Episode 108 An Exploration of Social Minds


Episode 108

An Exploration of Social Minds

An interview with Professor simon deDeo

October 4, 2018

In this episode, Haley talks with Simon DeDeo at the Ninth International Conference on Complex Systems. DeDeo is an Assistant Professor in Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He talks about his current research, which explores extreme creative people and events throughout history in order to learn where new ideas come from and what people do when they get them. Describing his research as “an alternate account of what it means to be human”, DeDeo explains that we are not infinitely predictable creatures, rather we harness extreme capacity to evolve and create. Professor DeDeo also shares more about his course and research at the Santa Fe Institute.


Show Notes


Quotes from this episode:

 Haley talking with Professor DeDeo at ICCS

Haley talking with Professor DeDeo at ICCS

“We want to know where new ideas come from and we want to know what we do when we get them.” — Simon DeDeo

“The hard problem about creativity is of course, the origins of it.” — Simon DeDeo  

“Creativity is often a tail phenomenon. It’s an extreme phenomenon in many ways, so we go look at those extremes.” — Simon DeDeo

“One of our goals is a sense of wonder...and for a broader audience we provide an alternate account of what it means to be human.” — Simon DeDeo

“...To let ourselves wonder at ourselves is not just an intellectually pleasurable thing but it’s also politically important.” — Simon DeDeo

“It’s often said that evolution is the most powerful force for creative destruction, but also creation, that we have ever seen.” — Simon DeDeo

Resources from this episode:

You can find Simon DeDeo on Twitter

Professor DeDeo also runs the Laboratory for Social Minds