ITF Read: Story of Your Life (1998 novella)

Sci-Fi author Mark Niemann-Ross joins the podcast for episode 106 to discuss Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life.” The conversation surrounding this story gets philosophical, scientific, abstract, and even bizarre at times. The tale is an unusual one that leads the group down some intriguing pathways in their analysis as they wrestle with concepts like the “variational principle” in physics and “Fermat’s Principle of Least Time.”

Spoilers begin: 36:29

Questions Include: What makes this time-travel story--if you can call it that--different from the countless others out there? What do we personally believe about Free Will vs. Determinism? Were Ted Chiang’s observations about parenting accurate? How much science is too much, and how much is not enough? What do chickens know about mathematics?

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Intro music: Ross Bugden