I have been practicing these past couple of weeks delivering one-hour lectures between 3 and 4pm weekdays.
Here is my practice lecture from last Friday. Each day of the week will focus on a different part of my work:
Monday: GREAT PROBLEMS – based on my 2016 book (free chapter PDFs here)
Tuesday: FREE WILL – my first book, in 2011 (chapter PDFs)
Wednesday: PHILOSOPHERS & SCIENTISTS (from the 300 web pages in the left navigation of the I-Phi website)
Friday: ALBERT EINSTEIN & QUANTUM MECHANICS (draft chapters are here)
Here are my draft opening remarks:
I’m hoping to reach philosophers and scientists around the world to help solve some great problems in philosophy, in physics, in biology, and in psychology.
I also hope to reach any of you wondering about the deepest nature of reality and our place in the universe.
We live in the information age, but I find that few philosophers or scientists understand the nature of information – an abstract quantity I will claim is the stuff of thought.
Information is neither matter nor energy.
Information needs matter to be embodied, in our brains for example, and it needs energy to be communicated, like this lecture coming to you over the Internet.
But matter and energy are conserved quantities. It may be hard to believe, but the total amount of matter and energy today is the same as there was at the beginning of the universe nearly 14 billion years ago.
And if the stuff of the material world is just a fixed total amount, what can possibly explain all the evolutionary change that we see, the amazing new things emerging under the sun?
I’ll explain those cosmological changes by showing that information and order in the universe have been increasing since the beginning of time, despite the second law of thermodynamics and the increasing entropy, which destroys order.
Change is simply the arrangement of matter, the atoms and molecules, into what I call information structures, like the galaxies, stars, and planets.
The stars are passive objects under the complete control of physical forces like gravity.
But living things, you and I, are dynamic growing information structures under our own control.
I’ll show that we are forms through which matter and energy continuously flow.
And I’ll show it’s information processing – from the DNA in our cells to the thinking in our minds – that controls those flows of matter and energy.
Information is the modern spirit, the ghost in the machine, the mind in the body. It is our soul, and when we die, it is our information that perishes. Only our matter remains.
Information philosophy can also explain mysterious aspects of quantum physics like the two-slit experiment, the collapse of the wave function, and entanglement, which claims a cat can be simultaneously dead and alive, that one object can be in two places at the same time, and that information can travel faster than the speed of light.
I hope to show “through Einstein’s eyes” that such “spooky action at a distance” is simply impossible….