38 episodes

A podcast about how we imagine, and how what we imagine shapes what we do. Each month, we'll bring you into a conversation between visionaries from the worlds of arts, sciences, humanities, engineering, and medicine on the nature of the imagination and how, through speculative culture, we collaborate to create the future, with interviews by Clarke Center leaders Sheldon Brown, Brian Keating, Erik Viirre, and Patrick Coleman.

Into the Impossible Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.9, 27 Ratings

A podcast about how we imagine, and how what we imagine shapes what we do. Each month, we'll bring you into a conversation between visionaries from the worlds of arts, sciences, humanities, engineering, and medicine on the nature of the imagination and how, through speculative culture, we collaborate to create the future, with interviews by Clarke Center leaders Sheldon Brown, Brian Keating, Erik Viirre, and Patrick Coleman.

    Episode 36: Brian Keating interviews Professor Elena Aprile about the search for dark matter and her life in science

    Episode 36: Brian Keating interviews Professor Elena Aprile about the search for dark matter and her life in science

      
    https://chasingeinsteinfilm.com
    http://www.xenon1t.org 
    Elena Aprile is UCSD’s Margaret Burbidge Visiting Professor at UC San Diego and Professor of Physics at Columbia University. She is the founder and spokesperson of the XENON Dark Matter Experiment. Aprile is well known for her work with noble liquid detectors and for her contributions to particle astrophysics in the search for dark matter. Professor Aprile appears in the documentary CHASING EINSTEIN about the search for dark matter.

    Could Einstein have been wrong about the true nature of gravity? Does his general theory of relativity and the Standard Model need an update? Unprecedented advances in experimental particle physics, astronomy and cosmology are uncovering mysteries of cosmic consequence. Among the most challenging is the realization that 80% of the universe consists of something unknown that exerts galactic forces pulling the universe apart. The search for Dark Matter extends from the worlds most powerful particle accelerators to the most sensitive telescopes, to deep under the earth. Nobel worthy discoveries await. Scientists at UC San Diego are at the epicenter of the search for Dark Matter leading efforts to build the next generation of instruments and experiments to uncover its secrets.

    • 44 min
    Episode 35: SETI and Beyond: A discussion with Brian Keating, Paul Davies, Jim Benford and Mat Kaplan

    Episode 35: SETI and Beyond: A discussion with Brian Keating, Paul Davies, Jim Benford and Mat Kaplan

      

    Books mentioned in this episode:
    The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence by Paul Davies
    The Demon in the Machine: How Hidden Webs of Information Are Solving the Mystery of Life by Paul Davies
    Starship Century, Edited by Greggory & James Benford

    A technologically advanced extraterrestrial civilization could likely detect life on Earth, if such beings exist. Life on Earth could be detectable in our planet’s atmospheric spectral lines for over a billion years. Most of our atmospheric oxygen is due to life, and can be observed over interstellar distances — across thousands of light-years. Over this long time, many stars have swept near our solar system and Earth. If extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) on such “nearby” planets did send probes to remotely observe our planet, where in the Solar System should we look to find evidence of their past visitation? The Moon is the obvious, closest place. Another option would be a newly discovered class of co-orbital objects, an equally logical place to locate for observing Earth. These objects approach Earth very closely every year at distances much closer than any large body besides our Moon. They are an ideal way for ET’s to watch our world from a secure natural object that provides resources an ET life form might need: materials, a firm anchor, and concealment. They might likely be robotic probes, like our own Voyager and New Horizons probes, remaining on site after exhausting their energy supply. Studying the Moon and co-orbitals could be termed “extraterrestrial archeology”. For the Moon, we can use the photographic mapping of the Moon’s surface by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Co-orbitals have been little studied by astronomy and not at all by SETI or planetary radar observations.

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    • 39 min
    Episode 34: Brian Keating interviews Sir Roger Penrose: The Emperor’s New Mind — Consciousness & Computers

    Episode 34: Brian Keating interviews Sir Roger Penrose: The Emperor’s New Mind — Consciousness & Computers

      

    Books mentioned in this episode:
    The Emperor’s New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics 
    Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness

    Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS (born 8 August 1931) is an English mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science. He is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, an emeritus fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge. Penrose has made contributions to the mathematical physics of general relativity and cosmology. He has received several prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for the Penrose–Hawking singularity theorems.

    Penrose sat down with Professor Brian Keating to discuss artificial intelligence, consciousness, cosmology, and the many fascinating developments in physics since the publication of The Emperor’s New Mind in 1989.

