Well, Metaphysics of Physics got started years ago as a website. I would post various articles or thoughts on the philosophy of science. T
Then, it was a Facebook page where I would post on the same topic. The Facebook page went on for several years until I took a bit of a break.
Then I came back and not very long after that I decided to set up a podcast for the show and here we are.
As for what compelled me to get started, well that was the fact that I think the philosophy of science is a very important issue. I think that I can help people see a lot of the irrationalities that exist and perhaps help them to see some more rational alternatives
I had some success at that on the Facebook page and the earlier versions of the website. But, I am hoping with my podcasts and other upcoming projects, that I will reach a wider audience and be able to go into more depth on these issues.
As well as expand somewhat outside of the area of the philosophy of physics and advocate for rationality in other areas.
And what hurdles did you personally face in getting started or to keep going and how did you overcome them?
There are, of course, lots of little and less interesting things. But, the biggest one can be motivation. Some days I look at the state of science and philosophy and I get a little depressed. It is sad how low the state of both have sunken at this point.
However, I rally and tell myself that if that is ever to change, then people have to work harder to point these issues out and present more rational approaches. And I can do that.
Perhaps one day, partially as a result of my efforts, things will get better. Maybe I will not live to see it, but perhaps future generations of thinking, rational minds will. And that helps give me that little push I need to continue sometimes.
Of course, it is in my self-interest to try to improve the state of science and philosophy. It is in my interest to try help and encourage the minds out there that might respond to a light of rationality.
Since I value rationality and the best in man, I hope that in the future, good minds will thrive.
Indeed. And to quote our favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand — “Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today.'” So there’s that. Speaking of the future, what are some of your future plans for Metaphysics of Physics?
Well, at the moment, all of the content on Metaphysics of Physics consists of the podcasts and their transcripts. We want to branch out a little bit and cover some subjects in greater depth.
To that end, there will be audio lectures that will do this. The first such lecture will be on the crisis in modern physics. More details on that closer to its release date.
As many visitors to the Facebook page will know, Metaphysics of Physics often posts brief discussions of content relevant to the philosophy of science on its Facebook page. The website needs a section containing shorter pieces and we will be doing this.
In addition, we would like a section for quotes that demonstrate some of the problems in physics.
But, perhaps the most interesting change will be a broadening of our content. So far we have discussed things from the philosophy of science and not much else. While the philosophy of science will remain a focus going forward, we would also like to discuss things that pertain to rationality in general and not just the philosophy of science.
Those sound like good plans and I for one am excited to be involved. However, we will surely meet some challenges as we move forward. What are some specific roadblocks to watch out for, for the production and future plans?
I have this tendency to be obsessed with the quality of the audio. Yes, it is important to produce decent quality audio, free of a lot of the sound artifacts et cetera that are typical to audio production. But, I have to keep in mind the experience level, the quality of the tools and the fact that at the end of the day, if the content is decent, the audio does not have to be of the most amazing quality.
This is something I have not always kept in mind and if I look back at some of the earlier episodes, I think some of them might have been over-engineered. I mean, I made some edits that probably were not needed and might have spent a little too much time on some things.
I really got to watch out for that, to keep things rolling and progress with production goals.
Ah yes, whatever the specialty, we all have to watch out for over-editing! Now, let’s talk funding. Are you leaning towards Patreon or some other donation platform?
Definitely Patreon. which has been set up and should be ready to be announced around the time the next episode comes out.
Patron donations will be used to be able to spend more time working on Metaphysics of Physics and thus release content more regularly.