Enjoy this excellent piece about death and consciousness by philosopher Thomas W. Clark. It’s the perfect read for Halloween weekend! I’m looking forward to talking to Thomas for my audio doc series about consciousness in a couple of weeks.
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Talking to Anil Seth for my audio series helped further deepen and refine my understanding of how the experience of self is constructed. Enjoy this fascinating excerpt from his new book, Being You (and then read the book!):
I recently recorded two (!) conversations with George Musser for my audio series. We talked about the brain’s perception of space and to what extent our conscious experience is giving us an accurate sense of what’s “out there.” In his book, Spooky Action at a Distance, he discusses the related implications of M-Theory and AdS/CFT duality—enjoy this excerpt from his fascinating book!
I recently read Lee Smolin’s Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution in preparation for my conversation with him for my audio series. I was so moved by the epilogue, I posted this inspiring excerpt to share with everyone. Enjoy!
If I observe the microscopic state of things, then the difference between past and future vanishes. The future of the world, for instance, is determined by its present state—though neither more nor less than is the past. We often say that causes precede effects and yet, in the elementary grammar of things, there is no distinction between “cause” and “effect.” There are regularities, represented by what we call physical laws, that link events of different times, but they are symmetric between future and past. In a microscopic description, there can be no sense in which the past is different from the future…