Marc Pagel : Infinite Stupidity

[1] M. D. Pagel, Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind. WW Norton & Co, 2012, p. 384.

Iain McGilchrist and Michael Gazzaniga : The Divided Brain

[1] I. McGilchrist, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. Yale University Press, 2010, p. 608.
[2] M. S. Gazzaniga, Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain. Ecco, 2011.
[3] Iain McGilchrist's webpage
[4] Edge's page of Michael Gazzaniga
[5] V. S. Ramachandran, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human. W. W. Norton & Company, 2011, p. 357.

History and Effects of the Civilization

[1] A History of Violence and Edge Master Class 2011 by Steven Pinker
[3] S. Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Viking Adult, 2011, p. 832.
[4] Steven Pinker Profile
[1] N. Ferguson, Civilization: The West and the Rest. Penguin Press HC, The, 2011, p. 432.

Jaron Lanier : The Local-Global Flip

[1] J. Lanier's Interview on
[2] J. Lanier home page
[3] J. Lanier, You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, Knopf Publishing Group, 2010.
[4] J. Lanier, The First Church of Robotics, NYTime
[5] Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism By Jaron Lanier

Why Cities Keep Growing, Corporations and People Always Die, and Life Gets Faster by Geoffrey West

[1] Edge Page about the talk of Geoffrey West
[2] Web page's of Geoffrey West

Nassim Nicholas Taleb - A Crazier Future


[1] Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Home Page
[2] the fourth quadrant: a map of the limits of statistics
[3] N.N. Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Random House (NY), 2008.

Robert Sapolsky

Robert Sapolsky on human learning and being open to new experiences from National Humanities Center on Vimeo.


[1] Robert Sapolsky Bio page at
[2] Robert Sapolsky, Monkeyluv: And Other Lessons in Our Lives as Animals
[3] Robert Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
[4] TOXO A Conversation with Robert Sapolsky
[5] Under Pressure: The Search for a Stress Vaccine
[6] The Brain Eating Vaccine Conspiracy

Sean Carroll - Why does the universe look the way it does ?





[1] D.J. MacKay, Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air, UIT Cambridge Ltd., 2009.
[2] S. Brand, Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto, Atlantic Books, 2010.
[3] Edge's page about Stephen Schneider
[4] Age of Stupid
[5] J. Rockström, W. Steffen, K. Noone, A. Persson, F.S. Chapin, E.F. Lambin, T.M. Lenton, M. Scheffer, C. Folke, H.J. Schellnhuber, B. Nykvist, C.A. de Wit, T. Hughes, S. van Der Leeuw, H. Rodhe, S. Sörlin, P.K. Snyder, R. Costanza, U. Svedin, M. Falkenmark, L. Karlberg, R.W. Corell, V.J. Fabry, J. Hansen, B. Walker, D. Liverman, K. Richardson, P. Crutzen, and J.A. Foley, "A safe operating space for humanity.," Nature, vol. 461, 2009, pp. 472-5.

Benoît Mandelbrot


[1] Fractales, hasard et finance
[2] The (Mis) Behaviour of Markets: A Fractal View of Risk, Ruin and Reward
[3] A theory of roughness : A talk with Benoit Mandelbrot on

Frank Schirrmacher - The age of the informavore



Stanislas Dehaene


[1] Stanislas Dehaene, Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention, Viking Books, 2009.

Informavaore Panel on with David Gelernter, Frank Schirrmacher and Andrian Kreye


Frank Schirrmacher

The new science of morality




[2] J. Henrich, S.J. Heine, and A. Norenzayan, "The weirdest people in the world?," The Behavioral and brain sciences, vol. 33, 2010, pp. 1-23.
[3] Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
[4] H. Mercier and D. Sperber, "Why do humans reason? Arguments for an argumentative theory," Behavioral and Brain Sciences., 2010.