Ideas Roadshow

  • Conversations About Biology consists of the following 5 Ideas Roadshow Conversations which are based on in-depth filmed conversations with world-leading researchers. This collection includes a detailed preface highlighting the connections between the different books. Each book is broken into chapters with an introduction and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. On Atheists and Bonobos - A conversation with Frans de Waal, Primatologist at Emory University. Frans de Waal is renowned for his work on the behaviour and social intelligence of primates. This thought-provoking conversation examines fascinating questions such as: Are we born with an innate sense of "the good"? Do we learn from others what is "wrong"? Does religion determine, or is it a result of, morality?

    II. Learning and Memory - A conversation with Alcino Silva, Professor of Neurobiology, Psychiatry and Psychology at UCLA. Alcino Silva runs a learning and memory lab at UCLA that is focused on a vast number of topics, from schizophrenia and autism to learning and memory. This fascinating conversation explores how he and his colleagues focus on understanding the specific molecular mechanisms of neurobiology with the goal of being able to intervene and repair these mechanisms when they go awry.

    III. A Matter of Energy: Biology From First Principles - A conversation with Nick Lane, Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry at University College London. After an inspiring story of Nick Lane's career path, this wide-ranging conversation covers his bioenergetic view of early, evolutionary history, the origin of life and how all complex life is composed of a very particular cell type that we all share, and more.

    IV. Our Human Variability - A conversation with Stephen Scherer, Research Chair in Genome Sciences at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto. Stephen Scherer discusses his lifelong passion for science that culminated in his groundbreaking discovery of copy number variation. This conversation also covers his exciting work in autism research and how copy number variation brings us a deeper understanding of both human variability and disease.

    V. Sleep Insights - A conversation with Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at UC Berkeley. This extensive conversation gives a clear and compelling picture of our recent understanding of sleep's essential role in our daily lives, from reinforcing learning and memory to regulating emotion.

    Howard Burton is the creator and host of Ideas Roadshow and was the Founding Executive Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. All the above books are also available for individual purchase. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • Conversations About The History Of Ideas consists of the following five Ideas Roadshow conversations which are based on in-depth filmed conversations with 4 leading intellectual historians and an award-winning author. This collection includes a detailed preface highlighting the connections between the different books. Each book is broken into chapters with a detailed introduction and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. I. The Two Cultures, Revisited - A conversation with Stefan Collini, Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History and English Literature at the University of Cambridge. The 'Two Cultures' debate of the 1960s between C.P. Snow and F.R. Leavis is one of the most misunderstood intellectual disputes of the 20th century. Most people think that the debate only revolved around the notion that our society is characterized by a divide between two cultures: the arts or humanities on one hand, and the sciences on the other. This conversation provides a careful examination and illuminating insights of what the issues really were in this debate.

    II. II. Deconstructing Genius - A conversation with Darrin McMahon, the Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor of History at Dartmouth College. The word "genius" evokes great figures like Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart and Shakespeare but what quintessential quality unites these individuals? Can we measure it? Can we create it? This thoughtful conversation explores Darrin's research on the evolution of genius from Plato to Einstein in an effort to illuminate what our evolving genius mythology reveals about the rest of us.

    III. III. Turning the Mirror: A View From The East - A conversation with Pankaj Mishra, award-winning author. This conversation covers several of Pankaj's books, including From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia and An End To Suffering: The Buddha In The World, and his motivations behind them. Pankaj Mishra also describes how the long shadow of Western colonialism has significantly affected, and still significantly affects, those in the East, giving us revealing guideposts to help us develop greater tolerance and cultural understanding.

    IV. Pants On Fire: On Lying In Politics - A conversation with Martin Jay, the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History Emeritus at UC Berkeley. A thought-provoking book in dialogue format examining Martin Jay's extensive research on lying in politics from Plato and St. Augustine to Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss which culminated in his book The Virtues of Mendacity.

    V. V. Quest For Freedom - A conversation with Quentin Skinner, Barber Beaumont Professor Emeritus of the Humanities at Queen Mary University of London. This conversation examines how Quentin Skinner came to appreciate the importance of the distinction between the modern view of freedom and the so-called neo-Roman view, together with what it implies for our current and future political understanding.

