Neil deGrasse Tyson Testifies Before Senate on the Spirit of Exploration

[1] N. deGrasse Tyson, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier. W. W. Norton & Company, 2012, p. 384.

Alain de Botton: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

[1] A. D. Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work. Vintage, 2010, p. 336.

Lawrence Lessig - “How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It”

How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It from The Long Now Foundation on

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.

The Sagan and Feynman Series

[1] The Sagan Series
[2] The Feynman Series
[3] The LongNow Foundation

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.

Justice with Michael Sandel

References [1] Harvard University Justice with Michael Sandel
[2] M. J. Sandel, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010, p. 320.

Professor Renata Salecl on The Paradox of Choice

[1] R. Salecl, Choice (Big Ideas), Profile Books Ltd, 2011.
[2] Wikipedia page's of R. Salecl

The Empathic Civilisation by Jeremy Rifkin


[1] J. Rifkin, The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis, Jeremy P. Tarcher, 2010.

Les nouvelles technologies : révolution culturelle et cognitive – Michel Serres

David Eagleman on Possibilianism


[1] Possibilian web site
[2] D. Eagleman, Sum: Tales from the Afterlives, Canongate Books Ltd, 2010.
[3] D. Eagleman web site

Daniel Dennett, Jeff Hawkins & Sebastian Seung, Conscience and brain theory


[1] D.C. Dennett, Consciousness Explained, Penguin Books Ltd, 2007.
[2] J. Hawkins and S. Blakeslee, On Intelligence, St. Martin's Griffin, 2005.
[3] D. George and J. Hawkins, "Towards a mathematical theory of cortical micro-circuits.," PLoS computational biology, vol. 5, 2009, p. e1000532.
[4] Numenta, Inc

21st century enlightenment


[1] The RSA
[2] Cognitive Media

Jaron Lanier - You Are Not A Gadget


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

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

Frank Schirrmacher - The age of the informavore



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.