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.
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