Discussions span broadly across topics such as climate change, free speech, wealth inequality, the environment, balancing personal contentment and purpose, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, how the internet is shaping our lives, meditation, mental health, mindfulness, animal welfare, popular culture, and much more.
Making Sense with Sam Harris meets Hidden Brain meets Terrestrial
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#16: Your Brain, and Body, on Nature
https://nres.illinois.edu/directory/fekuo (Dr. Ming Kuo), Professor of Environmental Psychology and Director of the Landscape and Human Health Lab at University of Illinois joins the podcast to discuss the myriad psychological and physiological benefits that exposure to nature can provide, from decreased aggression, improved executive function and memory, and more.
We discuss Dr. Kuo's https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00139160121972846 (attention restoration hypothesis) and her research supporting decreases of crime in places with more green spaces, the inequitable distribution of trees and green spaces in urban environments, and much more.
Among her many distinctions, Dr. Kuo is a panelist and contributing author for the Blue Ribbon Green Infrastructure Panel, a consultant to the City of Chicago on their Green Urban Design Initiative, and an expert panelist for the Robert Wood Johnson Active Living Research National Advisory Council.
https://www.npr.org/2019/08/12/750538458/you-2-0-our-better-nature (You 2.0: Our Better Nature) (NPR / Hidden Brain)
https://neurosciencenews.com/greenspace-crime-reduction-15813/ (Green spaces can reduce violent crime )(Neuroscience News)
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/24/climate/racism-redlining-cities-global-warming.html (How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering) (The New York Times)
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00139160121972846 (Coping with Poverty: Impacts of Environment and Attention in the Inner City) (Dr. Ming Kuo)
https://e360.yale.edu/features/ecopsychology-how-immersion-in-nature-benefits-your-health (Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health) (Yale University360)
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#15: The Long Fight for Environmental Justice
Dr. Paul Mohai, a giant in the environmental justice field and professor at University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainabilty, joins the podcast to discuss "what is environmental justice? and why is it important?" and issues related to the long fight for environmental justice across the nation and in Michigan
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/climate/climate-environmental-justice.html?campaign_id=54&emc=edit_clim_20200617&instance_id=19473&nl=climate-fwd%3A®i_id=56711652&segment_id=31148&te=1&user_id=b63b0963550f6ee10b4316cb678dbe80 (The Environmental Justice wake up call) (New York Times, Lisa Friedman and Julia Rosen)
https://www.newsweek.com/2016/04/08/michigan-air-pollution-poison-southwest-detroit-441914.html (Choking to Death in Detroit: Flint Isn’t Michigan’s Only Environmental Justice Disaster) (Newsweek, Zoe Schlanger)
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/feb/21/philadelphia-covanta-incinerator-recyclables-china-ban-imports ("Moment of Reckoning" as China bans imports of US recyclables )(The Guardian)
Welcome to “Cancer Alley,” Where Toxic Air Is About to Get Worse (Tristan Baurick, ProPublica)
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#14: The Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism
Writer and editor at National Geographic https://www.natashaldaly.com/ (Natasha Daly,) whose investigative reporting focuses on animal welfare, conservation, and the exploitation of animals, joins the podcast.
In this episode, Natasha and Jared discuss in-depth Natasha's 2019 cover story for National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2019/06/global-wildlife-tourism-social-media-causes-animal-suffering/ (Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism), which was one of the most widely read pieces of the year for Nat Geo.
We discuss dark side of the captive wildlife tourism industry and how "selfie culture" and social media are implicated, the ethics of humans' treatment of nonhuman animals, including the difference between unconscious experience or capacity to suffer and intelligence, ways that travel-goers can have an ethical experience observing wildlife abroad, whether economic need provides a moral justification for exploiting animals, and other related topics. You can follow Natasha on her https://twitter.com/natashaldaly (Twitter )or https://www.instagram.com/natashaldaly/ (Instagram) also to read more of her work.
https://www.utilitarian.net/singer/by/1979----.htm (Equality for Animals?) (Peter Singer)
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/oct/06/are-we-smart-enough-to-know-how-smart-animals-are-frans-de-waal-review (Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?) book review (Matthew Cobb, The Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/feb/26/pics-or-it-didnt-happen-mantra-instagram-era-facebook-twitter (Pics or it didn’t happen’ – the mantra of the Instagram Era) (Jacob Silverman, The Guardian)
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/08/former-wildlife-tourism-hotspot-puerto-alegria-peru-transforming/ (How One Amazon Community Is Trying to Move on from Illegal Wildlife Tourism )(Natasha Daly, National Geographic)
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/01/china-bans-wildlife-trade-after-coronavirus-outbreak/ (Chinese citizens push to abolish wildlife trade as coronavirus persists) (Natasha Daly, National Geographic)
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#13: The Humility and Dignity of Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman, the actor, director and producer, most famous for playing King T'Challah in the 2018 film Black Panther, died tragically of colon cancer on Friday, August 28, 2020 at the age of 43. I knew Chad personally, and knew him to be a portrait of dignity, humility, grace, kindness, and passion. Chad wanted the best for everyone, and was a voice of empowerment for the young generation today.
