Why do we dream? AI could help explain it. If only it could also explain the concerning situation in Belarus where yet another journalist has been arrested for criticizing the government.
On happier news, we’re hyped that Dr Jane Goodall has won yet another award, the lab-leak hypothesis is being reconsidered, and Sam Harris, Ricky Gervais and Jesse Singal have provided us with more auditory pleasures to feast our ears upon. We’ve also included some info on the exciting new VIPER rover!
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THE AWARD GOES TO DR GOODALL
Dr Jane Goodall is probably the most famous ethologist and conservationist of our time. Her life’s work on animal intelligence and humanity was what made Think Inc. tour her around Australia in both 2017 and 2019.
Recently her incredible work has gained her the 2021 Templeton Prize, whose previous recipients include the Dalai Lama and Mother Theresa. Dr Gooddall says the prize money will make a huge difference to her institution’s programmes which are helping over 130 communities worldwide.
Dr Goodall used the opportunity to discuss her concern about our disrespect of the natural world, including the way we force animals closer to people, therefore making it easier for pathogens, like COVID, to jump from an animal to a person. She said “Hopefully this pandemic has woken people up. We must develop a new relationship with the natural world.”
Do you think COVID is the wake-up call we needed?
lab-leak hypothesis revisited
lukashenko critic arrested
dream theory and AI
SINGAL & HARRIS
Speaking of Sam Harris, he had a great talk with heterodox journalist, Jesse Singal, on episode 250 of his Making Sense podcast. Jesse is co-host of the podcast Blocked and Reported, author of The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can’t Cure Our Social Ills and starting in June he’ll take on the role of media columnist for The Spectator USA.
In this ep you’ll get to hear Sam and Jesse talk about an array of juicy, controversial topics, including Jesse’s experiences with cancel culture, transgender activism, the JK Rowling incident, and the capture of cultural institutions by the far-Left.
Unless you’re a Patreon supporter of Making Sense you won’t be able to hear them talk about whether Jesse should try psychedelics.
Side note: if you’re a Lex Fridman or Sam Harris fan and you’ve got a spare couple of minutes, check this out. Name a catchier song about free will – I’ll wait…