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    Daniel Dennett on Tools To Transform Our Thinking

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    Daniel Dennett is one of the world's most original and provocative thinkers. A philosopher and cognitive scientist, he is known as one of the 'Four Horseman of New Atheism' along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens.

    On May 22nd he came to Intelligence Squared to share the insights he has acquired over his 40-year career into the nature of how we think, decide and act. Dennett revealed his favourite thinking tools, or 'intuition pumps', that he and others have developed for addressing life's most fundamental questions. As well as taking a fresh look at familiar moves -- Occam's Razor, reductio ad absurdum -- he discussed new cognitive solutions designed for the most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, consciousness and free will.

    By acquiring these tools and learning to use them wisely, we can all aspire to better understand the world around us and our place in it.

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    Christopher Hitchens | Talks at Google

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    Author Christopher Hitchens discusses his book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything as a part of the [email protected] series. The author of Why Orwell Matters and Letters to a Young Contrarian, Christopher Hitchens is a Vanity Fair contributing editor, a Slate columnist, and a regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly. He has also written for The Nation, Granta, Harper's, The Washington Post, and is a frequent television and radio guest. Born in England, Hitchens was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he received a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. He now lives in Washington, D.C., and he became a U.S. citizen in 2007. This event took place on August 16, 2007 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

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    Daniel Dennett on the Evolution of the Mind, Consciousness and AI

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    How come there are conscious minds?
    How do language and culture evolve?
    Should we still teach children things which computers can do better?
    Will our smart electronic devices rob us of our intelligence?
    Will human intelligence and AI co-evolve?

    These are some of the intriguing questions that Daniel Dennett, one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of modern times, sought to answer when he came to the Intelligence Squared stage to discuss his lifetime’s work on the evolution of the human mind. Dennett’s cross-disciplinary approach – encompassing neuroscience, evolutionary biology and artificial intelligence – has been widely acclaimed and helped redefine the role of the philosopher for our age.

    In this exclusive event, Dennett explored the major themes of his forthcoming book, 'From Bacteria to Bach and Back', including how our minds came into existence, how our brains work, and how ideas are culturally transmitted. He exploded many of the notions we take for granted about how we think – such as the idea of the individual – offering instead a bold new explanation of human consciousness which views it largely as a product of cultural evolution built up over millennia.

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    Dennett on how religion offers an excuse to stop thinking

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    Dan Dennett talks about how religions in many cases offers an goldenplated excuse to stop thinking and that people have got to stop playing the faith card in debates. I think he puts it brilliantly.

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  • 7 Times Daniel Dennett Made Our Brains Hurt

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  • Dan Dennett: Responding to Pastor Rick Warren

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    Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.
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  • Those 7 Daniel Dennett Flawless Victories

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    Daniel Dennett is a philosopher, cognitive scientist and one of the four horsemen of new atheism along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens. Although a staunch atheist, unlike his horsemen colleagues, he offers a slightly more measured, unique and possibly less militant perspective on religion.

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    Good Reasons for Believing in God - Dan Dennett, AAI 2007

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    Dan Dennett's talk at the AAI 2007 Conference in Washington, D.C. He is presented with the 2007 Richard Dawkins award at the introduction.

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  • Daniel Dennett: Memes 101 | How Cultural Evolution Works

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    We are what we are because of genes; we are who we are because of memes. Philosopher Daniel Dennett muses on an idea put forward by Richard Dawkins in 1976.

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    Richard Dawkins coined the term meme in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene. And what he proposed was that human culture was composed, at least in part, of elements, units that were like genes in that they were copied and copied and copied and copied and copied. And it was the differential copying, the differential replication of these items, these memes that accounted for the excellent design of so much in human culture. And this is a very repugnant and offensive idea to many people, especially in the humanities. They wanted to hang onto the idea of the God like genius creator who out of sheer conscious brilliant comprehension makes all these wonderful things, whether they're poems or bridges or whatever. He was saying in effect well yes people do make amazing things, but if you look at the projects in detail you see that they couldn't do that if they hadn't filled their head with all these informational things, which are like genes, which are also information. But they're not fast down through the germ line. They're not passed down through the sperm and the egg. You don't get them with your genes. You get them from the ambient culture, from your parents, from your peers, from the society in which you're raised. It requires perception.

    Now a lot of people think we'll wait a minute there's a huge disanalogy here. Genes are DNA. What's the DNA of memes? And the first thing you have to appreciate is; no genes aren't DNA. Genes are the information carried by the DNA. Genes are no more DNA than poems are made of ink. I mean you can send somebody a poem that's written in ink or you can say it aloud. There's many different ways of transmitting that poem or saving that poem from one place to another.

