Thomas Piketty I made a mistake in yesterday’s post. Immediately after the summary of Piketty’s and Tyson’s position I wrote: “Rosenberg believes that both messages are ‘almost quasi-religious,’ which is why they strike fear into economic and religious conservatives.” The actual quote
I just finished Sabine Hossenfelder’s new book, Existential Physics: A Scientists Guide To Life’s Biggest Questions. I intended to do a full review but alas don’t have the time. Still, I wanted to share a few notes I made on key points she made in each chapter. So here goes:
Steven Pinker Yesterday’s post was of Jeremy Lent’s critique of Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker. The essay was long so here is a summary of Lent’s positions.
Pursuant to my last post I would like to further explore the relevance of contemporary physics for the question of free will. The key idea made by physicists like Sabine Hossenfelder and others1 is that “The currently established laws of nature are deterministic with a random element from quantum mechanics.
As a follow-up to our recent discussion, Chris Crawford offers a brief summary of the debate between the eminent theoretical physicists Lee Smolin and Leonard Susskind on the topic of cosmic natural selection and Lawrence Rifkin responds.