Lee Smolin: The Man Who Could Change Your Mind About Everything
From Newton to Einstein to quantum physicists today, Smolin writes, "I believe--as strongly as one can believe anything in science--that they're wrong."
Time is for real, argues the theoretical physicist Lee Smolin in his new book Time Reborn. That means we need to revisit the laws that govern gravity, quantum mechanics, even space itself. "Everything we now think is fundamental will also eventually be understood as approximate and emergent," writes Smolin, who argues for a radical new approach to cosmology.
If time is not an illusion, as physicists have long believed, Smolin could change the way we think about everything. From Newton to Einstein to quantum physicists today, Smolin writes, "I believe--as strongly as one can believe anything in science--that they're wrong."
Smolin's ideas are gaining traction. "Time Reborn places reality above theory in stronger and clearer terms than ever before, and the result is a path to better theory and potentially to a better society as well," says the computer scientist Jaron Lanier. That is why the book "will no doubt be remembered as one of the essential books of the 21st century."
Smolin will be appearing in Big Think's studio for an interview. Now is your chance to submit your questions, in the comments below.
We all live by society's invisible rules but for some groups, these rules are tighter than for others, says psychologist Michele Gelfand.
- Rules, whether they're visible or invisible, govern our behavior every day.
- Different groups have different rules, and have different views on how strict those rules are.
- Powerful and dominant social groups have more flexible rules where obeisance is less mandatory.
New research offers a tip for politicians who don’t want to be seen as corrupt: don’t get a big head.
- New research offers a tip for politicians who don't want to be seen as corrupt: don't get a big head.
- A new study showed people photos of politicians and asked them to rate how corruptible each seemed.
- The results were published this week in Psychological Science by researchers at Caltech.
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