Theories of Everything with Curt Jaimungal
Avi Loeb on Aliens, Bob Lazar, Wormholes, Consciousness, SpaceX, and Many Worlds

Avi Loeb on Aliens, Bob Lazar, Wormholes, Consciousness, SpaceX, and Many Worlds

April 9, 2021

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/hTHDCD4MnqY

Abraham "Avi" Loeb is an Israeli-American theoretical physicist who works on astrophysics and cosmology.

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LINKS MENTIONED IN VIDEO:
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Steve Scully's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM8_4BUpeNfEWJ-wwdIDJxQ

TIMESTAMPS:
00:00:00 Introduction
00:01:27 On writing to sharpen one's thinking, and the purpose of Avi's writings
00:04:16 Don't let the repudiation by "experts" deter your ideas
00:11:49 Academia requires other people's evaluation and conformance
00:17:12 How do you allow outré ideas while retaining integrity?
00:18:21 Responding to the Pluto-like rock of Oumuamua theory of Desch and Jackson
00:25:37 Why is investigating aliens considered academically uncouth?
00:29:16 How the discovery of intelligent aliens would change society
00:30:27 How to find alien relics
00:31:53 Privatizing the search for aliens, and Elon Musk
00:34:03 The problems with inhabiting Mars are deeper than Musk thinks
00:35:41 Sean Carole's Many Worlds Interpretation
00:41:14 Are singularities "real"?
00:44:13 Bob Lazar
00:49:35 Cosmic Inflation is not falsifiable
01:00:26 Comparing velocities across different points on a manifold
01:05:56 Testing Wolfram's theory using the lower bound on masses
01:07:42 Eric Weinstein and innovation coming from the outside
01:12:34 Gödel's theorems and a Theory of Everything
01:15:02 Science learning from religion (and falsifying religion)
01:21:35 What is the meaning of life? The question Avi would ask an alien
01:24:29 Living forever. Heaven and hell as psychological phenomenon.
01:26:04 Consciousness, emergence, and free will
01:28:46 Wormholes
01:29:29 Why is the universe "fine tuned" for life?
01:30:37 Wisdom vs Intelligence
01:34:09 Which goal should you follow?
01:36:00 Steve Scully: Infinity of smallness and largeness
01:37:15 Can you interpret data without presuming a theory?
01:40:02 Barfyman: How has aging changed how Avi learns new math / physics?
01:42:25 Learning math when you're over 40
01:43:26 Artificial wisdom vs Artificial intelligence
01:44:11 Brian Keating: Does Avi Loeb dislike the criticism of his ideas, due to his fame?
01:49:47 How to balance work and life if you're extremely productive and work constantly?
01:51:09 Why does Avi do podcasts?
01:53:09 On abnegating social media
01:56:58 Rabbitskywalk3r: Claims of Haim Eshed (former Israeli director of space programs)
01:57:39 On UFO's and Prof. Kevin Knuth's analysis
01:59:36 Getting data on aliens visiting Earth
02:01:09 Amjad Hussain: Panpsychism, proto-consciousness, and aliens living with us

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Curt Jaimungal AMA #1 (Consciousness, education, IQ, which Theory of Everything is correct?)

Curt Jaimungal AMA #1 (Consciousness, education, IQ, which Theory of Everything is correct?)

April 2, 2021

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlxQwwmT9Ks

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Drachma Institute (Peter Gray video on Unschooling): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_6asUmalBMm_MgerKvuHxQ
Letter Wiki: https://letter.wiki/conversation/1003

