The Origins Project is one of my favorite science projects out there. Not only it is led by Lawrence Krauss, it also organizes the best debates with intriguing participants and their great minds about the most fundamental questions such as, who are we? and where do we come from? I have posted few talks previously on my blog before and recommend checking out their website and their list of events. Enjoy 🙂
I have been waiting for this movie for a while now and it’s finally out!! I recommend watching this with a bunch of people with different religious backgrounds. It is a great way to have deep, meaningful, civilized discussion. Personally, I find it mind stimulating, especially when we live in a place where it is rare to find something stimulating and inspiring to talk about, people here are rarely honest with their beliefs because of social pressure and religious guilt or simply because they don’t want to think! It is much easier for people to accept what they have been told or have faith in something , which might be wrong, just because it brings them comfort. I think facing reality heads on, which science does, is more challenging and mind altering. Regardless of your belief system, watching this, hopefully, with an open mind, might give you a different perspective on how some people understand the world we live in. Watch it and let us discuss 🙂
For the full movie, click here.
I believe that if you are a person who exercises reason and rationality in your everyday life, then you are a scientist at heart. Without science and critical thinking, societies will not flourish and develop. This debate covers all angles, from philosophy to social science to physics and biology, all of these fields can only help us understand the world if we use them in a rational way. Very interesting debate. I have selected two options to watch, you can either watch the full debate, which requires few hours of your time or watch Lawrence Krauss’s speech which, for me, one of the best speeches given along with Sam Harris and Steven Pinker. Enjoy!
For the Full debate watch this:
For Lawrence Krauss speech watch this:
What an amazing event! Intriguing stories, great thinkers and most of all, a very entertaining gathering of some of the best in their field. I truly recommend watching both parts of the symposium, as part 2 has the questions and answers portion, with some extra enthusiasm with Neil deGrasse Tyson’s participation.
Some topics in science, like quantum mechanics and evolution, are overwhelmingly confusing. I feel the majority of people do not take the time to understand science because of this particular reason. People confuse this confusion between sadness and frustration when instead it should be excitement and adventure. Richard Dawkins explains ” We evolved to avoid tigers in the wild, we didn’t evolve to do quantum physics.” Physics is a very exciting topic to me. I am awestruck with its principles, always a humbling experience and it is a very powerful tool to understanding the world around us. I think Lawrence Krauss is an excellent teacher of modern science. I recommend taking the time out of your busy schedule to understand this little bit of science. Enjoy!
Finally this debate is available online, after some controversy at the commencement of the seminar when Professor Krauss realized the audience was to be segregated (Professor Krauss’ protestations here). This is not one of my favorite debates, as it was infuriating at times, especially when you listen to an obnoxious speaker such as Hamza Tzortzis. He emphasizes the use of sophisticated and complicated words and portrays that he is well-read, but the end result is that his arguments are useless. For instance, his example of linking the Arabic language to the language of the Quran and then suggesting that they are not the same! This makes no sense at all!! What do you mean exactly? Are you saying that no one who speaks Arabic can understand the Quran, or no one actually has properly interpreted it? Does your argument lead to the conclusion that each individual person will have his or her own interpretation of it? He depends on the same argument over and over in most of his other talks such as the infinity argument, which Professor Krauss painted out as “wrong science”. Krauss, who was confident, blunt and strong in making his case (from the start of the debate before it even began) pointed out that the actual question of the whole debate is inappropriate. And this is, that unlike Islam, Atheism is not a belief system, it is common sense. If you have the patience, I recommend watching the whole debate. Enjoy!
This is one of the most watched lectures on YouTube. Lawrence Krauss has a special way of simplifying complicated theories in physics and cosmology to the public. He also has a great book on this lecture called ” A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing”