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In Memory of Joe Polchinski, the Brane Master — Of Particular Significance

This week, the community of high-energy physicists — of those of us fascinated by particles, fields, strings, black holes, and the universe at large — is mourning the loss of one of the great theoretical physicists of our time, Joe … Continue reading

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Can a Computer be Conscious?

Neuroscience hypothesizes that consciousness is generated by the inter-operation of various parts of the brain, called the neural correlates of consciousness or NCC, though there are challenges to that perspective. Proponents of Artificial consciousness (AC)believe it is possible to construct … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky – “The machine, the ghost, and the limits of understanding”

Professor Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “The machine, the ghost, and the limits of understanding: Newton’s contributions to the study of mind” at the University of Oslo, September 2011. Q&A at 45:33

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(Un)Naturalness, Explained

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This week I’m in California, at a conference celebrating two famous professors, from whom I learned an enormous amount when I was a graduate student and postdoctoral researcher. More on this later in the…

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A First Stab at Explaining “Naturalness”

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Arguably the two greatest problems facing particle physicists, cosmologists, string theorists, and the like are both associated with an apparent failure of a notion called “naturalness”.  Until now, I’ve mostly avoided this term on…

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BICEP2: New Evidence Of Cosmic Inflation!

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[For your reference if you can’t follow this post: My History of the Universe, and a primer to help you understand what’s going on today.] I’m still updating this post as more information comes in and…

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Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup

Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup

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Question: Are Blackholes Connected by Dark Matter?

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General Thoughts About Schuman Response

The Tesla coil wireless transmitter U.S. Patent 1,119,732 There might have been some confusion around what was implied here with regard to BB’s(Binaural Beats) and the affective causation suggested by what I see as  inherent on a global level with … Continue reading

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