00:00:00 Introduction
00:01:36 Behind the scenes on how the podcast is run
00:02:19 [Aakash_1996] Who am I? Science Background? Dreams with the channel?
00:09:02 [Account 1] Rupert Spira / Advaita Vedanta
00:09:39 [Account 1] Philosophy of math
00:10:50 [Account 2] Douglas Hofstadter on the show?
00:10:59 [Alex Broman] What role do you see psychedelics having in our society the next 20 years
00:11:41 [alexander96] Are you a gamer? What types of video games do you like?
00:15:13 [Amidu Kamara] Why "ism" of consciousness do you subscribe to? Thoughts on alien abductions?
00:16:29 [Anna Lukomsky] How did the podcast get started? Did you know it would change your world?
00:18:52 [apostolos prl] Facebook and supporting Curt
00:21:04 [Aspen French] Getting more feminists on the channel
00:22:25 [Austin Harper] Free will? Aliens? God? Ego death? Perfect form of government? Panpsychism?
00:24:53 [Babak Rasolzadeh] What have you learned from the brilliant people interviewed that has affected your daily life?
00:26:17 [Biers Adajew] Do you see the world more clearly or are you more lost?
00:28:12 [Boris Martinez] Curt's IQ / age / net worth
00:33:22 [Anna Lukomsky] Is your quest for a TOE spiritual or scientific? Science 2.0
00:34:38 [Brandon S-P] Do you think philosophy should feature more crucially in STEM education?
00:37:08 [Brandon S-P] How weird will the final TOE be for it to be the real deal (definition of Theory of Everything)
00:38:51 [BubblePuppy] Have you tried getting Bob Lazar on?
00:41:35 [Daniel] Views on Marxism evolved since starting the channel?
00:43:08 [Dhruv Gupta] Introduction with films and interest in watching them now
00:43:38 [eljay] Upbringing / parents / most significant life moments
00:47:57 [eljay] Most bizarre / profound experience
00:48:29 [Filip O] "Why is there something rather than nothing?"
01:00:24 [Daslt Mane] Thoughts on String Theory
01:01:24 [Frederik Guigui] Robert Sapolsky?
01:01:31 [Game_changer0] Going against belief in order not to risk financial security / when does persuasion become manipulation
01:07:48 [Game_changer0] Can we ever find the "Theory of Everything"?
01:08:15 [Geoffry Gifari] On the interview "style" of Curt and abruptness of questions / transitions
01:15:25 [Yoon Hur] Have you grown more sympathetic to the left, after interviewing Chomsky?
01:16:25 [GL XL] Why haven't you interviewed Jason Reza Jorjani yet?
01:54:15 [Grizwald Grim] How do we get on the show, if we have a TOE? How do we contact you?
01:17:41 [Grizwald Grim] Which interview do you value most?
01:17:57 Chris Langan and Wittgenstein's ladder
01:19:33 [Hans Frankfurter] I am 36, can I still learn advanced math and contribute something meaningful?
01:20:12 [Ivan Goran] Are you familiar with "General Semantics" of Alfred Korzybski?
01:20:27 [ja524309] On studying math, and the research that goes into this channel
01:21:25 [Johan Hedvall] Which interviews energized you and which ones drained you?
01:23:49 [junaidesse] Pineapple on pizza
01:25:03 [junaidesse] What could leave you with regret on your deathbed?
01:26:59 [Light Armanov] How do you keep getting on Chomsky?
01:29:23 [Mai April] You said you have an artistic side... What do you do besides filmmaking?
01:29:46 [Mario Calabrese] What can change the nature of a man?
01:30:54 [Nat] Dream guests?
01:33:12 [Nat] Thoughts philosophy and education / social problems?
01:34:50 [NoahNoahNoah] Are you still having Graham Priest on the show?
01:37:00 [Pack Man] What you think of education system?
01:40:03 [Paul Maurice] What is your background in math and physics?
01:42:12 [Peter Nikolaev] In-depth review on all the TOE's?
01:42:52 [Rishabh Prasad] Have you tried getting Sir Roger Penrose on?
01:43:31 [Rutger Poelakker] What would you recommend for us to read, besides Gödel Escher Bach?
01:44:25 [Ryan Collin] What is Love?
01:44:55 [Ryan Collin] Is attention the fundamental value of consciousness?
01:46:06 [Ryan Collin] What are your thoughts on solipsism?
01:46:31 [Shahariar Rony] How much did your view of religion / supernatural change after interviewing Rupert Sheldrake?
01:48:15 Best economic system?
01:53:25 [shubham3020] What are your views on Islam? Does Islam promote violence?
01:56:13 [Sid] How many hours do you study?
01:57:08 [SoEuphoric87] What lead to your existential curiosity? Why aren't more people interested in philosophy?
01:57:43 [Squark09] Best guest so far / interpretations of QM  / meditation
02:00:36 [Stuart Scott] What's your take on consciousness?
02:01:51 [the_RMM] How the heck did you manage to get such famous thinkers to give you the time of day?
02:02:11 [Throwaway4421] Discriminating against "white people" being okay
02:03:12 [voyageruk2002] On Cmdr David Fravor
02:03:51 [voyageruk2002] Do you think you could get a conversation with Lex Fridman?

