Ransom Stephens, speaker
Featured Seminar and Keynote: The Pictures within the Pictures of Neuroscience and the Great Questions Neuroscience has built a case for addressing many of the Great Questions—nature or nurture, creative or analytic, talent or skill—as interdependent feedback loops: nature and nurture, alone and together, intellect and emotion. In this presentation, physicist and science writer Ransom Stephens begins with a description of how your brain works in three easy steps, advances to the emergence of consciousness in people and animals, and then, with the audience’s help, approaches those Great Questions all the way to free will and determinism, science and art, and life and death. more... Short Speeches: The Spectrum of Consciousness investigates how consciousness emerges from the physical matter that composes our brains. Is consciousness something that blossoms only in big complex brains? Or is it a spectrum from ever so slightly aware critters to the great human philosophers? Problem Solving, Jokes, and Aha! uses humor as an example to illustrate the creative process that brings “Aha!” ideas to the surface. The Essential Weirdness of Death makes sense of how we respond to the deaths of friends and family members in terms of the way our brains perceive reality. Where does Talent End and Skill Begin? examines the interrelationships of talent and skill by addressing the classic question of nature and nurture with a conclusive answer involving superman, the concept of exaptation, and the neuroscience of how we learn. The Depth of Our Dependence on Each Other presents how inextricably dependent people are on their parents, friends, colleagues, and everyone in the societies they make up. The speech concludes with a moment of silence to mourn the demise of the speaker’s illusion of rugged individualism. Full Length Presentations The Keys to Innovation: Priming your brain to percolate brilliant ideas The route from problem to solution is a swirling path with Aha! moments lighting the way. In this presentation, we examine the neural processes that percolate insights into consciousness and how to prime your brain so you can crank them out! more... The Reality Interface You derive every emotion, every memory, every concept however abstract or concrete, everything you know from five inputs: your senses. We'll take a roller coaster ride through the science of how the brain processes sensory data, how it affects our perceptions of reality, and how reality differs for different people and how it might appear from an animal's senses. more... For Writers Get Inside Your Reader’s Brain: The neuroscience of how to make readers laugh and cry Neuroscience is like looking under the hood to see how It works. When you know how readers process your writing you can figure out what grabs readers, what bores them, and why. more... Emmy Noether: Mistress of Nature's Laws How come you've never heard of this amazing woman? She made the single most important discovery in the history of humanity, barely escaped Hitler's Germany, and created the mathematical foundation for the entire field of physics. more... The Keys to Innovation: Priming your brain to percolate brilliant ideas The route from problem to solution is a swirling path with Aha! moments lighting the way. In this presentation, we examine the neural processes that percolate insights into consciousness and how to prime your brain so you can crank them out! more... Your Pursuit of Greatness  For professionals facing major career decisions: a perspective-altering view of how it all works. By looking at life, luck, and money in the light of different time scales, the Big Picture comes clear: How you got here and how to pursue your own personal greatness. Ransom’s analysis of the nature of challenge proves that you have everything you need to achieve your greatest potential. Distinct versions for where you are in life: For practicing professionals: facing major career decisions For retirees: perspective on deciding what’s next! High school and college students: ways to perceive your future and choosing a major with an eye to  career development o Special STEM versions include cutting edge Silicon Valley anecdotes and technology more... Everything you need to evaluate Ransom for your event is here: One Sheets Preview videos Client references and testimonials Photos Prices  more...
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