The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 1003 with Sean Carroll

Episode Number: 1003
Episode Guest: Sean Carroll
Original Airdate: August 24, 2017
Episode Sponsors: Blinkist, DraftKings, SimpliSafe

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 his books and more of his work at Preposterous Universe.

Topics Discussed: NASA wants to spend $3 billion to drill into Yellowstone volcano; solar flares; there’s always something to keep us from planning for the future; asteroid impacts aren’t really something to worry about; Chili’s telescope; Joe talks about visiting the Keck Observatory; cities have removed our connection with the cosmos; Milky Way; quantum mechanics talk; Aesop’s fable The Fox and the Grapes; competition in science talk; teaching a class; why is quantum mechanics difficult to understand; positions of electrons; What the Bleep Do We Know? movie; atoms and electrons; atoms aren’t mostly empty space; people disagree about what quantum mechanics is; his upcoming book Something Deeply Hidden; Joe talks about his friend who was into The Secret; The Big Picture book; Bayesian inference/reasoning; accepting things as true; tired light theory; Sean received an invitation to go on a flat earth podcast; conspiracy theorists don’t ask questions, they tell you things; dumbing down of science; Deepak Chopra; spiritual people who ignore science; Deepak Chopra quote generator; fake martial arts masters; more electrons talk; electron cloud models; are we like atoms; simulation theory; Ray Kurzweil; it’s hard to predict the future accurately; reversing of aging; more Kurzweil talk; downloading consciousness; how will we make artificial consciousness and what will it be like; Elon Musk’s Nerualink; Wisconsin company offers employees microchip implants; observer effect(1:00:00) Dr. Quantum double slit experiment video; talk about observing electrons; quantum entanglement; scientists who dismiss quantum mechanics; how does he structure his work; what his starting point for work is; what is a black hole; is there another universe inside a black hole; Interstellar movie; Contact movie and book; LIGO and gravitational waves; LIGO and merging neutron stars; observing black holes being created; two black holes merging into one video; it’s easier to detect light than gravitational waves; hypernovas; pulsars; gamma ray bursts and alien warfare; what happens if we receive a signal from space; it’s more likely we’ll discover an alien monolith than receive a signal; Edgar Mitchell; there’s no evidence for the existence of aliens; Fermi paradox; no one wants to believe we are the first, but we could be; Goldilocks zone; psychic powers and aliens are bullshit; the power of belief and not thinking rationally; he’s never read or seen anything that would make him believe there’s alien life; motivations of artificial intelligence; Ex Machina movie; Elon Musk compares creating artificial intelligence to summoning a demon; Facebook artificial intelligence created its own language; neural networks; our desire for technological advancement; are we creating a new version of life; synthetic biology; old science fiction movies and their predictions for the future; Alien movie; future technology in science fiction movies; voice recognition in cell phones; Joe demonstrates Siri; in-ear language translator; Joe talks about going to Japan; Watson computer; Google Lens; travelling abroad; (2:00:00) how Americans are treated abroad; teaching physics; working on Wall Street with a PHD from Cal Tech; politics on college campuses; discrimination he sees on campus; women are treated worse than men; he suggests women don’t raise a fuss about discrimination; professors harassing female students; women pushed out of his field; limiting free speech on campuses; debating others on campus; Joe turns the talk back to dark matter; Rick and Morty TV show; they don’t know what dark matter is; we know only 5% about the universe; weakly interacting massive particle; more dark matter talk; 25% of the universe is dark matter; how do you see dark matter; what could black matter be; 75-80% of the galaxy is dark matter; is there dark matter on earth; alternative theories to the big bang theory; more big bang talk; ekpyrotic universe; the arrow of time; space expanding faster than light; the big bang is a moment in time; observable universe; the entire universe was condensed to a cubic centimeter or smaller; why did the big bang happen; Joe asks how he sleeps; he used to wonder about the universe as a child; who is working on finding out why the big bang happened and what caused it; things don’t need a reason to be; some scientists think the big bang may not have happened; other ideas for the origin of the universe; what if the universe is finite; universes can have zero total energy; there could be more universes; we are the peak of the universe in size and complexity; does he ever ask why; the future of the universe; does he contemplate what humanity’s function is; he has no existential angst; The Big Picture book.

Books Mentioned

These are the books that were mentioned and/or recommended during this episode:

The Secret
The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers; Hardcover Book; Rhonda Byrne (Author)
$23.95 −$15.01 $8.94
The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
Carroll, Sean (Author); English (Publication Language); 496 Pages - 05/16/2017 (Publication Date) - Dutton (Publisher)
$18.00 −$1.50 $16.50
Pocket Books; Sagan, Carl (Author); English (Publication Language); 448 Pages - 07/01/1997 (Publication Date) - Pocket Books (Publisher)
$9.99 −$8.63 $1.36

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Movies Mentioned

These are the movies that were mentioned and/or recommended during this episode:

What the Bleep Do We Know!?
Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand); Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, John Ross Bowie (Actors)
Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand); Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain (Actors)
Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand); Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods (Actors)
Ex Machina [Blu-ray + Digital HD]
Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander (Actors); Alex Garland (Director); Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
$14.99 −$7.00 $7.99
Alien: The Director's Cut
Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand); Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright (Actors)

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TV Shows Mentioned

These are the TV shows that were mentioned and/or recommended during this episode:

Rick & Morty: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Complete first season of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty; All 11 episodes of the hilariously frantic comedy on Blu-ray
$29.98 −$21.26 $8.72

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