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Sam Baron

Sam Baron

Associate professor, Australian Catholic University
Dr Baron's present research focuses on the connection between key topics in the philosophy of mathematics concerning mathematical ontology, and topics in the philosophy of time concerning temporal ontology.
A central focus of this research is the role of truthmaking and non-causal explanation in arguments both for and against particular ontological views.

Dr Baron is currently investigating the role of non-causal explanation in the indispensability argument for the existence of mathematical objects, as well as timelessness in theories of quantum gravity and timelessness in metaphysics more generally.

How can you define a 'drug'? Nobody really knows

Nov 21, 2023 04:05 am UTC| Health

Whats a medical drug? Ask someone on the street and theyre likely to tell you its the kind of thing you take when youre unwell. This understanding is wrong, as we will see. But after a thorough investigation, my...

Are black holes time machines? Yes, but there's a catch

Jan 05, 2023 04:55 am UTC| Science

Black holes form natural time machines that allow travel to both the past and the future. But dont expect to be heading back to visit the dinosaurs any time soon. At present, we dont have spacecraft that could get us...

A new kind of physics? Stephen Wolfram has a radical plan to build the universe from dots and lines

Apr 22, 2020 12:53 pm UTC| Science

Stephen Wolfram is a cult figure in programming and mathematics. He is the brains behind Wolfram Alpha, a website that tries to answer questions by using algorithms to sift through a massive database of information. He is...

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Politics

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