Juan David’s Newsletter - January 24th, 2023
The Wolfram Interview at The UIUC Talkshow
We just released one of our biggest interviews ever. The UIUC Talkshow interview with Stephen Wolfram.
We focused the conversation on college such as what his college major might be or whether he would even go to college (Hint: Wolfram said to avoid computer science).
One of the best conversations we’ve ever had.
For a full list of topics, check out the outline.
0:00 - Introduction
0:50 - What Would Wolfram Study in College Today?
4:03 - Don't Study Computer Science
7:40 - Teach Yourself
9:05 - Physics: The Ultimate College Major
10:40 - Should you go to College?
15:52 - How to Approach College?
16:48 - Computer Science is Overrated
22:16 - School teaches a small portion of the world
24:05 - Being a Professor
26:23 - Anything deep enough is interesting
27:43 - Education isn't about thinking
30:25 - How do you teach people to think?
37:40 - NPC Theory and Pivoting
40:12 - Livestreaming
42:26 - The Machinery of Education
48:07 - Knowledge is invented and someone has to do it
49:28 - Why Learn History?
53:56 - Intuition & Paradigm
59:20 - Quantum mechanics
1:03:32 - No one thinks about the foundations
1:06:15 - Ideas Ahead of Their Time
1:12:32 - "We shape our tools and then our tools shape us”
1:19:54 - A New Kind of Science
1:32:53 - Computational Irreducibility
1:36:32 - The Concept of the Ruliad
1:41:36 - Stephen Wolfram's Personal Ideology
1:44:42 - Seeing Life from Alien Intelligence
1:51:15 - Alien Technology
1:57:08 - A world without time
🚥Overrated or Underrated Section 🚥
1:59:00 - 🎖️ Nobel Prize
2:03:48 - 📱 Apple & Steve Jobs
2:06:21 - 🏫 The Elon Musk College Theory
2:10:45 - Staying in Touch with People
2:12:43 - Closing Words
If you’re curious about the story of how we met Wolfram, you can read more about it here.
I continue my study of Buckminster Fuller and on Saturday, The UIUC Talkshow visited the Fuller Dome House. I’ll tell you more about that next Sunday.
But for now, I’m fully focusing on the Wolfram Interview.
Juan David Campolargo