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Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete? - Ross Andersen - Technology

Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete? - Ross Andersen - Technology
"I think at some point you need to provoke people. Science is meant to make people uncomfortable." It is hard to know how our future descendants will regard the little sliver of history that we live in. It is hard to know what events will seem important to them, what the narrative of now will look like to the twenty-fifth century mind. We tend to think of our time as one uniquely shaped by the advance of technology, but more and more I suspect that this will be remembered as an age of cosmology---as the moment when the human mind first internalized the cosmos that gave rise to it. Over the past century, since the discovery that our universe is expanding, science has quietly begun to sketch the structure of the entire cosmos, extending its explanatory powers across a hundred billion galaxies, to the dawn of space and time itself. I know that you're just coming from Christopher Hitchens' memorial service. I closed with an anecdote, a true story about the last time I was with him.

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