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Scientific Controversies: #4. Can We Explain the World?
Jun 18, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
We know enough about the world to manipulate electricity, operate phones, send people to the moon. Modern science presumes the world can be understood, that technology based on that understanding will work, and that our ideas should be verified by experience and experiment. The world seems knowable and describable in mathematics.
As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein argues, we will always be driven to know more, inspired by our collective ignorance. But we can wonder if there are fundamental limits to what we can know, if the mind is too complex to comprehend, if there are facts about the world that have no explanation.
Pioneer Works and Janna Levin invite Columbia University Neuroscientist Stuart Firestein and NYU Philosopher Tim Maudlin to consider the question: Can We Explain the World?
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About The Series
What Is Quantum Reality? Does Time Exist? Will Dying Black Holes Explode in Firewalls?
Major Scientific discoveries can disrupt the traditional order, leaving scientists adrift in concepts that resist familiar intuitions and beliefs. Of the new ideas that emerge, some will be wrong and some will be right. Honest and open scientific controversy helps disentangle one from the other. Eventually, one side of a debate grows in strength and finds confirmation in experiments, while the other atrophies. But both sides of a controversy contribute to the breakthrough of actual discovery – when the utterly abstract barges into the realm of the concrete. This series celebrates that passionate spirit of scientific debate.
About Pioneer Works
Pioneer Works (www.pioneerworks.org) is a platform for innovation in contemporary arts and an incubator for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Founded in Red Hook by artist Dustin Yellin.