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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 Brian Keating, Erik Viirre, Patrick Coleman and Stuart Volkow.

Into the Impossible Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.9 • 87 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 Brian Keating, Erik Viirre, Patrick Coleman and Stuart Volkow.

    75: Did Scientists Discover Life on Venus? MIT Professor Sara Seager and The Verge’s Loren Grush

    75: Did Scientists Discover Life on Venus? MIT Professor Sara Seager and The Verge’s Loren Grush

     

    A conversation with MIT Professor Sara Seager and The Verge Journalist Loren Grush, with Prof. Brian Keating. Loren Grush writes: “Deep within the acidic clouds of Venus, astronomers have detected a tantalizing gas never found on the planet before — a gas that, remarkably, could be a sign of life on the hellish world. The gas’s presence isn’t enough to say for sure that Venus hosts life forms, but the fact that it exists in the planet’s clouds indicates that something is going on there that we don’t fully understand.”


    Read the press release: https://news.mit.edu/2020/life-venus-phosphine-0914
    Watch the press release from MIT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCXF8FUux74
    Read Loren’s coverage of the announcement: https://www.theverge.com/21428796/venus-gas-life-sign-discovery-phosphine-biosignature
    Project Website: https://venuscloudlife.com

    “The gas in question is a nasty one called phosphine, a toxic and explosive molecule with a lingering odor of garlic and dead fish. Astronomers discovered the putrid gas lurking within a layer of clouds on Venus, where temperatures are pretty close to those on our planet. They didn’t find much — just small traces in the swirling mix of sulfuric acid clouds that surround the planet. “It’s equivalent to a few tablespoons in an Olympic sized swimming pool,” David Clements, an astrophysicist at the Imperial College of London and part of the team that made the discovery, tells The Verge.

    • 40 min
    74: Alex Heyne: Youtube’s #1 Monk!

    74: Alex Heyne: Youtube’s #1 Monk!

     

    Alexander Heyne is the creator of Modern Health Monk, a popular YouTube channel devoted to helping people learn healthy habits and manifest a happy life. Alex is also the author of “Master the Day: Eat, Move and Live Better With The Power of Daily Habits.” He joins me to talk about the book, growing his audience, and how journaling can help us all get and stay healthy.

    Subscribe to my mailing list to receive show notes for this episode: https://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php


    00:00 Introduction
    06:50 Preparing for the wedding instead of the marriage.
    11:15 How to form habits for long-term happiness.
    16:05 Improving yourself by 1% each day goes a long way.
    22:59 Alex’s experience with Chinese healing.
    27:07 How does technology fit into Chinese medicine?
    32:16 What did Alex think was impossible until he did it?
    33:40 What object or knowledge would Alex put on his monolith?

    Alexander Heyne has a doctorate in Classical Chinese Medicine. He is dedicated to helping people identify and manifest their goals for a better life. His YouTube channel Modern Health Monk has over 315,000 subscribers.


    Buy “Master the Day” here: https://amzn.to/3h9ioC8
    Sign up for Alex’s mailing lists for access to free weight loss tips https://modernhealthmonk.com And how to live to be 100 http://alexheyne.com/free/
    Find Alex on the web: http://alexheyne.com and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ModernHealthMonk/

    • 39 min
    73: Astrophysicist Moiya McTier, Folklorist of the Cosmos

    73: Astrophysicist Moiya McTier, Folklorist of the Cosmos

     

    Moiya McTier is in the final year of her PhD in astrophysics at Columbia, but she is already a science communication star. With a background in folklore, she is an accomplished storyteller working to bring more science into science fiction. Moiya joins me on the INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE podcast to discuss her research on the Milky Way, her upcoming popular science book, and how her background influences her career choices. Subscribe to my mailing list to receive show notes for this episode: https://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php


    00:00 Introduction
    06:42 Combining science and folklore into science fiction.
    14:10 Moiya explains her research on the Milky Way.
    19:51 How a unique childhood encouraged creativity.
    26:20 Can anyone be an effective science communicator?
    33:14 World building is “the art of playing God.”
    39:11 Equity and diversity in science and science fiction.
    45:38 What ethical will does Moiya plan to leave behind?
    47:49 What object or knowledge would Moiya put on her monolith?

