Mind-Body Solution with Dr Tevin Naidu

Mind-Body Solution presents enlightening discourse with the world’s leading experts in philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, linguistics, AI, and beyond. A function of this podcast is to show just how difficult — intellectually and practically — the mind-body problem is. It will change the way you think about the mind-body dichotomy by taking an in-depth philosophical probe into the nature of reality, morality, spirituality, consciousness, free will, and much more.

Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and join Dr Tevin Naidu on a quest to conquer the mind-body problem and take one step closer to the mind-body solution.

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29
JUN

Helen Steward: Metaphysics of Free Will, Libertarianism, & Determinisms' Incompatibility with Agency

WATCH: https://youtu.be/z431zDCh4TE

Helen Steward is Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Action at the University of Leeds. Her interests include the metaphysics and ontology of mind and agency; the free will problem; the relation between humans and animals; and the philosophy of causation and explanation. She joined the University of Leeds in 2007, having previously been a Tutorial Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford for 14 years. She obtained a D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1992, a B.Phil. in 1988 and a BA in philosophy, politics and economics in 1986. In February 2015 she was awarded a Research Leadership Fellowship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Helen argues that determinism is incompatible with agency itself - not only the special human variety of agency, but also powers which can be accorded to animal agents. She offers a distinctive, non-dualistic version of libertarianism, rooted in a conception of what biological forms of organisation might make possible in the way of freedom.

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(1:22) - Choices, actions & agency
(6:30) - Evolutionary advantage of biological agency
(9:33) - Problem with Determinism
(14:48) - Compatibilism (Daniel Dennett)
(18:05) - Hard Incompatibilism & Luck (Derk Pereboom, Gregg Caruso)
(22:44) - Secular libertarianism vs non-secular (Robert Kane)
(28:19) - Consciousness (Thomas Nagel, Daniel Dennett)
(37:16) - Role of language in free will
(39:38) - Libertarianism arguments & counter-arguments
(49:40) - Implications of neuroscience (Uri Maoz, Benjamin Libet etc.)
(52:03) - Helen's philosopher/scientist recommendations
(55:55) - Conclusion
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24
MAY

Mark Solms: The Source of Consciousness, Brainstem & Affect, Homeostasis & Variational Free Energy

WATCH: https://youtu.be/qqM76ZHIR-o

Professor Mark Solms has spent his entire career investigating the mysteries of consciousness. Best known for identifying the brain mechanisms of dreaming and for bringing psychoanalytic insights into modern neuroscience, he is director of Neuropsychology in the Neuroscience Institute of the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital (Departments of Psychology and Neurology), an Honorary Lecturer in Neurosurgery at the Royal London Hospital School of Medicine, an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and the President of the South African Psychoanalytical Association.

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(0:20) - Why is it "something it is like" to be me?
(10:07) - Mark's theory of consciousness (Affect & Feelings)
(16:19) - The Hard Problem
(26:30) - The difference between consciousness & intelligence
(30:35) - Why the "ancient brain" is a better place to start regarding understanding consciousness (brainstem vs cortex)
(42:14) - The brainstem is the source of consciousness
(46:44) - More evidence for non-cortical consciousness theories
(54:11) - The "level of consciousness" vs "contents of consciousness" dichotomy
(1:02:39) - How Mark's work on homeostasis links with Karl Friston's minimising free energy principle to help formulate a theory of consciousness
(1:11:21) - Mark's views on other theories of consciousness (e.g. Pansychism, Idealism etc.)
(1:30:16) - What do we do with the limited information we have about matter and reality?
(1:37:40) - Why do we keep searching for "Truth" in a Universe that may never provide us with an answer?
(1:43:11) - Mark's religious/spiritual beliefs and how he approaches the "deeper questions"
(1:49:57) - Conclusion
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16
MAY

Noam Chomsky: The Mind-Body Problem, The Hard Problem of Consciousness & The Problem w/ Materialism

WATCH: https://youtu.be/PSLlW58OZoI

Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in modern history. He is a linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historical essayist, social critic, and political activist. Known as "the father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is a Laureate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and an Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is the author of more than 150 books and well over 400 articles in major publications.

