1 hr 8 min

017 Us and Not Us with Michael J. Spivey The Padverb Podcast with KMO

    • Technology

Michael J. Spivey is a professor of cognitive science at the University of California Merced. He earned his BA in Psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz and his PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. After 12 years as a psychology professor at Cornell University, Michael moved to UC Merced to help build a department of cognitive and information sciences. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters on the embodiment of cognition and interactions between language, vision, memory, syntax, semantics, and motor movement. His most recent book, published in 2020, is "Who You Are: The Science of Connectedness." (MIT Press)



In this conversation, KMO and Michael discuss:



03:20 – The book's title and table of contents; externalism and egregore
07:30 – The role of the prefrontal cortex in our conception of self
11:30 – Non-scientific view of interactions between brain parts
12:50 – Mental representations of the world and the tricks they can play on us
15:35 – Letting go of oneself
17:25 – The value of familiar environments
18:45 – The futility of widely used time-management tricks
19:40 – Extending our mind past our skin
25:20 – The skipped question of emergent group intentions and desires
26:15 – Connecting to other bodies and life forms; emergence, again
28:25 – Murmurations and being in charge of a flock
28:45 – Boundaries between objects
35:20 – Perceiving objects as extensions of ourselves
37:02 – Virtual reality and tracking the direction of gaze
43:15 – AI and dogs
44:55 – Computer-generated imagery; deep fakes and their antidotes
49:35 – Extending your sense of self to the planetary scale
53:55 – Apocalyptic predictions, prepping, and the future of civilization
55:47 – Going beyond our planet and contacting life elsewhere
58:20 – Anti-natalism, suffering, and feeling one with the universe
1:02:28 – Michael's closing points; practical advice in the book




Michael (The Guest):



Michael's page at ucmerced.edu
Who You Are at MIT Press




KMO (The Host):



Twitter: @Kayemmo
en.padverb.com/kmo




Padverb:



The Padverb Telegram Channel:
t.me/padverbpodcast

Michael J. Spivey is a professor of cognitive science at the University of California Merced. He earned his BA in Psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz and his PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. After 12 years as a psychology professor at Cornell University, Michael moved to UC Merced to help build a department of cognitive and information sciences. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters on the embodiment of cognition and interactions between language, vision, memory, syntax, semantics, and motor movement. His most recent book, published in 2020, is "Who You Are: The Science of Connectedness." (MIT Press)



In this conversation, KMO and Michael discuss:



03:20 – The book's title and table of contents; externalism and egregore
07:30 – The role of the prefrontal cortex in our conception of self
11:30 – Non-scientific view of interactions between brain parts
12:50 – Mental representations of the world and the tricks they can play on us
15:35 – Letting go of oneself
17:25 – The value of familiar environments
18:45 – The futility of widely used time-management tricks
19:40 – Extending our mind past our skin
25:20 – The skipped question of emergent group intentions and desires
26:15 – Connecting to other bodies and life forms; emergence, again
28:25 – Murmurations and being in charge of a flock
28:45 – Boundaries between objects
35:20 – Perceiving objects as extensions of ourselves
37:02 – Virtual reality and tracking the direction of gaze
43:15 – AI and dogs
44:55 – Computer-generated imagery; deep fakes and their antidotes
49:35 – Extending your sense of self to the planetary scale
53:55 – Apocalyptic predictions, prepping, and the future of civilization
55:47 – Going beyond our planet and contacting life elsewhere
58:20 – Anti-natalism, suffering, and feeling one with the universe
1:02:28 – Michael's closing points; practical advice in the book




Michael (The Guest):



Michael's page at ucmerced.edu
Who You Are at MIT Press




KMO (The Host):



Twitter: @Kayemmo
en.padverb.com/kmo




Padverb:



The Padverb Telegram Channel:
t.me/padverbpodcast

1 hr 8 min

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