Lectures and Talks

Frontiers Lecture: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning with Marcelo Gleiser and Rebecca Goldstein

Monday, November 3, 2014

The cover of The Island of Knowledge, by Marcelo Gleiser

Can science and philosophy provide answers to our questions about where we came from and what our place is in the universe? Renowned theoretical physicist Marcelo Gleiser acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein discuss the limits of knowledge and how much we can actually know of the world, arguing that both science and philosophy have fundamental limits and our knowledge of the world is – and always will be – necessarily incomplete. In a broad-ranging intellectual history of our search for knowledge and meaning, Gleiser and Goldstein offer a unique view of what it means to be human in a universe filled with mystery.

Gleiser will sign copies of his book The Island of Knowledge and Goldstein will sign copies of her book Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away after the lecture.

Update: Special guest Steven Pinker, cognitive scientist, linguist, and evolutionary psychologist will be filling in for Rebecca Goldstein. Read more about Pinker at his website here: http://stevenpinker.com/.