February 24

Page 52.
If science does in fact confirm that we lack free will, what are the implications for our notions of blame, punishment, reward, and moral responsibility?

Jerry A. Coyne
Professor of Ecology and Evolution
University of Chicago

Page 179.
Will it ever be possible to download the information stored in the human brain?

Mario Livio
Astrophysicist

Page 81.
Will civilization collapse before I die?

Dylan Evans
Founder and CEO, Projection Point


February 17

Page 20.
What is the hard limit on human longevity?

Gregory Benford
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
UC Irvine
(also science fiction author)

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Page 31.
Which questions should we not ask and not try to answer?

Nick Bostrom
Professor of Applied Ethics
Oxford University

Page 212.
What can humanity do right now that will make the biggest difference over the next billion years

Toby Ord
Philosopher, Oxford University


February 10

Bill P. out of town. No class today.


February 3

Page 75.
Can we create new senses for humans\not just touch, taste, vision, hearing, smell, but totally novel qualia for which we don't yet have words?

David M. Eagleman
Neuroscientist, Stanford

Page 134.
Why is the world so beautiful?

Nicholas Humphrey
Professor emeritus of psychology
London School of Economics

Page 184.
Why are people so seldom persuaded by clear evidence and rational argument?

Tim Maudlin
Professor of philosophy
New York University


January 27

Page 98.
How much time will pass between the last minute before artificial superintelligence and the first minute after it?

Bruno Giussani
European director and global curator, TED

Page 168.
Where were the laws of physics written before the universe was born?

Andrei Linde
Professor of physics, Stanford
Recipient of first Fundamental Physics Prize