Aug 15, 2022

Donald Hoffman Λ Joscha Bach on Consciousness, Free Will, and Gödel [Theolocution]

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Deep dive into the nature of consciousness and reality.

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–QBism Paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/1003.5209
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00:00:00 Introduction.
00:03:34 Is a Theory of Everything possible? / Definition of Consciousness.
00:08:32 Spacetime’s fundamental nature (or not)
00:14:27 Joscha Bach on mysterianism, telepathy, and consciousness.
00:34:40 Joscha has a way of interpreting the Bible literally.
00:42:01 Physical world vs Computational world.
00:57:57 On Gödel and changing the definition of truth to provable / computable.
01:12:33 What parts of the mind makes statements beyond computation?
01:13:57 Real numbers don’t exist?
01:15:23 [Prof. Edward Lee] Reality is not necessarily algorithmic.
01:34:02 Donald Hoffman on Free Will.
01:44:03 Joscha Bach on Free Will and whether a TOE exists.
01:57:10 What would change in Bach’s model if classical logic was correct?
02:07:42 Penrose and Lucas argument regarding Gödel and the mind.
02:13:55 Closing thoughts from Bach and Hoffman on each other’s work.

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