    The same thing is true of genes. Once you get used to thinking of genes as not DNA but the information carried by the patterns of the nucleotides of DNA, then you can see that there really is a nice parallel. Well then what's playing the role of DNA in the land of culture? What are the physical implementations? Well, they are wonderfully various. There is ink on paper. There's lines carved into stones. There's lines drawn in the sand. There's skywriting. And, of course, there's what we're doing right now – there's audible language.

    And one of the great features of language, not sufficiently appreciated by those who aren't linguists, is that what makes language a potent medium for the transmission of information is that it's digitized in the same way that DNA is digitized. It's composed of fundamental elements, in the case of DNA it's ACGT, four different nucleotides. In the case of language it's 20 to 30 phonemes. We are designed to pick up the phonemes of our native language and then automatically we categorize incoming utterances by correcting them to the norm of whatever the phonemes in our language are. And it doesn't matter whether I say doooog or dog or doog or dog or dog, it all comes out as a dog. It doesn't take any effort to recognize that these are all tokens of the same type. That's digitization. And that's what makes it possible to transmit information from one person to another to another and the person in the middle doesn't have to understand what it means. All they have to do is copy the sequence of phonemes and the message will get through.

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  • Exploration Into Conscious Duality and The New Sacred Human

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  • Daniel Dennett - What is the Nature of Personal Identity?

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    What makes one a person or a self? If he or she sees, hears, thinks and feels, is that a person or a self? How can separate perceptions bind together into a coherent mental unity of a single person or self?

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  • Daniel Dennett on William Lane Craig

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    Following a presentation of theistic arguments by William Lane Craig, Daniel Dennett gives an impromptu appraisal.

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  • Daniel Dennett - Arguments for Atheism?

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    Turn the tables on God's existence. Start with atheism, not with theism. Atheists take their best shots at disproving God; theists in turn defend God, deflecting anti-God arguments.

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  • Those 7 Times Daniel Dennett Felt The Force

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    Member of the Jedi Knights High Council of Science, Daniel Dennett, is captivating and enlightening in these seven awesome moments, inspired by the force of science.

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  • 7 Times Daniel Dennett Blew Our Minds

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    Seven more awesome moments with philosopher Daniel Dennett on religion, atheism, evolution and more. Apologies for using a lot of footage from the Richard Dawkins interview; Daniel was really ON that night, making many clever points very clearly, so I wanted to include all of them. I'll be sure to use more variety in the next Daniel Dennett compilation.

  • Daniel Dennett - Can Brain Explain Mind?

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    Is the mind solely a product of the brain? What seems obvious to some—the purely physical explanation of the mind—seems impossible to others.

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    Daniel Dennett - What is the Mind-Body Problem?

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    How is it possible that mushy masses of brain cells, passing chemicals and shooting sparks, can cause mental sensations and subjective feelings? How can brain chemistry and electricity be 'about' things?

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  • Best of Daniel Dennett Amazing Arguments And Clever Comebacks Part 1

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  • How Human Consciousness Evolved | Daniel Dennett

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    Daniel Dennett has been mulling consciousness over for the last 50 years, and he’s ended up where we began: evolution. When this theory was proposed by Darwin, it inverted everything people at the time held to be true – it revealed that we were not created by intelligent design, but rather we evolved into intelligent designers ourselves. The process of evolution worked mindlessly, producing better and better human prototypes, crafting ever-more complex brains until that rhythmic, algorithmic, repetition birthed consciousness. This is what Dennett refers to as ‘competence without comprehension’. Daniel Dennett's most recent book is From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds (goo.gl/u5FbpD).

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    In an entirely natural world without any supernatural mysteries you can explain the mind, the human mind, consciousness. It's been my project for 50 years and what I've come to realize is that the only way to do it right is you have to take evolution a lot more seriously and really look hard at the question of how evolution could have gotten these wonderful projects up and running that have now lead to people like you and me and all the great artistic geniuses and scientific geniuses, the real intelligent designers that now inhabit the planet instead of the imaginary intelligent designer who never existed.