EPISODE LINKS:
- Noam's Website: https://chomsky.info/
- Noam's Books: https://www.amazon.com/Noam-Chomsky/e/B000AP81EC
- Noam's Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=rbgNVw0AAAAJ&hl=en
- Noam's Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(0:10) - A philosophical history of the Mind-Body Problem
(4:09) - Distinction between physical explanations & mathematical models
(8:22) - Change of Science's course over time
(10:54) - "The Hard Problem"
(13:09) - The problem with materialism
(18:39) - Can we explain consciousness & why are we trying so hard?
(23:35) - What is inaccessible to consciousness?
(28:45) - Differences in language & its implications on the transmission of information
(31:33) - Why do many conclude consciousness is an ethereal entity or part of a spiritual realm?
(34:20) - How to find inspiration in this complex Universe?
(36:23) - Free Will

***Unfortunately I lost over an hour worth of content with Noam due to technical difficulties. We've scheduled another interview soon. Thank you for listening and apologies for the abrupt ending!***
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27
APR

Iain McGilchrist: Matter & Consciousness as Relational, a Divided Brain, & Our Connection to Nature

WATCH: https://youtu.be/2UEXDs4mouU

Iain McGilchrist is a Consultant Emeritus of the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital, London, a former research Fellow in Neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, a former Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a former Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Stellenbosch. Some of his many books include "The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World" (2009), The Divided Brain and the Search for Meaning; Why Are We So Unhappy? (2012), and "The Matter with Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions and the Unmaking of the World" (2021).

EPISODE LINKS:
- Iain's Website: https://channelmcgilchrist.com/
- Iain's Books: https://www.amazon.com/Iain-McGilchrist/e/B09LD9RHQG%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
- Iain's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/DrIainMcGilchrist/
- Iain's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dr_mcgilchrist
- RSA Animation: https://youtu.be/dFs9WO2B8uI

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(0:30) - Consciousness
(8:06) - The Hard Problem
(11:40) - The divided brain
(27:47) - Theories of consciousness
(30:45) - Relationships as fundamental
(36:27) - Embodied & embedded cognition
(40:02) - Phenomenology & psychopathology
(57:54) - V.S. Ramachandran's "Devil's Advocate" & Daniel Kahneman's "System 1 & 2"
(1:05:10) - Ethical, political, moral implications
(1:21:13) - Limits of language
(1:35:10) - Iain's response to objections to his views
(1:41:44) - Religion, spirituality, meaning & purpose
(1:51:32) - Iain's author recommendations
(1:57:26) - Conclusion
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12
APR

Donald Hoffman: Conscious Realism, Evolution, Interface Theory of Perception, Reality & Veridicality

WATCH: https://youtu.be/M5Hz1giUUT8

Donald Hoffman is Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is an author of over 120 scientific papers and three books, including “The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes.” (2019). He has a TED Talk titled “Do We See Reality as It Is?".

EPISODE LINKS:
- Donald's Website: https://www.cogsci.uci.edu/~ddhoff/
- Donald's Books: https://www.amazon.com/Donald-D.-Hoffman/e/B001HPIWAW%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
- Donald's Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=G99fnUgAAAAJ&hl=en
- Donald's TED Talk: https://youtu.be/oYp5XuGYqqY

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(0:35) - Psychophysics
(05:56) - Evolution & veridical reality
(10:21) - Fitness payoff functions & homomorphisms
(20:27) - Space-Time does not exist
(32:24) - Take it (Space-Time) seriously, not literally
(42:20) - Interface theory of perception (ITP)
(49:08) - Conscious realism & Conscious Agents (CA) theory
(58:00) - Morals and meaning-making
(1:07:06) - Markovian dynamics, entropy & time
(1:10:53) - Karl Friston's minimizing free energy principle
(1:14:34) - Universal Darwinism & Markovian kernal universality
(1:19:19) - Gödel's incompleteness theorems
(1:26:21) - The notion of life, the self & neuroscience
(1:36:03) - Donald's author/philosopher recommendations
(1:42:50) - Response to other counter-arguments & misconceptions
(1:54:13) - Donald's views on religion/spirituality & its relationship with science/mathematics
(2:02:39) - Conclusion
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21
MAR

