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Sean Carroll's Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas

By Sean Carroll | Wondery

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.

  1. 1.
    131 | Avi Loeb on Taking Aliens Seriously01/25/2021
    1:40:33
  2. 2.
    130 | Frank Wilczek on the Present and Future of Fundamental Physics01/18/2021
    1:16:03
  3. 3.
    129 | Solo: Democracy in America01/11/2021
    1:43:37
  4. 4.
    128 | Joseph Henrich on the Weirdness of the West01/04/2021
    1:27:20
  5. 5.
    127 | Holiday Message 2020 | The Screwy Universe12/21/2020
    1:31:14
  6. 6.
    127 | Erich Jarvis on Language, Birds, and People12/14/2020
    1:15:31
  7. 7.
    126 | AMA | December 202012/09/2020
    3:24:19
  8. 8.
    126 | David Stasavage on the Origin and History of Democracy12/07/2020
    1:25:37
  1. 9.
    125 | David Haig on the Evolution of Meaning from Darwin to Derrida11/30/2020
    1:15:28
  2. 10.
    124 | Solo: How Time Travel Could and Should Work11/23/2020
    2:41:50
  3. 11.
    AMA | November 202011/20/2020
    3:12:22
  4. 12.
    123 | Lisa Feldman Barrett on Emotions, Actions, and the Brain11/16/2020
    1:17:03
  5. 13.
    122 | David Eagleman on Tapping Into the Livewired Brain11/09/2020
    1:17:14
  6. 14.
    121 | Cornel West on What Democracy Is and Should Be11/02/2020
    1:21:51
  7. 15.
    Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 210/27/2020
    4:23
  8. 16.
    120 | Jeremy England on Biology, Thermodynamics, and the Bible10/26/2020
    1:28:51
  9. 17.
    119 | Musa al-Gharbi on the Value of Intellectual Diversity10/19/2020
    1:16:27
  10. 18.
    118 | Adam Riess on the Expansion of the Universe and a Crisis in Cosmology10/12/2020
    1:19:33
  11. 19.
    117 | Sean B. Carroll on Randomness and the Course of Evolution10/05/2020
    1:21:18
  12. 20.
    116 | Teresa Bejan on Free Speech, Civility, and Toleration09/28/2020
    1:43:50
  13. 21.
    115 | Netta Engelhardt on Black Hole Information, Wormholes, and Quantum Gravity09/21/2020
    1:29:44
  14. 22.
    114 | Angela Chen on Asexuality in a Sex-Preoccupied World09/14/2020
    1:10:58
  15. 23.
    113 | Cailin O'Connor on Game Theory, Evolution, and the Origins of Unfairness09/07/2020
    1:20:47
  16. 24.
    112 | Fyodor Urnov on Gene Editing, CRISPR, and Human Engineering08/31/2020
    1:22:07
  17. 25.
    111 | Nick Bostrom on Anthropic Selection and Living in a Simulation08/24/2020
    1:20:40
  18. 26.
    110 | Neil Johnson on Complexity, Conflict, and Infodemiology08/17/2020
    1:24:40
  19. 27.
    109 | Jason Torchinsky on Our Self-Driving Future08/10/2020
    1:19:25
  20. 28.
    108 | Carl Bergstrom on Information, Disinformation, and Bullshit08/03/2020
    1:25:17
  21. 29.
    107 | Russ Shafer-Landau on the Reality of Morality07/27/2020
    1:31:55
  22. 30.
    106 | Stuart Bartlett on What "Life" Means07/20/2020
    1:25:57
  23. 31.
    105 | Ann-Sophie Barwich on the Science and Philosophy of Smell07/13/2020
    1:17:45
  24. 32.
    104 | David Rosen and Scott Miles on the Neuroscience of Music and Creativity07/06/2020
    1:26:19
  25. 33.
    103 | J. Kenji López-Alt on Cooking As and With Science06/29/2020
    1:15:29
  26. 34.
    102 | Maria Konnikova on Poker, Psychology, and Reason06/22/2020
    1:20:14
  27. 35.