    For millennia people had it in mind that all the wonderful things they saw in the world, all the beautiful design of the animals and plants and living things must be due to a fabulously intelligent designer, a creator. And so it was until Darwin came along and turned that upside down and realized that in principle there could be a process with no intelligence, no comprehension, no foresight, no purpose that would just inexorably grind out algorithmically better and better and better designs of all sorts and create the living world were there had been just lifeless matter before. And this was a shocking idea to many people, even to Darwin in some regards it was shocking. But he was right. He had the essentials right and now 150 years later there's just no question about it he was right and we're filling in the details at a breathtaking pace. So that was the first great inversion, the strange inversion of reason. And it's much about it in recent years by what I call Alan Turing's strange inversion of reasoning.
    When Turing came along computers were people; that was a job. What do you do for a living? I'm a computer. And these are human beings, typically they were math majors and they were hired to compute various functions, tables, logarithms, celestial navigation tables and so forth and what Turing realized was you didn't have to be intelligent. You didn't have to comprehend. You could make a device, which did all the things that the human computers were doing with all the intelligence and all the understanding laundered out of it except for the most minimal sort of mechanical quasi understanding. All it had to do was to be able to tell a zero from a one or a hole in a punch tape or from no hole in a punch tape, a very simple discriminator, put it together with the right logic and you have a Universal Turing Machine, which can compute anything computable. And that was the birth of the computer. And the two strange inversions fit together beautifully. What they show, and this is still strange to people, is what I call competence without comprehension.

    We tend to think the reason we send our children to university is so that they can acquire comprehension, which we view as the source of competence. It's out of that well of comprehension that they acquire the competences they do. And we look down our noses at wrote learning and drill and practice because that's just competence, we want comprehension. And what Turing and Darwin in a very similar way showed is no that's just backwards. Comprehension is any effect of multiple competences not itself a source, an independent source of competence. So that's the second strain of inversion.

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    HARDtalk - Professor Daniel Dennett -- Philosopher, Cognitive Scientist and Atheist
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  • Daniel Dennett: Consciousness Explained

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    Philosopher Daniel Dennett (Tufts University) at 2013 WORLD.MINDS: Consciousness Explained.

  • Is Religion Man Made? Evolution of Belief | Daniel Dennett

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  • Dan Dennett on Safe Spaces, Trigger Warnings, and Herd Mentality

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    Dan Dennett on Safe Spaces, Trigger Warnings, and Herd Mentality

    This is an excerpt from episode 356 of The Saad Truth in which Gad Saad talks to Dan Dennett about his thoughts and opinions of safe spaces on campus, trigger warnings, herd mentality and coalitional thinking.

    You can listen to the entire episode of The Saad Truth here:

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    Is Free Will an Illusion? What Can Cognitive Science Tell Us?

    1:21:20

    Daniel Dennett
    May 14, 2014

    Serious thinkers contend that free will cannot exist in a deterministic universe -- one in which events are the singular outcomes of the conditions in which they occur. The alternative view, that free will is prerequisite for personal responsibility and morality, is the basis of our legal and religious institutions. Philosopher Daniel Dennett unravels this conundrum and asks whether we must jettison one of these notions, or whether they can co-exist. He then asks: if free will is an illusion, as many scientists say, should we conclude that we don't need real free will to be responsible for our actions?

    Daniel Dennett is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy and Director, Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University.

  • #20 Debate - Daniel Dennett vs Dinesh DSouza - Is God A Man Made Invention - 2007

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    November 30, 2007 - Tufts University
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    Daniel C. Dennett - 2016 National Convention

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    Scientist and author Daniel C. Dennett gives the keynote speech at FFRF's National Convention in Pittsburgh on Oct. 8, 2016. Read the transcript of his speech:

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    Dan Dennett Demystifying Consciousness

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    DAN DENNETT AT HIS BEST

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    In this interview with Bill Moyers, Dan Dennett delivers a sharp and clear synthesis of a library of evolutionary, anthropological and psychological research on the origin and spread of religion.

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  • Daniel Dennett DESTROYED by Philip Dodd!!

    16:36

    Dodd takes Dennett back to pre-school in a series of astute yet humiliating hammerblows of logic. You can choose what viruses you get. Yeah right, thanks Dennett. Hashtag fail are the words you're looking for. For further info on Dodd's worldview, read anything by EM Forster. His short stories are a good place to start. Good luck, reason fans. You'll need it.

  • Daniel C. Dennett on What Should Replace Religions?

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    Daniel C. Dennett, Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, on What Should Replace Religions?

  • Professor Daniel C Dennett: ‘Ontology, science, and the evolution of the manifest image’

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    Professor Daniel Dennett BA (Harvard), DPhil (Oxon) is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at New College of the Humanities.

    Daniel is also University Professor and Austin B Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He has held visiting positions at Harvard University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Oxford, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and the London School of Economics.

  • My Chat with Dan Dennett

    56:48

    Topics covered include Dan's latest book, his connection to Lebanon, Alan Turing, evolutionary psychology, free will, postmodernism, consequentialist versus deontological ethics, political correctness on campuses (micro-aggressions, safe spaces, trigger warnings), and the dangers of a tribal mindset (versus the pursuit of truth).

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  • Anna Akbari: Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness | Talks at Google

    43:55

    Dr. Anna Akbari channels her background as a sociologist and entrepreneur to explain how to find happiness and success in her book Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness.

