex and who are the people making use of this knowledge.
Michael Sandel: On Are There Things Money Shouldn't Be Able To Buy?
Michael J. Sandel is an American political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course "Justice", which is available to view on Genia as well. This video serves as an introduction to his beliefs about markets and the ethical challenges that come with them.
Gad Saad: On Canadian social justice politics, how to address problems in your life with Jordan Peterson-Part II
The two Canadian professors discuss Canadian social justice politics, how to address problems in your life and how we resolve our collecive issues as a society. This is a great introduction to these two titans of thought. Part 2.
Gad Saad: On Canadian social justice politics, how to address problems in your life with Jordan Peterson-Part 1
The two Canadian professors discuss everything from Canadian social justice politics, how to address problems in your life and how we resolve our collecive issues as a society. This is a great introduction to the two titans of thought. Part 1.
Gad Saad: On Sam Harris, Atheism & Political Correctness with Dave Rubin
Gad Saad and Dave Rubin discuss Sam Harris, atheism, political correctness, free speech and more.
Alain de Botton: The Art of Travel
THE ART OF TRAVEL, presented by Alain de Botton (and based on his bestselling book of the same name), looks into the philosophical impulses behind travelling and in doing so offers a profound and often witty view of some of the deeper issues underlying travel and our desire for it.