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Akshata and Christian discuss how psychedelic drugs can help us understand consciousness by analyzing a new theory of consciousness based on entropy. Are certain forms of consciousness “lower” or “higher” entropy? And what does that mean for the subjective experience of the conscious person? What happens in the brain under psychedelics to lead to a…
 
Akshata, Christian, and Ryan continue their discussion of mathematical creativity in Part 2 by getting deep into the four stage Gestalt model of creativity. They rank the four stages: preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification; and discuss how accurate this model is to real life mathematical creativity. The hosts also discuss the role …
 
Akshata and Christian bring on a new guest Ryan to talk about the ever elusive idea of mathematical creativity. How do mathematicians experience creativity? How is creativity different while problem solving in math class versus while doing actual mathematical research? Does the process of creativity or its results matter more? Through this more con…
 
Akshata and Christian are back, and this time they’re tackling one of the most expansive and interesting topics in cognitive science: sleep. Specifically, this episode explores sleep deprivation and what can happen to the brain when you don’t get enough sleep -from effecting integral phenomena like basic visual or auditory processing, to disrupting…
 
In this episode, Corinne Burch joins Akshata to talk about their experience as a music therapist. We begin with how music therapy benefits cognition, emotion, and social development, but we take a couple interesting detours. What actually counts as music and who gets to make that definition? Is music therapy an isolated, elite, individualistic phen…
 
In this episode Akshata and Christian, and their special guest Sadie discuss Montessori education and its effects on cognitive phenomena like creativity, executive function, and semantic memory. They delve into this somewhat niche teaching method that centers wholistic development for children and avoids grades or standardized tests. The hosts comp…
 
Akshata and Christian continue the conversation from last episode about the faults in the DSM and psychiatry brought up in Gary Greenberg’s “The Book of Woe.” In this second part, we talk about alternate ideas for diagnosis, we compare the DSM to the ICD (a manual developed by the ICD which is used internationally for diagnosis), and we touch on to…
 
Akshata and Christian explore the flaws in diagnostic psychiatry by discussing Gary Greenberg’s “The Book of Woe,” an expose and critique of the making of the DSM-5. In this first part of our conversation, we discuss the problems that underlie the classification human suffering through diagnosis, despite the agency and identity that diagnosis can p…
 
Sushant Dayal, Category Head for Nutrition at Amway, has 13+ yrs of industry experience with brands like Pepsico and Tata. In this episode you will learn about: What are the different marketing techniques used by FMCG brands? How digital is making its way in the FMCG industry? What are the techniques used for customer listening? How do we define cu…
 
Modern workplaces tend to be numerically skewed, often with an under-represented or marginalized minority group and a more influential majority group. Taking inspiration from evolutionary biology, we can model the workplace as a mutualism between the minority and majority, and we can then study how resources are equally -or more often, unequally -s…
 
What makes something an "individual" in biology? It's easy to think of an organism or a single cell as an individual, we can even consider a gene as an individual. What about a virus? A bacterial colony? A symbiotic system? An ecosystem? Christian and Akshata discuss how a recent study uses information theory and mathematics to define individuality…
 
Headed by the young and passionate designer Karishma Rana, who pursued her degree in Fashion Designing from INIFD Pune and later interned with the popular Arpita Mehta from Mumbai, the label infuses the fine art of traditional and delicate thread, Badla and Muqaish handwork while still maintaining the latest cuts and colours of the current trends. …
 
Parth joins Akshata and Christian to discuss the concept of power in cognitive science. We talk about how power works in the brain (along with methodological issues we have about these studies), how power and leadership might have evolved in early human societies, and how we can apply what we've learned to politics and society. Follow us on Twitter…
 
Christian and Akshata talk about GPT-3, a new iteration of a super powerful artificial intelligence. We chat about how computers and humans differ when it comes to poetry, math, learning, and even some scary implications of continuing to develop such advanced AI’s. Follow us on Twitter at @artbyakshata and @blkWittgenstein, and check out workbyaksh…
 
Christian and I (Akshata) talk about cephalopod evolution, how consciousness could have evolved, the role of language in thought, social intelligence, and a cool octopus proto-society. This is a deep dive on on Peter Godfrey-Smith’s book "Other Minds: the Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness." Follow us on Twitter at @artbyakshat…
 
How is the old way of raising early money different from today’s way of raising money? What are the best practices to connect with investors? How has the investors' outlook changes during and after the Covid pandemic? How should Small businesses focus on getting funds and surviving in today's market? What does the Network effect mean in business? H…
 
Manish has shared his experience and insights about: How B2B companies are coping up with covid impacts where offline Networking used to play a major role? What role analytics play? How are customer insights evolving and impacting the businesses? What are the major shifts in consumer behavior due to the exponential growth of digital? What are the c…
 
It's the day where we feature Pink Collar Professionals : the women entrepreneurs of India who are running their own venture. Dhi Design, a brand design consultancy run by Smita Raghani Veer.She collaborate one-on-one with small business owners/ startups & entrepreneurs who are working towards making a social impact thus need a stronger visual bran…
 
- Saurabh is the Marketing Head - Dairy segment at Britannia. - He has around 16 years of experience in Sales & Marketing with brands like Diageo, Mondelez (Cadbury) & Wipro Consumer Care. - He has been Recognised as 50 Best Marketing Professionals by White Page InternationalBy Pooja Goel
 
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