This is the third in a series of Talks at Google by current and former fellows of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University. Previous CASBS speakers appearing in the Talks at Google program include Rose McDermott and Eric Klinenberg. Learn more about CASBS at and follow @CASBSStanford.


Body-Mind Dualism in Early China. This seminar is a special collaboration with the Institute for Humanities Research and the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict.


TEDx talk “Trying Not to Try: the Power of Spontaneity”, recorded in October, 2016, at TEDxMaastricht.


Keynote Address (part two of three) at the “Prosociality in History and Historiography: Can Big Gods tip the Balance in World History?” International Research Roundtable.


Radio interview on CBC’s “North by Northwest”.


Interview on Global TV.


Foundations of Chinese Thought MOOC (Massive Open On-line Course) introductory video.


Interview with Edge, “The Paradox of Wu-Wei”

Edge, May 2014


Interview with Big Think, “The Dao of Letting Go and Not Trying”

Big Think, April 2014


Audio Interview with NPR, “The Way of Spontaneity”

WBUR, April 2nd 2014


Audio interview on BBC’s The Forum.

BBC The Forum, March 31st, 2014


Audio interview on NPR, “May Wu-Wei be With You”.

WNYC, March 28th, 2014


Trailer for the book, Trying Not to Try.

Produced by Jordan Levine, January, 2014


Video of talk, “We are our brain-body systems”

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, October 22nd, 2013


Video of talk, “Why Do Humanists Hate Vertical Integration?” Behavior, Evolution and Culture Speaker Series

UCLA, May 3, 2010


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Interview with experts on the connection between science and the humanities, by Maya Lessov.



Video of a lecture on challenges and prospects for vertical integration from the UBC conference on “Integrating Science and the Humanities”

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, September 2008


Video of a lecture on the topic of science and religion from conference on “Beyond Belief: Enlightenment 2.0”

Salk Institute, November 2007

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