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My sales pitch for naturalism, in two and a half minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YujA_rl3c4
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Superb reasoning. 
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How space might emerge from a purely quantum picture of the world -- a new paper.
http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2016/07/18/space-emerging-from-quantum-mechanics/
The other day I was amused to find a quote from Einstein, in 1936, about how hard it would be to quantize gravity: “like an attempt to breathe in empty space.” Eight decades later, I th…
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Promising!
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Georges Lemaître, Father of the Big Bang, died 50 years ago today.
http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2016/06/20/father-of-the-big-bang/
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To be more honest, he was the father of Big Bang Creationism. The idea that our universe is expanding from a very small single source is his idea. Others, later, postulated that the beginning could have started from an area much smaller than an atom, some even postulating from "nothing." Now if that isn't creationism of a new sort I don't know what is.

The cosmological redshift should be thought of as a distance only effect, just as Edwin Hubble believed as the best explanation of the data.
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The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, & the Universe Itself is out Tues! What’s inside & why I wrote it.
http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2016/05/06/the-big-picture-what-its-all-about/
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+Champak C M Don't we all!
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Nick Lane's great book on the origin of life, The Vital Question, reviewed by @BillGates.
https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/The-Vital-Question
Bill Gates reviews the book “The Vital Question” by author Nick Lane
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Thanks for the reference. 
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Learning about the early universe by uncovering incredibly subtle correlations in the cosmic microwave background.
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160419-string-inflation-triangles/
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Another good article from Quanta Magazine. I like their approach of not oversimplifying compared to some other sources for the general public.
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"Downward causation" isn't going to help establish that conscious creatures are more than just particles and fields obeying the Core Theory.
http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2016/09/08/consciousness-and-downward-causation/
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The best and worst predictions in science both come from vacuum fluctuations in quantum field theory. @veritasium
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I enjoyed learning the proposed 10 to the negative 8 ergs energy bit and have been reading up further ever since. Would Love to know your thoughts on whether space itself may be discreet... this is to say space which can be occupied by at least a point object.
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Space emerges from quantum mechanics! Here's the paper, I'll try to explain more comprehensibly later.
http://arxiv.org/abs/1606.08444
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Isn't it supposed to be boundary entanglement 
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I wrote a book! And today you can buy it. Check out The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself.
http://www.amazon.com/Big-Picture-Origins-Meaning-Universe/dp/0525954821/smcarroll-20
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What was one of the first things Christians did after suffering 300 years
of persecution at the hands of the Romans? When Emperor Constantine
created the Holy Roman Church, they persecuted non Christians. A group of
good Christians chased down and flensed the skin off of a woman until she
died right out in public for everyone to see.
Most everyone is looking for someone to victimize. They're just waiting
for someone else to tell them it's OK to do so.
You don't call me dumbass in the name of Jesus. He would be sickened by
such vulgarity. Plus there is the whole Vengeance is mine sayeth the
Lord, and Judge not lest ye be judged and found wanting etc.
You call me dumbass because you want to be better than me or whomever else
you can. It is the poorer side of human nature.
Well, I don't care really. If I burn as you say in hell so be it. I
really doubt that will be but so be it.
And you can be Christian and ridicule me for not being. Doesn't change
anything in my life.
Have a good one.
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Gerard 't Hooft @gthooft on Nature's bookkeeping system: where the degrees of freedom are. (h/t +Sabine Hossenfelder)
http://arxiv.org/abs/1605.00027
Abstract: Establishing how one should describe and study natures fundamental degrees of freedom is a notoriously difficult problem. It is tempting to assume that the number of bits (or qubits) needed in a given Planckian 3-volume, or perhaps 2-volume, is a fixed finite number, but this ansatz ...
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I checked a bit and found this discussion with 't Hooft regarding quantum mechanics. I don't know string theory but and only had a quick look but this approach seems to be about hidden variables and classical determinism?
http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/32203/discreteness-and-determinism-in-superstrings
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My chat with some of the young minds who will soon be leading the world.
http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2016/04/25/youthful-brilliance/
A couple of weeks ago I visited the Texas A&M Physics and Engineering Festival. It was a busy trip — I gave a physics colloquium and a philosophy colloquium as well as a public talk ̵…
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Physicist at Caltech. Master of time and space.
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I think about things that are smaller than atoms and/or bigger than galaxies.  Everything in between scares me.

Links on right will lead you to awesome things to read and think about.

Disclaimer: my opinions are the ones everyone should have.
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Married to +Jennifer Ouellette.
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    Astronomy (PhD), 1988 - 1993
  • Villanova University
    Astronomy (BA), 1984 - 1988
  • Pennsbury High School
    1980 - 1984
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