Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. The Think Again podcast takes us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives.
Daniel Dennett is one of the foremost philosophers of mind working today to unravel the puzzle of what minds are and what they’re for, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. His latest book of many is called From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, and it’s a sweeping (but detailed) attempt to demystify how we get from inanimate matter to cathedrals, symphonies, and of course, podcasts.
In this fun and meaty episode of Think Again, Dennett waxes wicked and wise on consciousness, Dolphins, Artificial Intelligence, and much, much more.
Surprise conversation starter interview clips:
Andrew Keen on the Internet and social isolation and Ben Goertzel on Artificial General Intelligence
First, the MoneyBeat camp breaks down what the surging dollar means to the global economy and markets around the world. Then, a look at why planned festivities for Dow 20000 are modest compared to when it reached 10000 for the first time in 1999.