Max Tegmark on Why Treating Humanity Like a Child Will Save Us All (People I (Mostly) Admire, Ep. 51)
How likely is it that this conversation is happening in more than one universe? Should we worry more about Covid or about nuclear war? Is economics a form of “intellectual prostitution?” Steve discusses these questions, and more, with Max, an M.I.T cosmologist, physicist, and machine-learning expert — who was once almost an economist. He also tells Steve why we should be optimistic about the future of humanity (assuming we move Earth to a larger orbit before the sun evaporates our oceans).
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- Max Tegmark, professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, by Max Tegmark (2014).
- Secrets of the Dead: The Man Who Saved the World, documentary about Vasili Arkhipov (P.B.S., 2012).
- Unsung heroes safeguarding humanity, (Future of Life Award winners).