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Do we create reality with our mind? A physicist’s reply.

This video is from Sabine Hossenfelder. Do we create reality with our minds? I got this question on twitter the other day and after rolling my eyes about it for some while, I decided it’s actually a good question. You might think the answer is obviously “no”. But it’s not that simple. Let me explain.

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Unveiling the Matrix: A Deep Dive into its Philosophical Themes

In this video from Einzelgänger take a deeper look into the Matrix. The Matrix, a science fiction film created by the Wachowskis, is probably one of the most influential movies ever made. The story starts when computer programmer Thomas Anderson, operating as a hacker under the alias “Neo,” discovers the truth about the world he’s […]

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The power of thought – One of the greatest riddles of science | DW Documentary

Whether you like it or not, thoughts are constantly racing through your mind. Even when you’re trying not to think about anything. And although people have been researching thoughts for over 5,000 years, it’s still not clear how a thought arises — or what exactly a thought is. DW Documentary explores. How thoughts arise is […]

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Why You Should Study Risk Taking, Not Risk Management

Live from RiskMinds International, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Trader and Scholar & Risk Engineer at NYU-Tandon School, shares his thoughts on our understanding of risk, the human factor, and what our grandmothers got right.

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The Philsophy of Baruch Spinoza

Today is Friday and that means it’s time for a little philosophy. This week it’s Baruch Spinoza. Spinoza tried to replace the bible with a scientifically-based ethical system. He succeeded in theory – but not in practice.

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AI Ethics Philosophy Fridays

Lab-Grown Brain Learns Pong – Is This Biological Neural Network “Sentient”?

A leading neuroscientist claims that a pong-playing clump of about a million neurons is “sentient”. What does that mean? Why did they teach a lab-grown brain to play pong? To study biological self-organization at the root of life, intelligence, and consciousness.

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Is Reality a Controlled Hallucination? – with Anil Seth

It’s been a while since the last “Philosophy Friday” post. Lately, I have been wondering about the nature of reality after doing more exploration of virtual worlds from Second Life to sandbox games like GTA. How does our biology give rise to the experience of consciousness? Anil Seth argues, using innovative combinations of theory and […]

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What is “Nothing”?

This video spans the realms of physics and philosophy and was inspired by “Levels of Nothing” by Robert Lawrence Kuhn, in the book “The Mystery of Existence: Why is there Anything At All” by John Leslie and Robert Lawrence Kuhn.

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Mathematics Philosophy Fridays

What is a Number?

For Philosophy Friday let’s ask the question: what is a number? ,

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Mathematics Philosophy Fridays

Why the ‘Unreasonable Effectiveness’ of Mathematics?

What is it about mathematics that it can describe so accurately the world around us? In this talk that straddles the border of hard science and philosophy, Sabine Hossenfelder explains. From quantum physics, the very smallest features and forces of the foundations of matter and energy, to cosmology, the very largest structures and forces of […]

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