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Welcome to new and returning viewers! Today's segments include Birth and Baby update (you can skip this by jumping ahead to about 20 minutes into the episode), Literary Theory, Typewriter, and Graded.
Anathem was one of my Neal Stephenson favorites. My timing was quite serendipitous, as last month Laura Mersini-Houghton published her findings challenging the formation and existence of black holes, which has far-reaching implications for physics theories such as the make-up of space-time and the formation of the universe and speculations about metaverses, which some speculated may have existed on event horizons. This discovery emphasizes one point Stephenson makes in Anathem: that scholars should never be overly committed to any group of theories or school of thought.
An overview of Laura Mersini-Houghton's mathematical findings that black holes cannot begin to form can be found here:
I'm also reading these books:
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Bellweather by Connie Willis
Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
Trillian by Martina Behm
plain ole socks
Nutkin by Beth LaPensee
Stick around at the end of the episode for some baby spotting!