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Negotiate With Yourself and Win!

Apr 29, 2020

Like all organisms, we humans have our behaviors, our motivations, appetites, feelings, and habits. With language, we humans also guess at who we are and why we behave the way we do. That's first-guessing ourselves. In other words, we've got our walk and our talk about our walk. But we can also second-guess...


Dec 11, 2019

Through the human capacity for language, we can imagine anything. The world of possibilities expands overwhelmingly so we try to dig into on heels on our beliefs, insisting on some possibilities while deflecting others. At our most insistent we reach for the wildcard trumpcard formula. The wildcard means we're free to...


Dec 2, 2019

The last of a four-episode series on the emergence of selves and effort from nothing but physiochemistry. Here we present the novel yet intuitive approach taken by Berkeley biologist Terrence Deacon which explains how effort isn't the energy used but how organisms constrain it, preventing their own dithering...


Nov 24, 2019

In this episode, we rule out the possibility that selves are DNA or genes, their patterns or their "information." We'll also rule out that natural selection or quantum mechanics explain us. In the next episode, we'll propose an alternative explanation for selves based on the work of Harvard/Berkeley neuroscientist,...


Nov 19, 2019

The conversation continues, clearing up and out the confusions and distractions so we can get to the difference between things that don't try and selves that do.