Michael Levin: Bioelectrical Networks, Cellular Intelligence, Xenobots, Morphogenesis & Regeneration

WATCH: https://youtu.be/v6gp-ORTBlU

Michael Levin is a Distinguished Professor in the Biology department at Tufts University. He holds the Vannevar Bush endowed Chair and serves as director of the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts and the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology. He attended Tufts University, interested in artificial intelligence and unconventional computation. To explore the algorithms by which the biological world implemented complex adaptive behavior, he got dual B.S. degrees, in CS and in Biology and then received a PhD from Harvard University. He did post-doctoral training at Harvard, where he began to uncover a new bioelectric language by which cells coordinate their activity during embryogenesis.

EPISODE LINKS:
- Mike's Website: https://wyss.harvard.edu/team/associate-faculty/michael-levin-ph-d/
- Mike's Twitter: https://twitter.com/drmichaellevin
- Mike's Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=luouyakAAAAJ&hl=en
- Mike's Lab: https://ase.tufts.edu/biology/labs/levin/
- TED: https://youtu.be/XheAMrS8Q1c

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(0:37) - How Mike's work changed biology
(2:59) - Electrical signals as information carriers
(5:16) - Defining intelligence
(12:30) - Evolution of AI
(17:26) - "Artificial" vs "natural" intelligence
(20:19) - Developmental psychology & AI
(21:37) - Animals, cyborgs & hybrids of intelligence
(26:49) - Morphogenetics, embryogenesis, cellular intelligence & basal cognition
(33:05) - Benefits of bioelectric communication
(42:04) - Histological communication differences
(46:04) - DNA as hardware & electrical signals as software
(57:09) - Practical implications
(1:03:41) - Xenobots (proto-animals)
(1:10:22) - Regenerative medicine
(1:15:11) - Conclusion
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16
MAR

Patricia Churchland: Eliminative Materialism, Neurophilosophy & the Origins of Conscience & Morality

WATCH: https://youtu.be/6IVBxmaaGNg

Patricia Churchland is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego and an Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute. She holds degrees from Oxford University, the University of Pittsburg and the University of British Columbia. She has contributed to the fields of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of the mind and neuroethics. Her research has centered on the interface between neuroscience and philosophy with a current focus on the association of morality and the social brain. She has been awarded the MacArthur Prize, The Rossi Prize for Neuroscience and the Prose Prize for Science. She has authored multiple pioneering books has has served as President of the American Philosophical Association and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.

EPISODE LINKS:
- Pat's Website: https://patriciachurchland.com/
- Pat's Twitter: https://twitter.com/patchurchland
- Pat's Books: https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-S.-Churchland/e/B004QVSURY%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
- Pat's Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=tbBE8QwAAAAJ&hl=en

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(1:28) - What is consciousness?
(7:32) - Eliminative Materialism
(14:55) - Neurophilosophy
(17:57) - Atypical brains
(21:44) - If mind is brain, psychiatry implications
(28:58) - Evolution of awareness & sleep
(34:23) - Origins of moral intuition & a conscience
(41:31) - Why the transition to neuroethics?
(50:58) - Neuroexistentialism & free will
(59:10) - Pat's religious/spiritual views
(1:06:41) - Immediate social altruism vs effective altruism
(1:09:51) - Selfish gene
(1:12:58) - Mental health
(1:17:41) - New brain data
(1:21:36) - AI
(1:23:11) - Pat's book recommendations
(1:26:56) - Conclusion
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14
MAR

Gregg Caruso: Free Will Skepticism, Hard Incompatibilism, Neuroexistentialism & Moral Responsibility

WATCH: https://youtu.be/YztCgd-CqtA

Gregg Caruso is Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Corning, Visiting Fellow at the New College of the Humanities, and Honorary Professor of Philosophy at Macquarie University. He is also Co-Director of the Justice Without Retribution Network housed at the University of Aberdeen School of Law. His research focuses on free will, moral responsibility, punishment, philosophy of law, jurisprudence, social and political philosophy, moral philosophy, philosophy of mind, moral psychology, and neurolaw. His books include Rejecting Retributivism: Free Will, Punishment, and Criminal Justice (2021), Just Deserts: Debating Free Will (2021) and many more.

