Pondering the Imponderables: The Biggest Questions of Cosmology

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Uploaded on 06/03/2017

Physicists and cosmologists are closing in on how the universe operates at its very core. But even with powerful telescopes and particle accelerators pushed nearly to their limits, experimenters struggle to keep up as theoreticians march forward, leaving grand theories untested. Is our universe unique or one of many? What was there before the Big Bang? Why is there something rather than nothing? Some argue that if these deep questions can’t be confirmed empirically, they’re not relevant to science. Are they right? Join world-leading cosmologists, philosophers and physicists as they tackle the profound questions of existence.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

MODERATOR: Jim Holt
PARTICIPANTS: David Z. Albert, George F. R. Ellis, Alan Guth, Veronika Hubeny, Andrei Linde, Barry Loewer

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Comments (6):

By pxm    2017-09-20

And the "let her speak please" happens just after 1:05: https://youtu.be/Er7qPv8jsZo?t=3928

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By vivekd    2017-09-20

I think she's taking a very charitable view of things. She was constantly interrupted by the moderator in a way that the male speakers weren't. There was differential treatment and it didn't sound to me like the moderator was so much more excited about her theories than those of the other speakers when he choose to interrupt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er7qPv8jsZo#t=1h1m53s

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By qb45    2017-09-20

> crazy bad women

This stereotype doesn't come from nowhere.

I found a video of this talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er7qPv8jsZo

This "push to Hubeny's field of expertise" seems to start at 1:02:00, "let her speak" is at 1:05:35.

The OP's account is overdramatized and sometimes plain wrong, like the suggestion that Holt didn't let Hubeny speak at all for these three minutes (she had two long blocks) or that there was a dead silence after the OP spoke up (there wasn't). And that's a part of the problem: feminism is routinely being represented by individuals whose subjective perception of events seems to diverge from what others see. FWIW.

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