EconTalk — Jessica Riskin

On: Life, Machinery, and the Restless Clock.

Episode: N/A

Date: February 2019

Background: Professor at Stanford University and author of The Restless Clock.

Key Subjects:

  • Interesting historical perspective on the role of science and religion in understanding living things – tension in the traditional dichotomy:
    • Mechanistic, machine-like, passive, function driven.
    • Agents, self-making, self-transforming, active, internal agency.
  • Leads to a somewhat superficial discussion of complex systems and concept of emergence.

Key Takeaways:

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Worth Listening:

Discussion only scratching the surface of the interesting bits.


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