The Strangeness of Things

We assume that the world is made up of individual ‘things’. Yet from Heraclitus to high-energy physics, the search for what these might be has often proved fruitless. Are ‘things’ a necessary foundation of reality? Or might they not exist at all, and the world be made up of processes rather than particles?

In this video from the Institute of Art and Ideas, CERN particle physicist John Ellis, post-postmodern metaphysician Hilary Lawson and documentary film-maker David Malone go in search of the ultimate nature of things.

This video was produced by The Institute of Art and Ideas and is republished here with permission. It was filmed at HowTheLightGetsIn 2016, along with over 200 other debates and talks. Their new podcast, Philosophy for our times, is available here.

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