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Jonathan Pageau on Art, Metaphor vs. Literal, Christ, The West, and Better Left Unsaid

Jonathan Pageau on Art, Metaphor vs. Literal, Christ, The West, and Better Left Unsaid

April 1, 2021

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/6umrrokgeG4

Jonathan Pageau carves Eastern Orthodox Icons and other traditional Christian images in wood and stone. He's a cognoscenti with regard to symbolism and the West. *NOTE: This is a re-upload of a video that is approximately 2 years old.*

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TIMESTAMPS BY: Cooper Sheehan

00:00:00 Introduction
00:02:10 The artistry of symbolism
00:03:32 History of an artist / The transition from modern to contemporary art 
00:06:36 The traditional view of art (art as the tool)
00:08:46 Finding a personal style in the contemporary art era 
00:12:14 Is it Art? / Arts purpose (meaning/ integration) in the world   
00:15:11 Modern art as destabilization 
00:19:11 Contemporary art as a parody of modernism 
00:21:33 The propaganda of Social Realism
00:23:37 Social Realism in contemporary media
00:25:36 The destruction of symbols as the restructuring of culture 
00:26:49 Modern propaganda and the upside-down Fairy-tale
00:30:30 Miyazaki and feminine symbolism 
00:33:46 Lord of the Rings: The technological power dynamic of the Ring
00:39:51 Taking in things to make us whole
00:44:23 The weight of the Ring (from Lord of the Rings)
00:47:23 The Little Mermaid: The transition of worlds
00:53:31 Living in the moment: Nihilism 
00:54:51 Cain and Able: The sin of pride
01:00:23 Social revolution and the revolution of the content (happy / satisfied)
01:03:37 Our society of excess
01:07:46 Becoming an anchor / Truth, Justice, Civility
01:10:17 Fixing the problem from the ground up and the ecological problem
01:12:38 Remember the Christian story / Christianity as a way out 
01:15:29 Finding one's place in life / Finding ones meaning / Jonathan Pageau finding meaning in religion for art   
01:20:01 Iconography and life’s patterns  
01:23:34 Symbolism life’s meanings 
01:25:48 Islam and Religious expansion 
01:29:15 The lenses we see the world through and Identification Theory
01:35:01 The pattern of being and reality 
01:37:31 Desires as pulling away from the (ones) center / Giving into desire / The right hand and left-hand sins 
01:41:20 Knowing one's center
01:42:21 Seeing films through a lens/ Shazam thought experiment/ Shazam and interpreting meaning  
01:46:57 Reading too much into art / Hollywood film and narrative patterns 
01:51:05 Personal bias in reading films / Pattern vs counter pattern 
01:52:51 Introverted art vs extroverted art 
01:57:08 Narrative morality / The scales of good or bad and narrative complexity 
01:59:25 The framing of Christ  
02:01:55 Film framing and narrative tropes 
02:04:52 The Hollywood problem / The entertainment culture problem 
02:06:35 When do you see the left going too far? / The world of exceptions 

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Iain McGilchrist on the Existence, Being, the Limits of Reason and Language, and Schizophrenia

Iain McGilchrist on the Existence, Being, the Limits of Reason and Language, and Schizophrenia

March 29, 2021

Iain McGilchrist's website: https://channelmcgilchrist.com

Master and His Emissary: https://www.amazon.com/The-Master-and-His-Emissary-audiobook/dp/B07ZJQ4QG7/ [not affiliate link]

