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CASBS at Google

Current and former fellows present as part of the Talks at Googleprogram. Read about the partnership here.

2014-15 CASBS fellow Fred Turner: "Media Against Fascism: From World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties"

In January, 1967, tens of thousands of hippies and their friends gathered in Golden Gate Park for a festival of love, dancing and psychedelia called the Human Be-In. Many have argued that the Be-In marked the start of the American counterculture, but Fred Turner reveals that the Be-In was actually the endpoint of an American assault on Fascism that began with World War II.

2017-18 CASBS fellow Hector Postigo: "Can Your Platform Afford Play? How Video Gamers Invented New Entertainment Genres"

Young men and women in college, high school, and working professionals who in their leisure time recorded video game play to post on YouTube and other platforms, have redefined a number of long held ideas about what constitutes marketable entertainment, leisure, derivative vs. transformative works, and how we may imagine “content” and the future of the creative industries.

2015-16 CASBS fellow Jamie Jones: "Decelerating, Correlated, and Skewed: Understanding How the Biophysical Environment Shaped Human Preferences"

Rationality has taken a hit recently. A veritable torrent of work in psychology and economics has challenged the notion that the human brain is designed to make rational decisions. However, this observation raises a paradox. By almost any measure, Homo sapiens is a spectacularly successful species. From humble origins approximately two million years ago, humans have grown to a population that exceeds seven billion and have colonized – and come to dominate – nearly every terrestrial biome. This phenomenal growth suggests that, on average, our ancestors made very good decisions.

2015-16 CASBS fellow Rose McDermott: The Genetics of Politics

"While traditionally social factors have been considered to have primary influence on political behaviors and preferences, more recent research shows that there's also a strong heritable component to ideological attitudes. Rose McDermott, professor of International Relations at Brown University and a 2015-16 CASBS fellow, will discuss her research on the influence of genetic contributions to political and social behavior. McDermott has described her work as intended to offer “…a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to the interaction of psychological processes and political outcomes.""

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