  • Conversations About Social Psychology include the following five Ideas Roadshow conversations which are based on in-depth filmed conversations with four leading social psychologists and a former professional tennis player with a detailed preface highlighting the connections between the different books. Each book is broken into chapters with an introduction and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Being Social - A conversation with Roy Baumeister, Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland. This thought-provoking conversation explores Roy Baumeister's unique combination of biological and psychological thinking from recognizing essential energetic factors involved with willpower and decision-making, to framing free will in evolutionary biological terms to measuring the numbness associated with social rejection as a form of analgesic response, and more.

    II. Mindsets: Growing Your Brain - A conversation with Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. This extensive conversation provides behind-the-scenes, detailed insights into the development of Carol Dweck's important work on growth mindsets and fixed mindsets: how different ways of thinking influence learning ability and success.

    III. The Mind-Body Problem - A conversation with Janko Tipsarevic, founder and CEO of Tipsarevic Tennis Academy in Belgrade, Serbia. Janko Tipsarevic is a former professional tennis player, with a career-high singles ranking of world No. 8. Find out what it takes to achieve excellence in professional sports, what mindset is needed to reach one's true potential and a penetrating and inspirational window into the social psychology of professional tennis.

    IV. The Science of Emotions - A conversation with Barbara Fredrickson, Professor of Psychology at the UNC at Chapel Hill. Topics covered by this extensive conversation include Barbara's work on the science of positive emotions, including her broaden-and-build theory, the undoing effect and upward spirals, while highlighting relevant evolutionary-driven hypotheses together with measurement details of empirical studies.

    V. Critical Situations - A conversation with Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University. Philip Zimbardo relates his intriguing life history and the survival techniques that he developed from the particular dynamics of his upbringing in the Bronx to his quarantine experiences and the impact that the different experiences in his youth had on the development of his personal situational awareness and how that influenced his psychological research, and more.

    Howard Burton is the creator and host of Ideas Roadshow and was the Founding Executive Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • Conversations About Neuroscience consists of the following 5 Ideas Roadshow Conversations which are based on in-depth filmed conversations with world-leading neuroscientists. This collection includes a detailed preface highlighting the connections between the different books. Each book is broken into chapters with a detailed introduction and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Constructing Our World: The Brain's-Eye View - A conversation with Lisa Feldman Barrett, Professor in Psychology at Northeastern University. This extensive conversation explores Lisa's Feldman Barrett's research on how the brain works and the development of her theory of emotion: every moment of our life, our brain is anticipating and making sense of sensory inputs from its environment-the combination of the internal environment of the body and the external environment-and our brain uses conceptual knowledge to do that.

    II. Knowing One's Place: Space and the Brain - A Conversation with Jennifer Groh, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. After an inspiring story about how she became interested in neuroscience, this conversation examines Jennifer Groh's extensive research on how the brain combines various streams of sensory input to determine where things are, together with the corresponding implications for a wide range of issues, from neuroplasticity to our predictive brain to evolutionary mechanisms.

    III. Vision and Perception - A Conversation with Kalanit Grill-Spector, Professor in Psychology and the Stanford Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University. Kalanit Grill-Spector's is a vision specialist with a background in computational neuroscience. Her research examines how the brain processes visual information and perceives it. This extensive conversation explores how functional imaging techniques are used to visualize the brain in action and how it functions to recognize people, objects and places. Kalanit also discusses how the anatomical and functional properties of the brain change from infancy to childhood through adulthood, and how this development is related to improved visual recognition abilities.

    IV. Investigating Intelligence - A conversation with John Duncan, Professor of Neuroscience at University of Cambridge. This conversation examines fascinating questions in neuroscience such as: What is intelligence and what does IQ testing tell us? Can intelligence be measured and improved? What role does our frontal lobe play in executive control? John Duncan has rigorously investigated these types of issues for years and this conversation covers all those questions plus topics such as impairments following brain damage, functional brain imaging, and the brain basis for attention, intelligence and cognitive control.

