Anyway, nice to have you here Eliezer ... like the commenter below, I'm a massive Methods of Rationality fan too :).
The fact of the matter is, without the continuous research and application of this type of "momentous waste of brain power", we wouldn't have the accessible and affordable technology to enable his wealth and position where people think they should give a shit what he thinks about science.
But of course, for theoretical physics to advance, experimental physics has to advance as well...
Also, I've never read any of the original Harry Potter books, so don't sweat it if you haven't either.
I can read/skim faster than videos play so I hate video news where I have to waste a couple of minutes when I could have read it in 30 seconds.
We've proved the simple model, but as I said I don't think anything else will come of this and even if something does come of this I doubt you or I will be alive to see the results.
There is a possibility that even though we've discovered the Higgs, nothing else will ever be discovered or come of it.
I have no idea how to feel after watching this video.
What does Stephen Hawking get if he is wrong?
+Media coverage saying that he was wrong which promotes physics.
What does Stephen Hawking get if he is right?
+Media coverage saying that Stephen Hawking is right which promotes physics.
This is not altruism this is intelligent promotion of a topic that you want children and young adults to be educated in.
It is a paid advertisement for physics by a celebrity. Similar to athletes who get paid endorsements. It encourages people to challenge him. Using his celebrity status can inspire people into doing Physics, Math or Engineering. We need more scientists and engineers. Professor Hawking knows Physics but even better he knows how the play the media.
Of course, when it doesn't, it's time for more theory, then more labs, which is fun as well indeed. It's a win-win.