Big Picture Science – Moral’s Law

July 19, 2015

Big Picture Science – Moral’s Law “If it bleeds, it leads” is the tried and true tenet of news. Indeed, headlines are often no more than a long list of moral atrocities. Yet one man argues that we’re living in the most civilized era in history. And he credits this to scientific thought and reason. […]

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Big Picture Science – Moral’s Law: David DeSteno / Emotional Morality

July 19, 2015

Moral’s Law – David DeSteno click to listen (trt 14:25) Part 3 of Moral’s Law, featuring David DeSteno, psychologist at Northeastern University and author of The Truth About Trust.

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Big Picture Science – Moral’s Law: Colin Allen / Moral Machines

July 19, 2015

Moral’s Law – Colin Allen click to listen (trt 13:49) Part 4 of Moral’s Law, featuring Colin Allen, historian and philosopher of science and cognitive science at Indiana University and Co-author of Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong.

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David Brin on sending messages into space

July 17, 2015

We recently participated in a California Academy of Sciences NightLife event. The theme for the night was “how-to” and we discussed how to talk to aliens. Part of our presentation included a video that science fiction author David Brin put together, outlining his reasons against sending messages into space (aka active SETI, aka METI). His […]

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Big Picture Science – Forget to Remember

July 13, 2015

Big Picture Science – Forget to Remember You must not remember this. Indeed, it may be key to having a healthy brain. Our gray matter evolved to forget things; otherwise we’d have the images of every face we saw on the subway rattling around our head all day long. Yet we’re building computers with the […]

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Big Picture Science – Forget to Remember: Larry Smarr / Cognitive Computing

July 13, 2015

Forget to Remember – Larry Smarr click to listen (trt 9:49) Part 5 of Forget to Remember, featuring Larry Smarr, professor of computer science at the University of California, San Diego, and director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), discussing brain-like computer processing.

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Big Picture Science – Forget to Remember: James McGaugh / Autobiographical Memory

July 13, 2015

Forget to Remember – James McGaugh click to listen (trt 6:40) Part 3 of Forget to Remember, featuring James McGaugh, Neurobiologist, University of California, Irvine, on his work with people who have perfect autobiographical memories.

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Big Picture Science – Forget to Remember: Michael Anderson / Our Need to Forget

July 13, 2015

Forget to Remember – Michael Anderson click to listen (trt 7:12) Part 2 of Forget to Remember, featuring Michael Anderson, neuroscientist, Memory Control Lab, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge in the U.K., on why not remembering some things is key to remembering others.

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Big Picture Science – Forget to Remember: Ramamoorthy Ramesh / Universal Memory

July 13, 2015

Forget to Remember – Ramamoorthy Ramesh click to listen (trt 6:58) Part 1 of Forget to Remember, featuring Ramamoorthy Ramesh, materials physicist, deputy director of science and technology, Oakridge National Lab, on the coming technology of universal memory.

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Big Picture Science – Forget to Remember: Ira Hyman / Earworms

July 13, 2015

Forget to Remember – Ira Hymanclick to listen (trt 4:55) Part 4 of Forget to Remember, featuring Ira Hyman, psychologist at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, on why we sometimes get “earworms” (popular songs looping over and over in our minds), and how to get rid of them.

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