    Moiya McTier is in her fifth year of a PhD program in astronomy at Columbia University. She studied astrophysics and folklore at Harvard. Her podcast, Exolore, fosters world building – bringing science into science fiction. She is an accomplished science communicator and public speaker. Listen to the Exolore podcast here: https://www.exolorepod.com/episodes Find Moiya on the web: https://www.moiyamctier.com and Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoAstroMo Question to pin in the comments: What is your favorite science fiction universe?

    Brian Keating’s most popular Youtube Videos:


    Eric Weinstein: https://youtu.be/YjsPb3kBGnk?sub_confirmation=1
    Jim Simons: https://youtu.be/6fr8XOtbPqM?sub_confirmation=1
    Noam Chomsky: https://youtu.be/Iaz6JIxDh6Y?sub_confirmation=1
    Sabine Hossenfelder: https://youtu.be/V6dMM2-X6nk?sub_confirmation=1
    Sarah Scoles: https://youtu.be/apVKobWigMw
    Stephen Wolfram: https://youtu.be/nSAemRxzmXM

    Brian Keating’s most popular Youtube Videos:


    Eric Weinstein: https://youtu.be/YjsPb3kBGnk?sub_confirmation=1
    Jim Simons: https://youtu.be/6fr8XOtbPqM?sub_confirmation=1
    Noam Chomsky: a href="https://youtu.be/Iaz6JIxDh6Y?sub_co

    • 52 min
    72: Futurist, Author, Pundit: David Brin — Where Are We Headed?

    72: Futurist, Author, Pundit: David Brin — Where Are We Headed?

     

    Watch my previous conversation with David from April 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HXf22FVVXk?sub_confirmation=1 Watch David’s recent talk at Google: https://youtu.be/eBqeIKx93A8

    Brian Keating’s most popular Youtube Videos:


    Eric Weinstein: https://youtu.be/YjsPb3kBGnk?sub_confirmation=1
    Jim Simons: https://youtu.be/6fr8XOtbPqM?sub_confirmation=1
    Noam Chomsky: https://youtu.be/Iaz6JIxDh6Y?sub_confirmation=1
    Sabine Hossenfelder: https://youtu.be/V6dMM2-X6nk?sub_confirmation=1
    Sarah Scoles: https://youtu.be/apVKobWigMw
    Stephen Wolfram: https://youtu.be/nSAemRxzmXM

    Brian Keating’s most popular Youtube Videos:


    Eric Weinstein: https://youtu.be/YjsPb3kBGnk?sub_confirmation=1
    Jim Simons: https://youtu.be/6fr8XOtbPqM?sub_confirmation=1
    Noam Chomsky: https://youtu.be/Iaz6JIxDh6Y?sub_confirmation=1
    Sabine Hossenfelder: https://youtu.be/V6dMM2-X6nk?sub_confirmation=1
    Sarah Scoles: https://youtu.be/apVKobWigMw
    Stephen Wolfram: https://youtu.be/nSAemRxzmXM

    Host Brian Keating:


    ‍♂️ Twitter at https://twitter.com/DrBrianKeating
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    • 34 min
    71: James Altucher: Seinfeld Unfriended Me! A Special Livestream Edition

    71: James Altucher: Seinfeld Unfriended Me! A Special Livestream Edition

     

