Think Again Podcast ep. 27 – THE UPSIDE OF BOREDOM – (feat. philosopher Alva Noë)

Smart people. Surprise topics. Deep fun. This week, philosopher Alva Noë. 


   

 

Think Again is a spontaneous, brainy variety show — the world's brightest minds grapple with surprise topics. 

Why are we so afraid to slow down and think? Is it possible, in any sense, to separate reason and emotion? Is there such a thing as "too far out" in physics?

On this week's episode, philosopher Alva Noë, author of Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature and host Jason Gots hear surprise clips from a physicist, a Wall Street "quant," and magician Penn Jillette. The far-ranging conversation that ensues digs deep into the nature of art, religion, and thought itself.

Listen to Think Again Podcast ep. 27 – THE UPSIDE OF BOREDOM – (feat. philosopher Alva Noë)

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    About Think Again - A Big Think Podcast: If you've got 10 minutes with Einstein, what do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? Some of the best conversations happen when we're pushed outside of our comfort zones. Each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you've probably heard of with handpicked gems from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. These conversations could, and do, go just about anywhere.


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