How are digitial technologies re-shaping and re-directing what it means to be human?
Are we truly free in a digitally mediated world, or is it just part of the modern lexicon to assume that we are?
How can spirituality play a role as far as giving us greater agency in this world?
Hasan Azad, PhD, and Saad Ismail, MBBS, discuss.
Arthur Michael Kleinman is an American psychiatrist, psychiatric anthropologist and a professor of medical anthropology and cross-cultural psychiatry at Harvard University. He is well known for his work on mental illness in Chinese culture.
What are the key aspects of an Islamic Psychology?
What are some of the major psychological questions that the global Muslim community is struggling with? How can a heart-based approach to living and being - rooted in the Islamic tradition, and drawing theoretical and practical tools from western psychological paradigms - raise our collective consciousness? Dr. Marwa Assar and Hasan Azad, PhD, Columbia University, discuss.
In a two-part discussion Dr. Saad Ismail is joined by Dr. James Le Fanu, physician and acclaimed author of the award winning history "The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine", to discuss the state of medicine today, over-diagnosis, over-treatment, and the increasing pharmaceutical encroachment upon our lives. In the second part, the discussion focuses on how science is rediscovering the mystery of ourselves, and how the human being cannot be accounted for in the purely materialistic terms of Neo-Darwinism and Neuroscience.
Why You Are Not Your Brain.
Philosopher & Physician Raymond Tallis in conversation with Saad Ismail on the intellectual diseases of 'Neuromania' and 'Darwinitis', on the insufficiency of naturalism in explaining consciousness, on humanism & anti-humanists, on God & transcendence, on the soul & afterlife, and on straddling multiple intellectual identities.
Medical Nihilism: The view that we should have little confidence in the effectiveness of medical interventions.
Philosopher of Medicine Jacob Stengenga and Saad Ismail (MBBS) discuss the varieties of skepticisms towards modern medicine, the place of alternative and indigenous medical traditions in postcolonial times, bias in medical research, the controversial nature of many psychiatric therapies, how aggressive pharmaceutical interventions might be doing more harm than good, and what a gentler medicine might look like.
What's Wrong with World Literature?
How do we decenter world literature?
What are the western lenses through which world literature is produced, disseminated, and consumed?
A Conversation between Literary Scholar Ian Almond (Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar) and Hasan Azad, PhD.
What would an anthropology of uncertainty look like? Do we need a 'philosophy' of failure (now, perhaps more than ever) in contrast to the triumphalist philosophies the world over?
The brilliant anthropologist Naveeda Khan (Johns Hopkins University) and Hasan Azad, PhD, discuss.
How can physics account for consciousness?
World renowned theoretical physicist Stephon Alexander and Hasan Azad, PhD, have a wide-ranging discussion on this most intractable of problems, as far as our material sciences are concerned