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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.

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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.

    80 | Jenann Ismael on Connecting Physics to the World of Experience

    80 | Jenann Ismael on Connecting Physics to the World of Experience

    I talk with philosopher Jenann Ismael about how to think of free will, consciousness, and value in a world governed by the laws of physics.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    79 | Sara Imari Walker on Information and the Origin of Life

    79 | Sara Imari Walker on Information and the Origin of Life

    I talk with astrobiologist Sara Imari Walker about what life is, and how information makes it go.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    78 | Daniel Dennett on Minds, Patterns, and the Scientific Image

    78 | Daniel Dennett on Minds, Patterns, and the Scientific Image

    I talk with philosopher Daniel Dennett about the emergence of people and patterns in the natural world.

    • 2 hr 1 min
    Holiday Message 2019: On Publishing Books

    Holiday Message 2019: On Publishing Books

    I ramble a bit and talk about the process of writing and publishing a popular book.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    77 | Azra Raza on The Way We Should Fight Cancer

    77 | Azra Raza on The Way We Should Fight Cancer

    I talk with oncologist and researcher Azra Raza on why we should devote more effort to finding and curing cancer in its earliest stages.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    76 | Ned Hall on Possible Worlds and the Laws of Nature

    76 | Ned Hall on Possible Worlds and the Laws of Nature

    I talk with philosopher Ned Hall about possible worlds, cause and effect, and whether or not the laws of nature have an independent reality.

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

DrMECtistopher ,

Big Picture

Mindscape is one of my two favorite podcasts. Lots of people have talked about a need for an interdisciplinary understanding of humanities place in the universe, but the interdisciplinary aspect is usually shallow and aspirational at best. Mindscape actually delivers. To here a person who is trying to articulate the “foundations” of reality integrate the perspective and ideas into every topic, including topics that are about everyday human activities. Sean Carrol true big picture thinker.

Jfrank644 ,

One of my favorite science-focused interview style podcasts

I’ve been a listener of Mindscape since the old brain logo days and I have to say Sean continues to improve the show and bring knowledgeable guests to the Mindscape audience. It’s Physics and Quantum world leaning but not overly so, with a good mix of popular culture topics (like wine, music) and other science topics, such as the new origin and search for life theme for 2020.

Sean, if you’re reading, get Nick Lane on the show to talk about the origins of life. Love his work, particularly his more recent book The Vital Question, and I think it would mesh well with the life theme you recently queued up for the new year.

Keep up the great work!

Jim Frank
Pittsburgh, PA

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Science Episodes Are The Best

A really great podcast. The science-based ones are the best; fascinating and educational. I find the philosophy ones to be tedious navel gazing but I suspect most will find these interesting too. The BBC’s “In Our Time” really sets the standard for this kind of content. They don’t post as much anymore so it’s great to have another podcast as interesting to listen to.

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