Scientific Sense Podcast

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Scientific Sense ® Podcast with Gill Eapen: Top episodes in Feb 2021

Scientific Sense ® Podcast with Gill Eapen: Top episodes in Feb 2021.

1. Prof. Igor Shovkovy of Arizona State University on semimetals

2. Prof. Ghassan AlRegib of Georgia Institute of Technology on Deep Learning

3. Prof. Lenn Goodman of Vanderbilt University on Science & Religion

4. Prof. Anne Hart of Brown University on neuromuscular defects

5. Prof. Murat Kantarcioglu of The University of Texas at Dallas on AI security

6. Prof. Emery Brown of Harvard Medical School on anesthetics

7. Prof. Ellen Armour of Vanderbilt University on gender and sexuality

8. Prof. Andrew Newberg of Thomas Jefferson University on religious experiences

9. Prof. Jason Hafner of Rice University on plasmonic structures

10. Prof. James Sauls of Northwestern University on quantum computing

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The puzzle of life

It is puzzling. Any biological system accumulates so much pain and disutility that life continues to be the most enigmatic construct in logic. The only viable explanation has to be Physics based such as the unavoidability of such systems because of monotonically increasing entropy. However, given the free put option held by all life, it is unclear why it sustains beyond the short window of optimal exercise. The uncertainty in expected disutility is not sufficiently high to force a delay in this decision.

Fermi’s paradox looms over high statistical probabilities of a universe full of life. If pain is the governing attribute of life, more sophisticated forms will self expire so as to minimize disutility. That’s a possible explanation for the paradox. If so, it is possible that the universe will bifurcate into spaces where high forms of life voluntarily vanish and those where low forms of life accumulate pain. But why would we find the latter variety like us and all life around us. Perhaps to escape pain, life has to rise above the ordinary and to make itself irrelevant. That may not be an incremental process and one that presents a binary choice.

Are we presiding over a failed life system, one that did not choose to vanish but rather picked the wrong path to pain?

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Dunbar's Number