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EDITED BY: Antonio Pastore

00:00:00 Introduction
00:01:59 Conspectus of "Master and his Emissary" (Iain's Weltanschauung)
00:09:59 What is meaning?
00:12:44 On writing a 1,000 page book, and developing your own worldview
00:16:19 Why is God sometimes associated with "becoming" and not "being"?
00:17:46 How does the mind "bring the world about" rather than observe it?
00:21:44 Existence needs resistance
00:25:07 Nietzschean story of the Emissary, and the left-brain being contemptuous of the right
00:29:46 Not wanting a master, speaking to oneself, and evil
00:32:42 On "boredom" and the realness of time ("even God cannot exist without time")
00:36:21 Why the "arrow of time" in physics? (some thoughts on Bergson)
00:40:18 On Henri Bergson and flow vs slices of time
00:43:52 Language is like money (the "meaning" of language)
00:47:26 Music / painting / the arts be made explicit in language
00:49:49 "Metaphor is a cure by language for the ills entailed by language"
00:52:24 Reason is related to embodiment
00:56:43 Is "logic" universal? Would aliens develop them in the same manner?
00:59:05 Fantasy vs Imagination: "Original" isn't newness, but going back to the "origin"
01:03:02 The more we're authentic, the more we're the same
01:04:10 How can something both "be" and "not be" simultaneously
01:05:33 Wissen vs Kennen (knowledge)
01:06:52 On schizophrenia
01:17:55 Non-rhythmic music (right brained) vs rhythmic music (left brain)
01:23:04 Longing vs wanting (unification vs division)
01:26:52 Should you engage with the world or disengage?
01:31:20 The meaning of having "no self"
01:33:28 Identifying psychological structures neurologically (ego = left hemisphere?)
01:35:52 Utilitarianism, objective morals, and the left-hemisphere
01:39:43 On Daniel Dennett's "Consciousness Explained"
01:42:39 Writing a book about the right-brain, using your left-brain
01:46:22 Mindfulness is similarly "objective" like the schizophrenic mind?
01:50:03 Mixing the left and the right brain (coherent but incompatible)
01:54:15 Does consciousness reside in the left or right hemisphere
01:59:30 The world is not made out of "things"
02:03:26 Solving the "never step in the same river twice" paradox, with "being"
02:05:18 Reason / rationality in their extremes demonstrate their own limitations
02:11:56 Measuring intelligence via inhibitory neurons, rather than encephalization
02:12:47 Jung and McGilchrist [Sam Ford]
02:18:42 "Substitution effect" and its impact to the imbalance between right / left brain in the West [Joanne Dong]
02:20:57 The left / right distinction is a left phenomenon? [Ciaran Dudley]
02:26:34 Left / right hemispheres mapping onto the left / right political spectrum?
02:30:17 Reason vs rationality
02:32:10 The right brain should be paramount, according to Jesus?
02:34:01 How can something be more important than reason? Isn't that self defeating?
02:37:05 How can we "transcend utility"? On the hierarchy of goals / needs
02:40:15 On Chomsky and Objective Truth [Diego J. Pinto]
02:47:58 On Douglas Hofstadter's analogy book "Surfaces and Essences"
02:52:05 Thinking of time as a resource is a destructive idea (eg. "time is wasted")

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Chomsky on Terence McKenna, GPT-3, Sam Harris, Cryptocurrencies, Kierkegaard, Neuralink, and Hofstadter

Chomsky on Terence McKenna, GPT-3, Sam Harris, Cryptocurrencies, Kierkegaard, Neuralink, and Hofstadter

March 23, 2021

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6MU5zQwtT4

Noam Chomsky talks about group selection, his own death, the Piraha language, and more, it his widest varied interview yet.

