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The Theory of Anything

The Theory of Anything

By Bruce Nielson
A podcast with episodes loosely tied together by Popper-Deutsch Theory of Knowledge. Deutsch's 4 Strands ties everything together, so we discuss everything we find interesting be it science, philosophy, computation, politics, or art.
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Episode 8: The Disneyfication of Star Wars
Unlike the universally acclaimed Marvel movies, Disney has struggled to turn their Purchase of the Star Wars franchise into the powerhouse they were hoping for. Why is there such strong split opinions on these movies? What did Disney do well and what did they get wrong?    We argue that good art is hard-to-vary, so it's easy to get something wrong that detracts from the overall movie. The recent Disney Star Wars movies aren't bad movies, but they aren't great Star Wars. We discuss how the movies slowly departed from the myth creation stories they started out as and how this impacted the overall storytelling.
51:24
October 11, 2020
Episode 7: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
Have you heard the old joke about how there are liar, damn liars, and then there are statisticians? In this episode, Cameo and Bruce discuss how statistics are widely used -- and misused -- in society.    Most people miss that statistics aren't really primarily used for true probabilities but instead are used as a way to mimic our lack of knowledge. Statistics, as a field, is often the study of ignorance, not straight probabilities. What are the ramifications of that? Find out in this episode.   If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a 5-star rating. Youtube version with optional visuals:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZGAwUxO3CM&list=PLbU2Yvjwp2jI0mTFUVLVtRw8MQJev0QYt&index=7 Follow me on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/bnielson01
45:27
July 5, 2020
Episode 6: Dancing the Ancient Forms
What's it like to leave your home, your family, and your country and go to a whole new land and culture -- possibly never to return home again? What challenges would you have to overcome? How much help would you receive? How would you blend your culture with the new one you just moved to?   What's it like to dance 2000-year-old ancient forms as a way to express your culture's ancient myths?    Sarika Nayak and her family left India for their careers and then started a family here. They didn't originally intend to put down permanent roots, but now they are working on becoming citizens. Sarika brought with her a love of dance and love of people. She teaches dance to others emphasizing dancing from her own culture -- both Bollywood and Hindu dancing.    In this episode, we talk with Sarika and learn what it's like to start a new life in a new culture and how she successfully integrated her love of both cultures. If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a 5-star rating Youtube version with optional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wascWH6dTc&list=PLbU2Yvjwp2jI0mTFUVLVtRw8MQJev0QYt&index=6 Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bnielson01
57:34
June 29, 2020
Episode 5: The Avengers, Time Travel, and The Deutsch Proposition
"Quantum fluctuation messes with the Planck scale, which then triggers the Deutsch Proposition. Can we agree on that?" asks Tony Stark.   What the heck is he talking about? And who is Deutsch?   Tony Stark is referring to David Deutsch, of course; a world-famous quantum physicist that is the father of Quantum Computational Theory and the inspiration for many of the ideas in this podcast. Among Deutsch's theories is one on time travel, believe it or not. See https://rb.gy/w5yqvj   In this podcast, we discuss Deutsch's actual theories on time travel and what the Avengers borrowed from his theories (and what they completely ignored.)   If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a 5-star rating. Youtube version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXKYwt-aRXM&list=PLbU2Yvjwp2jI0mTFUVLVtRw8MQJev0QYt&index=5 Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bnielson01
54:27
June 22, 2020
Episode 4: What Makes a Good Explanation?
The postmoderns were wrong! Knowledge can progress, despite uncertainty! What makes a good explanation vs a bad explanation? You probably intuitively recognize when an explanation is bad, but do you know why you prefer one explanation over another? Just what exactly is wrong with "because I said so" or "fairies did it"? In Episode 3 Bruce and Cameo finally solved the problem of how we can make progress in knowledge despite our lack of certainty using Karl Popper's Theory of Knowledge. In this episode, we finally ask what makes a good explanation vs a bad explanation? And how can we recognize the good ones?   This is part 4 of our 4 part series covering the Theory of Knowledge of Karl Popper as interpreted by physicist David Deutsch. Bruce explains this epistemology to Cameo and Carey, who are hearing it for the first time as we record. Will they agree with it or will they think it's a bunch of baloney? Find out by downloading this podcast.  If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a 5-star rating. Youtube Version with optional visuals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSquq_JYI4c&list=PLbU2Yvjwp2jI0mTFUVLVtRw8MQJev0QYt&index=4 Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bnielson01
1:14:11
May 9, 2020
Episode 3: The Popper-Deutsch Solution
In Episode 2 we asked the hard question "Does Science Work?" and discussed all the seemingly insurmountable problems a correct "Scientific Method" must solve.    Bruce and Cameo now discuss the proposed solution to the problem using the Theory of Knowledge (epistemology) of Karl Popper as modified and explained by David Deutsch.    This is part 3 of our 4 part series covering the Theory of Knowledge of Karl Popper as interpreted by physicist David Deutsch. Bruce explains this epistemology to Cameo and Carey, who are hearing it for the first time as we record. Will they agree with it or will they think it's a bunch of baloney? Find out by downloading this podcast.    If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a 5-star rating! Youtube Version with optional visuals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w6KXp8QKf0&list=PLbU2Yvjwp2jI0mTFUVLVtRw8MQJev0QYt&index=3 Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bnielson01
51:47
April 30, 2020
Episode 2: Is the Scientific Method Wrong?
The "Scientific Method" (as taught in schools anyhow) is actually wrong!   Bruce, Cameo, and Carey continue their discussion about the Theory of Knowledge (i.e. Epistemology) and discuss the challenges any such theory must address. To many (Postmoderns) the problems even seem insurmountable and seem to undermine all of science.     This is part 2 of our 4 part series covering the Theory of Knowledge of Karl Popper as interpreted by physicist David Deutsch. Bruce explains this epistemology to Cameo and Carey, who are hearing it for the first time as we record. Will they agree with it or will they think it's a bunch of baloney? Find out by downloading this podcast.    If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a 5-star rating.  Youtube version with optional visuals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYJV3tHe5k8&list=PLbU2Yvjwp2jI0mTFUVLVtRw8MQJev0QYt&index=2 Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bnielson01
39:07
April 21, 2020
Episode 1: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Experts
Bruce, Cameo, and Carey start their new podcast with a bang by offending experts everywhere and making sure that no one with a political opinion about Climate Change will want to listen to their podcast.  This is part 1 of our 4 part series covering the Theory of Knowledge of Karl Popper as interpreted by physicist David Deutsch. Bruce explains this epistemology to Cameo and Carey, who are hearing it for the first time as we record. Will they agree with it or will they think it's a bunch of baloney? Find out by downloading this podcast and making sure all your friends do too! If you enjoy this podcast, please give us a 5-star rating. Link to Youtube version with optional visuals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4ucoCqDPYY&list=PLbU2Yvjwp2jI0mTFUVLVtRw8MQJev0QYt&index=1 Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bnielson01
34:32
February 29, 2020