Jim Baggott
With The Amazing Meeting ending only a couple days ago, Derek doesn't wait to give you the first recorded interview from the event. Derek talks with Jim Baggott, author of many books on the nature of reality and physics. His latest work, "Farewell to Reality: How Modern Physics Has Betrayed the Search for Scientific Truth". Baggott argues that there is no observational or experimental evidence for many of the ideas of modern theoretical physics: super-symmetric particles,super strings, the multiverse, the holographic principle,or the anthropic cosmological principle. These theories are not only untrue, it is not even science. It is fairy-tale physics: fantastical, bizarre and often outrageous, perhaps even confidence-trickery.
 
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– Date – July 21st, 2015
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Jim Baggott: [28:40]
– Went to school at Oxford and Stanford for physics
– Has written several books on physics.
– Wrote a book about the discovery of the Higgs Boson.
– His latest book, ‘Farewell to Reality‘, came to him after watching the BBC special “What is Reality” due its content.
– Jim believes that there has been a slow chipping away at the firm base of science due to the popularity of science which can only be shown using computers and simulation.
– Being a skeptic you should require that any scientific idea be tested in some form of solid way before it becomes a ‘theory’.
– During the Intelligent Design Dover trial scientists/skeptics relied on the concept of what a theory really is, does some modern physics start to chip that away?
– This these types of ‘fairy tales’ can be seen in the massive efforts by many scientists attempting to ‘prove’ we live in a hologram.
– Too often these fun, but unproven ideas in science lead to those who believe in much of the supernatural lots of ammunition.
– Once you fall into the trap of thinking that reality might be something ‘else’, you have delved into metaphysical ideas not reality.

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