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Here, I interview some of the leading thinkers in modern natural philosophy. I'm your host, Dr. Siddharth Muthukrishnan. I originally trained in theoretical physics, before deciding that my interests were more conceptual and foundational, and switched to philosophy. Conversations will span science and philosophy and perhaps other topics as well.

Natural Philosophers Siddharth Krishnan

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Here, I interview some of the leading thinkers in modern natural philosophy. I'm your host, Dr. Siddharth Muthukrishnan. I originally trained in theoretical physics, before deciding that my interests were more conceptual and foundational, and switched to philosophy. Conversations will span science and philosophy and perhaps other topics as well.

    Alastair Wilson on Quantum Modal Realism

    Alastair Wilson on Quantum Modal Realism

    Interview with Prof. Alastair Wilson, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, where he also leads the FraMEPhys (A Framework for Metaphysical Explanation in Physics) research project. We talk about the metaphysics of quantum physics, and in particular, about his thesis of quantum modal realism, which is, roughly, the view that the many worlds of the Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics are what we think of as being metaphysically possible. This thesis is developed in detail in his new and excellent book The Nature of Contingency: Quantum Physics as Modal Realism (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-nature-of-contingency-9780198846215).  

    His website: http://alastairwilson.org/

    His Twitter: https://twitter.com/modalizing

    The FraMEPhys project: https://framephys.org/

    Video Interview available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5bdjsLE_9c

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Sean Carroll on Quantum Spacetime

    Sean Carroll on Quantum Spacetime

    Interview with Prof. Sean Carroll, Research Professor of Physics at Caltech and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. We mainly talk about quantum spacetime: the idea that  our familiar spacetime might be actually emergent from some complex quantum mechanical system. We cover entanglement, decoherence, entropic gravity, the AdS/CFT correspondence, string theory, black holes, along with several philosophical questions concerning these topics, including reduction and emergence, substantivalism vs. relationalism, monism, and much more.  

    Sean's website: https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/

    • 1 hr 53 min
    David Wallace on Black Holes

    David Wallace on Black Holes

    Interview with Prof. David Wallace, Mellon Professor in Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. We talk about black holes: particularly black hole thermodynamics, black hole statistical mechanics, and the black hole information paradox. Loosely based on his work published in the following papers:   

    https://arxiv.org/pdf/1710.02724.pdf (published version: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science...) 

    https://arxiv.org/pdf/1710.02725.pdf (published version: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science...) 

    https://arxiv.org/pdf/1710.03783.pdf

    • 2 hr
    Colin Allen on Animal Consciousness

    Colin Allen on Animal Consciousness

    Interview with Prof. Colin Allen, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. We talk mainly about animal consciousness, but also about consciousness more broadly, cognition, learning, and evolutionary biology, among other topics. 

    Loosely based on his article in the Stanford Encyclodpedia of Philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/co... 

    See Colin's website for more information about his work: https://colinallen.dnsalias.org/ 

    Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wileyprof

    • 1 hr 59 min

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