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After the End of Evidence

In this week’s talk on IAI Player, we consider whether modern physics has paradoxically outgrown the need for evidence.

We think science is based on facts and evidence. But from gravity to dark matter, string theory to parallel universes, its theories are curiously bereft of hard evidence. Is evidence less important than we think and conjecture alone capable of leading to greater understanding? Or has science dangerously drifted into fantasy?

New York philosopher Massimo Pigliucci argues for a new age of explanation.

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This video was produced by The Institute of Art and Ideas and is republished here with permission. It was filmed at HowTheLightGetsIn 2016 alongside 200 other debates and talks, all available for free at IAI TV. Tickets for HowTheLightGetsIn 2018 are now on sale for the launch lineup and more information, click here.

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