    Previous talks at UC San Diego:

    Conformal Cyclic Cosmology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt1WH_SkazQ&t=2284s
    New Theory of Dark Matter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlSMME-Cl5g
    Physics and Fantasy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaIdJMxP6bA
    Hawking Points in the CMB: https://youtu.be/gfYBfjVt08k

    • 56 min
    Episode 33: UC San Diego Alumni discuss their careers & Quantum Design Inc. with Brian Keating

    Episode 33: UC San Diego Alumni discuss their careers & Quantum Design Inc. with Brian Keating

      

    Dr. Stefano Spagna, PhD. and Ivy Lum Fipps, MS are both alumni of UC San Diego Physics. Dr. Spagna is Chief Technology Officer and Mrs. Fipps is Final Test Engineer specializing in dilution refrigerators. Since its inception in 1982, Quantum Design International (a privately held corporation) has developed and manufactured automated temperature and magnetic field testing platforms for materials characterization. These systems offer a variety of measurement capabilities and are in widespread use in the fields of physics, chemistry, biotechnology, materials science, nanotechnology, and quantum information research. Building on its expertise in the global marketing and distribution of its own scientific instruments, Quantum Design International (QDI) eventually broadened its scope to distribute quality scientific instruments from other manufacturers through an international network of wholly-owned subsidiaries in every major technological center around the world.

    • 27 min
    Episode 32: Brian Keating Interviews Richard Panek about The Trouble With Gravity

    Episode 32: Brian Keating Interviews Richard Panek about The Trouble With Gravity

      

    Books mentioned:

    The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet 
    Empiricism, heavens and earth, gravity in history, god, religion, and politics, a thrilling tour guide from ancient concepts to the very present. 

    The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum 

    The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality 

    Richard Panek is most recently the author of The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet, published in July 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His previous book, The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality, received the Science Communication Award from the American Institute of Physics. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Antarctic Artists & Writers grant from the National Science Foundation, and a Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His own books have been translated into sixteen languages, while his collaboration with Temple Grandin, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, was a New York Times best-seller and the recipient of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Nonfiction Book of 2013. He also co-wrote the giant-format 3D museum movie ROBOTS [[CUT: 3D]], a National Geographic production. He has been a monthly columnist for Natural History magazine and a regular contributor to The New York Times. Two of his previous books also cover the history of science for non-specialist readers, Seeing and Believing: How the Telescope Opened Our Eyes and Minds to the Heavens (Viking, 1998), and The Invisible Century: Einstein, Freud and the Search for Hidden Universes (Viking, 2004).

    Education
    MFA in Fiction, University of Iowa
    BS in Journalism, Northwestern University

    • 49 min
    Episode 31: UC San Diego Alumnus, Nanome.ai Co-Founder & CEO Steve McCloskey interviewed by Stuart Volkow

    Episode 31: UC San Diego Alumnus, Nanome.ai Co-Founder & CEO Steve McCloskey interviewed by Stuart Volkow

      

    https://nanome.ai/

    @StevenMcCloskey

    Steve McCloskey is an Alumni from the first class of Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego. Steve’s work is focused on emerging technologies applied to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). During his time at UC San Diego Steve worked directly with the founding Chair of the Nanoengineering Department, Ken Vecchio helping set the foundation for the Nanoengineering Materials Research Center and developing thermodynamic processing methods for Iron-based Superelastic alloys. After graduating from UCSD he founded Nanome Inc to build Virtual Reality solutions for Scientists and Engineers working at the nanoscale, specifically protein engineering and small molecule drug development. Steve is also a founder of the Matryx blockchain platform which provides a secure framework for collaborative design and development for STEM. Nanome is transforming how we interact with and understand science, creating a virtual world where users can experiment, design and learn at the nanoscale. We’re building an open platform to solve age-old problems of collaboration, incentivization and siloed information – creating a world with open access to science & technology.

    • 30 min

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Science Fiction, Science Fact

It’s fascinating to hear two people discuss, in an almost pedestrian conversation, what to me is at the level of science fiction! I’m glad we’ve got folks like this to push the limits of our knowledge, and bring the results back.

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Episode 19 - Interview Dr. Freeman Dyson

This interview was so excellent and inspiring I purchased two of Dr. Dyson’s books.

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Bringing the listener “Into the Impossible” - 5 Stars each time

I get so excited each time I get the notification for a new podcast from Dr. Keating. He does a phenomenal job of virtually bringing the listener into the conversation. As a space junkie, “Into the Impossible” sits easily alone at the top of all my favorite podcasts!! Thanks so much Dr. Keating, and I can’t wait for your next one!! Keep up the excellent work!!

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