The More We Know, the More Mystery There Is

John Horgan: At a meeting I recently attended in Switzerland, “The Enigma of Human Consciousness,” two prominent physicists talked about the limits of science. One was Martin Rees, whom I wrote about in a recent column. The other was Marcelo Gleiser, a professor at Dartmouth. Gleiser, who grew up in Brazil and still speaks with an accent, is a big-picture guy, with a knack for gracefully, even poetically, reflecting on science’s philosophical implications. He describes himself as “a metaphysician disguised as a theoretical physicist.”

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