Ever wanted to know how music affects your brain, what quantum mechanics really is, or how black holes work? Do you wonder why you get emotional each time you see a certain movie, or how on earth video games are designed? Then you’ve come to the right place. Each week, Sean Carroll will host conversations with some of the most interesting thinkers in the world. From neuroscientists and engineers to authors and television producers, Sean and his guests talk about the biggest ideas in science, philosophy, culture and much more.
Solo: Democracy in America
I reflect on what recent events imply for the bigger questions of democracy and society.
Joseph Henrich on the Weirdness of the West
I talk to anthropologist Joseph Henrich about the origin of WEIRD societies -- Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic.
Holiday Message 2020 | The Screwy Universe
Bonus episode in which I talk about the possibility that photons might rotate as they travel through the universe, and what that means for dark energy.
Erich Jarvis on Language, Birds, and People
I talk with neurobiologist Erich Jarvis about the rare ability in species to learn how to make new sounds.
AMA | December 2020
December 2020 Ask Me Anything episode.
David Stasavage on the Origin and History of Democracy
I talk with political scientist David Stasavage about where democracy came from, with implications for where it's going.
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A Gift of Knowledge
S.C.: Thank you for this podcast. You’re clearly putting a good deal of effort into this venture and we, as listeners, are the beneficiaries. I’m sure that your exploration into areas outside of physics and astrological science offers benefits to you and your work, but we (your listeners) are truly fortunate for your podcast endeavors. I’ve listened to every episode. Your podcasting/interviewing skills improve with each offering, and it seems that you now have a rhythm that works well. The knowledge offered by you and your guests is phenomenal, and is greatly appreciated.
Would be much better if he wasn’t politically biased
Would be much better if he was neutral and not so politically biased.
Bracing antidote to drivel
A first-rate intellect asking insightful questions of other first-rate intellects. In contrast to the surfeit of utterly predictable interviewers on the news and the net, Carroll is so smart that he can converse at length with guests at their level, really chewing on their ideas, without talking down to his audience. There’s a deep thread of respect running through the whole endeavor. The result is not for casual listening. You’ll need to focus. I often hit the rewind button to grasp some nuance in the dialogue, which is why this works so well as a podcast.