    V. Minds and Machines - A conversation with Miguel Nicolelis, Professor of Neurobiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology and Neuroscience and Orthopaedic Surgery and Co-Director of the Center for Neuroengineering at Duke University. This thought-provoking conversation dives into Miguel Nicolelis' extensive and important research for over 20 years now and how he has been blurring the line between science fiction and science fact, developing increasingly sophisticated ways of harnessing the thoughts of rats, monkeys and humans to drive mechanical devices in the rapidly emerging field of brain-machine interfaces. As he continues to explore how best to apply this fascinating technology to liberate paralysis victims and Parkinson's sufferers from their neurological constraints, Nicolelis remains focused on challenging conventional wisdom of what the brain is and how it works, consistently probing the evolving frontier between body and mind.

    Howard Burton is the creator and host of Ideas Roadshow and was the Founding Executive Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. All the above books are also available for individual purchase. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Scott Soames, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at University of Southern California. Scott Soames is specialized in the philosophy of language and the history of analytic philosophy. This detailed conversation provides a detailed introduction to analytic philosophy, including some examples of contemporary relevance to a wide range of other fields.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction,The Utility of Philosophy, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
    An Analytical Introduction - From sociological musings to Gottlob Frege
    Investigating Logic - The benefits of rigorous inquiry
    Language and Meaning - Minds as gateways to information
    Legal Applications - Some concrete examples
    Changing the Culture - Philosophy everywhere
    Gdelian Challenges - Making sense of the incompleteness theorems

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Jacques Bertrand, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Collaborative Master's Program in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. This fascinating conversation explores Jacques Bertrand's extensive research on the politics and political change in Southeast Asia and provides detailed insights into this extensive and complex region which consists of countries with remarkably diverse histories and cultures.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, A Prescription for Progress, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
    I. Plunging In - Indonesian Immersion
    II. Recognizing Complexity - Appreciating individual trajectories
    III. Authoritarianism - Another product of history
    IV. The Need For Caution - Political understanding vs. a normative agenda
    V. Breaking Away - Dealing with secessionist movements
    VI. Asian Values - Rhetorical trope or meaningful distinction?
    VII. Making Progress - Knowing when to push, and when not to

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • This book is based on an in-dept, remotely filmed follow-up conversation between Howard Burton and Andy Hoffman, Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and School of Environment and Sustainability. They discuss Andy Hoffman's research and scholarly insights which are extremely relevant to today's society. Andy Hoffman is passionately committed to encouraging fellow academics to play a much stronger role in communicating knowledge, facts and information to the regular public and politicians which has culminated into his two new books `The Engaged Scholar' and `Management As A Calling'.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Exceptional Times, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
    I. Reprise - 7 years on
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    III. The Value of Wisdom - Beyond knowledge
    IV. Investigating Rewards - Intrinsic vs. extrinsic
    V. Concrete Opportunities - And concrete scepticism
    VI. Management as a Calling - Focusing on the students
    VII. Opinionated Ignorance - Hardly what the Founding Fathers had in mind
    VIII. Qualified Optimism - Hopeful signs
    IX. Spreading the Word - Creating new platforms through technology
    X. Getting Personal - Slings, arrows and the learning experience
    XI. Shattered Leadership? - Desperately trying to pick up the pieces

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Jay Rubenstein, Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Premodern World at the University of South Carolina, which provides us with fascinating insights into medieval society.

    How did the First Crusade happen? What could have suddenly caused tens of thousands of knights, commoners and even nuns at the end of the 11th century to leave their normal lives behind and trek thousands of miles across hostile territory in an unprecedented vicious and bloody quest to wrest Jerusalem from its occupying powers?

    Jay Rubenstein, historian of the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual worlds of Europe in the Middle Ages at USC, carefully explores those questions based on his extensive research while discussing the Apocalypse: the crusaders' sincere belief that the end of the world was approaching and their opportunity to participate in the last stage of the divine plan.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Glorious End, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
    I. Becoming a Medievalist - Suddenly fashionable
    II. Guibert of Nogent - From overlooked to oversimplified
    III. Armies of Heaven - Subheading
    IV. Considering Impact - On history and historians
    V. Moving On - Or perhaps not

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and UC Berkeley political scientist Professor Mark Bevir, who is an internationally acclaimed expert in the theory of governance. This thought-provoking conversation explores how attempts to shoehorn political science into a natural science framework commonly fail and how correctly appreciating what social science is and does has a direct bearing on our everyday social lives.