    101 | David Baltimore on the Mysteries of Viruses06/15/2020
    1:14:12
  28. 36.
    100 | Solo | Life and Its Meaning06/08/2020
    1:33:10
  29. 37.
    99 | Scott Aaronson on Complexity, Computation, and Quantum Gravity06/01/2020
    1:52:53
  30. 38.
    98 | Olga Khazan on Living and Flourishing While Being Weird05/25/2020
    1:01:43
  31. 39.
    97 | John Danaher on Our Coming Automated Utopia05/18/2020
    1:22:41
  32. 40.
    96 | Lina Necib on What and Where the Dark Matter Is05/11/2020
    1:21:43
  33. 41.
    95 | Liam Kofi Bright on Knowledge, Truth, and Science05/04/2020
    1:35:55
  34. 42.
    94 | Stuart Russell on Making Artificial Intelligence Compatible with Humans04/27/2020
    1:27:24
  35. 43.
    93 | Rae Wynn-Grant on Bears, Humans, and Other Predators04/20/2020
    1:02:16
  36. 44.
    92 | Kevin Hand on Life Elsewhere in the Solar System04/13/2020
    1:56:25
  37. 45.
    91 | Scott Barry Kaufman on the Psychology of Transcendence04/06/2020
    1:19:18
  38. 46.
    90 | David Kaiser on Science, Money, and Power03/30/2020
    1:34:49
  39. 47.
    89 | Lera Boroditsky on Language, Thought, Space, and Time03/23/2020
    1:28:39
  40. 48.
    Tara Smith on Coronavirus, Pandemics, and What We Can Do03/18/2020
    1:20:34
  41. 49.
    88 | Neil Shubin on Evolution, Genes, and Dramatic Transitions03/16/2020
    1:32:49
  42. 50.
    87 | Karl Friston on Brains, Predictions, and Free Energy03/09/2020
    1:29:57
  43. 51.
    86 | Martin Rees on Threats to Humanity, Prospects for Posthumanity, and Life in the Universe03/02/2020
    1:40:02
  44. 52.
    85 | L.A. Paul on Transformative Experiences and Your Future Selves02/24/2020
    1:14:11
  45. 53.
    84 | Suresh Naidu on Capitalism, Monopsony, and Inequality02/17/2020
    1:26:54
  46. 54.
    83 | Kwame Anthony Appiah on Identity, Stories, and Cosmopolitanism02/10/2020
    1:38:48
  47. 55.
    82 | Robin Carhart-Harris on Psychedelics and the Brain02/03/2020
    1:17:33
  48. 56.
    81 | Ezra Klein on Politics, Polarization, and Identity01/27/2020
    1:22:41
  49. 57.
    80 | Jenann Ismael on Connecting Physics to the World of Experience01/20/2020
    1:27:48
  50. 58.
    79 | Sara Imari Walker on Information and the Origin of Life01/13/2020
    1:23:23
  51. 59.
    78 | Daniel Dennett on Minds, Patterns, and the Scientific Image01/06/2020
    2:01:36
  52. 60.
    Holiday Message 2019: On Publishing Books12/22/2019
    1:06:08
  53. 61.
    77 | Azra Raza on The Way We Should Fight Cancer12/16/2019
    1:22:05
  54. 62.
    76 | Ned Hall on Possible Worlds and the Laws of Nature12/09/2019
    1:25:33
  55. 63.
    75 | Max Tegmark on Reality, Simulation, and the Multiverse12/02/2019
    1:11:34
  56. 64.
    74 | Stephen Greenblatt on Stories, History, and Cultural Poetics11/25/2019
    1:06:01
  57. 65.
    73 | Grimes (c) on Music, Creativity, and Digital Personae11/18/2019
    1:18:10
  58. 66.
    72 | César Hidalgo on Information in Societies, Economies, and the Universe11/11/2019
    1:16:35
  59. 67.
    71 | Philip Goff on Consciousness Everywhere11/04/2019
    1:34:34
  60. 68.
