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February 2, 2024

Added the eighty-third Freethinker Podcast YouTube Interview with Jason Thibodeau on the Rationality of Bill Gaede’s Critique of Mathematical Physics (2024) to the Freethinker Podcast page under Resources on the Secular Web.

Join Freethinker Podcast host Edouard Tahmizian for under an hour in an interview with Cypress College philosophy professor Jason Thibodeau about whether Rational Science podcaster Bill Gaede’s rope hypothesis and critique of contemporary mathematical physics constitutes a fair and rational critique of mainstream physics. In particular, Ed and Jason canvass how lay audiences should approach scientific questions requiring specialized training to understand, Gaede’s knowledge of biology and attitude toward mainstream science, how Gaede’s rope hypothesis appears to be more metaphysical than scientific in a way that mirrors the metaphysical status of Philip Goff’s panpsychism, what it means for a theory to count as a scientific explanation, elements of Gaede’s hypothesis that are in tension with each other, how “spooky action at a distance” differs from Gaede’s characterization of it as “black magic,” and more! Tune in for a critical analysis of Gaede’s more emphatic claims, as well as some of those almost made in passing.