    By adopting the false belief that the social world is composed of some unchanging, fundamental entities on par with atoms or molecules-be they markets or classes or what have you-we will have no means of recognizing, or even describing, what happens when circumstances change and a new social dynamic is created.
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    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, One of a Kind, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Creating a Political Philosopher - From mathematics to social science
    II. The Power of Philosophy - How to change the world
    III. What is Political Science, Anyway? - Science vs. interpretation
    IV. Knowing One's Limits - Distinguishing heuristic utility from a scientific truth
    V. Missing the Boat - Beyond outdated dichotomies
    VI. Networks - What they are and how they arose
    VII. Analyzing Governance - How social science makes the world
    VIII. The Mechanisms of Influence - Investigating social traction
    IX. From Theory to Practice - Appreciating a mix of strategies
    X. Doing Things Better - The importance of listening
    XI. Starting Over - A lone wolf takes charge, at least theoretically
    XII. Going Global - Encouraging pluralism and open patterns

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Ellen Bialystok, Professor of Psychology at York University. Ellen Bialystok is a world-leading expert on the effects of bilingualism on cognitive processes across our lifespan. This conversation examines how she discovered differences in the development of essential cognitive and language abilities for bilingual children, the use of different brain networks by monolingual and bilingual young adults performing simple conflict tasks, and the postponement of symptoms of dementia in bilingual older adults, and many more fascinating aspects of bilingualism.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Plastic Revolution, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Focusing on Bilingualism - From pedagogy to battling stereotypes
    II. Becoming Scientific - Inklings of plasticity
    III. Out of the Minds of Babes - Focusing attention from the earliest moments
    IV. Differences and Definitions - Statistically significant results, and defining bilingualism
    V. Multitasking and Focusing - Real-world applications of bilingualism's advantages
    VI. In the Brain - What's happening inside
    VII. The Art of Measurement - The power of fMRI
    VIII. Bilingualism, Extended - The challenge of isolating relevant factors
    IX. Bilingualism and Dementia - Surprising results and current puzzles
    X. Public Policy Implications - The societal benefits of bilingualism
    XI. Open Questions and Speculations - Ongoing mysteries and the problem with projections

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks.

    For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • Embracing Complexity

    Howard Burton

    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and eminent historian David Cannadine, Princeton University. This thoughtful conversation includes an examination of different aspects of the societal role of both history and historians while rejecting the simplifying distortions of the historical record that we are regularly presented with. David also provides behind-the-scenes insights into several of his bestselling books, including The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Imposing Order, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Finding One's Historical Feet - Merging subjective and objective
    II. The Art of Biography - Trevelyan, Mellon, George V and more
    III. The Undivided Past - The origins of a deliberately provocative venture
    IV. Transcending Parochialism - The value of history
    V. Categorical Examinations - The utility of boxes
    VI. Historical Broadening - Changing practices
    VII. What to Do, Part I - Advising presidents and educating Princetonians
    VIII. What to Do, Part II - Harnessing technology


    Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • Philosophy of Brain

    Howard Burton

    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and neurophilosopher Pat Churchland, UC San Diego. Pat Churchland has done extensive research in the fields of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of the mind and neuroethics. During this mind-stretching conversation Pat explores how the brain works, how we are able to represent the external world of objects and our inner world of thoughts, self and consciousness.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Of Mice and Men, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Playing with Brains - Dissecting brains and meeting Francis Crick
    II. Neuropioneers - Ruffling philosophical feathers
    III. Sociological Fault Lines - Mind vs. brain
    IV. Connecting Horizontally - Investigating "philosophy of mind"?
    V. Touching a Nerve - Spreading the message
    VI. Social Relevance - Explorations of morality through biology
    VII. Free Will - An age-old quandary resurfaces
    VIII. Eliminative Materialism - What it means and doesn't mean
    IX. Consciousness - Towards progress?
    X. Summing Up - Some key questions


    Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • The 'Two Cultures' debate of the 1960s between C.P. Snow and F.R. Leavis is one of the most misunderstood intellectual disputes of the 20th century. Most people think that the debate only revolved around the notion that our society is characterized by a divide between two cultures - the arts or humanities on one hand, and the sciences on the other. This book is based on an extended conversation between Howard Burton and University of Cambridge intellectual historian Stefan Collini which provides a careful examination and illuminating insights of what the issues really were in this debate.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Returning to the Source, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    /> I. Cultural Assumptions - On the benefits of reading
    II. Saving the World - C.P. Snow's moral agenda
    III. "Literary Osteoporosis" - Scientists vs. "literary intellectuals"
    IV. Into the Mainstream - Snow becomes a sage
    V. Enter F.R. Leavis - Questioning authority
    VI. Combatting Clichés - The Industrial Revolution and challenging prose
    VII. The Fallout - Immediate and longer-term effects
    VIII. Lessons Learned? - Examining Leavis' impact
    IX. What Are Universities For? - Appreciating unique strengths
    X. Constructive Engagement - Critical inquiry and watching one's language
    XI. The Humanities vs. The Sciences - Ruminations on progress
    XII. General Implications - The ongoing relevance of The Two Cultures

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and primatologist Frans de Waal, Emory University, who is renowned for his work on the behaviour and social intelligence of primates. This thought-provoking conversation examines fascinating questions such as: Are we born with an innate sense of "the good"? Do we learn from others what is "wrong"? Does religion determine, or is it a result of, morality?

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Aping Morality, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Denying Our Inner Animal - Cartesian dogs, religious baggage and false dichotomies
    II. Morality and Evolution - Between chimpanzees and bonobos
    III. The Demise of Veneer Theory - Science discovers human cooperation and empathy
    IV. The Roots of Religion - A sociological approach
    V. Community Concern - Chimpanzee groups and Golden Rules
    VI. Beyond Theatrics - Reconciling science, religion and mortality
    VII. American Exceptionalism - Speculations on religiosity
    VIII. Testing Morality - Fairness, cooperation, risk-taking and more
    IX. Reasons for Optimism - Positive behaviour throughout the animal world
    X. Breaking Down Barriers - Towards species continuity

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and neuroscientist John Duncan, University of Cambridge, and examines fascinating questions in neuroscience such as: What is intelligence and what does IQ testing tell us? Can intelligence be measured and improved? What role does our frontal lobe play in executive control? John Duncan has rigorously investigated these types of issues for years and this conversation covers all those questions plus topics such as impairments following brain damage, functional brain imaging, and the brain basis for attention, intelligence and cognitive control.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Thinking Deeper, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Searching For A Definition - A curious correlation
    II. Trusting Your Gut - Intuitions and contradictions
    III. Paradigmatic Examples - Some test are more g-relevant than others
    IV. Different Types of Knowledge - Crystallized vs. fluid
    V. Another Correlation - The power of organization
    VI. Selecting Solutions - Finding focus
    VII. Looking Inside - Harnessing modern technology
    VIII. Implications - Future possibilities
    IX. Assessing the Landscape - Reactions and speculations
    X. Pure and Applied - Bringing it all home

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and renowned political theorist John Dunn, University of Cambridge. Through an engaging dialogue format, John Dunn candidly shares his deep insights on the historical development and current significance and future of democracy in different parts of the world and the relevance of political science departments in achieving democracy and other worthwhile goals.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Democratic Daze, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Illusions and Confusions - Unmasking American stereotypes
    II. Historical Examinations - The power of etymology
    III. Thinking Deeper - Minimizing political bads
    IV. Trust and Belief - Thinking critically
    V. China - Challenging Western ideals?
    VI. India - The world's largest democracy
    VII. Power to the People - Overthrowing autocracy and what happens next
    VIII. Towards Progress - Why we should care about all of this
    IX. Professional Indulgence - Critically examining "political science"




    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website (https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/).

