Month

August 2021
During this sprawling episode, biologist and author, Dr. Mark Moffett, discusses societies. Mark observes that the acceptance of strangers was a breakthrough in the evolution of humanity. Moreover, humans maintain allegiance to group identities, and our uneasy coexistence with outsiders is reflected both in the fault lines within societies and in the relationships between nations....
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During this discussion, Tom Kent joins The Cognitive Crucible to talk about his recent book: Striking Back: Overt and Covert Options to Combat Russian Disinformation. The wide ranging discussion covers the origins of Radio Free Europe, ethics, election meddling, and the story of The West. Click here for full show notes & resources Bio: Tom...
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During this episode, Mr. Randy Rosin drops by the Cognitive Crucible to discuss his Ph.D. dissertation and his experiences while on active duty in the US Army. He also compares the different ways that cybernetics has been adopted in Russia and the United States. He asserts that Russian information operations are grounded in cybernetic theory,...
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During this episode, we discuss with COL Mike Jackson and Dr. Paul Lieber their recently co-authored article “Countering Disinformation: Are We Our Own Worst Enemy?”. Referencing Richard Stengle’s recent book: Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About it, Mike and Paul make the case that well...
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Social media has become not just an essential communication space, but also a new kind of conflict space. Organized disinformation campaigns have proliferated, targeting everything from elections to corporations to public health. During this episode, we discuss with Doowan Lee disinformation and fake news related to crises–including the 2020 COVID pandemic. We also discuss national...
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During this interview, we discuss with Ben Riley of Georgia Tech some of the ways that the Department of Defense engages with the research community. Additionally, we discuss risk appetite and the necessity for having an innovation mindset. Click here for full show notes & resources Since 2015, Mr. Ben Riley has been a principal...
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In this episode, we discuss the evolution of information operations since the early 1990s, the state of our national strategic efforts to compete in the information environment, and strategic approaches related to cognitive security. Click here for full show notes & resources Mr. Austin Branch is an Information Operations pioneer, practitioner and leader. He holds...
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This episode focuses on the intersection between education, terrorism, and information operations. Tony Sgro shares his experiences at the epicenter of social media efforts to curb recruitment and radicalization by engaging with students worldwide in creative projects. Click here for full show notes & resources Mr. Tony Sgro is the Founder and CEO of EdVenture...
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During this episode, we discuss with Bob Thibadeau his work on lies and implications for the Information Age. *Correction: During the discussion, Dr. Thibadeau referred to neocortical computation as “bimodal” (e.g., vision and audition) but the more correct term is “intermodal” (the cognitive integration of all senses and actions). Interested listeners may engage with his...
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In this episode, we have a wide-ranging conversation with Chris MacPherson on cognitive security and how it relates to business and innovation to include comparative examples between corporate marketing and military information operations, as well as algorithmic versus human decision-making. Click here for full show notes & resources Mr. Chris MacPherson has had a diverse...
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