Iain McGilchrist's podcast: Coming next week
Stuart Hameroff's podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLo0Zwe579g

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00:00:00 Introduction
00:02:17 Iain McGilchrist: Language without thought?
00:06:54 Stuart Hameroff: X bar structure in microtubules
00:11:16 Roger Penrose's Emperor's New Mind
00:11:59 Veno Volenec: Derivational Theory of Complexity and Generative Grammar
00:20:02 Existentialism and Kierkegaard [John Clever]
00:21:00 Sam Harris and Islam [Naman Jain]
00:21:54 Terrance McKenna and Stoned Ape Theory (psychedelics aiding language development / evolution)
00:22:58 Group Selection [Slaventhefourth]
00:23:32 Cryptocurrencies and decentralizing money [ThrowingSn0w]
00:31:35 Elon Musk's Neuralink [Tarek]
00:31:56 Douglas Hofstadter strange loop and generative grammar [Ryan]
00:34:25 Peter Singer’s “Drowning Child” Thought Experiment [The_platypus_king]
00:42:31 Steven Pinker
00:43:48 Yuval Harari's Sapiens and the origin of language as introspective [Brez]
00:49:50 Piraha language and Daniel Everett [Mahendra Varma]
00:54:40 Karl Friston's free energy principle [MediocreBat2]
00:55:03 What does Chomsky get awestruck by? [Mai April]
01:03:58 Žižek / Hegel / Heidegger [Zowhat]
01:06:23 What mysteries would Chomsky want solved? [Mai April]
01:11:44 Open AI and GPT-3
01:12:22 Do you fear death? [Wil-Waal]
01:12:40 How to be more like Chomsky? [Overboi1]

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Richard Borcherds (Fields Medalist) on the Monster Group, String Theory, Self Studying and Moonshine

Richard Borcherds (Fields Medalist) on the Monster Group, String Theory, Self Studying and Moonshine

March 17, 2021

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/xu15ZbxxnUQ

Richard Borcherds is a mathematician known for his work in lattices, group theory, Monstrous Moonshine, and infinite-dimensional algebras, for which he was awarded the Fields Medal in 1998. 

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EDITED BY: Antonio Pastore

00:00:00 Introduction
00:02:35 How Richard began to become interested in math
00:03:42 Unification in mathematics vs. unification in physics
00:04:38 Daily ritual (or non-ritual)
00:05:19 How much time spent working / studying?
00:07:22 Creativity of the old vs young
00:08:30 Greatest strength is obstinance
00:08:58 Working in isolation, with no collaborators (strength or a weakness?)
00:10:48 Starting mathematics in your 20's, 30's, or 40's
00:11:45 Why must you pick a problem you're interested in? What happens when you don't?
00:12:41 What do you during moments of non-creativity / writer's block?
00:14:40 Dealing with depression as a scientist
00:15:24 On Richard's IQ and nootropics
00:17:02 Richard's creative process
00:18:33 Does he think more pictorially, algebraically, analytically, verbally, etc.?
00:21:11 Not following "deep work"
00:22:00 Reading non-scientific books
00:22:48 Audience Q: What does Richard think of Jordan Peterson?
00:23:31 Audience Q: Have you experience madness, working in math in isolation?
00:23:56 Audience Q: Does he optimize his diet / fast?
00:24:37 How does he learn new mathematics
00:25:42 Solving problems by ignoring them
00:26:51 Audience Q: Advice for someone in their 20's trying to learn math who's not in the field
00:28:03 Why does Richard not like infinity categories?
00:28:44 Does Richard memorize proofs / theorems?
00:29:53 Happiness and meaning in life (math or relationships / marriage / kids?)
00:30:40 What would Richard do without math?
00:31:32 What was it like to win the Fields medal?
00:32:19 What is about math that's meaningful?
00:33:10 Math discovered vs invented
00:34:35 Why is the Monster Group interesting?
00:37:18 "Quantum Field Theory gives me a headache."
00:39:21 Free will?
00:41:17 God, Simulation Hypothesis, and Many Worlds
00:44:53 On the Hard Problem of Consciousness
00:46:28 Favorite mathematicians (Serre, Witten, Tao, Feynman, Weinberg, etc.)
00:48:22 "Ed Witten is terrifying"
00:49:05 The Monster Group and physics
00:52:55 How to contribute to math if you're an outsider (or a neophyte)?
00:55:44 Many Worlds (again)
00:56:15 Audience Q: Is set theory too unwieldy and can we base math off of something different?
01:00:03 Audience Q: Pluralism in the foundations of math or not?
01:02:48 Intuitionist / Finitism / Computational logic?
01:04:29 Audience Q: Can people in their 40's understand advanced math?
01:05:20 Audience Q: Unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics
01:06:19 Audience Q: Does it puzzle him that some people don't understand math?
01:08:09 On Ramanujan
01:10:45 Lectures on Number Theory and the difficulty of QFT
01:14:56 On different learning styles, and philosophy of mathematics
01:17:48 Audience Q: How does one know when they're making progress on a solution?
01:19:11 Langland's program
01:21:45 Audience Q: How does one know what to learn when they don't know what they don't know?
01:24:02 Learning math and physics from YouTube
01:29:46 Audience Q: Goldbach's conjecture
01:31:53 On nervousness, performance anxiety, group theory, and chit-chat
01:38:49 "Secret" math techniques
01:39:56 Why "modular forms" are the most mesmeric of all fields of math
01:41:50 Discovered vs. invented (rebuttal from a famous mathematician)
01:47:17 Biology / Psychology / Philosophy is too confounding
01:49:08 On Grothendieck
01:52:09 How do you choose which topic to pursue in math? (and the ABC conjecture)
01:56:25 No Ghost Theorem, and string theory's connection to the Monster

