If I observe the microscopic state of things, then the difference between past and future vanishes. The future of the world, for instance, is determined by its present state—though neither more nor less than is the past. We often say that causes precede effects and yet, in the elementary grammar of things, there is no distinction between “cause” and “effect.” There are regularities, represented by what we call physical laws, that link events of different times, but they are symmetric between future and past. In a microscopic description, there can be no sense in which the past is different from the future…
“After On” Podcast, Episode 40
Is an object currently passing through our solar system the product of an alien intelligence? Rob Reid has done it again! His interview with Harvard astronomy department chairman, Avi Loeb, is a riveting deep dive into a fascinating topic. And I highly recommend Rob’s follow-up interview with Avi (available to supporters) where some of the most thought-provoking topics were raised.
CONSCIOUS Is Available for Pre-order! I’m very happy to announce that Gemma O’Brien’s stunning cover artwork is complete, and my new book, “CONSCIOUS: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind” is available for pre-order. (Coming June 4, 2019)
Introducing The Waking Up App
Sam’s meditation app is here!
Join Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and bestselling author—on a course that will teach you to meditate, reason more effectively, and deepen your understanding of yourself and others.
My Favorite 2018 TED Talks
The Discoveries Awaiting us in the Ocean’s Twilight Zone
by Heidi M. Sosik
Heidi’s presentation was another one of my favorite moments this year. This ambitious plan is one of the first ideas of TED’s “The Audacious Project”, an initiative to inspire global change.