Principles of the Open Future

Lee Smolin: As long as people of faith respect the facts and the deductions of science we should be respectful of their faith and their search for a faith.

When public evidence and rational deduction is sufficient to answer a question we must all be swayed by that rationale and must be swayed by the answer.  When public evidence is not sufficient to answer a question, we must promote and encourage the widest range of disagreement and competition among people with different views.  I think those principles underlie healthy democratic societies as well as science.  

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Math is Not a Mirror of Nature

Lee Smolin: I used to think that my job as a physicist was this kind of mystical transcendent undertaking to transcend the daily reality and experience of the world and discover this timeless representation of the world where the truth really was.

math is a tool.  There are different parts of mathematics that are useful as tools.  Mathematical deduction is outside of time.  If you deduce a prediction mathematically what you’re doing is representing a set of causal processes and causal relations carried out in time with a set of logical implications which are timeless.  But that’s fine to do if you understand what you’re doing. 

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Lee Smolin: Can Physics Save Economics?

It was actually "physics envy" that got us in trouble in the first place. 

When the theoretical physicist Lee Smolin was asked to join a research group to work on economics his first response was "I don't know anything about economics." That's okay, said Mike Brown, the former CFO of Microsoft, "because nobody does and the whole system is about to collapse." 

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News Flash: Time is Real

This is to counterpose the picture which is developed in physics from Galileo and Newton and Descartes down to the present quantum cosmologists. 

By "time is real" I mean to say that the experience that we have that we live in a moment, so that everything we experience and know about is caught in time, is caught in a moment, is not an illusion. 

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