EPISODE LINKS:
- Gregg's Website: http://www.greggcaruso.com/
- Gregg's Twitter: https://twitter.com/greggdcaruso
- Gregg's Books: https://www.amazon.com/Gregg-D.-Caruso/e/B0071QYHEQ%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
- Gregg's Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=LWhSNGgAAAAJ&hl=en
- Gregg's TED Talk: https://youtu.be/rfOMqehl-ZA

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(0:27) - Definition of free will
(3:39) - Free will debate
(8:55) - Libertarianism
(19:34) - Compatibilism
(24:46) - Hard Incompatibilism & moral responsibility
(29:30) - Rejecting Retributivism
(34:03) - Moral luck & its ethical implications
(42:36) - Systemic injustice
(49:46) - Punitiveness
(55:12) - Daniel Dennett's argument
(1:00:57) - What is consciousness?
(1:14:38) - Neuroexistentialism
(1:18:00) - Threats to self, autonomy, agency
(1:23:25) - Solutions to the social dilemma?
(1:32:55) - Criminal justice reform
(1:39:23) - Beliefs and its impact on crime
(1:43:29) - Sam Harris on free will
(1:51:31) - Gregg's book recommendations
(1:57:37) - Conclusion
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08
MAR

Eric Schwitzgebel: Metaphysics of Mind, Issues of Introspection, Ethics of Ethicists, Aliens & AI

WATCH: https://youtu.be/kKJyo2_s5P8

Eric Schwitzgebel is Professor of Philosophy at University of California at Riverside. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Stanford and his PhD in Philosophy from U.C. Berkeley. He blogs at The Splintered Mind and is the author of Perplexities of Consciousness (2011) and A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures (2019). He has published dozens of articles on the issue of introspection, moral psychology, the nature of belief and other attitudes; the epistemology of philosophy; ancient Chinese philosophy; philosophical issues in moral, developmental, and perceptual psychology; the metaphysics of consciousness; and the relationship between philosophy and science fiction.

EPISODE LINKS:
- Eric's Website: http://www.faculty.ucr.edu/~eschwitz/
- Eric's Blog: http://schwitzsplinters.blogspot.com/
- Eric's Books: https://www.amazon.com/Eric-Schwitzgebel/e/B004FR351K%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
- Eric's Publications: https://philpeople.org/profiles/eric-schwitzgebel

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(0:40) - Mind-Body Problem
(9:00) - Universal craziness thesis
(17:00) - Issues with theories of consciousness
(29:00) - What is consciousness and the self?
(36:25) - Issues of introspection and beliefs
(52:11) - Other minds
(1:00:08) - Philosophy of science fiction
(1:06:47) - Ethics of ethicists
(1:14:22) - Philosophy of philosophers
(1:23:32) - Universal dubiety thesis
(1:30:27) - Artificial intelligence
(1:35:42) - Copernican principle of consciousness & alien species
(1:41:40) - Belief in God, atheism, agnosticism
(1:45:09) - Free will & compatibilism
(1:48:40) - Eric's author recommendations
(1:56:43) - Skepticism of philosophical expertise
(2:00:29) - Conclusion
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26
FEB

Ralph Lewis: Purpose Without God & the Unreliability of Subjective Perception, Intuition & Beliefs

WATCH: https://youtu.be/wChDT2oTKVs

Ralph Lewis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is a clinical psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada and a psycho-oncology consultant at the Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto. Dr. Lewis writes a popular blog series, Finding Purpose, hosted and promoted by his hospital and publishes regularly on Psychology Today. He has published articles on a psychiatric understanding of belief and purpose in Skeptic magazine and the Human Prospect. He has also written a best selling book: "Finding Purpose in a Godless World: Why We Care Even If The Universe Doesn't".

