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The difference between average and greatness might be one or two well executed things. 12 Geniuses explores the highly successful people in business, athletics, and music so we can all learn how to perform at our highest level.

12 Geniuses Podcast Don MacPherson

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The difference between average and greatness might be one or two well executed things. 12 Geniuses explores the highly successful people in business, athletics, and music so we can all learn how to perform at our highest level.

    The Future of Privacy with Dr. Carissa Véliz

    The Future of Privacy with Dr. Carissa Véliz

    In this interview, Don MacPherson is joined by Dr. Carissa Véliz, an expert in digital ethics with an emphasis on privacy and AI ethics. They discuss the state of privacy today, the countless ways in which organizations track, store, and analyze our data, and the importance of maintaining our privacy both online and in the real world. Carissa offers advice on how to protect yourself online, and insights on how you can stand up and demand better data protection from organizations and the government.

    Dr. Carissa Véliz, an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and the Institute for Ethics in AI at the University of Oxford, is an expert in digital ethics. Dr. Véliz specializes in privacy and AI ethics along with political philosophy and public policy. Dr. Véliz is the author of Privacy is Power and the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Digital Ethics.

    • 44 min
    The Future of Psychedelics with Dr. Matthew Johnson

    The Future of Psychedelics with Dr. Matthew Johnson

    In this interview, Don MacPherson is joined by Dr. Matthew Johnson, an expert in psychoactive drug effects, addiction, and risk behavior. They discuss clinical research on psychedelics including psilocybin, ayahuasca, DMT, MDMA, LSD, and more. They also dive into the potential therapeutic applications for psychedelics including treating depression, PTSD, and addiction, and improving individual happiness, creativity, and selflessness.

    Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., Professor at Johns Hopkins, is an expert in psychoactive drug effects, addiction, and risk behavior. He has worked with psychedelics since 2004. He developed and published the first psychedelic treatment of tobacco addiction in 2014. With colleagues, he conducted and published the largest study of psilocybin in cancer distress in 2016. He is Principal Investigator on upcoming psilocybin studies treating opioid addiction and PTSD, and LSD research treating chronic pain.

    • 39 min
    The Future of Reproduction with Hank Greely

    The Future of Reproduction with Hank Greely

    In this interview, Don MacPherson is joined by Hank Greely, a specialist in the ethical, legal, and social implications of new biomedical technologies. They discuss the roles CRISPR, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), and in vitro fertilization will have on the future of reproduction. They also discuss the ethical questions that will accompany selecting specific characteristics for implanted embryos and the possibility of creating babies with superhuman capabilities.

    Hank Greely specializes in the ethical, legal, and social implications of new biomedical technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience, genetics, or stem cell research. Hank is a genetics professor at the Stanford School of Medicine, the Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, and the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics.

    • 40 min
    The Future of Transportation (and Space Travel) with Dr. Anita Sengupta

    The Future of Transportation (and Space Travel) with Dr. Anita Sengupta

    Transportation is about to get a whole lot faster. In this episode of 12 Geniuses, Don MacPherson speaks with aerospace engineer, rocket scientist, professor, and pilot, Dr. Anita Sengupta. Together they explore the futuristic forms of transportation that are currently being developed. From Hyperloop technology to interplanetary exploration, Dr. Sengupta explains how travel and transportation will be disrupted in the coming years. Don and Dr. Sengupta also discuss her work at NASA, and her current project at Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX) where they are designing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft as a commuter transport option in urban environments.

    Dr. Anita Sengupta is an aerospace engineer, rocket scientist, and pilot who for 20 years has developed technologies that have enabled the exploration of Mars, asteroids, and deep space. She is a Research Professor of Astronautics at the University of Southern California where she is conducting research on transportation technologies including electric propulsion for aviation, Hyperloop technology, and in-space propulsion systems.

    • 39 min
    The Future of Faith with Krista Tippett

    The Future of Faith with Krista Tippett

    In this episode of 12 Geniuses, Don MacPherson speaks with writer, founder, and host of On Being, Krista Tippett. Together they dive into the way we practice faith, what it means to be human, and the dichotomy between good and evil. They also discuss how religion will animate the 21st century, including the next religious reformation, the relationship between science and religion, and the rise of the religious "nones."

    Since the mid-1990s, Krista Tippett has studied the religious, spiritual, and moral aspects of human life. Krista is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, a New York Times Bestselling Author, and a National Humanities Medalist. She is also the CEO, Founder, and Host of On Being.

    • 41 min
    Finding Work in the Time of COVID-19

    Finding Work in the Time of COVID-19

    In the United States, tens of millions of people in the last several weeks have joined the ranks of the unemployed. This is the largest and most talented pool of people looking for work at one time in the country’s history.  In this 4-minute episode, 12 Geniuses podcast host Don MacPherson talks with Jerome Ternynck to provide some advice for job seekers in the COVID-19 economy.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

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86 Ratings

86 Ratings

CCSpringDeep ,

Thought provoking and insightful

Engaging interviews with people from a range of disciplines with perspectives I had not considered. Each time I walk away thinking, "hmmmmm....". Wonderful!

And don't miss the episode from Dec 2019 "Building the Leaders of Tomorrow" - the interview with Shakeel Nelson.

acadian22 ,

Love the content!

I seriously love the different topics discussed in this show! As an entrepreneur myself, I love learning how to perform at my highest level!

Reca Ashauntae ,

Great Show

The show has great conversations you have to hear. Amazing

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