Closer To Truth is excited to partner with The Institute of Art and Ideas for their latest cutting-edge IAI LIVE virtual event this July 3 at 1 PM EST.
Mary-Jane Rubenstien hosts a panel of Closer To Truth contributors—Michio Kaku, Sabine Hossenfelder, Max Tegmark, and Juan Maldacena—where the world’s leading thinkers lock horns in an exciting debate on Fantasy, Faith, and Physics.
We think that we pursue the sciences solely for knowledge and truth, but is this a mistake? Untestable ideals like beauty have been baked into theories throughout the history of science. Roger Penrose described string theory as a ‘fashion’, quantum physics as a ‘faith’, and cosmic inflation a as ‘fantasy’, arguing that scientists suffer from the very same prejudices that affect the rest of us.
Do we pursue science for a pure desire for the truth? Or should we accept that some beliefs, especially in the foundations of physics, are akin to religious beliefs dressed in mathematical language to give our theories meaning?