mbritt / Michael Britt

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  1. The Science of Self Control

    This episode is primarily relevant to professionals.

    In this episode, R. Trent Codd, III, Ed.S., LPC, LCAS interviews Howard Rachlin, PhD about his work in the area of self-control. In this episode they discuss:

    * How self-control and willpower are conceptualized from a behavioral perspective
    
    * An overview of the research literature pertaining to discount functions
    
    * Applied implications of this experimental work for helping clients with addictions and other behavioral problems involving self-control
    

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  2. Bloggingheads: Yudkowsky and Aaronson talk about AI and Many-worlds

    Eliezer Yudkowsky and Scott Aaronson - Percontations: Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Mechanics

    Sections of the diavlog: * When will we build the first superintelligence? * Why quantum computing isn’t a recipe for robot apocalypse * How to guilt-trip a machine * The evolutionary psychology of artificial intelligence * Eliezer contends many-worlds is obviously correct * Scott contends many-worlds is ridiculous (but might still be true)

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  3. Bruce M. Hood - Supersense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable

    http://www.pointofinquiry.org/bruce_m._hood_supersense_why_we_believe_in_the_unbelievable/

    Bruce M. Hood is chair of the Cognitive Development Center in the Experimental Psychology Department at the University of Bristol. He was a research fellow at Cambridge and has been a visiting scientist at MIT and professor at Harvard. Hood has received many awards for his work in child development and cognitive neuroscience. His newest book is Supersense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable.

    In this discussion with D.J. Grothe, Bruce M. Hood explains how his agenda is different than the common skeptical agenda to disprove supernatural claims, and instead is an attempt to explain why people believe hold such beliefs in the first place. He argues that everyone is born with a "supersense," an instinct to believe in unseen forces and to recognize patterns and infer their causation, citing examples such as seeing Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich, or the case of the "haunted scrotum." He explains how this supersense is universal, and that even skeptics and rationalists often exhibit it in their lives through rituals and the owning certain valued possessions, such as Richard Dawkins' prizing of objects once owned by Charles Darwin or MIT growing saplings from the tree under which Newton first discovered the laws of gravity. He details how rituals give a perceived sense of control to believers, and how they may actually affect a believer's performance. He talks about the "secular supernatural," contrasting it with the "religious supernatural." He argues against Daniel Dennett's and Richard Dawkins's thesis that religious belief results primarily from indoctrination in childhood. And he defends the position that unbelievable beliefs serve important social functions.

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  4. Nassim Taleb and Daniel Kahneman: Reflection on a Crisis

    From http://odeo.com/episodes/24211619-Daniel-Kahneman-How-Greenspan-s-Framework-Went-Awry

    Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman examines Alan Greenspan's financial framework in light of the current economic crisis. ——- Author Nassim Taleb and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman discuss the intricacies of the financial crisis and its far-reaching influence. Looking forward, they offer proposals to remedy the situation and prevent it from ever recurring. - DLD 2009 Daniel Kahneman is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and Professor of Public Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University. He was educated at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and obtained his PhD in Berkeley. He taught at The Hebrew University, at the University of British Columbia and at Berkeley, and joined the Princeton faculty in 1994, retiring in 2007. He is best known for his contributions, with his late colleague Amos Tversky, to the psychology of judgment and decision making, which inspired the development of behavioral economics in general, and of behavioral finance in particular. This work earned Kahneman the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002 and many other honors, including the 2006 Thomas Schelling Award given by the Kennedy School at Harvard "to an individual whose remarkable intellectual work has had a transformative impact on public policy", and the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association in 2007.

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  5. Mindfield

    Lone Frank, author of "Mindfield" talks to the RSA. This from their site: "Join Lone as she investigates the neural basis for empathy and morality, and looks at the economic, legal and political ramifications of the 'social brain'. What does it really mean to be human? What is the neurological nature of religious experience? Is there really a science of happiness? And how can we harness the power of the 'neurorevolution' to change the world?"

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