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IAI Live YouTube Special - Quantum Physics and the End of Reality

Monday 25th July - 06:00 PM BST

IAI Live YouTube Special - Quantum Physics and the End of Reality

Can quantum physics explain consciousness?

This is a FREE event open to everyone. Join on IAI.tv or stream it live on YouTube. This July 25th at 6pm BST / 1pm ET.

We imagine physics is objective. But quantum physics found the act of human observation changes the outcome of experiment. Many scientists assume this central role of the observer is limited to just quantum physics. But is this an error?

As Heisenberg puts it, "what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning." In all our studies of reality and nature then, the observer plays a role -- not just in quantum physics.

Should we recognise science can never access reality independent of the observer? Should we re-define science not as uncovering objective truth, but as uncovering the functions, limitations and structures of the mind of the observer themselves? And if we cannot remove the observer, might quantum physics help us to understand the observer? - as Roger Penrose suggests consciousness "reeks of something quantum mechanical."


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Quantum Physics and the End of Reality

Sabine Hossenfelder

Sabine Hossenfelder is a theoretical physicist, author and musician who researches quantum gravity. She is a research fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, author of Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray (2018) and Existential Physics: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions (2022) and a regular contributor to Forbes. She is known for her popular YouTube channel Science Without The Gobbledygook.


Brian Keating

Brian Keating is a groundbreaking American cosmologist who works on observations of the cosmic microwave background, leading the BICEP, POLARBEAR2 and Simons Array experiments.

Carlo Rovelli

Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist who works mainly in the field of Quantum Gravity. Carlo's popular science book Seven Briefs Lessons on Physics has been translated into 41 languages and sold over one million copies, and he has authored other best-selling books including Reality Is Not What It Seems (2015) and The Order of Time (2018). In 2019 he was named one of the 100 most influential thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine.


Rovelli has developed the theory of loop quantum gravity and made significant contributions to the field of relational quantum mechanics. He has also written extensively about the history and philosophy of science.


Eric Weinstein

Eric Weinstein is an American podcast host, managing director of Thiel Capital, doctor of mathematical physics and member of the "intellectual dark web".