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Friday
Apr172015

RS132 - Live From NECSS 2015

Release date: April 19, 2015

This live episode of Rationally Speaking, taped at the 2015 Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, is a special one: it's Massimo's last episode as co-host! He and Julia look back over their history together and discuss which topics they've changed their mind about since the podcast began.

NEW: Full Transcripts 

Reader Comments (3)

I kept waiting for Massimo to actually REFUTE the concept of mathematical platonism, but nope, apparently his own support for the concept all hinged upon the perceived ability of its chief proponent to defend it within a public forum. Is the name of your podcast 'Rationally Speaking' or 'Small Town Politics'?

I am neither a physicist, mathematician, nor philosopher, but I don't have to be any of these things to understand the simple logic behind mathematical platonism / Tegmark's Mathematical Universe Hypothesis (MUH). Based on my naive understanding of mathematics as 'the realm of internally consistent, irreducible/irrefutable/immutable objective logic, whether known or unknown to mathematicians', it is a simple two part hypothesis:

1. Any logical and internally consistent system may be described mathematically (whether or not humans are capable of doing so).
2. Anything that may be described mathematically automatically exists.

The best argument in favor of the MUH is that the law of cause and effect precludes all other possible origins of the universe. There is no other conceivable explanation why there is something instead of nothing.
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