EPISODE LINKS:
- Ralph's Website: http://purposewithoutgod.com/
- Ralph's Blog: https://health.sunnybrook.ca/mental-health/finding-purpose/
- Ralph's Book: https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Purpose-Godless-World-Universe/dp/163388385X#byline_secondary_view_div_1645691160720
- Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/za/contributors/ralph-lewis-md

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(1:15) - Evolution of purposiveness
(5:09) - Religious/Cultural evolution
(8:47) - Atheism, physicalism & reductionism
(16:14) - Psychiatry, consciousness & disordered minds
(30:00) - Religious beliefs vs delusional beliefs
(41:30) - Evolution of belief systems & ideologies
(54:03) - Medicalizing the human condition?
(1:03:44) - Biologizing mental illness?
(1:07:05) - Evolutionary basis of ADHD
(1:19:12) - Ralph's history
(1:37:00) - Michael Shermer, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Stuart Kauffman etc.
(1:44:02) - Free will
(1:49:59) - Existential angst & finding purpose in a godless world
(1:59:45) - Questions from listeners
(2:06:20) - Conclusion
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15
FEB

Menachem Fisch: A Philosophical History of Normativity, Neuroscience and the Mind-Body Problem

WATCH: https://youtu.be/B44_ISJZMlY

Menachem Fisch is Joseph and Ceil Mazer Professor Emeritus of History and Philosophy of Science, and Director of the Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies at Tel Aviv University, and Senior Fellow of the Goethe University Frankfurt's Forschungskolleg Humanwisseschaften, Bad Homburg. He has published widely on the history of 19th century British science and mathematics, on confirmation theory and rationality, on the theology of the talmudic literature, and the philosophy of talmudic legal reasoning. His recent work explores the limits of normative self-criticism, the Talmud's dispute of religiosity, the possibilities of articulating a pluralist political philosophy from within the assumptions of halakhic Judaism, the history and philosophy of scientific framework transitions, and the theo-political roots of Israel's reaction against political Zionism.

EPISODE LINKS:
- Menachem's Website: https://menachemfisch.academia.edu/
- Menachem's Books: https://www.amazon.com/Menachem-Fisch/e/B001H6QT1K%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
- Menachem's Publications: https://scholar.google.co.il/citations?user=1gSAA4YAAAAJ&hl=en

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(0:20) - Does science need philosophy? (& vice versa)
(6:51) - Philosophical challenges of mind/brain research
(14:03) - Neuroscience vs normativity
(23:57) - Is it possible to predict feelings or qualia?
(28:44) - Our perception of human complexity
(35:32) - Karl Popper (science vs pseudoscience)
(42:40) - Human consciousness and the self
(47:30) - Psychiatric nosology
(56:40) - Transcending normativity
(1:02:07) - Teleology & religion
(1:12:49) - Menachem's author recommendations
(1:17:20) - Conclusion
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12
FEB

Risto Miikkulainen: Neuroevolution, Evolutionary Computation and Models of Present & Future Minds

WATCH: https://youtu.be/NbGkWjyyLKc

Risto Miikkulainen is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin and AVP of Evolutionary Intelligence at Cognizant AI Labs. He received an M.S. in Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 1990. His current research focuses on methods and applications of neuroevolution, evolutionary computation, machine learning, cognitive science as well as neural network models of natural language processing and vision; he is an author of over 450 articles in these research areas. In 2016, he was named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for contributions to techniques and applications for neural and evolutionary computation.

EPISODE LINKS:
- Risto's Website https://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/risto/
- Risto's Publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=2SmbjHAAAAAJ&hl=en

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TIMESTAMPS:
(0:00) - Introduction
(1:13) - Evolution of Future Minds
(4:37) - Sci-fi Influences
(6:29) - Computational Models in Medicine
(12:04) - AI & Human Minds
(16:45) - Consciousness Models
(20:53) - Similarities Between Biology & Computers
(24:25) - Computing Human Behaviour
(32:18) - Computer Algorithms vs Human Psychology
(39:43) - Human Augmentation (Superhuman)
(45:11) - Neuroevolution & Evolutionary Computation
(1:00:15) - Cognizant AI Labs
(1:03:18) - Ethical Dilemmas in AI
(1:11:25) - Risto's AI Vision For The Future
(1:15:41) - Conclusion
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