Traffic was lousy this morning, in part due to the wet weather, but I really didn’t care. I had downloaded Joe Rogan’s latest podcast featuring theoretical physicist Prof. Lawrence M. Krauss*.
The topic was (nominally) his latest book—The Greatest Story Ever Told…SO FAR—but the discussion was wide ranging and fascinating. It went something like:
- Symmetry and what it means in this universe
- A plain language explanation of Gauge Theory
- Universal laws and impacts of them on our place in the universe
- The Higgs field and what it really means
- Life and evolution
- The evolution of religion, why it exists
- Progress beyond religion, education versus superstition
- Artificial Intelligence, what it might mean for us (good and bad) and more…
The annoying thing was even Auckland traffic on a wet Wednesday meant I only heard about half of the 2 1/2 hours before I arrived at work. I really just wanted to keep driving, or not driving as was often the case this morning, to hear the rest. The commute home allowed some more of that and, even not yet having heard all of it, I recommend investing your time in this.
The way not to get frustrated commuting is to make it a brain expanding pleasure!**
* Also looking forward to hearing Prof. Krauss at the Auckland Writers Festival
** It also helped having a fresh application of Rain-X so hardly had to use the windscreen wipers!
JRE #938 - Lawrence Krauss 03.27.17
Lawrence Krauss is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, best-selling author, producer, actor, and science and public policy advocate. His latest book The Greatest Story Ever Told So-Far is available now --http://krauss.faculty.asu.edu/