Physical Attraction is the show that explores topics in science, technology, and the future - from a physicist's perspective. From the birth of stars to the end of the world, from interviews with experts to meticulously-researched deep dives, we'll explore the topics that shape our world.
Climate 201: Climate Doomism (II)
In the last episode, we briefly introduced "climate change doomers" and some of their misleading claims. In this episode, I talk about despair, and why we cannot give in to it.
Climate 201: Climate Doomism (I)
We're going there. In this episode, I discuss why civilization is not going to imminently collapse due to climate change, explain why doomism is a new form of denialism, and debunk some of its most misleading claims.
UNLOCKED: Book Club: Tim Wu's The Attention Merchants
A new episode released from behind the Patreon paywall. This episode, we'll review and discuss some of the issues raised by Tim Wu's The Attention Merchants, a book that details the history of the advertising industry.
Climate 201 NETS XI: Direct Air Capture, p2 and NETS conclusion
In this episode, we will continue our analysis of Direct Air Capture and conclude the series on negative emissions - crucial component of decarbonisation, or a techno-utopian distraction from the real problems we face? [Don't expect an actual answer]
Climate 201 NETS X: Direct Air Capture, part 1
Direct Air Capture - machines that suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Could this be the solution to a scaleable negative emissions industry? We'll discuss the pros and cons of the technology in this episode.
BONUS: Black Mirror IRL pilot - Be Right Back
This is a slightly special bonus episode. Some years ago I had plans for another series "Black Mirror IRL", which was going to be a series of episodes looking into the technologies mentioned and featured in the Netflix Series Black Mirror. Is anyone working on these technologies in real life? What would their potential social implications be if they were developed? How scientifically feasible would it actually be to develop something like this?
The plan would be to explore one technology alongside each episode of the show.
However, time has passed and I've moved onto other projects, and now I have nowhere near enough time to finish this series alongside everything else, so I only ever got around to recording a single, pilot episode for that putative series, which has been sitting on my hard drive for ages.
Rather than let it go to waste - as it could be years if ever before I get back around to this project again - I am releasing it as a bonus episode for you to enjoy. But one thing I would say is that I would really appreciate your feedback on this episode. Do you think the series is a good idea? Would you like to see more episodes along these lines? How do you think I could improve it? Any and all suggestions are gratefully received. Maybe someday the series as a whole will return.
Thank you all as ever for your support for the show.
A standout, wide-ranging science podcast
This has quickly become my favorite podcast. The host’s expertise is physics, including the physics of climate change, and the podcasts on those topic are interesting and revelatory to a lay person. But equally illuminating are episodes on other topics, including finance, economics and sociology. The host brings the same incisive analysis, preparedness and joy of discovery to all these subjects.
Physical Attraction is a truly thoughtul and thought provoking show. The ideas discussed here aren't what you normally get on the internet, or sadly in the news. Clearly these ideas have been ruminated on for a while before being brought forth. Truly interesting topics from alien life to UBI. Highly recommended.
LOVE THIS SHOW
Thomas is as Britishly charming as he is brilliant about how the world works. A delightful listen, couldn't recommend it enough <3