    A conversation with @James Altucher about the explosive controversy surrounding his LinkedIn piece “NYC is DEAD”, the repercussions of which are still resonating around the globe!  We begin by chatting about Jerry Seinfeld who inveighed against James in a shallow, but widely read Op-Ed in the NY Times. Judge for yourself — whose argument is more convincing and less full of ad hominem attacks? James harangued online by NYC Mayor DeBlasio: (https://twitter.com/jaltucher/status/1298079402983673857?s=20) https://youtu.be/0wpalJRusz8?t=1344 Seinfeld’s criticism: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/24/opinion/jerry-seinfeld-new-york-coronavirus.html or James’s piece —  that drew Jerry’s ire: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nyc-dead-forever-heres-why-james-altucher/ James’s response to Jerry Seinfeld https://nypost.com/2020/08/24/sorry-seinfeld-your-love-of-nyc-wont-change-the-facts-about-its-crisis/ We also discussed James’s phenomenal piece in LinkedIn about the persuasive power of Eminem: Eminem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7UQHgZZAfU https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/12-secrets-persuasion-i-learned-from-eminem-james-altucher/ Here’s my appearance on THE JAMES ALTUCHER SHOW https://youtu.be/HeRWBR_fFOw?sub_confirmation=1 and James’s appearances on my show: https://youtu.be/K-1tB0X85ZE?sub_confirmation=1

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    Eric Weinstein: https://youtu.be/YjsPb3kBGnk?sub_confirmation=1
    Jim Simons: https://youtu.be/6fr8XOtbPqM?sub_confirmation=1
    Noam Chomsky: https://youtu.be/Iaz6JIxDh6Y?sub_confirmation=1
    Sabine Hossenfelder: https://youtu.be/V6dMM2-X6nk?sub_confirmation=1
    Sarah Scoles: https://youtu.be/apVKobWigMw
    Stephen Wolfram: https://youtu.be/nSAemRxzmXM

    Brian Keating’s most popular Youtube Videos:


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    70: Auschwitz Survivor Rose Schindler: Never Give Up Hope!

    70: Auschwitz Survivor Rose Schindler: Never Give Up Hope!

     

    Rose Schindler survived Auschwitz and has shared her remarkable story with thousands of people over the course of 50 years. Her memories of the Holocaust have remained clear over the decades, but so has her mantra to never give up hope. Rose joins me on this special episode of the INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE podcast to talk about the book “Two Who Survived: Keeping Hope Alive While Surviving the Holocaust.” This memoir includes both her and her husband’s story. Subscribe to my mailing list to receive show notes for this episode: https://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php


    06:34 The world changed in 1938.
    12:16 Being a tomboy saved Rose’s life.
    17:00 “If you give up hope, you’re lost.”
    23:03 Lessons from the Holocaust need to be remembered.
    27:06 A school project prompted Rose and Max to share their story.
    34:16 Building a life in America.
    42:35 Rose is still working on projects at age 90.

    Rose Schindler was born in Czechoslovakia in 1929 and survived Auschwitz. She met her husband Max shortly after the war and they were married in 1950. They moved to San Diego in 1956. Rose first told her story of survival to her son’s junior high class and hasn’t stopped speaking publicly about the horrors of the Holocaust since. She has received multiple awards as well as an honorary high school diploma and MBA. Learn more about “Two Who Survived” and buy your copy here: https://twowhosurvived.com Watch Rose on the Jocko Podcast https://youtu.be/Th1t1UvnYP4

    Brian Keating’s most popular Youtube Videos:


    Eric Weinstein: https://youtu.be/YjsPb3kBGnk?sub_confirmation=1
    Jim Simons: https://youtu.be/6fr8XOtbPqM?sub_confirmation=1
    Noam Chomsky: https://youtu.be/Iaz6JIxDh6Y?sub_confirmation=1
    Sabine Hossenfelder: https://youtu.be/V6dMM2-X6nk?sub_confirmation=1
    Sarah Scoles: https://youtu.be/apVKobWigMw
    Stephen Wolfram: https://youtu.be/nSAemRxzmXM

    Brian Keating’s most popular Youtube Videos:


    Eric Weinstein: https://youtu.be/YjsPb3kBGnk?sub_confirmation=1
    Jim Simons: https://youtu.be/6fr8XOtbPqM?sub_confirmation=1
    Noam Chomsky: https://youtu.be/Iaz6JIxDh6Y?sub_confirmation=1
    Sabine Hossenfelder: https://youtu.be/V6dMM2-X6nk?sub_c

    • 47 min

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87 Ratings

87 Ratings

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