Big Thinkers: A Look Back

Back in 1999, ZDTV launched Big Thinkers, a weekly cable TV program that featured half-hour interviews with thinkers on the bleeding edge of science and technology. The show didn’t have the longest run. But it did manage to shine the spotlight on some important minds – Michio Kaku (theoretical physicist), Sherry Turkle (MIT psychoanalyst), Lawrence Lessig (law professor & free culture advocate), and Esther Dyson (technology investor), to name a few. Big Thinkers was perfect Open Culture material before the days of Open Culture. So we’re paying a little tribute to the show. Above, you will find an episode dedicated to Daniel Dennett, the American philosopher and cognitive scientist who has done extensive research on the philosophy of mind. Part 1 appears above, and Part 2 and Part 3 here. Finally, you can watch other Big Thinkers episodes (including those mentioned above) on this YouTube channel.

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