Philosophy Fridays

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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AI Philosophy Fridays

How Does Matter Give Rise To Consciousness?

Sam Harris ponders how matter gives rise to consciousness?

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Mathematics Philosophy Fridays

Physics Says That We Don’t Have Free Will?!

Sabine Hossenfelder explains why free will is incompatible with the currently known laws of nature and why the idea makes no sense anyway.   Compare this with John-Paul Sartre’s “We are condemned to be free.” Sounds like a perfect debate topic for Philosophy Friday here on Frank’s World. Time stamps: 0:00 Intro and Content Summary 0:30 […]

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AI Future Philosophy Fridays

Could You Ever Upload Your Mind Into A Computer?

Philosophy Tube explores what the future holds for consciousness, compute, and AI. What does this mean? Biology meets computer science meets philosophy! Following a discussion between Antonio Damasio and Aubrey de Grey I was inspired to talk about minds and brains, computers, artificial intelligence, and technology! It’s these mash-ups of different fields and disciplines that […]

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Why You Should Read "Waiting For Godot"

TED-Ed explores why you should read Waiting for Godot, something I had to read for a philosophy class once. Two men, Estragon and Vladimir, meet by a tree at dusk to wait for someone named “Godot.” So begins a vexing cycle where the two debate when Godot will come, why they’re waiting and whether they’re […]

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AI Philosophy Fridays

Joscha Bach on Artificial Consciousness and the Nature of Reality

Lex Fridman interviews Joscha Bach. Joscha Bach is the VP of Research at the AI Foundation, previously doing research at MIT and Harvard. Joscha work explores the workings of the human mind, intelligence, consciousness, life on Earth, and the possibly-simulated fabric of our universe. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast. Content index: […]

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Covid Pandemic Current Events Philosophy Fridays

Coronavirus and Stoicism: How Marcus Aurelius Responded To A Pandemic

Daily Stoic shares a lesson we can all learn from history about this COVID Pandemic. In 165 AD, Marcus Aurelius’ Roman Empire was hit with the Antonine Plague. Despite the distance of so many centuries, it’s eerily similar to Covid-19. It caused widespread panic, but Marcus Aurelius was a beacon of sanity and stability during […]

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AI Philosophy Fridays Science

Do Feedback Loops Create Consciousness?

Very often I am asked when (or whether) we will create a conscious AI. I scratch my chin and ask “how would you define consciousness?” The answer usually involves something about “self-awareness.” I then point out that by that definition, your car is conscious as it has a “check engine light,” which is part of […]

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Why Stoicism Matters

For this week’s Philosophy Friday, here’s a great presentation no Why Stoicism Matters.

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Philosophy Friday – Lao Tzu

The School of Life has a video exploring Daoism and its founder Lao Tzu. I thought it would be a good share for Philosophy Friday.  

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