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Lisa Randall

Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University. Her research connects theoretical insights to puzzles in our current understanding of the properties and interactions of matter. She[…]

We know ourselves best so we generalize outwards, Randall says.

Lisa Randall: You know I think we’re inclined to sort of generalize from ourselves because we know ourselves the best. But then people go out and do mysterious things and you think, “Oh wait. That’s a bad person. I don’t know where that bad person came from.” So I think . . . You know I think we have good impulses and bad ones. I mean I think given all things being equal, we’d wanna be generous and do good things, and make things better. But I mean ultimately we’re selfish and greedy, and a lot . . . and not always bright. Some people are small and some people aren’t. And I think . . . And some people wanna know the answers, and some people just want the simplest thing. I mean some people are lazy and some people are energetic. I don’t think there is any single way that human beings are. There’s really a bunch of different ways. Recorded On: 11/02/07