By Philippos Papayannopoulos It's very common to read and hear people talking about Kurt Gödel's famous (first) incompleteness theorem, in popular media, books, discussions, etc. Which is a very good thing I think, given how wonderful and ingenious the ideas and the reasoning behind this theorem are. But even though it's more than almost 85 [...]
“A new upgrade of your universe is now available!” – A post about the simulation universe hypothesis, computing systems, and the Isaac Asimov debate.
By Philippos Papayannopoulos This year’s (2016) Isaac Asimov memorial debate was dedicated to the question “Is the Universe a Simulation?”. A recent article in The Guardian (Oct 11, 2016) also was about the exact same question. In this post I discuss this hypothesis, but with an eye on how the question was pursued during the [...]
Interview by Philippos Papayannopoulos Michael Cuffaro is a philosopher of science who thinks about philosophical issues in quantum mechanics, about the nature of computing, about the interplay between them, about the notion of explanation in science, about complexity of algorithms, about Solomonoff Induction (I don’t know what this is either, but we’ll soon find [...]
Rotman Institute of Philosophy resident member Jessey Wright recently received an American Association of Philosophy Teachers Grant for Innovations in Teaching for a project, titled “A Game-Based Tool for Introducing Philosophy of Science Suitable for All Ages” that began two years ago as part of the institute’s K-12 Outreach program. We asked him to briefly [...]
Rotman Institute of Philosophy Postdoc Lucas Dunlap was recently featured on the Blog of the APA in the Course Spotlight Series for his Philosophy and Time Travel course. Lucas teaches an online class called "Philosophy & Time Travel", which focuses on the philosophical issues raised by the physics of time travel. We asked him to [...]