Ever wanted to know how music affects your brain, what quantum mechanics really is, or how black holes work? Do you wonder why you get emotional each time you see a certain movie, or how on earth video games are designed? Then you’ve come to the right place. Each week, Sean Carroll will host conversations with some of the most interesting thinkers in the world. From neuroscientists and engineers to authors and television producers, Sean and his guests talk about the biggest ideas in science, philosophy, culture and much more.
Jordan Ellenberg on the Mathematics of Political Boundaries
I talk with mathematician Jordan Ellenberg about how random walks and Markov chains help us understand political gerrymandering.
AMA | June 2021
Mindscape Ask Me Anything episode for June 2021.
Simon DeDeo on How Explanations Work and Why They Sometimes Fail
I talk with Simon DeDeo about the competing values of different kinds of explanations, from science to conspiracy theories.
Lee Smolin on Time, Philosophy, and the Nature of Reality
I talk with physicist Lee Smolin about time, the universe, and the future of physics.
Henry Farrell on Democracy as a Problem-Solving Mechanism
I talk with political scientist Henry Farrell about ways in which democracy is a good algorithm for solving problems.
Rachel Laudan on Cuisine, Culture, and Empire
I talk with science historian Rachel Laudan about the rise of world cuisines and how they intersect with politics and society.
Please end up the upspeak!
Professor Carroll, I implore you: please stop speaking every declarative sentence with a rising intonation at the end. It makes an otherwise good podcast unlistenable.
This should probably be required listening. If the state mandated this I would be on board.
Satiety & Madness
David Zierler, Oral Historian for the American Institute of Physics said it better than I can at the beginning of his interview of Sean Carroll
Zierler, “This is so exciting because you are one of the best interviewers out there, so it's a unique opportunity for me to interview one of those best interviewers. So, I'm really quite excited about this”
Above all else there is always a very coherent flow with Sean interjecting frequent summaries and questions when more clarification is needed
He does a lot of work during the interview
He provokes emergent varieties of satiety as well as emergent varieties of madness within me
I love that type of mental anguish where you are forced to pause and consider, the tapas point🙏