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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: https://briankeating.com/podcast.php

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: https://briankeating.com/podcast.php

    Tom Bilyeu: Impact Experimentalist!

    Tom Bilyeu: Impact Experimentalist!

    Tom Bilyeu is shaking up multiple industries on his way to impact a billion brains in the Universe! Boy, was this a fun interview to do! Tom runs a legit film studio out of his house and I was delighted to be connected to him via my friend Danny Miranda. Tom did not disappoint. We discussed his epic careers -- he's now on at least his third incarnation after founding Quest Nutrition (and selling it for a billion dollars!), then starting a multimillion subscriber YouTube Channel / media empire called "Impact Theory", and now as a creator and evangelist for NFT's.
    We discuss his journey. We discussed the scientific method and I enjoyed his take on being an experimenter -- though he did not agree to change the name of his channel to "Impact Experiment" despite my pleas! Lastly, I found our discussion of finding meaning without children particularly touching. Tom's as honest and earnest as they come. I found that all the more refreshing given the status, wealth, and power he's made alongside his wife and partner for life, in business and life, Lisa.
    We discussed:

    Regrets in life?

    What’s wealth for? Can’t just be for Lambos and Yachts!

    What’s the most precious resource?

    How to stay hungry?

    How to know when money success leads to drinking your Kool Aid?

    Why pivot to NFT instead of sticking to becoming the next Walt Disney?

    Entropy and the physics of happiness:



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    00:00:00 Intro

    00:00:51The Origin of Quest Nutrition

    00:01:47 What is your rubric and how is it similar to the scientific method?

    00:02:00 How do you know when to pivot?

    00:05:05 Can too much knowledge be an inhibitor to financial success? The paradox of teaching Vs doing.

    00:08:54 What is the purpose of wealth?

    00:13:46 To parent or not? Passing on legacy, optimizing for joy and impact.

    00:25:52 Tom's interview styles and techniques.

    00:28:40 Finding synergies with creative disruption.

    00:32:51 On NFTs and moments of disruption.

    00:40:54 What blockchain/NFT strategy is there for creators/scientists to capture value?

    00:43:13 Tom's theory of the "ownership" neuron.

    00:47:44 Proof of work, tangibles versus blockchain and NFTs.

    00:53:11 Hunger to know why and where you're wrong!

    00:53:32 What would you put on your billion-year time capsule?

    00:55:43 What advice would you give to your younger self to go into the impossible?

    00:56:58 You can't make a racehorse out of a pig, but you can make a really fast pig!


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Craig Callender: A Graphic History of Time

    Craig Callender: A Graphic History of Time

    Craig Callendar is a Professor of Philosophy, and Founding Faculty of, and Co-Director of, the Institute for Practical Ethics at UC San Diego in the Department of Philosophy. He is also on the Freedom and Responsibility in Science Committee of the International Science Council, Paris; and Founding Faculty at the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego; Faculty, The John Bell Institute, Hvar, Croatia.
    From 1996-2000 I worked in the Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method at the London School of Economics. I obtained my Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1997.
    His main area of research and teaching is the philosophy of science, with special emphasis on physics, time, and the environment. His book What Makes Time Special? (Oxford University Press, 2017) won the 2018 Lakatos Award. Here are some book reviews: Philosophy of Science, Philosophical Review, Metascience, BJPS, NDPR. He's also won two Chancellor's Associates Excellence Awards, the 2018-19 Award in Research and the 2007-8 Award in Graduate Teaching.
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    00:00:00 Intro

    00:01:32 What made you write a graphic novel?

    00:03:15 How do you explain the relative psychological flow of time?

    00:06:35 What is your "world-line"? Your background?

    00:13:06 How did Carl Popper and his demarcation / falsifiability criteria become so accepted?

    00:18:50 How can we make philosophy more important to science?

    00:23:55 What is the role of ethics in science? Why do you teach ethics at a "STEM" school? The genesis of the Center of Practical Ethics at UC San Diego.

    00:27:00 What is the practical side of scientific ethics?

    00:30:10 Kurt Gödel's universe and space-time solutions

    00:42:50 Why are we so concerned with theories of everything and cosmogenesis?

    00:47:15 Why are singularities so important?

    00:52:40 Is there a unifying theory of time?

    01:02:50 What is a "block" universe?



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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Lee Cronin: The Chemistry of Life

    Lee Cronin: The Chemistry of Life

    Lee Cronin was born in the UK and was fascinated with science and technology from an early age getting his first computer and chemistry set when he was 8 years old. This is when he first started thinking about programming chemistry and looking for inorganic aliens. He went to the University of York where he completed both a degree and PhD in Chemistry and then on to do post docs in Edinburgh and Germany before becoming a lecturer at the Universities of Birmingham, and then Glasgow where he has been since 2002 working up the ranks to become the Regius Professor of Chemistry in 2013 aged 39. He has one of the largest multidisciplinary chemistry-based research teams in the world, having raised over $35 M in grants and current income of $15 M. He has given over 300 international talks and has authored over 350 peer reviewed papers with recent work published in Nature, Science, and PNAS. He and his team are trying to make artificial life forms, find alien life, explore the digitization of chemistry, understand how information can be encoded into chemicals and construct chemical computers.
    http://www.chem.gla.ac.uk/cronin/

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    00:00:00 Intro

    00:01:52 Is chirality necessary for life?

    00:07:28 What does chemistry tell us about the origin of life? What is life?

    00:13:04 What is life?

    00:19:14 What came first, chirality or life?

    00:23:05 Why is "folding" necessary in biochemistry?

    00:25:54 The debate about life between intelligent design and science.

    00:38:55 How do you respond to critics of your methods? Where Miller-Urey went wrong.

