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Origins Project: The Storytelling of Science

Make some time on your Sunday, I promise this is worth it. It's not straight up science, it's STORYTELLING!!!

The Storytelling of Science will feature a panel of esteemed scientists, public intellectuals, and award-winning writers including well-known science educator Bill Nye, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, Science Friday's Ira Flatow, popular science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss as they discuss the stories behind cutting edge science from the origin of the universe to a discussion of exciting technologies that will change our future. They will demonstrate how to convey the excitement of science and the importance helping promote a public understanding of science.

The second part is where this happened. There is some lively debate between Neil Tyson (of course) and pretty much everyone else. He seems to win just cause he's bigger.



3rd video: "To that I gotta say, oh wow..." awesome.

The most brilliant scientists can't explain consciousness.

Anyway, be that as it may, what an incredible panel of great minds. Thanks Andyo.

I think the most up-to-date scientists on the subject would be neuroscientists, not these guys. There are a few physicists, even well regarded like Roger Penrose, who are into "quantum consciousness" stuff. This is used by the likes of newage (pronounced like "sewage" - h/t Steven Novella) pseudoscientists like the one and only Deepak Chopra, who actually co-authored a book with Penrose and anesthesiologist (!) Stuart Hameroff on the subject.

Hameroff was at the Beyond Belief conference in 2006 with Dawkins and Krauss among others (including PZ Myers in the audience), and he got ripped apart after his talk on quantum consciousness by Krauss himself. Maybe I'll post the video later, should be on the interwebs.

Also, it's widely seen as physicists overstepping their bounds, especially by biologists (like Myers who is always critical of it).


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