If It's Not Disturbing, You're Not Doing It Right

By Sean Carroll | June 22, 2008 11:38 am

Science, that is. No, this is not what I have in mind. Rather, this provocative statement — the discoveries of science should be disturbing, they shouldn’t simply provide gentle reassurance about our place in the universe — is the conclusion reached by my latest Bloggingheads dialogue, with David Albert.

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David is a philosopher of science at Columbia, author of Time and Chance as well as Quantum Mechanics and Experience. We talked about what philosophers of science do, the awful What the Bleep Do We Know? movie, string theory and falsifiability, and touched on time before running out thereof. Future episodes are clearly called for.

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About Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] cosmicvariance.com .

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