Brett Hall's site of essays, media, and blog in a Universal Contents format. -Jesse




An Anthropic Universe?

This is a paper originally submitted to Swinburne University as part of a postgraduate project.

Temperature and Heat | 7/2/2014

In the following passage, I use “heat” in its most narrow, physically precise manner: as a verb only. This is consistent with the way the science of heat - thermodynamics - views the concept.

Light | 7/1/2014

An explanation of how most physics texts get the explanation of photon emission deliberately wrong

The Role of Evidence | 6/26/2014

You can’t use evidence to support your theory.

Gravity is not a Force | 7/2/2014

There are two great theories that explain the nature of physical reality. One is quantum theory and the other is general relativity.

Rare Earth Biogenesis

There is perhaps no debate that departs as quickly from what we actually know into what we would actually like to be true as in the topic of: life beyond the Earth.

Fine Tuned Fine Structure

As our knowledge becomes greater, it becomes both broader and more deep. It therefore surprises some to learn that our best physical theories become not more numerous but less, as they encapsulate more.

Errors and Uncertainties

The unexpected ways error correction is at the heart of reason, science, democracy, learning and progress.

The Multiverse

In experiments like the photoelectric effect, electrons behave in the way we expect particles should rather than the way we expect waves to. The photoelectric effect experiment and even Young's twin slit experiment and other interference experiments can only be understood - that is to say only make sense - if we regard electrons as things very close what we've traditionally thought of as "particles".

Galaxy Collisions

ARP271 (Turns out, it merges)

Olber's "Paradox" A Summary and the Solution


ToKCast [Theory of Knowledge Podcast]

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The Beginning of Infinity Series

Episode 2: Chapter 1 “The Reach of Explanations”

Episode 3: Chapter 2 “Closer to Reality”

Episode 4: Chapter 3, Part 1 “The Spark”

Episode 5: Chapter 3, Part 2 “The Spark”

Episode 6 “Creation” Ch.4, Part 1

Episode 7 “Creation” Ch.4, Part 2

Episode 8 “The Reality of Abstractions” Ch.5, Part 1

Episode 9 “The Reality of Abstractions” Ch.5 Part 2

Episode 10 “The Jump to Universality” Ch.6

Episode 11 “Artificial Creativity” Ch 7 Part 1

Episode 12 “Artificial Creativity” Ch 7 Pt 2

Episode 13: Ch 8 “A Window on Infinity” Part 1

Episode 14: Ch 8, Part 2: “A Window on Infinity”

Episode 15: A diversion on Free Will and Artificial Intelligence

Episode 16: Ch 9, Part 1: “Optimism”

Episode 17: Ch 9, Part 2: “Optimism”

ToKCast Episode 1: An introduction to the podcast and this first series | 12/18/2018

  on mathematics along with episodes 3 and 4. It covers some material about "diagonal arguments" using material from "The Fabric of Reality"



Bayesian "Epistemology"

Positive Philosophy

How only an optimistic application of critical rationalism can create environments of innovation.

Different version?

Part 2 Positive Philosophy | The Inspiration Innovation

Part 3 Positive Philosophy | Optimism > Innovation > Progress

Part 4 Positive Philosophy

Innovate Fast

Innovate Often

Innovate Incrementally

Inexplicit Knowledge

Or why a conversation between Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson was so confused

Philosophers on the Web

You can read philosophy in books, but far better to engage in discussion with people.

The Waking Up Podcast

David Deutsch in Conversation with Sam Harris

David Deutsch An Interview with Chris Patmore

mysticism, quantum theory and more...

Morality | 7/2/2014

Free Will

And the Emergence of High Level Causative Structure

Humans and Other Animals

The Ethics of Eating Meat