  • Pushing the Boundaries

    Howard Burton

    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and former mathematical physicist and writer Freeman Dyson, who was one of the most celebrated polymaths of our age. Freeman Dyson had his academic home for more than 60 years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has reshaped thinking in fields from math to astrophysics to medicine, while pondering nuclear-propelled spaceships designed to transport human colonists to distant planets.

    During this extensive conversation Freeman looks back on his simultaneously transformative careers in theoretical physics, mathematics, biology, rocket ship design, nuclear disarmament and writing.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Pure and Applied, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
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    I. Debating Exceptionalism - Personal and professional
    II. In Praise of Rebels - Moving science forwards
    III. Against Reductionism - Valuing the specific
    IV. Foundational Issues - From the anthropic principle to free will
    V. Current Mysteries - From dark energy to quasicrystals
    VI. The Origin of Life - RNA as a parasite
    VII. Space Travel - Manned vs. unmanned
    VIII. Science and Society - Climate change and more
    IX. Religion - Another path
    X. Final Thoughts - Neuroscience and Chinese string theorists

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and John Elliott, Regius Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Oxford and Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge. This extensive conversation provides behind-the-scenes insights into how an undergraduate encounter with a 17th-century painting of The Count-Duke Olivares led John Elliott on a lifelong odyssey to study the history of Spain, Europe and the Americas in the early modern period to become one of the greatest Spanish historians of our age.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Two Cheers for Objectivity, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Beginnings - The benefits of travel
    II. In Search of Objectivity - Sentimental dangers
    III. Past and Present - How to revivify yourself
    IV. Circumventing Obstacles - The benefits of pressing on
    V. Doing History - Comparing, connecting and writing well
    VI. The Power of Imagination - Surprise tests and non-barking dogs
    VII. Decline - What it means, exactly
    VIII. The Impact of Technology - Strengths and weaknesses
    IX. Going Global - Opportunities and challenges
    X. History's Due - Beyond the theme park

    About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series:

    This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert in a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.

  • This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Brian Epstein, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Brian Epstein's career as a management consultant piqued his interest and his later research into the reasons why our current models of economics, politics and other areas of social science so often go terribly wrong. The conversation explores how we can dramatically improve our current economic and political models by reexamining our assumptions about the nature of the social world.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Real World, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Wondering About the World - A philosophical journey
    II. Empirical Influences - From management consultancy to metaphysics
    III. Unquestioned Assumptions - The cult of the individual
    IV. Beyond Emergence - A Supreme Value
    V. Ontological Examinations - Grounding and anchoring
    VI. Better Models - Beyond agent-based thinking
    VII. Modelling Concerns - Fear of mushiness
    VIII. Getting Specific - Modelling corruption
    IX. No, We Can't - The impact of a small political gene pool
    X. Responses and Reactions - The good, the bad, and the ugly
    XI. The Value of Breadth - Appreciating the humanities
    XII. Learning Our Lessons? - Or perhaps not
    XIII. Applied Philosophy - The "social turn"

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  • This book is based on an extensive filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Diana Deutsch, Professor of Psychology at UC San Diego and one of the world's leading experts on the psychology of music. This conversation provides behind the scenes insights into her discovery of a large number of auditory illusions, including the so-called Octave Illusion, which concretely illustrate how what we think we're hearing is often quite different from the actual sounds that are hitting our eardrums.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Revealing Mistakes, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Eclectic Beginnings - Music, art, philosophy, and philosophical psychology
    II. Tones, Pitches and Critical Values - Intriguing results in music and memory
    III. The Octave Illusion - How to confuse the brain with tones
    IV. Medical Applications - A highly suggestive result for epilepsy patients
    V. Eyes vs. Ears - The neurophysiological differences between vision and hearing
    VI. Gut Issues - The impact of discomfort
    VII. The Scale Illusion - Auditory scene analysis and evolutionary factors
    VIII. Surrounded by Illusions - From the Glissando Illusion to Tchaikovsky's 6th
    IX. Perfect Pitch & Tone Languages - Why Mandarin might help your musicianship
    X. Towards Monotony? - The tonal implications of globalization
    XI. Embracing Discomfort - The benefits of being confused

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  • Speaking and Thinking

    Howard Burton

    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Victor Ferreira, Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator at the Language Production Lab at the University of California at San Diego. This extensive conversation explores Victor Ferreira's research which is focused on language production and communication, especially with regard to grammar, lexical structure and speaker-hearer interaction, and his interests to incorporate computational and quantitative modelling of cognitive processing.

