"Listen closely -- Marvin Minsky's arch, eclectic,
charmingly offhand talk on health, overpopulation
and the human mind is packed with subtlety: wit,
wisdom and just an ounce of wily, is-he-joking?
“Harry Frederick Harlow (October 31, 1905–December 6, 1981) was an American psychologist best known for his maternal-separation and social isolation experiments on rhesus monkeys, which demonstrated the importance of tangible affection in social and cognitive development. He conducted most of his research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow worked for a time with him.
Harlow’s experiments were controversial, and as a result, his research was influential to many in the animal rights movement. Deborah Blum’s The Monkey Wars describes the influence of Harlow’s research on the burgeoning animal rights movement and subsequent improvement of research animal treatment.” <more>
"Crammed into our craniums, the three-pound human
brain may be the most complex matter in the
universe. And, scientists are learning more about
how it works by investigating how it doesn't
work. A 13 year-old young man named Tito
Mukhopadhyay may be the Rosetta stone for autism,
revealing what it feels like to be autistic.
Joining host Robert Kuhn are Eric Courchesne,
Professor of Neuroscience, UC San Diego; Portia
Iversen of Cure Autism Now; Teacher Soma
Mukhopadhyay; Erin Schuman, Associate Professor
of Biology, Caltech; and Terrence Sejnowski, Director of
Computational Biology, Salk Institute."
“Innate belief in things beyond whats rational or natural are common to humans. In fact, according to award-winning cognitive scientist Bruce Hood, this super sense is something were born with and essential to the way we learn to understand the world. We couldnt live without it! Therefore it is unlikely that any effort to get rid of supernatural beliefs, or the superstitious behaviors that accompany them, will be successful. Moreover, these beliefs are essential in binding us together as a society. We are inclined from the start to think that there are unseen patterns, forces and essences inhabiting the world. (Creative types rely upon this ability to see patterns in the world.) This way of thinking is unavoidable, and it may be part of human nature to see ourselves connected to each other at this deeper level.”
"Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth
living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks
to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in
activities that bring about a state of flow."
“Daniel Kahneman is an internationally renowned psychologist whose work spans cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, and the science of well-being. In recognition of his groundbreaking work on human judgment and decision-making, Kahneman received the 2002 Nobel Prize.”