In this episode, I pay tribute to Chad and the legacy he left behind, while also reading from the article: "https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/movies/chadwick-boseman-appraisal.html (It’s Hard to Make Dignity Interesting. Chadwick Boseman Found a Way.)" (New York Times, Wesley Morris)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/02/28/what-black-panthers-wakanda-can-teach-us-about-africas-history-and-its-future/ (What ‘Black Panther’s’ Wakanda can teach us about Africa’s history — and its future) (Washington Post)
https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-features/the-black-panther-revolution-199536/ (How Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler created the most radical superhero movie of all time) (Rolling Stone)
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2020-08-29/chadwick-boseman-appreciation-black-panther (Chadwick Boseman held the screen with power and unerring purpose) (Los Angeles Times)
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#12: The Promise and Perils of Artificial Intelligence
Director of Artificial Intelligence for the Air Force and Director of Operations for the MIT AI Accelerator and author of the newly released book "https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/t-minus-ai-michael-kanaan/1133108024?ean=9781948836944 (T-Minus AI: Humanity’s Countdown to Artificial Intelligence and the New Pursuit of Global Power") Michael Kanaan joins the podcast to discuss what is at stake as artificial intelligence becomes increasingly advanced.
Michael and Jared discuss Michael's excellent book and the themes it covers, such as the ways that AI already are influencing our lives, how AI might transform our society in the future, the geopolitical risks posed by AI and how it is being used to advance dystopian realities in places like China and Russia, the ethical quandaries posed by AI, and much more.
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/t-minus-ai-michael-kanaan/1133108024?ean=9781948836944 (T-Minus AI: Humanity’s Countdown to Artificial Intelligence and the New Pursuit of Global Powe)r by Michael Kanaan
https://www.ted.com/talks/sam_harris_can_we_build_ai_without_losing_control_over_it?language=en (Can we build Artificial Intelligence without losing control over it)? (TED talk, Sam Harris)
https://www.npr.org/2019/12/17/788681618/raising-devendra (Raising Devandra) (NPR / Invisibilia)
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/09/china-ai-surveillance/614197/ (China's Artificial Intelligence Surveillance State Goes Global ) (Ross Andersen, The Atlantic)
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#11: Objectivity, Moral Clarity and the Role of Journalism in a Free Society
Award-winning science journalist and forthcoming author of the book "Lady Anatomy" https://www.rachelegross.com/ (Rachel E. Gross) joins the podcast to discuss the changing landscape of journalism, including the perverse incentives created by a primarily digital model, whether journalists should strive for “objectivity” or “moral clarity” in today’s hyper-partisan, “post-truth” environment, the ways that social media drives division and conspiracy thinking, forgotten heroes of reproductive health and the anatomy of the clitoris, the recent J.K. Rowling controversy, cancel culture, increasing pressure for ideological conformity on the American left, and other fascinating topics. You can get more of Rachel's witty, provocative and insightful personality on https://twitter.com/rachelegross (her Twitter. )
https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2020/07/16/how-objectivity-in-journalism-became-a-matter-of-opinion (Moral clarity vs. Objectivity) (The Economist)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/opinion/objectivity-black-journalists-coronavirus.html (A Reckoning over Objectivity, led by black journalists) (New York Times)
https://www.newyorker.com/news/the-future-of-democracy/how-can-the-press-best-serve-democracy (How can the press best serve a democratic society?) (The New Yorker)
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-clitoris-uncovered-an-intimate-history/ (The Clitoris, Uncovered: An Intimate History) (Rachel Gross, Scientific American)
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200526-dr-gisella-perl-the-auschwitz-doctor-who-saved-lives (The Auschwitz doctor who couldn't 'do no harm') (Rachel Gross, BBC News)
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200103-the-female-scientist-who-changed-human-fertility-forever (The female scientist who changed human fertility forever) (Rachel Gross, BBC News)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/opinion/when-the-left-turns-on-its-own.html (When the Left Turns On Its Own) (Bari Weiss, New York Times)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/podcasts/the-daily/2020-election.html (Journalism Lessons from 2016 )(The Daily - The New York Times)
https://www.npr.org/2020/04/27/845559713/starving-the-watchdogs-who-foots-the-bill-when-newspapers-disappear (Starving The Watchdogs: Who Foots The Bill When Newspapers Disappear )(Hidden Brain / NPR)
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Excellent informative conversations centered around important topics. The host is clearly well Informed and prepared and brings a lot to the conversation without being too opinionated
Jared shines a light on deeply important topics in an engaging, thought-provoking way.
Have learned so much from this podcast and really appreciate the host uses evidence and data to support his arguments. Reminds me of making sense with Sam Harris, maybe a bit less controversial. Look forward to more episodes