16 episodes

We talk about our deepest theories across science, philosophy, economics, and morality. We also explore the history of ideas.

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Fallible Animals Logan Chipkin

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    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

We talk about our deepest theories across science, philosophy, economics, and morality. We also explore the history of ideas.

If you're enjoying my content, please consider supporting the podcast and my writing projects with a donation at https://www.patreon.com/Fallibleanimals. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/logan-chipkin/support

    Constructor Theory of Information with David Deutsch

    Constructor Theory of Information with David Deutsch

    This is my interview with David Deutsch, Visiting Professor of physics at the Centre for Quantum Computation, the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University and an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. We discuss the constructor theory of information, some of its conjectured principles, the unification of classical and quantum information, and more.   

    Constructor Theory of Information paper - https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1405/1405.5563.pdf


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    • 36 min
    Quantum Field Theory & Qubit Field Theory with Sam Kuypers

    Quantum Field Theory & Qubit Field Theory with Sam Kuypers

    This is my interview with Sam Kuypers, a DPhil student at Oxford University. We discuss the problems with quantum field theory, how qubit field theory seems to solve some of these problems, and how constructor theory might aid the development of qubit field theory.



    Qubit Field Theory - https://arxiv.org/pdf/quant-ph/0401024.pdf

    Constructor Theory of Information - https://arxiv.org/pdf/1405.5563.pdf


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    • 29 min
    Probing Hybrid Systems with Vlatko Vedral

    Probing Hybrid Systems with Vlatko Vedral

    This is my interview with Vlatko Vedral, a professor of quantum information science at Oxford University. We discuss the difference between dynamical laws and principles in physics, the role that the principles of constructor theory play in discovering new dynamical laws, the constructor theory of information,  his research (in collaboration with Chiara Marletto) into probing hybrid systems in which quantum mechanical objects interact with gravity, and more.



    Relevant publications:

    1. Gravitationally-induced entanglement between two massive particles is sufficient evidence of quantum effects in gravity - https://arxiv.org/abs/1707.06036

    2. Quantum effects in the gravitational field - https://www.nature.com/articles/549031a


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    • 43 min
    Fermions, Principle of Locality, and Formalizing Constructor Theory with Nicetu Tibau Vidal

    Fermions, Principle of Locality, and Formalizing Constructor Theory with Nicetu Tibau Vidal

    This is my interview with Nicetu Tibau Vidal, a DPhil student at Oxford University. We discuss his research, which includes demonstrating that fermions conform to Einstein's principle of locality. We also discuss his ongoing research project of formalizing constructor theory.

    Video Version, Part One - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IKbA9AzPv0&t=16s

    Video Version, Part Two - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJiiteXFG7g&t=2s


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    Property Rights, Argumentation Ethics, and Praxeology with Stephan Kinsella

    Property Rights, Argumentation Ethics, and Praxeology with Stephan Kinsella

    Joining me today is patent attorney and libertarian theorist Stephan Kinsella. Mr. Kinsella is the author of the book, Against Intellectual Property, and is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom. He is also the founder and editor of Libertarians Papers, and he’s a member of the Editorial Board of Reason Papers.  

    We cover a wide range of specific topics, from property rights, argumentation ethics, whether or not praxeology is falsifiable, common arguments against the existence or morality of anarcho-capitalism, and potential connections between praxeology, free will, and constructor theory.

    Stephan Kinsella's website - http://www.stephankinsella.com

    Stephan Kinsella's Twitter - https://twitter.com/NSKinsella

    Mises: Keep It Interesting - https://mises.org/wire/mises-keep-it-interesting

    A Libertarian Theory of Contract: Title Transfer, Binding Promises, Inalienability - https://mises.org/library/libertarian-theory-contract-title-transfer-binding-promises-inalienability-0

    How We Come to Own Ourselves - https://mises.org/library/how-we-come-own-ourselves

    Against Intellectual Property - https://mises.org/library/against-intellectual-property-0



    Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan

    Website - www.loganchipkin.com

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    Fallible Animals Episode 11: A Life Worth Creating with Carlos De la Guardia

    Fallible Animals Episode 11: A Life Worth Creating with Carlos De la Guardia

    I speak with Carlos De la Guardia, an amateur AGI researcher and musician  with a longtime interest in Popper and Deutsch. We discuss how one can apply the philosophy of critical rationalism, and some of David Deutsch’s ideas, to 'real life'. How should one act, given that problems are inevitable, and life is literally unpredictable? We also discuss how critical rationalism may help us to have more productive disagreements, effective altruism, and the universal constructor.



    Carlos' Twitter - https://twitter.com/dela3499



    Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan

    Website - www.loganchipkin.com

    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/Fallibleanimals



    Some books mentioned: 

    Zero to One, by Peter Thiel - https://www.amazon.com/Zero-One-Notes-Startups-Future/dp/0804139296

    The Logic of Scientific Discovery, by Karl Popper - https://www.amazon.com/Logic-Scientific-Discovery-Routledge-Classics/dp/0415278449

    The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World, by Jenny Uglow - https://www.amazon.com/Lunar-Men-Friends-Curiosity-Changed/dp/0374528888


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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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Critical coverage of critical rationalism and the rest

Excellent, clear and direct presentation of some of the most important, and little understood, ideas we have.

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