AD 169 | Ryan York x Justin Daashuur Hopkins
“The Intersection Between Art, Science, and Spirituality”

Ryan York is a Doctor of Philosophy, postdoctoral scholar within the department of neurobiology at Stanford University, and an author of over a dozen publications.

His research is focused on the evolutionary genomic basis of brain and behavior with a specific interest in the courtship behaviors of Lake Malawi cichlid fish.

Having a passion for music and working in constant collaboration with individuals such as Justin Daashuur Hopkins, Ryan borders the line between highly intellectual compositions and spontaneous, free-flowing, and seemingly primal soundscapes

Show Notes:
  • Ryan’s work as an evolutionary biologist, and his specific project working within computational methods in understanding behaviors
  • Applying concepts used within artificial intelligence and using them for work in other areas of science
  • The overlap of art and science
  • The idea of repeatability
  • Collective consciousness and collaboration
  • Provisional answers and the unknown
  • Continually shifting based upon your ever-changing context
  • Scientific having ties to elements of spirituality
  • Free will
  • Humility
  • The power of the mind
  • Philosophy of science
  • Different levels of understanding
  • Dogmatism
  • Placebo’s having a similarity to art
  • The subconscious vs analytical instinct
  • Slow vs fast understanding and experience
  • Creativity being an exploration of what the world is

Ryan’s Stanford Profile
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Posted 07.17.2020


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino