Episode 23

#23 - Physics, Philosophy, and Free Will with Sam Kuypers


May 3rd, 2021

1 hr 33 mins 44 secs

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About this Episode

We are joined by the great Sam Kuypers for a conversation on physics, philosophy, and free will. 

Vaden spends most of the episode preparing for a huge debate on free-will, and Ben spends it worried about what alternate versions of himself are up to in parallel universes. Still, we manage to touch on a few topics: 

  • Realism and antirealist interpretations of quantum theory
  • The advisory styles of Dennis Sciama and John Wheeler and the standardization of education 
  • Reconciling the Harris / Deutsch perspectives on Free Will
  • Restorative and Rehabilitative justice
  • A universe in which Ben spontaneously explodes into dust while speaking


Sam Kuypers is a  DPhil student at the University of Oxford, where he researches foundational issues in quantum theory. He's also one of the founders of the Oxford Karl Popper Society, an Oxford-based student society created to facilitate discussions about science and philosophy.

Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/crit_rat.

Send us an email or explode into dust - your choice:  incrementspodcast@gmail.com

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