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A podcast about how we imagine, and how what we imagine shapes what we do. Each conversation brings together visionaries from the worlds of arts, sciences, humanities, and technology discussing the nature of imagination and how we collaborate to create the future. Hosted by Dr Brian Keating, Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Physics at UC San Diego. For show notes go to: BrianKeating.com/podcast

Into the Impossible With Brian Keating Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination

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A podcast about how we imagine, and how what we imagine shapes what we do. Each conversation brings together visionaries from the worlds of arts, sciences, humanities, and technology discussing the nature of imagination and how we collaborate to create the future. Hosted by Dr Brian Keating, Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Physics at UC San Diego. For show notes go to: BrianKeating.com/podcast

    Genesis & The Big Bang: Are They Compatible?

    Genesis & The Big Bang: Are They Compatible?

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    Genesis & The Big Bang “If You Can Count the Stars, A Jewish Astronomer’s Journey!
    Think back to the late-night dorm room discussions from your college days. We are going to talk about cosmology, the Big Bang, and more from two perspectives, from the perspective of an astrophysicist and the perspective of a Torah observant Jew and ask what they may have in common, and how they differ.
    How can you reconcile when one seems to be in conflict with the other? I think it's very, very crucial for modern people, secular or religious, to confront. It is said the signature of God is truth. So if something isn't true, then it can't be found to be resonant with notions of eternal truth and perhaps ultimate truth.
    I'll take you on my Jewish journey which will take us around the planet, and, and maybe beyond. And then I'm going to have some interesting confluences between the study of what we do in cosmology and also something that the Torah speaks about a great length, which is the most humble substance in the world -- dust, and hopefully we'll see a delightful connection between those.
    And then a simple question, if we have time, can science to prove God? That's the question I get second most after "how can you be a scientist and believe in God and the Torah?" And then the third most frequent question I get is, can science prove God's existence?
    Join me for an exploration of religion and science, including My Jewish journey, How much cosmology is in the Bible? And can science prove God exists? Plus problems with Gerald Scroeder's God and the Big Bang and more!
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Neil Turok: Most Theorists are WRONG!

    Neil Turok: Most Theorists are WRONG!

    Renowned physicist Neil Turok, Holder of the Higgs Chair of Theoretical Physics at the University of Edinburgh, joins me to discuss the state of science and the universe. Neil Turok has been director emeritus of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics since 2019. He specializes in mathematical physics and early-universe physics, including the cosmological constant and a cyclic model for the universe.
    He has written several books including Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang and The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos.
    Topics Include:

    Discussion of Niels Books

    The life and discoveries of James Clerk Maxwell and Michael Faraday

    What's wrong with physics today?

    Fundamental laws of the Universe in equations.

    Existential Questions on the meaning of life, advice to his former self, and things he's changed his mind on.

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    • 2 hr 22 min
    The State of The Universe With Eric Weinstein

    The State of The Universe With Eric Weinstein

    A conversation from the vault, back in Spring 2022. As relevant as ever, hear Eric's thoughts on sundry topics such as:

    The twin nuclei and the unleashing of great power

    Harry Truman vs Kamala Harris.

    The problems with our leadership.

    Distinguishing between "complicated" and "complex". Keating's pedagogy.

    What happened on September 12th, 2001?

    Are we in a death spiral?

    The acceleration of science and the role of engineering.

    What new fundamental theories should we focus on?

    Do a few people wield too much power?

    Games countries and the ultrawealthy play, and how to prevent the collapse of civilization.

    The argument for academic freedom.

    Questions from The Metaphoric Mind: Can the sacred, intuitive, and rationale co-exist?

    How can a new scientific paradigm be encouraged to emerge?

    What is the key datum you would need to pick the best-unified theory?

    Eric's current views on bitcoin and crypto.

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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Did the Big Bang Happen? Brian Keating on The Morning Wire

    Did the Big Bang Happen? Brian Keating on The Morning Wire

    Newly released photos from the James Webb Space Telescope have allowed scientists to view farther into space, and farther into the past, than ever before. The images emerging are raising questions about the origins of our universe. One viral article from independent scientist Eric Lerner made the rounds on social media in recent weeks with its provocative claim that the Big Bang never happened. We speak to UC San Diego Professor of Cosmology Brian Keating about what the images show, and what we can and can’t conclude from them. Get the facts first on Morning Wire.
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    • 15 min
    Sean Carroll’s Biggest Ideas

    Sean Carroll’s Biggest Ideas

    Sean Carroll joins me to discuss his magnificent new book, The Biggest Ideas In the Universe. Sean is an American theoretical physicist and philosopher who specializes in quantum mechanics, gravity, and cosmology. He is the Homewood Professor of Natural Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He has been a contributor to the physics blog Cosmic Variance, and has published in scientific journals such as Nature as well as other publications, including The New York Times, Sky & Telescope and New Scientist. He is known for atheism, critique of theism and defense of naturalism.
    He has appeared on the History Channel's The Universe, Science Channel's Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, Closer to Truth (broadcast on PBS), and Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. Carroll is the author of Spacetime And Geometry, a graduate-level textbook in general relativity, and has also recorded lectures for The Great Courses on cosmology, the physics of time and the Higgs boson.
    He is also the author of four other popular books: From Eternity to Here about the arrow of time, The Particle at the End of the Universe about the Higgs boson, The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself about ontology, and Something Deeply Hidden about the foundations of quantum mechanics. He began a podcast in 2018 called Mindscape, in which he interviews other experts and intellectuals coming from a variety of disciplines, including "[s]cience, society, philosophy, culture, arts and ideas" in general.He has also published a Youtube video series entitled "The Biggest Ideas in the Universe" which provides physics instruction at a popular-science level but with equations and a mathematical basis, rather than mere analogy. The series has become the basis of a new book series with the installment, "The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Space, Time, and Motion".

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Proving the Big Bang Happened with Dr Brian Keating on The Fraser Cain Show

    Proving the Big Bang Happened with Dr Brian Keating on The Fraser Cain Show

    Fraser Cain, science youtuber and publisher www.universetoday.com interviews Dr. Brian Keating. They discussed the evidence for the Big Bang and the impact of James Webb Space Telescope on our current understanding of the Universe.
    See the video version here.
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    • 1 hr 13 min

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499 Ratings

499 Ratings

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