    01:01:33 What would you put in your ethical will?

    01:02:54 What would you put on a billion-year time capsule (like the monoliths in 2001)?

    01:04:27 What advice would you give to your younger self?


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Barry Barish Interviews Brian Keating: Part 2

    Barry Barish Interviews Brian Keating: Part 2

    In February 2021 Dr. Barry Barish, co-recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for the LIGO experiment, interviewed me at his home in Los Angeles. The topic was his thoughts and reactions to my book, Losing the Nobel Prize (http://amzn.to/2sa5UpA). We discussed scientific leadership, academic stress, burnout, the role of mentors and managers in science and a lot about my book too.

    Losing The Nobel Prize By Brian Keating
    The inside story of a quest to unlock one of cosmology’s biggest mysteries, derailed by the lure of the Nobel Prize.
    What would it have been like to be an eyewitness to the Big Bang? In 2014, astronomers wielding BICEP2, the most powerful cosmology telescope ever made, revealed that they’d glimpsed the spark that ignited the Big Bang. Millions around the world tuned in to the announcement broadcast live from Harvard University, immediately igniting rumors of an imminent Nobel Prize. But had these cosmologists truly read the cosmic prologue or, swept up in Nobel dreams, had they been deceived by a galactic mirage?
    In Losing the Nobel Prize, cosmologist and inventor of the BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) experiment Brian Keating tells the inside story of BICEP2’s mesmerizing discovery and the scientific drama that ensued. In an adventure story that spans the globe from Rhode Island to the South Pole, from California to Chile, Keating takes us on a personal journey of revelation and discovery, bringing to vivid life the highly competitive, take-no-prisoners, publish-or-perish world of modern science. Along the way, he provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific progress, may actually hamper it, encouraging speed and greed while punishing collaboration and bold innovation. In a thoughtful reappraisal of the wishes of Alfred Nobel, Keating offers practical solutions for reforming the prize, providing a vision of a scientific future in which cosmologists may, finally, be able to see all the way back to the very beginning.
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    • 43 min
    Barry Barish Interviews Brian Keating: Part 1

    Barry Barish Interviews Brian Keating: Part 1

    In February 2021 Dr. Barry Barish, co-recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for the LIGO experiment, interviewed me at his home in Los Angeles. The topic was his thoughts and reactions to my book, Losing the Nobel Prize (http://amzn.to/2sa5UpA). We discussed scientific leadership, academic stress, burnout, the role of mentors and managers in science and a lot about my book too.

    Losing The Nobel Prize By Brian Keating
    The inside story of a quest to unlock one of cosmology’s biggest mysteries, derailed by the lure of the Nobel Prize.
    What would it have been like to be an eyewitness to the Big Bang? In 2014, astronomers wielding BICEP2, the most powerful cosmology telescope ever made, revealed that they’d glimpsed the spark that ignited the Big Bang. Millions around the world tuned in to the announcement broadcast live from Harvard University, immediately igniting rumors of an imminent Nobel Prize. But had these cosmologists truly read the cosmic prologue or, swept up in Nobel dreams, had they been deceived by a galactic mirage?
    In Losing the Nobel Prize, cosmologist and inventor of the BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) experiment Brian Keating tells the inside story of BICEP2’s mesmerizing discovery and the scientific drama that ensued. In an adventure story that spans the globe from Rhode Island to the South Pole, from California to Chile, Keating takes us on a personal journey of revelation and discovery, bringing to vivid life the highly competitive, take-no-prisoners, publish-or-perish world of modern science. Along the way, he provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific progress, may actually hamper it, encouraging speed and greed while punishing collaboration and bold innovation. In a thoughtful reappraisal of the wishes of Alfred Nobel, Keating offers practical solutions for reforming the prize, providing a vision of a scientific future in which cosmologists may, finally, be able to see all the way back to the very beginning.
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    • 52 min
    Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson: Frequently Asked Questions About The Universe

    Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson: Frequently Asked Questions About The Universe

    You’ve got questions: about space, time, gravity, and the odds of meeting your older self inside a wormhole. All the answers you need are right here. From the dynamic duo that brought you WE HABE NO IDEA comes FAQs ABOUT THE UNIVERSE!!!
    As a species, we may not agree on much, but one thing brings us all together: a need to know. We all wonder, and deep down we all have the same big questions. Why can’t I travel back in time? Where did the universe come from? What’s inside a black hole? Can I rearrange the particles in my cat and turn it into a dog?
    Researcher-turned-cartoonist Jorge Cham and physics professor Daniel Whiteson are experts at explaining science in ways we can all understand, in their books and on their popular podcast, Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe. With their signature blend of humor and oh-now-I-get-it clarity, Jorge and Daniel offer short, accessible, and lighthearted answers to some of the most common, most outrageous, and most profound questions about the universe they’ve received.
    This witty, entertaining, and fully illustrated book is an essential troubleshooting guide for the perplexing aspects of reality, big and small, from the invisible particles that make up your body to the identical version of you currently reading this exact sentence in the corner of some other galaxy. If the universe came with an FAQ, this would be it.
    Get Frequently Asked Questions About The Universe here (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/3GHeDBT
    Watch my last Interview with PhD Comics Jorge Cham and UC Irvine Professor Daniel Whiteson about WE HAVE NO IDEA https://youtu.be/BPez26atdKY
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    00:26:31 How do you come up with the questions and ideas for your books and podcasts?

    00:31:20 How do you approach depicting things that are still not understood?

    00:36:25 Why ask why? Is that science?

    00:38:39 How do you approach guests on your podcast?

    00:42:38 Comments on the latest in particle physics.

    00:47:33 What's the future of PhD Comics?


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    • 53 min

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