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Lee Smolin expands on Einstein and the Improving Social Dynamics of the Physics Community

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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.


Quora asks: What’s it like to study at PI?

Perimeter Institute’s General Lecture Series which it makes as available as possible

The Archive of the Lectures for the obsessed Undergrad like myself.

Lee Smolin’s Profile and I believe even a way to reach him

Perimeter Institute’s Outreach Facebook Page – Drop By!

Science By Number Official Facebook Page

Jes Scott’s (the one writing this fresh report) Facebook Page open to the entire Public for anyone curious to check up on developments

My Partner in Crime, Jenny Nielsen’s Facebook Page which has some very interesting oddities too

Lee Smolin on Real Time with Science By Number

Lee Smolin at Blackboard

Lee Smolin at Blackboard

“The theoretical physicist Lee Smolin is interested in the problem of quantum gravity of reconciling quantum theory with Einstein’s gravitational theory, the theory of general relativity, to produce a correct picture of space-time.  He also thinks about creating what he calls a theory of the whole universe, which would explain its evolution, and he has invented a method by which natural selection might operate on the cosmic scale.” – Lee Smolin, Stuart A. Kauffman ; The full article with Smolin on Edge.org)

Science By Number has Smolin walk us through the problem with Time, to Evolving Universes, to issues with the multiverse approach, to Space Dynamics…and this is just the first 10 minutes.

Smolin heads Perimeter Institute and is often noted as being the kind of hippie rebel of theoretical Physics.  This Time, Smolin has really gone out of the norm in his approach to fix time by considering a fundamental real evolving thing.  (I don’t even know if I got that right. I’ll have to listen to these things some day!)

We have some links that may help and this is a 2 part deal, though not consecutively, because we would like to mix things up a bit slightly.  I suppose in that sense we’ve already been influenced by Smolin after such a brief encounter.  We really enjoyed listening to Smolin lead us through is thinking trails as he described HOW he went about trying to resolve Time, The Landscape Problem, and his continuous work at Perimeter Institute.

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Jes and Jen



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