Alex O’Connor, known from YouTube as Cosmic Skeptic, answers our questions about moral philosophy. Why isn’t it possible to define “good”? What is the Good Delusion? What does it mean when someone acts against their own moral principles? How did Alex handle the conflict between his moral principles and eating meat? And of course, what book would he recommend?
Christer Fuglesang has a background in particle physics and in 2006 he became the first Swede in space. In this interview we talk about space research, why it is justified to spend money on it and the increasing involvement of private companies in space. We also dive into what it takes to be an astronaut, how to handle risks and fear, why some see light flashes in space, how much an astronaut earns and also how to get children interested in natural sciences.
Rebecca Goldstein has a Ph.D. in philosophy of science from Princeton University and is the author of ten books. In this article she analyzes the relationship between science and philosophy, gives evidence of the progress of philosophy and discusses religion, morality and intellectual maturity.
The Factual Feminist, Christina Hoff Sommers, shares her view of what real feminism is and point out everything she finds wrong with contemporary, third wave feminism. She argues that the idea of the opressive patriarchy is a conspiracy theory and that women are not sensitive sparrows who need trigger warnings and safe spaces. Has the word feminism been hijacked? Is the wage gap a myth? Can we be optimistic about the future?
Dr. Tytti Erästö from SIPRI gives us a full update on the current global situation regarding nuclear weapons and disarmament. What is happening in world politics on this topic? What has changed since the Cold War? Why are Russia and the US pulling out from disarmament treaties? Is it even theoretically possible to reach a nuclear weapons free world? Are nuclear weapons contributing to a more safe world with less war or is it the greatest risk to human existence today?
Would you genetically engineer your future children if you could? Where should we draw the line for what is allowed? We have entered the genetic revolution and new advancements in the genetic field are changing the world as we know it. Our healthcare systems and how we make babies are examples of areas that are already transforming. Futurist Jamie Metzl explains how and what we should do about it and his message is clear: we all have to come together and decide how to use these technologies, before it’s too late!
Languages are more complex than we might think, and to get artificial intelligence to understand them on our level is a tough task. Dr. Abhijit Mahabal has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, and he has spent a decade at Google working with algorithms for natural languages. He explains what the difficulties are but also the big values of language.
On May 20th, the publishing house Fri Tanke arranged a symposium with world famous evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins and a long list of other scientists and intellectuals. There were fascinating exchanges of knowledge and arguments on exciting topics such as evolution, AI, language and human enhancement. Here is a summary!
Professor in Astronomy, Göran Östlin, explains what scientists know about dark matter and dark energy today, what the most likely theories are, how forces from dark matter and energy counteract each other and whether or not he thinks we will solve these riddles within the next decades or not.