Setting up for a pre-conference "Closer to Truth" shoot in a spectacular (if windy) location
Trying to be profound amidst the wind: With Robert Kuhn
Anthony Aguirre on the dirty secrets of cosmology
Matt Leifer on the dirty secrets of quantum foundations
Paul Davies on the dirty secrets of life
Rafting discussion group on whether the universe is a simulation: Vitaly Vanchurin, Giulio Tononi, Sumit Paul-Choudhury and Lee Billings
Lee Billings and Howard Wiseman
Vitaly and Giulio
Meia and Max
Panel on quantum experiments with Matthew Fisher, Keith Schwab, Seth Lloyd, Andrew Briggs and Raj Patel
Max Tegmark and James Hartle at the mike
Long line at the mike: Page, Lloyd, Davies, Tegmark, et al
Seth Lloyd on free will
Charles Bennett and James Hartle
Federico and Elvia Faggin (and a senator from Massachusetts in the background)
Speed dating with science at the Banff public library: Larissa Albantakis, Sean Carroll, Carlo Rovelli, Bill Unruh
Carlo, Bill and Susanne Still
Carlo, Charles, Sean Carroll, Sean Gryb and Susanne
I changed my topic.
Explaining why you're living in a simulation
The kids tell me that if we had simulations with simulations the people would get smaller and smaller until they were eventually too small to exist.
I attempt to respond to the kids' challenge.
Larissa on consciousness and integrated information
With fellow speed daters Carlo, Charles, Sean, Sean, and Susanne
Susanne offers a motto for the conference.
Panel on observers with Adrian Kent, Susanne Still, David Wallace, Alan Guth, Adam Brown and David Wolpert
Mountaintop discussion group on how observers constrain physics (in one of its more disciplined moments) with Michele Arc, Adrian, Gregor Weihs, Raj Patel, and Emily Adlam
Banff from above
Facebook on the mountaintop with Michele and Raj
Finally an answer to those difficult indexical explanatory questions
Emily Adlam and XX
Gregor, Raj, Emily and Michele
The consciousness discussion group worked hard: Claudia, Henry Lin, Donald Hoffman, Elvia and Federico
Claudia and Federico
Greg Kestin and Emily Adlam
Panel on how science can make an awesome future, with Melanie Swan, Michael Arc, Bart Selman, Max Tegmark
Jenann Ismael on why physics should care about experience but not about the hard problem
Another long line. Jenann Ismael, Max Tegmark, Melanie Swan, Don Page, Elise Crull and James Hartle.
Panel decides what exists: Jenann Ismael, Raphael Bousso, Carlo Rovelli, Andreas Albrecht, Laura Mersini-Houghton and Don Page
Stephon Alexander's eulogy
Lunchtime discussion of phi collapsing the wavefunction with Bernard Carr, Giulio Tononi, Paul Davies
Giulio on IIT
Max on language data
Consciousness panel with Giulio, Masafumi Oizumi, Max, Larissa, Federico and George Musser
View from the consciousness panel: Giulio, Masafumi, Larissa and Federico
Jeff and Jayne Tollaksen
Alan Guth and Bill Unruh debate the reality of the wave function (with obligatory bear hats).
Emily Adlam and Bianca Dittrich debate the priority of events and processes.
Sean Carroll and Alan Guth debate the stable quantum state.
Raphael Bousso and Vitaly Vanchurin debate.
Debate on observers and the wave function with XX and David Wallace
Reverse debate on consciousness with Carlo Rovelli (I'm against it)
Joscha Bach's consciousness survey results
Another consciousness survey (B and C tied for first; I voted for C)
George's wrap-up with final thoughts