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A Metapatterns Perspective on Rhythm

New York University, Abu Dhabi Institute, Abu Dhabi
October 12 — 15, 2014 (Published July 3, 2017)

Invited speaker, Cross-Disciplinary and Multi-Cultural Perspectives on Musical Rhythm and Improvisation II.

What Is a Sphere?

by Tyler Volk

Water Lily & Wine Glass

by Tyler Volk

Quarks to Culture: How "How We Came To Be" Came to Be

by Jeff Bloom & Tyler Volk

From Quarks to Culture: Tyler Volk's Plenary Address to the International Big History Association

by Lowell Gustafson
November 20, 2018

Survival of the Beautiful

The New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University
February 25, 2012 (Published March 21, 2012)

Tyler Volk deploys his concept of metapatterns to explain how 3 realms and 13 steps (from quarks to culture) make us who we are.


Complexity and Emergence II: Visions of Cosmic Order, from Particles to People

Organized by Tyler Volk, for NYC’s Helix Center, with William Grassie , David Grinspoon, Tim Maudlin , and Ilya Tëmkin.
May 22, 2017

What principles of order underlie the ascent of complexity, from the simplest particles of physics heralding the birth of the universe, through biological forms, to the achievements of civilization?

CO2 Rising: 1. Where in the world is the CO2 increasing?

by Tyler Volk

CO2 Rising: 2. Does my exhaled CO2 go into a leaf I can hold?

by Tyler Volk

Reflections on the Biosphere as a System

October 8, 2014 (Published April 6, 2016)

invited speaker for Planets & Life: Human and Planetary Perspectives, M.I.T. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Cambridge, MA.

Outline of Topics: • The biosphere as system • Parts of the biosphere • Fluxes across the borders of the biosphere • Biochemical guilds and complementary metabolisms • Evolution and the Braid of PVS • Cycling ratios (Terrestrial and marine) • Evolutionary innovations and climate and chemistry of the biosphere • By-products versus large-scale ‘adaptations’ • Biotic enhancement of weathering • The major transitions of evolution, including the transition to culture.

The Evolution of Death

by NYUAD Institute
January 12, 2011 (published May 19, 2016)

Gross World Product

September 8, 2011

Trend in gross world product to 2050 and what it implies for world average economic lifestyle. Excerpt from a talk I gave at OWPP/Cannon Design, Chicago, Environmental Awareness Week, October 2010.

The Evolution of God(s)

Published on March 25, 2009

Roundtable discussion planned and led by Tyler Volk, with Jennifer Hecht, Elaine Pagels, Beate Pongratz-Leisten, and Robert Wright.


Quarks to Culture

The Wright Show — Robert Wright interviews Tyler Volk
September 28, 2017 (Published October 8, 2017)

00:53Tyler’s “ambitious” new book, Quarks to Culture
06:11 “Combogenesis”: The reason for everything?
13:13 When subatomic particles make friends
21:21 From protons to evolution
33:42 What came before culture?
47:24 The link between inner peace and world peace
51:43 The possibility of purpose in the universe
Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Tyler Volk (Quarks to Culture)

Science Saturday: The Carbon Cycle and the Biosphere with Carl Zimmer & Tyler Volk

November 18, 2008 (Published on April 5, 2018)

0:44 Tyler's new book, "CO2 Rising"
13:48 Humanity as a supervolcano
23:22 The breathing of the biosphere
28:37 Does the solution to the climate crisis have to be fair?
44:27 Reasons for optimism about our planet's woes
5:49 Long-term effects of CO2 pollution on the oceans and atmosphere.

Big Think Interview With Tyler Volk

Big Think
April 23, 2012

Tyler Volk Conversation with Harold Hudson Channer

by Harold Channer
April 10, 2010


The Amygdaloids, "Automatic Mind"

At Don Hill's, New York, NY
September 29, 2010



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