Dr. Bobby Azarian: Exploring the Depths of Neuroscience, Evolution, and Consciousness
In this episode of the Smarter Not Harder Podcast, our guest Dr. Bobby Azarian joins our host Dr. Ted Achacoso to give one-cent solutions to life’s $64,000 questions that include:
- How does the neuroscience of belief and cognitive biases, such as confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect, impact our resistance to changing beliefs and our approach to epistemic foraging?
- In what ways can understanding the concept of hierarchical emergence in the universe, and viewing everything from ant colonies to nations as a single organism, contribute to our understanding of consciousness, self-modeling, and mental resilience?
- How can the exploration of theories such as the Bayesian brain hypothesis, neuroDarwinism, terror management theory, and Cleodynamics enhance our understanding of the human mind, the universe, and the potential for predicting chaotic events?
Who is Dr. Bobby Azarian?
Dr. Robert Azarian (Bobby Azarian) is a science journalist and a cognitive neuroscientist who received his PhD from George Mason University. He has written for publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times, BBC, Scientific American, Slate, HuffPost, Quartz, and Aeon, and he writes the blog “Mind in the Machine” for Psychology Today. His recent book is called The Romance of Reality: How the Universe Organizes Itself to Create Life, Consciousness, and Cosmic Complexity.
What did we talk about with Dr. Bobby Azarian?
(0:05:15) - Neuroscience of Belief and Epistemic Foraging
(0:14:57) - Hierarchical Emergence in the Universe
(0:22:36) - Neuro Darwinism and Terror Management Theory
(0:29:57) - Predicting Behavior Through Network Analysis
(0:38:41) - Bayesian Brain Hypothesis and Psychoplastogens
(0:42:53) - Defining Life
(0:56:24) - Exploring Consciousness and the Self
(1:12:30) - Health Optimization Medicine and Omega Point
(1:26:53) - Synthesis of Thermodynamics, Information, Evolution
(1:35:10) - Energy and Information in Thermodynamics and Evolution
(1:42:48) - Evolutionary Theory and Unifying BVSR
(1:51:09) - Evolutionary Cooperation and the Energy Problem
(1:59:18) - Living Life Smarter, Not Harder
(2:10:30) - Encouraging Reading and Personalized Knowledge
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