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Mithuna on Quantum Immortality, Self-Studying Quantum Mechanics, PhD research, and Quantum Computing

Mithuna on Quantum Immortality, Self-Studying Quantum Mechanics, PhD research, and Quantum Computing

March 10, 2021

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2ct0zv_M-I

Mithuna Yoganathan is a quantum physicist who specializes in quantum computing, and runs the successful YouTube channel Looking Glass Universe (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFk__1iexL3T5gvGcMpeHNA). This podcast serves as a general introduction to quantum foundations and computing for undergraduates and bright autodidacts.

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00:00:00 Introduction
00:02:26 What's it like running a 200k+ subscriber YouTube channel?
00:02:56 Using "explanation to others" as a self-learning tool
00:05:27 How do you learn new physics / mathematics?
00:06:22 On feeling like math / physics isn't within your ability to grasp
00:08:29 Is math necessary for understanding physics
00:09:23 Daily schedule / routine
00:12:50 Dealing with people emailing theories
00:15:28 Fat-shattering dimensions
00:17:01 What's the Pauli group's relation to the Clifford group?
00:19:44 How do you prove that a quantum algorithm is efficiently simulable classically
00:22:58 Gottesman-Knill theorem (and its extension, proved by Mithuna)
00:25:41 What's responsible for the "speedup" in Quantum Computing?
00:29:24 Which of her thesis results is the most significant? (on quantum complexity and clean Qubits)
00:37:27 Magic state distillation
00:38:34 Gödel's incompleteness, with quantum logic
00:40:41 Halting problem
00:41:10 Quantum Computers vs Probabilistic Turing Machines
00:42:17 P = NP
00:44:41 Richard Borcherd's comments on Quantum Computers not being "better" than classical (generically)
00:47:05 Quantum Contextuality
00:52:29 Quantum decoherence and why it doesn't solve the measurement problem
00:56:26 On the Many Worlds Interpretation
00:58:45 Quantum Immortality
01:03:19 Is space / time discrete and what would the implications of this be for QC?
01:04:42 Wolfram's "principle of computational equivalence"
01:05:32 Bohemian Pilot wave theory
01:09:28 Are the laws of physics ultimately beautiful and simple?
01:10:31 Audience Q: Thoughts on QBism? (Miles Ignotus)
01:11:49 Audience Q: How do you know what to study, when you don't know what you don't know? (Just Us Perthes)
01:13:26 On self-studying and teaching oneself from papers / books / videos
01:19:17 How do the self-adjoint operators correspond physically to a measurement?
01:22:06 Audience: How much studying is spent relating to previous knowledge vs not? (Ryan Conlin)
01:24:17 Audience: What are you reading? Where would you spend your time, presuming financial freedom? (Michael McGuffin)
01:26:45 On "unschooling" by Peter Gray
01:29:06 Audience: Views on consciousness and Donald Hoffman (Biers Adajew)
01:30:06 Quantum Parallel thesis
01:32:58 Many Worlds doesn't solve the problem of consciousness
01:35:14 What's next for Mithuna?
01:37:50 Graph states vs ZX calculus
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Stuart Hameroff on Penrose, Self-Similar Consciousness, and Time Travelling Free Will (technical)

