At Wit’s End: David Bohm and Metamind

by Scott Preston edited by O Society September 20, 2019 Let’s review the essential problem of the Modern Mind with which Bohm wrestled, because we cannot get far in understanding Bohm’s new mode of thinking without understanding the context — the modern mode of thinking and consciousness now at its wit’s end and in the … Continue reading At Wit’s End: David Bohm and Metamind

Einstein Got His Understanding of Time from Hume

Centuries before Albert Einstein, David Hume recognised universal time, independent of an observer’s viewpoint, doesn’t exist by Matias Slavov edited by O Society August 27, 2019 In 1915, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to the philosopher and physicist Moritz Schlick, who had recently composed an article on the theory of relativity. Einstein praised it: The Collected Papers … Continue reading Einstein Got His Understanding of Time from Hume

The Danger of Oversimplification: How to Use Occam’s Razor Without Cutting Yourself

The Word of the Day is Occam's Razor by Farnam Street edited by O Society August 4, 2019 Occam’s razor (also known as the ‘law of parsimony’) is a problem-solving principle which serves as a useful mental model. A philosophical razor is a tool used to eliminate improbable options in a given situation, of which Occam’s … Continue reading The Danger of Oversimplification: How to Use Occam’s Razor Without Cutting Yourself

Taming the Quantum Spooks

Can retrocausality solve the puzzle of spooky action at a distance? Reconciling Einstein with quantum mechanics may require abandoning the notion that cause always precedes effect by Huw Price edited by O Society July 8, 2019 Isaac Newton had a problem with the concept of action-at-a-distance. On one hand, like other 17th-century mechanist philosophers, he was … Continue reading Taming the Quantum Spooks

A New View of Time

by Lee Smolin edited by O Society July 5, 2019 During the last century, science is transformed by several simultaneous revolutions: In physics, relativity and quantum theory utterly change our understanding of nature. Yet these twin revolutions initiated by Einstein are mutually discordant, which tells us they are not yet complete. Biology also is doubly … Continue reading A New View of Time