Big Picture Science - Group Think
ENCORE: If two is company and three a crowd, what’s the ideal number to write a play or invent a new operating system? Some say you need groups to be creative. Others disagree: breakthroughs come only in solitude.
Hear both sides, and find out why you always have company even when alone: meet the “parliament of selves” that drive your brain’s decision-making.
Plus, how ideas of societies lead them to thrive or fall, and why educated conservatives have lost trust in science.
- Susan Cain – Author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
- Keith Sawyer – Psychologist at Washington University in St. Louis and author of Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration
- David Eagleman – Neuroscientist, Baylor College of Medicine and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
- Gordon Gauchat – Sociologist, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- Joseph Tainter – Professor, Environment & Society Department, Utah State University and author of The Collapse of Complex Societies
This encore podcast was first released on April 30, 2012
You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Blog Picture Science, the companion blog to the radio show.