Most people think of the late Stephen Hawking as the ultimate scientist. Continuing his work even when strapped to a wheelchair and not being able to move or communicate without the help of technology. However great Hawking was, he too had a mentor: Roger Penrose (b. 1931). Penrose is not as widely known as his fellow scientist, but he is one of the towering figures of twentieth-century mathematics, physics and cosmology.
But that should not put you off, because Penrose has also written books aimed at a larger audience. His book ‘The emperor’s new mind‘ is a brilliantly clear and convincing exposition of the philosophical problem of Artificial Intelligence. Surely, someone who can both speak to the masses and the masters, deserves our attention.
And yesterday the kind Sir sat down with the world’s busiest and arguably one of the best conversationalists, Joe Rogan. As Joe points out at the very start, he mainly wants to discuss the concept of consciousness, so prepare for a ride.