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Ep: 29 Ch 11 “The Multiverse” Part 5

Ep: 29 Ch 11 “The Multiverse” Part 5

July 2, 2020

The final part of "The Multiverse" series - and with some discussion (and a story!) of some little known material about how to test "The Multiverse" against other (so-called) interpretations of quantum theory.

Ep 28: Ch 11 “The Multiverse” Part 4

Ep 28: Ch 11 “The Multiverse” Part 4

May 15, 2020

With apologies to audio only listeners, this one was up on Youtube for a while (and contains a few visuals) - I simply forgot to upload it to Podbean and Apple Podcasts. It is largely an analysis of common misconceptions about the multiverse and references a conversation between Sam Harris and Bret Weinstein who spoke about the multiverse during a recent conversation. 

Ep 27: Christian Atheists

Ep 27: Christian Atheists

April 25, 2020

This is a very brief and non-standard non-Beginning of Infinity podcast. It also does not mention COVID-19 at all. It is inspired in part by some remarks made by Yaron Brook. There is an important post associated with this episode which appears here: http://www.bretthall.org/blog/mainstream-morality

As with my last episode, we will return to the usual programming soon.

Ep 26: Problems, Knowledge and Wealth

Ep 26: Problems, Knowledge and Wealth

April 17, 2020

This is a non-Beginning of Infinity Podcast. While it makes some references, as always, to the work of David Deutsch, it is primarily some thoughts about finding ourselves in a given problem situation and what we need to find our way out in time. Of course there is some reference made to the present COVID-19 situation. A rather different episode to the usual. I hope to get back to regular programming soon.

Includes also: some response to Sam Harris "Making Sense" podcast on April 16 2020. And some explanation for the BoI "hiatus" (essentially that my studio is presently a "home office").

I hope it's still worth your time :)

Ep 25: Ch 11 “The Multiverse” Part 3

Ep 25: Ch 11 “The Multiverse” Part 3

March 3, 2020

Some readings and remarks about David Deutsch's "The Beginning of Infinity" Chapter 11 "The Multiverse". This is the 3rd episode in this series. As with some of the others, audio only listeners may miss a few visuals in this one...but they're not absolutely crucial this time around. There is a way to support this endeavor on my website www.bretthall.org where you can click the donate button and contribute one time, or monthly. Thank you :) 

Ep 24: The Multiverse, Part 2

Ep 24: The Multiverse, Part 2

February 26, 2020

This is the first episode that includes reading from Chapter 11 of "The Beginning of Infinity" about "The Multiverse". It is less edited...and rather more conversational. Compare this to episode 23 and let me know what you prefer. I will take on board comments moving forward. Thank you. As always, donations are welcome at www.brethall.org on the "donate" button. 

Ep 23: The Multiverse, Part 1

Ep 23: The Multiverse, Part 1

February 19, 2020

This episode is an introduction to chapter 11 from "The Beginning of Infinity". While there are no readings from the book this time around, there are readings from "The Fabric of Reality". Audio only listeners should be aware that there is a significant visual component of this episode: animations, diagrams and so forth.

Ep 22: The Logic of Experimental Tests

Ep 22: The Logic of Experimental Tests

February 12, 2020

This is not a regular ToKCast (about a chapter from "The Beginning of Infinity"). Instead it will serve in part firstly as a stand alone episode about an esoteric piece of epistemology: what is the function of the experiment in the natural sciences? (As explained by David Deutsch in his paper "The Logic of Experimental Tests particularly Everettian Quantum Theory"). I make many remarks - including many new remarks. The final third or so of this episode is largely devoted to a defense of Popper broadly and his criterion of demarcation in particular. 

Secondly this episode is like an "episode 1a" of Chapter 11 "The Multiverse". This episode contains some useful material for anyone interested in "the quantum multiverse" and its testability. Spoiler alert: it's testable, no matter what others say. 

Sources:

You can find David's Paper "The Logic of Experimental Tests" here

My exposition of that paper is here: http://www.bretthall.org/philosophy-of-science.html

You can download a free pdf copy of Popper's "The Logic of Scientific Discovery" here 

(it's well and truly out of copyright, so feel no guilt about the download!)

 

Ep 21: Ch 10, Part 2 “A Dream of Socrates”

Ep 21: Ch 10, Part 2 “A Dream of Socrates”

February 1, 2020

In this, the second episode covering Chapter 10 "A Dream of Socrates", we encounter Plato in dialogue with Socrates. An attempt is made to learn epistemology from Socrates by Plato. Epistemology is applied to political institutions and the concept of dynamic and static societies is explored and we get our first sense of what anti-rational memes are about (though this terminology is not yet being used). In the second half I compare and contrast kinds of democracy.

Ep 20: Ch 10, Part 1 “A Dream of Socrates”

Ep 20: Ch 10, Part 1 “A Dream of Socrates”

December 26, 2019

In this, the first episode covering Chapter 10 "A Dream of Socrates", we explore epistemology directly. Hermes comes to Socrates in a dream (or somehow!) and uses a quite "Socratic Method" to draw out Popperian epistemology from Socrates. Empiricism is refuted and the correct way knowledge is guest and criticized to improve it discussed.