Lee Smolin is a familiar face associated with the Perimeter Institute, especially with the Theoretical Physics Department that he heads, gave is a very close on the social dynamics of higher Education in the area of Science and Higher Education. We compared a lot of how the behaviors evolved over a span of an approximate 80-100 years when Smolin gave us the scoop on Einstein’s personality which ended up being backwards from what I had always heard him as being commonly portrayed. Rather than the geeky shy store patent clerk, Einstein was clever, hate to say it, borderline arrogant, and calculating. But as we ventured on in the realm of how to professionally survive if you are a minority going into science, we quickly learned you couldn’t really afford to anything short of that. The environment has softened…? Ok, they sandpapered the splinters off the corners…OK, I hear they are preparing to!
But in all due time, and considering how long it takes for us to be kind to one another, the playing field between minorities and the old grand crowd of older white haired men, is starting to get some excellent color in its rooms in large part I wonder, if the globalizing of the economy hasn’t had its own influence.
We are more connected today than our grandfathers could’ve imagined, and I only see the walls melting away as we become more and more interdependent as a global and thriving world economy. Science has its very special role, and now with rapid advancement in technology, neuroscience is finally beginning to bloom from its tiny bud into a much sought after discipline as its progress will and is tightly interrelated with the co-progress in Cognitive Sciences and Artificial Intelligence for Real World Applications.
Here, We talk about more of the touchy social issues that are rampant, or were and are improving, in the Hard Sciences with respect to Higher Education and Post Doctoral Research communities. As some healthy helpings of side dishes to go with the audio, I wanted to include links of PI, Smolin, and the ARCHIVE of ALL the lectures they held for the public…(like a candy store to me) for those curious to dive further in:
Here is a talk and panal on Lee Smolin’s new take on time which engages not just the physicist, but there is also a philosopher on board so kudos to expanding to different disciplines, this idea is going to need a village to figure it out.