Landmark Lectures and Talks to get your thinking going focusing on two aspects:
Non-linear phenomena (discrete physics and chaos science)
Emotion (the important link between biology and cognition one needs to understand)
Biological and Neurobiological complex roots and networks that underly emergent effects
Epistemology (transition between hierarchical, scientific, homeostatic and morphogenetic thinking)
Sapolski: Chaos and Reductionism (Biology)
(May 19, 2010) Professor Robert Sapolsky gives what he calls "one of the most difficult lectures of the course" about chaos and reductionism. He references a book that he assigned to his students. This lecture focuses on reduction science and breaking things down to their component parts in order to understand them best.
Sapolski: Emergence and Complexity (Biology)
(May 21, 2010) Professor Robert Sapolsky gives a lecture on emergence and complexity. He details how a small difference at one place in nature can have a huge effect on a system as time goes on. He calls this idea fractal magnification and applies it to many different systems that exist throughout nature.
(May 21, 2010) Professor Robert Sapolsky gives a lecture on language. He describes the similarities and differences between different human and animal languages. He focuses on how we use language to communicate with each other, how we communicate with animals, and how animals commute with each other.
Stephen Wolfram: A New Kind of Science
Published on Apr 24, 2008
Noted scientist Stephen Wolfram shares his perspective of how the unexpected results of simple computer experiments have forced him to consider a whole new way of looking at processes in our universe. Series: "Frontiers of Knowledge" [4/2003] [Science] [Show ID: 7153]
Dawkins & Krauss: Something from Nothing
Join critically-acclaimed author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and world-renowned theoretical physicist and author Lawrence Krauss as they discuss biology, cosmology, religion, and a host of other topics.
Sapolski: Why hierarchy creates a destructive force within the human psyche
Scenes from the Symposion Nights:
In the Symposion Nights we invite participants to share their ideas about reality and, at the same time, practise critical thinking. Every Symposion we discuss a specific theme with the help of selected fragments of documentaries. 'Thoughts' are stimulated with the help of wine. The Symposion Nights are organised at the University of Amsterdam.
For further info check: http://cmplx.org/events-2/symposia/