Beyond Energy, Matter, Time and Space

Interesting NY Times science post by George Johnson.
(Hat tip to Rick Ryals on Facebook.)

” … it is almost taken for granted that everything from physics to biology, including the mind, ultimately comes down to four fundamental concepts: matter and energy interacting in an arena of space and time.”

” … maybe decades or millennia from now — here or someplace yet to be imagined — science on Earth, circa 2014, will look like nothing more than a good start.”

concludes Johnson.

In practice it’s a comparative review of two books:

Thomas Nagel’s 2012 “Mind and Cosmos:
Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False
” and

Max Tegmark’s 2014 “Our Mathematical Universe:
My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality

The former gets slated by Pinker, so that’s a good recommendation for me. (Here a review in Prospect Magazine.)

2 thoughts on “Beyond Energy, Matter, Time and Space”

  1. I’m a fan of Thomas Nagel and did read Mind and Cosmos, difficult as it was for me. The review in Prospect really gets into where he’s coming from I believe. Best one I’ve seen yet.

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