Swarms of locusts in Madagascar, or clouds of elementary particles, without sound, odor, flavor or color? Reality is harder to pin down than you first might think.
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November 22, 2013 What is a brain but a cloud of elementary particles? If that's the case, then isn't the world a just figment, an image or a confabulation? Commentator Alva Noë asks if our world, the world described by science, is any more real than the stories in the Bible.
It's looking at you. But is it conscious? How do we know?
June 14, 2013 We face a paradox: Although we lack sufficient reason to believe in the consciousness of others, it would be plainly unreasonable for us to give up this commitment.
Reality? Of a kind.
June 12, 2013 Science is often accused of extinguishing our enchantment with the world, of being too cold and rational. Quite the opposite is true, says Marcelo Gleiser. Modern science has restored a sense of wonder to the world with its revelations of objects unseen and realities unknown.
December 23, 2012 New research takes on the question: "Are you a simulation?" It's a question some, including commentator Adam Frank, enjoy with a sense of humor. Others aren't sure they even want to now the answer.
A car cannot be reduced to an engine, just as a person cannot be reduced to a brain.
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December 16, 2012 Science offers us Nothing But and we like it. Why? Why do we like to be told that we are nothing but our brains, when, after all, this is patently untrue? Alva Noë presses the question.
June 5, 2012 The Uncertainty Principle says that at some level the world turns fuzzy and the idea of properties as perfectly objective, knowable attributes gets inherently fuzzy.
November 9, 2011 Can our minds tells us what is real and what is not? Or do we live in a kind of fog, only imagining we know what's "out there"?
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