#TATT (The Attempts To Team, September 22, 2019):

Do cheaters survive? Do you find joy in competing (& cooperating)? Are teams mechanisms or organisms? How do teams coordinate layers of emotions, energies, and purposes to acquire a coherent ‘personality’? What, then, keeps teams together? Is there scarcity of common purposes in the world? Is teaming essential for bacteria? Might teams, across scales, be both emergent as well as designed systems? How are cost-benefit analyses performed when group and individual goals diverge? Is your  life on the spot market? Might individual liberties be compromised when teams form? In what way are all team members equal; & not? Is it better to lose playing beautifully, than to win an ugly game? Why are only certain parts of economic supply chains formalized? Conversely, why are certain ’formal’ rules just ignored? Does unemployment rate fall with increasing education? Are ‘practice’ and ‘rehearsal’ games different? How is ‘arms-race’ style evolution different? Do all teams need models? When is governance necessary? Would problem solving depend more and more upon complex teams in the future? &, how would individuals remain important? SynTalk thinks about these & more questions using concepts from philosophy (Prof. Daniel G. Campos, Brooklyn College (CUNY), New York), economic sociology (Prof. Bino Paul, TISS, Mumbai), & evolutionary biology (Prof. Milind Watve, Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune).

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SynTalk is pleased and privileged to have hosted the following SynTalkrs (in alphabetical order) on its #TATT show.

Prof. Daniel G. Campos (philosophy) is Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY), New York, USA. His research interests are reasoning, philosophy of mathematics, Charles S. Peirce, American philosophy, philosophy of science, sport philosophy, ethics, & pragmatism. He completed his B.A. (Mathematics, 1994) from Harding University (Searcy, Arkansas), and then went to Penn State University (Pennsylvania) to receive an M.A. (Statistics, 1996), M.A. (Philosophy, 2002) & Ph.D. (Philosophy, 2005). Prof. Campos has studied the role that creativity plays in human endeavour. As a mathematician by training, he has focused on writing about the role that the creative imagination plays in mathematical reasoning. He has also written about creativity in science, art and sport. Prof. Campos has published a book titled, ‘Loving Immigrants in America: An Experiential Philosophy of Personal Interaction’ (Lexington Books, 2017). In the book, he appeals to the Anglo- and Latin-American philosophical and literary traditions to reflect on his experiences as an immigrant to the United States. His research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, The Pluaralist, Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, Synthese, & the Inter-American Journal of Philosophy. He has received multiple awards/fellowships, including, Wolfe Institute for the Humanities Writing Fellowship (Brooklyn College, 2016), & Resident Scholar Fellowship, Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C., 2005).

Prof. Bino Paul (economic sociology) is Professor at the School of Management and Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. His research interests are labour market, social networks and knowledge activity, and small businesses. He has also taught at TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal (2004-2007). At TISS, he was also the Dean of the School of Management and Labour Studies from 2015 till 2018. Prof. Paul completed his B.A. (Economics, 1993) from Christ College, University of Calicut, and M.A. (Development Economics, 1995) from Department of Economics, University of Calicut. He then went to IIT Bombay to receive a M.Phil (Planning and Development, 1995-1997), and a Ph.D. (Economics, 2000-2005). His research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals such as: Journal of Workplace Learning, The Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Social Structure, Journal of Workplace Learning, Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), Science, Technology and Society, & International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology. Prof. Paul has also been the Chairperson of the Centre for Labour Studies, TISS (2015-2018), and the Chairperson of Centre for Human Resources Management and Labour Studies, TISS (2012-2014). He has been a member of the Ethnic Power Relations Project, ETH Zurich, since 2015. He was also a member of the BRICS Studies Thematic Group, BRICS Network University (Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India) from 2016 till 2018.

Prof. Milind Watve (evolutionary biology) is currently a Scientist at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre, Pune. He has also worked as the Professor (Biology) at IISER Pune (2009-2019), as the Head of Department of Microbiology, Abasaheb Garware College, Pune (1998-2008), and also as a lecturer in same college from 1979-2009. His research interests are microbiology, eco-biology and evolutionary biology. He has researched into diverse areas like bacteria cell division, predatory bacteria, behaviour of plasmids and mitochondria, pollination biology, and diseases of wild animal. He is also interested in human behaviour, health and evolutionary psychology. Prof. Watve completed his B.Sc. (1977) & M.Sc. (1979) in Microbiology from University of Poona. He then went to IISc. (Bangalore) to complete his Ph.D. His thesis was titled: ‘The Ecology of Host Parasite Interactions in a Wild Mammalian Host Community in the Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary Southern India’. He has also published a book titled, ‘Doves, diplomats and diabetes: a Darwinian reinterpretation of type 2 diabetes and related disorders’ (Springer, 2013). His research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as, International Journal of Scientific Research, HOMO (Journal of Comparative Human Biology), Current Science, PLoS One, BioMed Central Ecology, Archives of Microbiology, & Journal of Tropical Ecology. Prof. Watve has received multiple awards & fellowships, including, Homi Bhabha Fellowship (2005-2006), Maharashtra State Literature Award (1994-95), & National Innovation Award (IIM Ahmedabad). [Note: Also a SynTalkr on #TGBH (The Geography Behind History)]

Note: Any & all errors in the brief profiles above are SynTalk’s own.

#TATT mentionsAristotle, René Descartes, Adam Smith, Charles Peirce, Oliver E. Williamson, Bernard Suits, Mark Granovetter, Roger Milla, Guy Standing, Thomas Piketty, & Albert-László Barabási, among others.