Stuart Hameroff on Penrose, Self-Similar Consciousness, and Time Travelling Free Will (technical)

March 4, 2021

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/uLo0Zwe579g

Stuart Hameroff is an American anesthesiologist and professor at the University of Arizona known for his studies of consciousness and contention that consciousness originates from quantum states in neural microtubules, partnering with Roger Penrose to explicate on the physics involved.

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00:00:00 Introduction
00:02:18 For 73, how does Hameroff stay fast and adroit?
00:02:58 On Hameroff's personal beliefs of God
00:03:44 How did Stuart come to the idea that consciousness arises in microtubules?
00:08:55 The non-computational nature of consciousness and the hard-problem
00:11:56 Gödel's theorem and quantum gravity / superposition
00:16:54 Quantum computers and Frolich resonances
00:19:25 Roger Penrose enters in the picture where / when / how?
00:23:45 David Chalmer's legendary talk was at the conference Hameroff organized
00:26:33 Penrose modified Hameroff's ideas
00:28:04 The vibrations of consciousness (Gamma)
00:32:00 Details on the calculations of the collapse time of tubulin and microtubules
00:38:07 The myth of the 1% of the brain
00:41:33 Firing rates of neurons during psychedelics and how the brain seemingly "decreases"
00:46:42 Which comes first, cognition or consciousness?
00:48:27 Anesthesia and "truth serums" (disinhibition revealing inner truths?)
00:50:04 What's it like to work with Penrose? What's an example of a problem you're working on?
00:57:00 Free-will as travelling backward in time (Libett's experiments)
01:01:36 Dennett won't comment on his theories
01:02:33 Agreements / disagreements with Penrose
01:06:16 Explaining terms: Isolated systems, phases of quantum computing, gamma synchrony
01:11:40 Explaining terms: Benzine rings, non-polar, and hydrophobic
01:13:08 Structure of the microtubules
01:17:33 Tau proteins and Alzheimer's 
01:17:00 Fractals / self-similarity and its relation to consciousness
01:20:06 Quantifying consciousness with anesthesia
01:21:42 Glial cells vs neurons for consciousness / computation
01:24:08 Can quantum computers be consciousness?
01:28:55 Is periodicity required or is aperiodicity a prius?
01:29:41 IIT vs Global Neuronal vs Orch OR
01:33:57 Falsifying Hameroff's and Penrose's theory (Orch OR)
01:37:00 Koch's thought experiment on the ridiculousness of Schrödinger's cat being alive and dead
01:38:01 How do Platonic Forms come into this?
01:40:12 What Curt likes most about Orch OR
01:42:52 Experiencing "nothing"
01:43:55 Comparing Wolfram's theory
01:45:00 How does Penrose's theory solve the Hard problem of consciousness
01:47:07 Does there exist free will
01:48:15 Strong vs Weak anthropic principle and and an explanation for the ratios of nature
01:52:06 Consciousness drives the evolution of the universe
01:53:46 Vibrating the microtubules at home
01:59:07 Is the Universe conscious? Are humans so far the most conscious agents?
02:01:18 On Deepak Chopra
02:02:31 ESP and other Paranormal phenomenon in Hameroff's model
02:03:12 Audience Q: Is the depressed person more, or less, conscious?
02:05:17 Pre-cognition effects are real but don't get published
02:08:47 On Jung and Hameroff's model
02:09:24 Audience Q: Is the Sun conscious?

