Description: SynTalk (short for Synthesis Talk) is a freewheeling interdisciplinary talk show with a philosophical approach to understanding the world from a long term perspective. SynTalk believes that all understanding lies on nodes, and it therefore brings together concepts, ideas and impulses from different epistemological categories. SynTalk usually deals with disciplines such as art, mathematics, computer science, literature, logic, sciences, social sciences, philosophy, psychology, media, design, music, medicine, political theory, ecology, public policy, technology, economics, physics, anthropology, gaming, history, and artificial intelligence. SynTalk’s goal is to contribute & promote original interdisciplinary collaboration & thinking inside, outside and across academic institutions, companies, think tanks, independent intellectuals, students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, connoisseurs, and common folk. In the long run, SynTalk aspires to become a global platform for fence-less thinking.
Design Philosophy: A SynTalk episode is one hour long, purely audio in its delivery format, and conceptual & theoretical in its structure. The audio format (as contrasted with the audio-visual), we believe, keeps the performative aspect to a minimum, is closer to thought, and fosters critical imagination. The conversations are spontaneous and strictly unscripted, unedited & uninterrupted. A typical episode has ideas, concepts and impulses from at least 3-4 different disciplines. These factors give our episodes a (somewhat) raw & unfinished texture. SynTalk does not aspire for icy perfection.
SynToy: SynToy is being created as a technology enabled and algorithm-driven personal resource for thinking, & playing with ideas and concepts. You may select from 1000s of conceptual questions, and then select from 1000s of snippets (tiles) and self create listening sessions ranging from a minute to over a 100 hours. SynToy is now available on App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).
Access: The episodes (& SynTalk Albums) may be accessed or subscribed to, for free, via SoundCloud, iTunes, or the Episodes page. You may also track us on Twitter (@SynTalk, updated almost daily with concepts, thoughts & periodic announcements). You may download / bookmark links or apps on your preferred platform. SynTalk is committed to making its episodes available on all relevant internet-based platforms. We release almost three episodes every month (recordings happen on Saturdays and episodes are released on Sundays).
Team & More: The SynTalk team members (called Synners) are based in Mumbai, India. Those interested in volunteering as Synners (primarily research assistants, UI designers) may write to SynthesisTalk@gmail.com.