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Critical Thought | TV features Stuart Mason Dambrot’s conversations with scientists, philosophers, artists, and other transformative individuals about the future of science, the arts and society.


Ben Goertzel

Cosmist | Singularitarian

June 22, 2012

Dr. Ben Goertzel, a self-described Cosmist and Singularitarian, is one of the world’s leading researchers in artificial general intelligence (AGI), natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, and virtual worlds and gaming He has published a dozen scientific books, 100+ technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles.

Ben Goertzel | Artificial General Intelligence: An Overview  Ben Goertzel | Artificial General Intelligence: Physical & Virtual Robots Beyond AGI: Imagining the Unimaginable


Aubrey de Grey

Medical Gerontologist

June 13, 2012

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to combating the aging process. His research interests encompass the characterization of all the accumulating and eventually pathogenic molecular and cellular side-effects of metabolism that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. His comprehensive plan for such repair, Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), breaks aging down into seven major classes of damage and identifies detailed approaches to addressing each one.

Aubrey de Grey Aubey de Grey Aubrey de Grey Aubrey de Grey | SENS: Trends and Challenges


Mark Wigley

Architectural Theorist | Scholar | Author

June 8, 2012

Mark Wigley, an Architectural Theorist, Scholar and Author, and Dean of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), has stated that “Architecture is a set of endlessly absorbing questions for our society rather than a set of clearly defined objects with particular effects. Architects are public intellectuals, crafting forms that allow others to see the world differently and perhaps to live differently.” Mark discusses his concepts, views and vision for architectural education and thought with Stuart Mason Dambrot on Critical Thought | TV.

Mark Wigley | Architectural Theory: A View of Structure Mark Wigley | Architectural Theory: A Room by Any Other Name? Mark Wigley | Architectural Theory: Evolution in Architectural Intelligence Mark Wigley | Architectural Theory: The Future of Cities


Lina Srivastava

Transmedia Activist

April 12, 2012

As a Transmedia Activist, Lina Srivastava designs strategies that harness cultural context and artistic expression to create change. She works with institutions, organizations, activists and artists on collaborative projects aimed at positive transformation in communities in which political, social and cultural conditions create imbalance or inequality, or the potential opportunity for economic and cultural growth.

Lina Srivastava | Transmedia Activism: Concept and Practice Lina Srivastava | Transmedia Activism: Field Notes Lina Srivastava | Transmedia Activism: Local Voice Lina Srivastava | Transmedia Activism: Trends and Challenges

Jesse Prinz

Culturalist | Neurophilosopher 

March 7, 2012

Culturalist and Neurophilosopher Jesse Prinz, Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and Director of CUNY’s Mellon Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, covers an encyclopaedic range of neuroscience-related topics – including empirical philosophy, evolution, culture, emotion, morality and consciousness – in his conversation with Critical Thought TV’s Stuart Mason Dambrot.

Jesse Prinz | Cognitive Empiricism: Hume's Insights Jesse Prinz | Nature + Nurture: Evolution and Culture Jesse Prinz | Neurophilosophy of Morality: The Role of Emotions   Jesse Prinz | Consciousness: The Mind's Eye


Randal Koene

Neuroscientist | Neuroengineer

March 1, 2012

Randal Koene, Neuroscientist and Neuroengineer, discusses Substrate Independent Minds with Stuart Mason Dambrot on Critical Thought TV. Topics covered include the science, technology and ethics of Whole Brain Emulation, Universal Darwinism, Pattern Survival and a possible very far-future universe.

Randal Koene | Substrate Independent Minds: A Brief Tutorial Randal Koene | Universal Darwinism and Pattern Survival Randal Koene | Substrate Independent Minds: Technical Challenges Randal Koene | Substrate Independent Minds: Ethical and Social Considerations


Alex Gabbay

Filmmaker | Director

February 17, 2012

Alex Gabbay, Filmmaker and Director, discusses Just Trial and Error – his award-winning film that asks, What do Art and Science have to say about Consciousness? – with Stuart Mason Dambrot on Critical Thought | TV. (Just Trial and Error trailer Copyright © Alex Gabbay)


Alex Gabbay | Just Trial and Error Alex Gabbay | Art, Science and Consciousness Alex Gabbay | Empathy, Instinct and Ethics


Jason Silva

Filmmaker | Futurist

November 2, 2011

Filmmaker, aesthetic philosopher and ecstatic futurist Jason Silva — who spoke at Singularity Summit 2011 — articulates his call for passion and artistic sensibility to inform ideation and instantiation of the Singularity.

Jason Silva | The Emerging Singularity Jason Silva | Synthetic Biology Jason Silva | Techno-Optimism Jason Silva | Unbounded Imagination


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