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9 Videos interviewing 8 famous Mathematicians about reality

Discussion in 'Resources' started by Brickjectivity, Oct 19, 2020.

  1. Brickjectivity

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    Penrose
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    Gross
    Lakoff
    Tegmark

    Its a playlist. I suspect the channel has a religious slant and is hunting for philosophical and religious support for platonism, but I have only watched the first video each of which is simply an interview with a mathematician.

    All of these guys are beyond a doubt mathematical experts. This is the same Roger Penrose who recently wins a Nobel for work in research about black hole singularities and who is already famous for discovering Penrose Tiling. Wolfram is famous for his research in irreversibility and makes Mathematica. All of these are people who know their stuff.

    The presenter tries to draw out philosophical statements from the mathematicians. Its going to be an interesting video series and worth sharing I think. As for the first video: Roger Penrose doesn't take a position on what our reality consists of and what Math has to do with it, but he shares his insights on the nature of mathematics and its precision in representing physical reality even down to the tiniest detail. He doesn't get drawn into saying anything philosophical! We'll see how the other mathematicians fare! :)

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFJr3pJl27pIp1EsDD2rYaTI7GxoXqrLs
     
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  2. robocop (actually)

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    My understanding is that most physicists today find themselves forced to be somewhat religious. They can't deny the anthropic principle, which implies that the Universe only exists to serve the consciousness in it, basically.
     
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  3. Stevicus

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    Some of us suffered from math anxiety when we were younger.

    But I might give it a shot.

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  4. Heyo

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    Almost all of the "Closer to Truth" videos are worth watching for someone seriously interested in philosophy.
    The only critique I have is that they are very different in the requirement of prior knowledge. Some are boring for the average viewer because they handle pretty basic stuff. Others are too advanced for a general audience.
     
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  5. ratiocinator

    ratiocinator Lightly Seared on the Reality Grill

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  6. YoursTrue

    YoursTrue "We know gravity by happenstance."

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    Well, uh, mathematics to me now means 2+2=4 and so on. I found geometry rather interesting, I guess I like angles and mechanics. As far as physics, I'm still trying to figure what Einstein figured. Can't do it. But I figure that if I jump up, I'll come back down.
     
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