The Known Unknowns: Exploring the Humbling Universe | Lawrence Krauss | Into the Impossible Podcast

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In the episode, Professor Lawrence Krauss discusses his 10th and most recent book: The Edge of Knowledge: Unsolved Mysteries of the Cosmos. Professor Krauss has much to say about the risks of AI, astrobiology, the pursuit of a theory of everything, and where science can take us. He reveals his motivations for writing this latest book, and his deep concerns for the current state of academic freedom.

00:00:00 Intro
00:01:07 A zoom card trick!
00:05:19 Judging The Edge of Knowledge by its cover
00:09:11 A Talmudic proverb and hubris and humility in science
00:14:10 Science and religion
00:17:10 How do you handle ambiguities in science? On solving puzzles.
00:23:00 When physics switched from a theory of everything and the game of science
00:27:00 Peterson Academy and the future of education. What do you think will happen? The fear in higher education, the role of research.
00:36:00 How education and the nature of being human may change us
00:40:45 What about the Planck length and the limits of quantum computing?
00:46:00 What are quantum computers good for? Solving quantum calculations.
00:54:00 Should science always result in technology?
01:00:00 The press conference announcing the discovery of extraterrestrial life in 1997 and the advent of astrobiology. When should science be retracted or amended?
01:05:00 Arguments for finding extraterrestrial life, or not.
01:13:00 Can an AI have imagination? Does consciousness require a body?
01:19:20 The hard problem of consciousness and definition of life.
01:24:00 Questions from the audience begin:
01:25:30 Can physics alone explain qualia or subjective human experience?
01:30:20 Is fusion power feasible & the dangers of AI and nuclear weapons.
01:35:00 What should be done about Michio Kaku?
01:40:00 What have you been wrong about?

The Edge of Knowledge: Unsolved Mysteries of the Cosmos

About the Book
The book challenges readers to explore the limits of what we know, and possibly what is even knowable! Can science ever explain the mysteries of time, space, matter, the origin of life, and the nature of consciousness? Lawrence addresses these challenges head-on while also celebrating how far we have come in understanding the universe. Professor Krauss reminds us that not knowing implies a universe of opportunities with the possibility of discovery and surprise.

Lawrence Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist and bestselling author, as well as an acclaimed lecturer. He is currently President of The Origins Project Foundation, and host of The Origins Podcast, His research interests have focused on the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, including the origin and evolution of the Universe and the fundamental structure of matter. His numerous awards include awards from all 3 US physics societies and the 2012 Public Service Award from the National Science Board for his contributions to the public understanding of science.

The Cosmological Constant Paper by Dr. Krauss:

The Edge of Knowledge: Unsolved Mysteries of the Cosmos on Amazon:

“Saying I don’t know is central to science. It’s what drives science.”
— Lawrence Krauss @TheOriginsPodcast

The Significance of Science: “The universe isn’t made for us. We all need to feel that way, I think, on a daily basis, just to get out of bed. But science reminds us that that feeling is myopic, and we have to be reminded.”

The Hard Problem of Consciousness: “But qualia is exactly that problem of consciousness that your subjective experience to the world, which we all wonder, does everyone see in the same red as we do when we see red?”

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