    Topics under discussion include key experimental results that change our view of what is actually going on when two people talk to each other, giving us new insight into the structure of language and also how many aspects of linguistics are related to our current understanding of how the brain and mind function.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Tip of the Tongue, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Linguistic Beginnings - In search of relevance
    II. Minimizing Ambiguity - Finding a linguistic drosophila
    III. Retrieval - Towards objective measurements
    IV. The Division of Labour - Examining message formulation
    V. Disambiguating Ambiguity - Linguistic vs. conceptual
    VI. Probing with Pronouns - A future experiment
    VII. Grammar - Examining its function
    VIII. Monitoring - Speaking carefully
    IX. In the Brain - Brain imaging and language
    X. Philosophical Divertimento - Brain vs. Mind
    XI. Language and Thought - The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
    XII. Future Investigations - Environmental impacts and big data
    XIII. Mind-Brain Redux - The debate continues....

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  • Why do we smile, laugh and actively seek out personal connections with the people around us? Why does it feel good and what evolutionary purposes do our so-called "positive emotions" serve? This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Barbara Fredrickson, Director Positive Emotions & Psychology Laboratory at UNC Chapel Hill. Topics covered by this extensive conversation include Barbara's work on the science of positive emotions, including her broaden-and-build theory, the undoing effect and upward spirals, while highlighting relevant evolutionary-driven hypotheses together with measurement details of empirical studies.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Only Connect, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Psychological Beginnings - Towards social psychology
    Emotions, Scientifically - From endings to moments of intensity
    Positive vs. Negative Emotions - Evolutionary conundrums
    Positive Psychology Emerges - Examining human flourishing
    Broaden and Build - A thesis emerges
    Emotional Measurement - Searching for objective criteria
    The Undoing Effect - A side benefit of positive emotions
    Taking Charge - Cultivating positive emotional states
    Responses - The perks and perils of relevance
    Personal Flourishing - Bringing it home
    Leveraging Positively - Generating upwards spirals

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  • Exploring Autism

    Howard Burton

    This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and one of the world's leading experts on autism Uta Frith, Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London. Topics that are examined in this extensive conversation are what autism actually is, the reasons behind the increased number of diagnoses over the last few years, autism spectrum disorders, Asperger's syndrome, mentalizing, brain imaging to research the cognitive and neurobiological bases of autism and more.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Autistic Condition, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. Assessing the Landscape - An autism epidemic?
    II. Searching for a Definition - Innate vs. conscious understanding
    III. A Stunning Result - Learning from dolls
    IV. Looking Inside - Brain-imaging technology and its impact
    V. Vaccines - Correlation vs. causation
    VI. Probing the Spectrum - Big and little pictures
    VII. Gender - A provocative speculation
    VIII. Ways Forward - Some concrete approaches


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  • This book is based on an in-depth, filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Jennifer Groh, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. After an inspiring story about how she became interested in neuroscience, this extensive conversation examines Jennifer Groh's extensive research on how the brain combines various streams of sensory input to determine where things are, together with the corresponding implications for a wide range of issues, from neuroplasticity to evolutionary mechanisms.

    This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Framing Evolution, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

    I. From Ticks to Brains - Becoming a neuroscientist
    II. Historical Background - On the shoulders of giants
    III. Frames of Reference - Integrating sensory systems
    IV. Mysterious Overlap - Fitting the pieces together
    V. Smell - An overlooked sense?
    VI. Brain Maps - Making a picture
    VII. Ice Cream Cones and Multiplexing - Same neurons, different functions?
    VIII. Navigating Rats - Place fields and memory
    IX. Neuroplasticity - Phantom limbs, cochlear implants and feedback
    X. Evolutionary Mechanisms? - Repeat performance?
    XI. The Road Ahead - Testing neurons for contrast

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