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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: 1934–2021

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 1934–2021  The work that I'm best known for is flow theory and the studies of flow experience. People have applied the studies all over the world, and it has influenced many schools, factories, offices, and even political systems. If I were to try to go back to the origins of the theory, I would say that it probably started...

Flow: Positive Human Behavior

A Conversation withMihaly Csikszentmihalyi[8.1.04] The work that I'm best known for is flow theory and the studies of flow experience. People have applied the studies all over the world, and it has influenced many schools, factories, offices, and even political systems. If I were to try to go back to the origins of the theory, I would say that...

Summer Reading from the Archive

GAIA IS A TOUGH BITCHA Conversation with Lynn Margulis[November 2011] How did the eukaryotic cell appear? Probably it was an invasion of predators, at the outset. It may have started when one sort of squirming bacterium invaded another—seeking food, of course. But certain invasions evolved into truces; associations once ferocious became benign. When...

My Mystical Moment

Frank Wilczek[5.18.21] It came to me, viscerally, that the intricate calculations I’d done using pen and paper (and wastebasket) might somehow describe this entirely different realm of existence—namely, a physical world of particles, tracks, and electronic signals, created by the kind of machinery I was looking at. There was no need to choose, as...

Hands On

Patricia S. Churchland[4.28.21] During my first neuroanatomy lecture, the patient presented to us was a former dean of the medical school who had suffered a small brainstem stroke. As he started to identify the stroke location, the former dean suddenly began to sob piteously. Deeply concerned, we waited in utter stillness a long minute until, abruptly,...

Mary Catherine Bateson: Systems Thinker

Mary Catherine Bateson[1.18.21]Mary Catherine Bateson 1939-2021  Introductionby John Brockman From the early days of Edge, Catherine Bateson was the gift that kept giving. Beginning in 1998, with her response to “What Questions Are You Asking Yourself?” through “The Last Question” in 2018, she exemplified the role of the Third Culture intellectual:...

HERD IMMUNITY

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Shame Can Lead to Real Change Right Now

Interview withJennifer Jacquet[1.13.21]  © Hannah McKay / Reuters Jennifer Jacquet: "Shame can lead to real change right now" Many Americans publicly express their shame about the events at the Capitol. Researcher Jennifer Jacquet explains why this feeling can advance the country. Interview: Carla Baum JANUARY 13, 2021 After the storm on the...

A Very Bumpy Ride

Life in the Time of COVID, Part 2A Conversation withLarry Brilliant, MD[12.7.20] [EDITOR'S NOTE: At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, I called on Larry Brilliant, a leading  epidemiologist and pandemic expert with unique experience and expertise, to ask him to talk about how we could begin to think about COVID-19 and what was in store for us....

The Shifting Terrain of Scientific Inquiry

A Conversation withDavid Kaiser[7.13.20] Most historians of science, certainly these days, consider themselves historians. That means we use historical methods of research. We comb through the published literature, investigate unpublished things—correspondence, notes, notebooks, grant proposals. For more recent periods, we interview people. (There's...

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