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My name is Paras Chopra and in the Bold Conjectures podcast, I interview experts from a variety of fields, asking them about unsolved questions in their field and what’s their conjecture for such open questions. Conjectures are ideas that are thought to be true but we neither have proof or disproof for them. Karl Popper, the famous philosopher of science, famously wrote the following in his debut book: “Bold ideas, unjustified anticipations, and speculative thought, are our only means for in ...
 
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How do our bodies know what to become? There are no instructions in our genes that code for the exact 3D structure of our bodies. There's no tiny human contained in our DNA. So, what powers the transformation of the first cell in the embryo to a full-blown organism? Dr Michael Levin is attacking this problem and, in the process of answering it, his…
 
Hinting at the perceived sluggish rate of innovation in recent decades, Peter Theil famously said that “we were promised flying cars and all we got is 140 characters”. Today, I’m going to pick Jose’s brain on whether technological and scientific progress is indeed slowing down, and what that suggests for our society’s future. == What we talk about …
 
How does our consciousness arise? In this episode, I and Dr Philip Goff explore the increasingly popular view that everything in our universe is conscious (panpsychism). == What we talk about == 0:04​ - Introduction 1:02​ - How did you get interested in the problem of consciousness? 5:10​ - The role of philosophy in understanding consciousness 10:3…
 
Balaji is a deep thinker on crypto and its implications. Formerly the CTO of Coinbase and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he’s seen how technologies evolve over time, which ones change the world and which ones fizzle out as a fad. He believes crypto technologies such as bitcoin represent the former. To him, crypto will emerge as something t…
 
The way science is funded today is broken. Writing grant proposals for raising funds takes a significant amount of time and, unlike papers, they aren’t published in journals or valued for their scientific contribution. With grant rates now in single digits in many fields, scientists are spending more time raising funds than doing actual science. Is…
 
Can we eliminate suffering? David Pearce thinks so. He is a British philosopher who has played a key role in defining and promoting transhumanism – a movement that challenges humans to explore what it means to go beyond our biological evolved limitations and constraints. He is most known for Hedonist Imperative, a manifesto he wrote in 1995 which o…
 
What are the origins of language? What role did evolution play in it? In this episode, Micheal Corballis backs up the idea that languages evolved gradually and some version of it existed much before Homo Sapiens arrived on the scene. About the guest Michael Corballis is an emeritus professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Auck…
 
Ever heard of meta-science? It’s the science of science. In this episode, I interview the meta-scientist James A. Evans who explains how science happens, why smaller teams do big scientific breakthroughs, similarities between startups and scientific endeavors, and what research shows about the path to success. His research shows how science is not …
 
What is the long-term future of the US dollar? In this episode, I talk Lyn Alden who is an engineer in love with finance. She runs an investment research service for individuals and institutions at her website where she covers value investing with a global macroeconomic view. As a big theme, she has been exploring the strength of the US dollar in t…
 
Should we worry about AI? Connor Leahy is an AI researcher at EleutherAI, a grass-roots collection of open-source AI researchers. Their current ambitious project is GPT-Neo, where they’re replicating currently closed-access GPT-3 to make it available to everyone. Connor is deeply interested in the dangers posed by AI systems that don’t share human …
 
How important is status-seeking? Kunal Shah is the founder of CRED, a fintech company in India that’s raised over $225mn. Previously, he started and sold Freecharge, one of the few fintech companies in India with a successful exit. He’s a philosophy graduate by education and today probably more people know him for his insights into human behavior a…
 
Do we see reality as it is? I discuss this question with Donald Hoffman who is professor emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. He studies consciousness and perception from an evolutionary point of view. His research has led him to make a bold claim that while we do not yet know what the underlying reality could be like. Rather, reality …
 
Do surgeries work? Most of us assume they do, but is there any scientific evidence that they do? In this episode, I talk to Dr Ian Harris who is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is a practicing orthopedic surgeon specializing in trauma surgery. Outside his practice, his research interests broa…
 
In the first episode of Bold Conjectures, I talk to Dr Anders Sandberg who is a Senior Research Fellow at Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University. His academic collaborators include nanotechnology pioneer Eric Dexler and the philosopher Nick Bostrom. The audio quality isn't perfect in this one as this is my first podcast. It should get bett…
 
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