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Earlier this week, a cultural center in Red Hook, Brooklyn played host to the sort of debate that’s usually reserved for smoke-filled dorm rooms: do we live in a multiverse and, if so, is there another you out there?
But rather than mind-altered undergrads, the debate took place among three physicists, one of whom happens to have a Nobel Prize sitting back home.
The debate was held at Pioneer Works, a nonprofit center that places artists’ studios next to a space for scientists-in-residence, mixing in a high-tech microscopy company and 3D printers for good measure. It’s mostly known for the classes it offers, which range from crafts from lockpicking and programming to learning how to play a theramin. But Pioneer Works is starting a series on controversial scientific topics, and the multiverse is the first one it chose to tackle.
It made some excellent choices to handle it.