Stephen Kosslyn (@skosslyn) is the President and CEO of Foundry College ( https://foundrycollege.org/ ) an online two-year college designed to help working adults develop skills and knowledge that will not be automated by AI in the foreseeable future. Before that, he was the Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer at Minerva University ( https://www.minerva.kgi.edu/ ), prior to that he was a Professor of Psychology and Dean of Social Science at Harvard University . Steve is a prolific writer and has written over 15 books and many psychology papers.
Stephen got his degree at UCLA and went to graduate school at Stanford University getting his PhD in 1974. He then worked at Johns Hopkins University , then Harvard, then Brandeis University, a nd back to Harvard in 1983, then in 2011 he moved to Stanford, as director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Stephen has too many awards to list, he was an early pioneer in the field of cognitive neuroscience and applied Psychology, writing books on using psychology to make better graphs and powerpoint presentations. In academic circles, he is well known for effectively being one side of what is known as the imagery debate, but nowadays he works in startups in the area of education. I have known Stephen for over 10 years and we have written papers together. Over that time I have continually been impressed with his energy, enthusiasm and hard work.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Why Applied Psychology and neuroscience isn’t everywhere? What happened to it?
- What kind of jobs AI will and won’t take (The so-called soft skills- but they really aren’t that soft.)
- For-profits vs not-for-profits and why for-profit education is often considered “bad”.
- Visualizing progress for motivation in startups and for writing books.
- Mental imagery eg. the human imagination, the so-called imagery debate.
- Going from university research to startups and why university professors don't often do startups.
- Minerva University, Foundry College
- The future of education and what that might look like.
I really think there is something for everyone in this episode, academics, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, universities and well anyone interested in the future of work and education.