Explaining Everything, Explaining Anything

Published March 19, 2010 · Estimated reading time: 6 minutes · 4 responses so far
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The following are reflections on this year’s Mini-Beatty Public Lecture “Life, the Universe and Nothing: A Cosmic Mystery Story” held by Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss held on March 1st, 2010 at McGill University.

Edwin Hubble via Vision.

Science and its academic disciplines have shaped and transformed our modern world arguably more so than any other force. Despite this, there still remains a large chasm between the public’s perception of and the reality of the scientific method and the epistemology of science. Public intellectuals such as Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman have sought to bridge this gap by using their background as scientists and ability as writers and orators. Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Lawrence Krauss, physicist, director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University and best-selling author speak about the nature of science with respect to the development of theories about the universe.

Reaching the starting place

Dr. Krauss, whose exceptionally lucid speaking and writing style places him among the great modern public intellectuals, set the tone of the lecture with a quote by the American poet Louise Bogan: “The initial mystery that attends any journey is how did the traveler reach his starting point in the first place?” The starting point of the universe is one of the mysteries that has perplexed scientists for years.
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Pillars inside Masjid-e-Vakil constructed in 1773. Shiraz, Iran.

We were once sleepwalkers, wandering through days entangled with memories of the past and visions of the future, in a hazy delirium of what was and what might be, unconscious of what is.

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