Episode Number: 1151
Episode Guest: Sean Carroll
Original Airdate: August 1, 2018
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Guest Bio: Sean Carroll is a cosmologist and physics professor specializing in dark energy and general relativity. He is a research professor in the department of physics at the California Institute of Technology. Check out Sean Carroll’s Mindscape Podcast available on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Topics Discussed: His new podcast; you can’t listen to YouTube comments; he wants his podcast to dissolve the line between science and regular life; there needs to be some sort of rating system for commenting online; US state department investigating Huawei over Iran concerns; Russian troll farms and the manipulation of the election; Radiolab podcast episode about Russian troll farms; CNN reporter drowned out by people booing; Trump is in survival mode; there’s never been a successful truly multi-ethnic democracy; people are nostalgic for the past and scared of change; universal basic income; people who grow up with money; trust fund people; does everyone have an actual interest that can be monetized to pay the bills; Joe talks about how people walk in China and Thailand; Sean talks about visiting Vietnam; Sean is worried that China will succeed while remaining an oppressive dictatorship; China is a combination of communism and capitalism; miniature parks in China; China’s work with genetics; Yao Ming; gene editing to eliminate diseases; all new technology is cost prohibitive at first; evolution programmed aging and death into humans; scientists claim they can “turn off” wrinkles; we might be members of the last generation to die; he thinks stopping aging is easier than people think; what’s to stop someone from making hundreds of clones of themselves; there’s a concern with messing with biology; CRISPR talk; gene editing and athletics; Icarus Netflix documentary; national pride and athletic dominance; artificial limbs; Elon Musk is making progress with neural lace; transcranial direct-current stimulation; Sean thinks there will be a connection between the brain and the internet; our bodies are important to who we are– what happens if we remove it; artificial intelligence discussion; robotic animals; Boston Dynamics robots; future wars will be very weird; Black Mirror Netflix series; (1:00:00) drone warfare; there are positives and negatives to all technology; Ready Player One movie; Tron movie; virtual reality; synthetic biology; DNA robots; Sean explains quantum computing; how will quantum computing be used; quantum entanglement; Google’s business model; what will be the first use for quantum computing; quantum mechanics; Hugh Everett III and many-worlds interpretation; predicting possibilities; Sam Harris’ podcast with Sean about free will; the brain is a mystery to us; Minority Report movie; moral luck; karma; yoga and “woo-woo”; people are always searching for understanding of complex issues; the internet magnifies our bad tendencies and weighs us down; reducing and dismissing people based on a single tweet/post; James Gunn fired from Guardians of the Galaxy franchise after old tweets resurface; Sean got in trouble on Twitter for defending Kellyanne Conway; “alternative facts”; Trump is always playing to the dumbest people in the room; Trump jokes about acting presidential; Kellyanne Conway’s husband criticizes Trump; (they watch the video of Trump acting presidential); Fox News isn’t all lies; Radiolab podcast episode about Russian troll farms; are the attacks on CNN orchestrated or organic; people love to find narratives that fit their opinions; there’s no news source that’s purely objective; more discussion about news sources; Sean doesn’t think Trump will win again, Joe thinks he will; there’s an issue with people not wanting to be president; Trump looks beaten down by the job; Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage; who will run for president next; Joe Biden plagiarism controversy; Jeff Sessions’ religious task force; why are evangelicals supporting Trump; “…it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” interpretations; is religion an evolutionary software program; Sean talks about why it’s not credible to be religious intellectually; what is the origin of the concept of God; (2:00:00) people search for meaning for why they’re living; The Big Picture book; what does Sean cling to for a purposeful life; there is a movement of people who want human beings not to exist; Americans refuse to admit that people will die and they don’t want to think about or plan for death; Joe talks about having to put a pet down; death with dignity; cancer and psilocybin; Me, Myself, and Why book; Aldous Huxley; we have a lot of growing up to do when it comes to death; the moral feeling that you’re weak if you don’t struggle; more talk about universal basic income and what people would do with their time if they didn’t have to work; podcasts like Sean’s help people digest complex issues; he thinks quantum mechanics should be understood by everyone; the history of quantum mechanics; plank radiation; is it possible that a new revolutionary theory could be developed; The Large Hadron Collider and the Higgs boson particle; The Particle at the End of the Universe book; more Higgs boson talk; the last time particle physicists were surprised was in the 1970s; more particle talk; quark-gluon plasma; he’s very interested in entropy and complex systems right now; the relationship between the behavior of particles and humans; why people in cities walk faster.
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