Scientific Sense Podcast

Monday, April 5, 2021

Scientific Sense ® Podcast with Gill Eapen: Most popular episodes in Social Sciences.

 Scientific Sense ® Podcast with Gill Eapen: Most popular episodes in Social Sciences.

1. Prof. Itay Goldstein of the University of Pennsylvania on Financial Markets.

2. Prof. Christopher Blattman of the University of Chicago on Crime.

3. Prof. Julia Lane of New York University on democratizing data.

4. Prof. David Uttal of Northwestern University on spatial thinking.

5. Prof. Erik Berglof of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on the global pandemic.

6. Prof. Carol Christine Fair of Georgetown University on militant politics.

7. Dr. Dipayan Ghosh of the Harvard Kennedy School on natural monopolies;

8. Prof. Mark Wilson of the University of Pittsburgh on the Imitation of Rigor

9. Prof. Jeff Ely of Northwestern University on Suspense and Surprise.

10. Dr. Fred Olayele, PhD of the New York City Economic Development Corporation on Economic Diversity.

#economics #policy #decisionoptions

Saturday, March 27, 2021

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

Prof. Richard Lebed, Professor of Physics at Arizona State University on quarks and hadrons

Prof. Ryan Hickox, Professor of Astronomy at Dartmouth College on Black holes

Prof. Scott Baraban, Professor & Chair in Neuroscience Research, University of California, San Francisco on epilepsy

Prof. Maria Kazachenko, Assistant Professor of Astrophysical & Planetary Science at the University of Colorado Boulder on the Sun

Prof Erik Berglöf, Professor of economics at the The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on pandemics and developing countries

Prof. Jonathan Tan, Professor of Astronomy at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg on star formation

Prof. Randall McEntaffer, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Penn State University on suborbital rockets

#science #technology #economics

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?