450 episodes

Each week we bring you a new, in-depth exploration of the space where science and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We want to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters.

Inquiring Minds Indre Viskontas

    • Science
    • 4.4 • 118 Ratings

Each week we bring you a new, in-depth exploration of the space where science and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We want to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters.

    “The Good Stuff” about Quanta and Fields with Sean Carroll

    “The Good Stuff” about Quanta and Fields with Sean Carroll

    Indre welcomes Sean Carroll, Homewood Professor of Natural Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University and host of the Mindscape podcast, back to Inquiring Minds today for an engaging exploration of his latest book, "The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Quanta and Fields." Together, they delve into the intricacies of quantum mechanics and field theory, unpacking the critical roles of quanta and fields within modern physics. In his trademark style, Sean blends his expertise in both physics and philosophy to render these complex topics thoroughly accessible and relevant not only to specialists but to all who are captivated by the frontiers of scientific understanding. Venturing beyond the book’s content, he and Indre also examine how these theories permeate daily scientific conversation and enhance our understanding of fundamental principles. There’s a very good reason why Sean Carroll has an open invitation to return to the Inquiring Minds podcast whenever he chooses, and it becomes readily apparent in today’s enlightening discussion that both educates and inspires while illuminating the ongoing journey towards unraveling the universe’s most profound mysteries.

    Links:
    Inquiring Minds Homepage: https://inquiring.show/
    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
    See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information
    Explore Sean’s Preposterous Universe: https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/

    • 38 min
    Understanding and Expanding Consciousness with Dr. Christof Koch

    Understanding and Expanding Consciousness with Dr. Christof Koch

    In yet another thoroughly intriguing episode, Indre engages with renowned neuroscientist Christof Koch this week to explore the complexities of consciousness and its impact on our understanding of self and free will. Koch, a pivotal figure in the field who worked alongside the legendary Francis Crick to pioneer the study of neural correlates of consciousness, shares a wealth of both personal experiences and scientific insights here today. Together with Indre, he introduces concepts discussed in his latest book, Then I Am Myself the World: What Consciousness Is and How to Expand It, and also examines the practical applications of these theories in comprehending human cognition and the futuristic possibility of an 'uber mind' through technological innovations. As will become readily apparent, today's episode invites listeners to rethink the limits of their own minds and the interconnectedness of all conscious entities, promoting a profound inquiry into the expansive universe of the mind as well as its significant influence on both our perception of reality and our role within it.

    Links:
    Inquiring Minds Homepage: https://inquiring.show/
    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
    See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information
    Get to know Christof better: https://christofkoch.com/

    • 42 min
    Are Flukes Actually the Norm?

    Are Flukes Actually the Norm?

    Indre examines the realm of randomness and its undeniable sway over our lives and the fabric of society, as she welcomes global politics luminary, Brian Klaas, to the podcast today. An Associate Professor in Global Politics at University College London, affiliate researcher at the University of Oxford, contributing writer for The Atlantic, creator of the award-winning Power Corrupts Podcast, and prolific author, Brian shares details from his most recent publication, FLUKE: Chance, Chaos, and Why Everything We Do Matters. In doing so, he unravels the conventional tapestry of predictability, highlighting the omnipresence of chance in dictating the courses of personal lives, scientific endeavors, and political landscapes. Today’s episode not only shatters the illusion of control fostered by historical data but also prompts a profound reevaluation of the role randomness plays in the intricacies of artificial intelligence, the methodologies of scientific research, and the foundations of political science.

    Links:
    Inquiring Minds Homepage: https://inquiring.show/
    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
    See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information
    Get to know more about Brian and his work: https://brianpklaas.com/

    • 36 min
    Capitalizing on The Neurodiversity Edge with Maureen Dunne

    Capitalizing on The Neurodiversity Edge with Maureen Dunne

    Globally recognized neurodiversity expert, thought leader, and public policy professional and champion, Maureen Dunne, joins Indre today to discuss the evolving perceptions of neurological diversity within our society. Centering their discussion around Maureen's recent publication, The Neurodiversity Edge, they delve into the profound benefits of welcoming neurodivergent individuals into workplaces and educational settings. Bolstered by insights into Gen Z's growing acknowledgment of neurodivergent identities and the critical importance of supportive settings, Maureen offers actionable advice for organizations of all sizes to excel in this area. In essence, today’s crucial conversation emphasizes the essential role diverse cognition plays in driving innovation and success, advocating for a reevaluation of traditional views and embracing a society that values diversity in every aspect.

    Links:
    Inquiring Minds Homepage: https://inquiring.show/
    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
    See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information
    Learn more about Maureen and The Neurodiversity Edge: https://www.maureendunne.com/

    • 33 min
    Making the Mundane Magic with Dan Winters

    Making the Mundane Magic with Dan Winters

    In this latest installment of Inquiring Minds, Indre explores the intricate world of photography with the renowned Dan Winters, whose career spans the realms of celebrity portraiture, scientific documentation, and beyond. Winters' journey from a childhood captivated by the narratives of Star Wars to his status as a National Geographic Explorer and award-winning artist underscores his unique ability to see beyond the lens, using photography to explore the world and connect with subjects on a deeply personal level. His conversation here today offers details of his appearance on National Geographic’s new series, Photographer, and reveals how photography acts as a powerful medium for storytelling, capable of capturing the essence of human experience and the natural world with profound depth and emotion. As the episode unfolds, it becomes clear that photography, in Winters' hands, transcends mere visual capture to become a conduit for exploration, conservation, and the immortalization of memory, challenging us to perceive the world with renewed wonder and empathy.

    Links:
    Inquiring Minds Homepage: https://inquiring.show/
    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds
    See https://omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information
    Experience Dan’s magic: https://danwintersphoto.com/

    • 29 min
    Why We Die with Venki Ramakrishnan

    Why We Die with Venki Ramakrishnan

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 Ratings

junivers ,

Mental Rescue

Hello, I’m a guitar player and midlife TBI survivor who first started listening to Indre some years ago because I found the combination of the sound of her “thinking” voice, her love for music, and her interest in neuroscience both relaxing and highly relevant to my strenuous efforts to climb back up the slippery cliffs of humanity.

Since then, I have tried to keep up with many of the topics covered and to educate myself well enough to at least pretend to understand. :)

I’m still listening, learning and still climbing. Thank you for pointing the way forward and for giving some of us such a welcoming and peaceful space to heal our fractured minds, Indre.

Peace.

Peachy🍑Jess ,

Very interesting

I like the variety of topics, you learn and lot, thank you!!!!

Arty0404 ,

A solid listen

How can anything by someone whose a neuroscientist/opera singer not be interesting?

Top Podcasts In Science

Ologies with Alie Ward
Alie Ward
Hidden Brain
Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam
Radiolab
WNYC Studios
StarTalk Radio
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Quirks and Quarks
CBC
Making Sense with Sam Harris
Sam Harris

You Might Also Like

Hidden Brain
Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam
You Are Not So Smart
You Are Not So Smart
The Joy of Why
Steven Strogatz, Janna Levin and Quanta Magazine
Science Friday
Science Friday and WNYC Studios
Quanta Science Podcast
Quanta Magazine
Freakonomics Radio
Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher