Steven Pinker talks to us about on psychology and human nature. Steven Arthur Pinker is a Canadian-born experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist and popular science author.
1. Does the theory of evolution apply to behavior?
2. How did people explain behavior before the theory of evolution?
3. What helped us move into different theories of human nature?
4. Are our policies affected by theories of human nature?
5. How to think about individual responsibility in a world where psychology has biological origins?
6. So social responsibility is built into our biology?!
7. What's your opinion on the social brain hypothesis? (the idea that our brain evolved to cope with many social connections)
Rosalind Picard talks to us about emotions and autism. Roz is a Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, director and also the founder of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, and co-director of the Things That Think Consortium.
1. How can affective computing improve people's ability to understand emotions?
2. How has this research been used in autism?
3. How is life difficult for people that have trouble reading emotions?
4. Then, is it easy to lie?
5. How do these multiple channels affect autistic people's ability to understand emotion?
6. Are people aware of their ability or inability to read emotions?
Steven Pinker talks to us about his life.
1. Where did you grow up?
2. How were you affected by your times?
3. How did you decide to study psychology?
4. What are the similarities and differences between harvard and MIT?
Rosalind's Picard Complete Interview. Uncut.
Woodie Flowers talks to us about education.
1. What would you say is important to distinguish when thinking about education?
2. What are the problems of the current educational system?
3. How would you change the educational system?
4. What is the cost of a failed educational system?
5. How would such a system would look like?
6. How would you coordinate such effort?
7. What is the importance of hands on learning in science and engineering?
Cambridge Nights Season 2
Cambridge Nights is a modest attempt to share bits and pieces of Cambridge with the rest of the world. In this second season, we have put together a series of interviews with academics who will discuss the way in which they view the world.