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Tammy Peterson on tragic illness, finding God, gratitude, and unselfish service

Tammy Peterson on tragic illness, finding God, gratitude, and unselfish service

February 25, 2021

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Edited by: Antonio Pastore

 

00:00:00 Introduction

00:02:39 Tammy's routine (morning and evening)

00:07:13 Type of meditation, yoga, and prayer Tammy performs

00:09:14 What was Tammy looking for growing up?

00:11:44 Does one need to be in tune with their body?

00:14:51 A recent squabble with Jordan, and how she used it for self-insight

00:24:28 Settling disputes in a relationship with internally directed blame

00:26:00 Finding God in illness

00:27:27 Religion vs. Spirituality

00:28:16 Overview of Tammy's illness and recovery (visualization techniques)

00:47:25 How a fan of Jordan helped save Tammy's life

00:55:52 Finding meaning in living for others, rather than torment that you're only living for others

00:59:44 Is illness a blessing? A test? A curse?

01:01:51 Extracting the inner hurt / coping mechanism from a sense of over-confidence

01:04:36 On On gratitude (and what's on Tammy's list?)

01:06:18 The pandemic and introverts

01:08:25 Would Tammy have found God without her illness?

01:10:10 The difference between those that turn to God vs. away: humility

01:11:01 Tammy on Catholicism and the rosary

01:11:38 You have to be driven by value that comes from beyond yourself

01:13:10 Serving others is necessary to have a full spiritual experience

01:13:38 Mary and advice for women

01:15:41 What does it mean that God is only in the present moment?

01:17:05 On being "reborn"

01:18:37 The problems you deal with are often generations old

01:20:52 How can you love yourself, if you want to change? How can you have compassion for yourself?

01:25:30 What else has changed besides God, in Tammy's outlook?

01:26:24 What if your negative harmful thoughts are the truth?

01:27:37 Truth vs. Love in a relationship (do you side with the world or your partner?)

01:29:07 How did Tammy know the importance of Truth at a young age, with Jordan?

01:30:13 Audience: What were the best practices Tammy's parents did? (User: Salt Lemon)

01:30:45 Audience: What advice do you have for parents with an extremely ill child? (User: Feels like Fire)

01:30:59 Story of Jordan proposing to Tammy several times (User: Irish Lobster)

01:32:11 Audience: Favorite books? (User: Veg Mech)

01:34:21 How does Tammy handle the hit pieces toward Jordan?

 

Janice Fiamengo on Critical Theory, Feminism, and Anti-Feminism

Janice Fiamengo on Critical Theory, Feminism, and Anti-Feminism

February 22, 2021

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/QwT-w47Il5c

Janice Fiamengo is an associate professor of English at the University of Ottawa. She specializes in Canadian literature and has published widely on early Canadian writers.

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00:00:00 Introduction
00:01:18 Janice's writing process
00:02:31 What are Critical Theory and Feminist Theory?
00:04:00 How did Janice go from being an ardent feminist to an anti-feminist?
00:08:20 Why is feminism attractive?
00:10:14 We hear about women being disadvantaged, so how are women advantaged?
00:11:11 The difficulty of hiring a male over a woman
00:13:25 How are women disadvantaged?
00:15:44 On the resume studies that demonstrate discrimination
00:21:09 How to not contribute to systemic sexism
00:26:02 The "shadow" and deleterious applications of feminist theory
00:29:48 Harry Frankfurt's BS
00:35:28 The "oppression narrative"
00:55:45 What is is it all about? Power?
01:01:04 The overt oppression has changed to microaggressions and insidious systemic
01:04:47 Trust requires the potential for damage
01:08:32 How the "humanities" and the "arts" have been corrupted
01:12:58 How has sexism been redefined?
01:15:19 Class action lawsuits that found men were being paid less, despite the counterclaim
01:17:09 If the choice was between "more power" or "the destruction of the West"...
01:21:37 The Soviet Union, and wanting harm to befall you
01:25:26 Self-loathing and rejoicing / fervor when Shakespeare is found racist (for example)
01:27:23 Where does the left "go too far"?
01:28:45 Free speech erosion

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