QUANTUM PHYSICS AND CAUSATION - DR. RICHARD HEALEY

In this edition we tackle the issue of causation and what it means both in a logical and an empirical sense, how it relates to the work being done in Quantum Physics and its implications in a broader, metaphysical context.    The show also looks at modern cosmology, the origins of the Universe, the field of physics itself, and questions the arrogance of some of its purveyors.  Hosts Kevin Solway and David Quinn also take a brief look at the Templeton Foundation, the prizes it awards and its underlying motives.
 

Guest Bio: 

Dr. Richard Healey

Richard Healey has been a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona since 1991. He grew up in England but has lived in the USA since 1980. At an early age, he became interested in fundamental physics—both because of what it reveals to us about the universe and because of the remarkable ability of its methods to produce such revelations. He pursued this interest at universities in England and the USA, with a bachelor’s degree in physics and philosophy from Oxford University, followed by a master’s degree in theoretical physics, and then a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard. His research interests center on the conceptual foundations and implications of physical theories for the nature of space, time, causation and holism. He has given talks in Australia and Europe as well as North America, and published over 30 papers. His perennial attempts to understand quantum mechanics resulted in the publication (in 1989) of The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics. More recently he has been looking at the quantum theories physicists currently use to describe the fundamental forces of nature: his book "Gauging What’s Real" will appear later this year (2007).

 

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