alternate realities

129. Why Spacetime’s Doomed, Quantum Mechanics Falls Short and an Alternative Reality Consciousness May Be the Answer | Don Hoffman

Donald Hoffman (@donaldhoffman) is a cognitive scientist, popular author, and Professor of Cognitive Science at UC Irvine. He studies how our visual perception, guided by millions of years of natural selection, authors every aspect of our everyday reality. If you missed our last episode with Don, be sure to check that out here.
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In today’s episode we discuss:

  • Why physics need to replace spacetime to go further as a domain
  • What Don’s work’s uncovered about the nature of reality
  • Why AI may be impossible given our current struggles to solve consciousness
  • Are we living in a simulation
  • What to think about the multiverse
  • How quantum dynamic properties may play in consciousness
  • The way Don’s trying to unify neuroscience and physics in a grand unifying theory
  • Why we’re headed for either apocalypse of utopia and Don’s not sure which
  • Is free will a choice or an illusion
  • Why synthetic biology is the most dangerous technology ever invented
  • How the Large Hadron Collider contributes to science while breaking old paradigms
  • The reason the US is poorly positioned to combat AI-driven unemployment
  • Why consciousness is unsolvable given our current assumptions and how to rewrite them
  • How science and religion merge into a mathematically provable model
  • Are psychedelics a path to an alternative reality


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