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#252 — Are We Alone in the Universe?

Making Sense with Sam Harris

10 Jun 2021

52mins

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1 quote, 3 ideas & 1 question from each episode

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#252 — Are We Alone in the Universe?

10 Jun 2021

52mins

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Quote

"It's not only enough to know & speak the truth, you have to know & do what's effective."

Ideas

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With the abundance of smartphone cameras and social media, the amount of reported alien abductions has almost gone to zero.
Nowadays, if we had any encounter with extraterrestrial life forms, the ability for us to share this with others is significantly better than what it was.

So with more sophisticated technology, we should expect stronger evidence, and in the latest sighting of alien spacecrafts, a fuzzy photo of something the size of a tic tac is just not good enough.

1

With the abundance of smartphone cameras and social media, the amount of reported alien abductions has almost gone to zero.
Nowadays, if we had any encounter with extraterrestrial life forms, the ability for us to share this with others is significantly better than what it was.

So with more sophisticated technology, we should expect stronger evidence, and in the latest sighting of alien spacecrafts, a fuzzy photo of something the size of a tic tac is just not good enough.

2

Science isn't concerned with only the truth itself, it's more about the process of uncovering truths.
In almost all aspects, science has previously been wrong, as new & better theories come out.

In fact, it's the fundamental principle that science is focused on disproving what we currently know in order to find better explanations, that makes science trustworthy.

But the good thing about science is, it's true whether or not you believe in it.

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Science isn't concerned with only the truth itself, it's more about the process of uncovering truths.
In almost all aspects, science has previously been wrong, as new & better theories come out.

In fact, it's the fundamental principle that science is focused on disproving what we currently know in order to find better explanations, that makes science trustworthy.

But the good thing about science is, it's true whether or not you believe in it.

3

If we invented a time machine, there is no other time in the past that oppressed minorities would want to go.
There is no better moment than now for many of the problems we as a society face, it was almost always worse.

And although there is still much to do, the only place we'd want to go is into the future, because the arc of progress bends towards justice.

3

If we invented a time machine, there is no other time in the past that oppressed minorities would want to go.
There is no better moment than now for many of the problems we as a society face, it was almost always worse.

And although there is still much to do, the only place we'd want to go is into the future, because the arc of progress bends towards justice.

Questions

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Can you think about how you can better apply the scientific process of truth in your life?

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Can you think about how you can better apply the scientific process of truth in your life?

What else is in the episode

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The prospect of complex life elsewhere in the galaxy

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The prospect of complex life elsewhere in the galaxy

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The different levels of truths

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The different levels of truths

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The problem of political partisanship

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The problem of political partisanship

Who is Neil deGrasse Tyson?

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A science communicator and astrophysicist. He is the Hayden Planetarium's Frederick P. Rose director at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and has written multiple top selling books as well as been featured in many science documentaries.

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A science communicator and astrophysicist. He is the Hayden Planetarium's Frederick P. Rose director at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and has written multiple top selling books as well as been featured in many science documentaries.

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