4.5 stars

feb 9 - good podcast on how to approach philosophy and the big questions from the standpoint of math and physics

  • "mathematics exists because it is not possible that it does not exist"
  • "philosophers: if you want to prove that the world exists, start with mathematics"
  • "if you don't study philosophy first, you might spend your life doing something that's not valuable"
  • "what's true in mathematics is not the same as what is provable"
  • American philosopher, noted secularlist, leader of Brights movement
    Daniel Dennett, wiki
  • "the success of philosophy is the extent it spins off questions into other disciplines"
  • "children who go to preschool earn more money 30 years later than children who don't, how to sort out the causality of that"
  • author of the book Selfish Gene and when published
    written 1976, Richard Dawkins, wiki
  • "I'm skeptical that many people believe very deeply."
  • "rule #1 of economics: you can't pay attention to what people say they do or say they think"
  • "a system of a billion neurons is a very different animal than a system of 100 neurons"
  • "both evolutionists and creationists are wrong: the most complex things are mathematical entities, neither evolved nor created"
  • cosmologist who works at MIT, from Sweden
    Max Tegmark
  • "the universe is one big mathematical object with self aware area, which are us"
  • "it's a remarkable, disturbing thing that hoest, truth-seeking people cannot agree"
  • "it's very hard to defend the idea that you should trust your own opinions over those of others"
  • who wrote Freakonomics when
    Steven Levitt, 2005, lots of facts

Notes on other podcasts:

Most of what I currently listen to is .NET related and quite a bit on technology in general and how it is impacting society. I listen to an occasional historical or philosophical podcast.

I record these notes as a way of extracting the gems and remember facts from these podcasts: phrases that ring true or new terms that I look up later. If you see someone walking around Berlin speaking short phrases into his cell phone every couple minutes, that's me.

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