Appearing on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" last night, Big Think
blogger and theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku told Stephen
Colbert that he wasn't "a crazy person" even as he suggested that we could soon be teleporting people onto space shuttles, space stations and the
Dr. Kaku talked about how his work is defined in
"hyperspace" and higher dimensions, and how the cosmic questions
physicists deal with often border on "reading the mind of God." "We want a one-inch equation
that can explain everything from the Big Bang to the creation of life
and the Universe as we know it," said Dr. Kaku, who noted that Albert Einstein had sought a similar equation.
Colbert also asked Dr. Kaku about time travel, wondering (as Stephen Hawking has) why haven't we met anyone from the future who has traveled to our time. Dr. Kaku suggested that future travelers might be among us, wearing Harry Potter-style invisibility cloaks.
Dr. Kaku's recent posts for Big Think have focused on whether learning from nature
might help us create a "replicator" in a lab; why physicists "are the only
scientists who can say the word 'God' and not blush"; and the basics of string theory.
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Thinking your life is worthwhile is correlated with a variety of positive outcomes.
- A new study finds that adults who feel their lives are meaningful have better health and life outcomes.
- Adults who felt their lives were worthwhile tended to be more social and had healthier habits.
- The findings could be used to help improve the health of older adults.
Even when they suffer costs in doing so.
- It's commonly thought that the suppression of female sexuality is perpetuated by either men or women.
- In a new study, researchers used economics games to observe how both genders treat sexually-available women.
- The results suggests that both sexes punish female promiscuity, though for different reasons and different levels of intensity.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, explains his plan for success.
- Jeff Bezos had a clear vision for Amazon.com from the start.
- He was inspired by a statistic he learned while working at a hedge fund: In the '90s, web usage was growing at 2,300% a year.
- Bezos explains why books, in particular, make for a perfect item to sell on the internet.
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