Wednesday, May 9, 2012

RadioLab at UCLA! What is "thinking"? (audio)

Wisdom Quarterly

Join one of the best weekly radio programs in the nation live at UCLA for three fascinating nights: 

Radiolab's Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich take the stage to explore what it is like to be "In the Dark."

(WNYC) Radiolab Podcast: What is the connection between thought, inner speech, and the voice in our heads? In the episode, "Words," a debate broke out about whether kids can think before they have words. For the podcast, Jad revisits that question with Charles Fernyhough, who tells Jad about a theory developed by a Russian psychologist name Lev Vygotsky whose theory describes how words and thoughts move from speech outside our heads to speech inside. Hearing voices? Ten percent of people do. What could shed light on this surprisingly common phenomenon? Read more about voice-hearing and schizophrenia in the study mentioned.

Together with comedian Demetri Martin, modern dancer-athletes Pilobolus, and live scoring from musician Thao Nguyen, In the Dark will be a night of gripping stories, wonder-inducing demonstrations, and jaw-dropping images. 

Audience members will hear an astronaut's harrowing experience during a space walk, take a peek inside two very different realities described by two blind men, and imagine, step-by-step, how something as utterly complex as the eye could have evolved.

Radiolab, produced by WNYC in New York, sounds like nothing else on the radio. An immersive, perspective-shaking experience, Radiolab is an expedition of the mind -- where vivid storytelling, cutting-edge sound design, and a genre-bending spirit of inquiry pull listeners into a world of curiosity and discovery.

Radiolab's signature sound derives from an electric chemistry between hosts Jad Abumrad, an award-winning radio producer, and Robert Krulwich, a highly-acclaimed science reporter.

Together, they bring a sense of surprise, humor, and hands-on eagerness to complex topics. They explore big ideas with an infectious enthusiasm for the mysteries of science and the magic of real-life. 

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