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 Lawrence 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
Meia Chita-Tegmark and Max Tegmark
Rafting discussion group on whether the universe is a simulation: Vitaly Vanchurin, Giulio Tononi, Sumit Paul-Choudhury and Lee Billings
Vitaly and Giulio
Lee Billings and Howard Wiseman
Max and James Hartle at the mike
Panel on quantum experiments with Matthew Fisher, Keith Schwab, Seth Lloyd, Andrew Briggs, Raj Patel
Federico and Elvia Faggin (and a senator from Massachusetts in the background)
Long line at the mike: Page, Lloyd, Davies, Tegmark, et al
Charles Bennett and James Hartle
Seth Lloyd on free will
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
Larissa on consciousness and integrated information
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.
With fellow speed daters Carlo, Charles, Sean, Sean, and Susanne
I changed my topic.
Panel on observers with Adrian Kent, Susanne Still, David Wallace, Alan Guth, Adam Brown and David Wolpert
Susanne offers a motto for the conference.
Observing some more: Susanne, David, Max, XX
David Wolpert, David Wallace, Alan Guth, Adam Brown on observers
Banff from above
The consciousness discussion group worked hard: Claudia, Henry Lin, Donald Hoffman, Elvia and Federico
Finally an answer to those difficult indexical explanatory questions
Facebook on the mountaintop with Michele Arc and Raj Patel
Emily Adlam and XX
Gregor, Raj, Emily and Michele
Mountaintop discussion group on how observers constrain physics (in one of its more disciplined moments) with Michele, Adrian, Gregor, Raj, and Emily
Greg Kestin and Emily Adlam
Claudia and Federico
Panel on how science can make an awesome future, with Melanie Swan, Michael Arc, Bart Selman, Max Tegmark
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, Max, Larissa, Federico and George Musser
View from the consciousness panel: Giulio, Masafumi Oizumi, Larissa and Federico
Jeff and Jayne Tollaksen
Alan Guth and Bill Unruh debate the reality of the wave function (with obligatory bear hats).
Raphael Bousso and Vitaly Vanchurindebate.
Emily Adlam and Bianca Dittrich debate the priority of events and processes.
Debate on observers and the wave function with XX and David
Sean Carroll and Alan Guth debate the stable quantum state.
Another consciousness survey (B and C tied for first; I voted for C)
George's wrap-up with final thoughts
Joscha Bach's consciousness survey results
Debate on consciousness with Carlo Rovelli(I'm against it)