    She explains the path toward these goals with an approach that focuses on experimenting and learning from it.

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  • The Evolution of Confusion by Dan Dennett, AAI 2009

    56:20

    Dan Dennett talks about purposely-confusing theology and how it's used. He also describes his new project interviewing clergyman who secretly don't believe anymore, and introduces a new term: Deepity.

    Dan Dennett is the author of many excellent books, including Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon and Darwin's Dangerous Idea. He is also featured in the video The Four Horsemen along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens.

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  • Daniel Dennett on the Mind as Computer

    49:11

    The vision of the brain as a computer, which I still champion, is changing so fast. The brain's a computer, but it's so different from any computer that you're used to. It's not like your desktop or your laptop at all, and it's not like your iPhone except in some ways. It's a much more interesting phenomenon. What Turing gave us for the first time (and without Turing you just couldn't do any of this) is a way of thinking about in a disciplined way and taking seriously phenomena that have, as I like to say, trillions of moving parts. Until late 20th century, nobody knew how to take seriously a machine with a trillion moving parts. It's just mind-boggling.

    This video is from Edge. You can find the video and transcript here:

  • Brian Olson: Algorithmic Gerrymandering | Talks at Google

    53:50

    Brian Olson is a professional software engineer who has worked at tiny startups and giants of tech on everything from tiny embedded computers to server farms. He presents his passion project of over ten years, open source software he developed and maintains for redistricting and elections.

  • The Function of Reason with Hugo Mercier

    6:55

    Many of us believe our capacity to reason helps us to acquire knowledge and make better decisions - but what if it has an entirely different purpose? Hugo Mercier explains that the essential function of reason is not solitary but social - it exists to help us convince other people or groups of our arguments.

    Watch Hugo Mercier, Cognitive Scientist, in our latest RSA Spotlight - the edits which take you straight to the heart of the event!

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  • Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris & Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    1:2:28

    A Celebration of Reason - 2012 Global Atheist Convention
    13-15th April - Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
    Presented by the Atheist Foundation of Australia


  • Until the lion tells the story, the hunter will always be the hero.

    17:10

    Let us make our own Declaration: that we will not rest until the hunt is finally over and our words of freedom and liberation are not just an aspiration but a reality.”

    Sermon by Mike Kinman, at All Saints Church, Pasadena, on Sunday, July 2, 2017. Readings: Deuteronomy 10:17-21 and Matthew 5:43-48.

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  • Daniel Dennett Interview on Mind, Matter, & Meaning

    1:3:26

    An interesting interview with Daniel Dennett discussing various philosophical issues having to do with mind and meaning. Some of the topics discussed include consciousness, science, materialism, computation, meaning/purpose in biology, emergence & reductionism, the intentional stance, evolution, philosophical zombies, the self, and free will...

    This interview was given by Robert Pollie from a podcast called the 7th Avenue Project. For more information, go to 7thavenueproject.com.

  • Daniel Dennett: Breaking the Spell - Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

    58:44

    Professor Daniel C. Dennett, Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University, presented his lecture in the Nature of Knowledge series, Breaking The Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, on March 14, 2006.

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    Robert Reich: Preparing Our Economy for the Impact of Automation & AI | Talks at Google

    55:26

    Professor Reich comes to Google to discuss the impact of automation & artificial intelligence on our economy. He also provides a recommendation on how we can ensure future technologies benefit the entire economy, not just those at the top.

    Robert Reich is the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, co-founder of the nonprofit Inequality Media, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, Inequality for All.

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    Full Length Talk by Daniel Dennett - How To Tell Youre An Atheist

    44:57

    Philosopher Daniel Dennett was one of the stars of the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne and gave a brilliant and whimsical talk on defining the atheist. He is the uber-philospher of the mind and a great provocateur, though he was speaking to 4000 non believers at this convention.

    He talks specifically about The Clergy Project in the middle of his talk at 19 min 15 sec.
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  • The illusion of consciousness | Dan Dennett

    23:46

    Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.

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  • Richard Wolff: Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism | Talks at Google

    1:25:34

    Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York City. He wrote Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism and founded democracyatwork.info, a non-profit advocacy organization of the same name that promotes democratic workplaces as a key path to a stronger, democratic economic system.

    Professor Wolff discusses the economic dimensions of our lives, our jobs, our incomes, our debts, those of our children, and those looming down the road in his unique mixture of deep insight and dry humor. He presents current events and draws connections to the past to highlight the machinations of our global economy. He helps us to understand political and corporate policy, organization of labor, the distribution of goods and services, and challenges us to question some of the deepest foundations of our society. For more of his lectures, visit the Democracy at Work YouTube channel:

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