2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate
2016 Asimov Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation?
What may have started as a science fiction speculation—that perhaps the universe as we know it is a computer simulation—has become a serious line of theoretical and experimental investigation among physicists, astrophysicists, and philosophers.
Host and moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, and a panel of experts had a lively discussion about the merits and shortcomings of this provocative and revolutionary idea.
The debate took place on April 5, 2016.
2016 Asimov Panelists:
Professor of philosophy, New York University
Theoretical physicist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Theoretical physicist, University of Maryland
Theoretical physicist, Harvard University
Cosmologist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The late Dr. Isaac Asimov, one of the most prolific and influential authors of our time, was a dear friend and supporter of the American Museum of Natural History. In his memory, the Hayden Planetarium is honored to host the annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate — generously endowed by relatives, friends, and admirers of Isaac Asimov and his work — bringing the finest minds in the world to the Museum each year to debate pressing questions on the frontier of scientific discovery. Proceeds from ticket sales of the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debates benefit the scientific and educational programs of the Hayden Planetarium.