Summary of ‘The beginning of infinity’ podcast by Naval Ravikant

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  1. Part 1
  2. Part 2
  1. The first example is related to the theory of general relativity. It is the best explanation so far and nothing else could be proven. When experiments were done to disprove it, eventually it was found that those experiments had flaws. So our best explanation today is Einstein’s theory of relativity. It does not mean that it can’t be disproved. The effort to extend the quantum theory to accommodate both macro (theory of general relativity) and micro (quantum mechanics) matter behaviour — has been going on for a century. The day someone finds and proves the alternate theory, general relativity may get completely discarded or extended.
  2. The same is true with particle physics. Almost a century back, the atom was thought to be the fundamental particle of matter. Then the internal structure of an atom i.e. electron and nucleus were found. The next step was the discovery of protons and neutrons inside the nucleus. These particles are further made up of quarks. The next explanation on this line is string theory. So this keeps on evolving. What we know today is far more advanced than what we knew a century back. New knowledge gets created by humans every day and we should have a scientific temperament toward the testability of this evolving knowledge.
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Rashmi Tambe

Rashmi Tambe

A compulsive bookworm. Curious about science, quantum computing, artificial intelligence and space!