    70 | Katie Mack on How the Universe Will End10/28/2019
    1:24:16
  61. 69.
    69 | Cory Doctorow on Technology, Monopoly, and the Future of the Internet10/21/2019
    1:18:56
  62. 70.
    68 | Melanie Mitchell on Artificial Intelligence and the Challenge of Common Sense10/14/2019
    1:22:16
  63. 71.
    67 | Kate Jeffery on Entropy, Complexity, and Evolution10/07/2019
    1:12:58
  64. 72.
    66 | Will Wilkinson on Partisan Polarization and the Urban/Rural Divide09/30/2019
    1:53:55
  65. 73.
    65 | Michael Mann on Why Our Climate Is Changing and How We Know09/23/2019
    1:17:24
  66. 74.
    64 | Ramez Naam on Renewable Energy and an Optimistic Future09/16/2019
    1:17:52
  67. 75.
    63 | Solo -- Finding Gravity Within Quantum Mechanics09/09/2019
    1:50:26
  68. 76.
    62 | Michele Gelfand on Tight and Loose Societies and People09/02/2019
    1:12:16
  69. 77.
    61 | Quassim Cassam on Intellectual Vices and What to Do About Them08/26/2019
    1:10:12
  70. 78.
    60 | Lynne Kelly on Memory Palaces, Ancient and Modern08/19/2019
    1:15:38
  71. 79.
    59 | Adam Becker on the Curious History of Quantum Mechanics08/12/2019
    1:40:09
  72. 80.
    58 | Seth MacFarlane on Using Science Fiction to Explore Humanity08/05/2019
    1:11:51
  73. 81.
    57 | Astra Taylor on the Promise and Challenge of Democracy07/29/2019
    1:23:53
  74. 82.
    56 | Kate Adamala on Creating Synthetic Life07/22/2019
    1:12:02
  75. 83.
    55 | A Conversation with Rob Reid on Quantum Mechanics and Many Worlds07/15/2019
    1:26:16
  76. 84.
    54 | Indre Viskontas on Music and the Brain07/08/2019
    1:15:11
  77. 85.
    53 | Solo -- On Morality and Rationality07/01/2019
    2:05:19
  78. 86.
    52 | Frank Lantz on the Logic and Emotion of Games06/24/2019
    1:04:39
  79. 87.
    51 | Anthony Aguirre on Cosmology, Zen, Entropy, and Information06/17/2019
    1:31:52
  80. 88.
    50 | Patricia Churchland on Conscience, Morality, and the Brain06/10/2019
    1:12:08
  81. 89.
    49 | Nicholas Christakis on Humanity, Biology, and What Makes Us Good06/03/2019
    1:54:29
  82. 90.
    48 | Marq de Villiers on Hell and Damnation05/27/2019
    1:11:04
  83. 91.
    47 | Adam Rutherford on Humans, Animals, and Life in General05/20/2019
    1:38:16
  84. 92.
    46 | Kate Darling on Our Connections with Robots05/13/2019
    1:06:44
  85. 93.
    45 | Leonard Susskind on Quantum Information, Quantum Gravity, and Holography05/06/2019
    1:13:35
  86. 94.
    44 | Antonio Damasio on Feelings, Thoughts, and the Evolution of Humanity04/29/2019
    1:12:26
  87. 95.
    43 | Matthew Luczy on the Pleasures of Wine04/22/2019
    1:46:20
  88. 96.
    42 | Natalya Bailey on Navigating Earth Orbit and Beyond04/15/2019
    59:37
  89. 97.
    41 | Steven Strogatz on Synchronization, Networks, and the Emergence of Complex Behavior04/08/2019
    1:14:35
  90. 98.
    40 | Adrienne Mayor on Gods and Robots in Ancient Mythology04/01/2019
    1:03:19
  91. 99.
    39 | Malcolm MacIver on Sensing, Consciousness, and Imagination03/25/2019
    1:19:34
  92. 100.
    38 | Alan Lightman on Transcendence, Science, and a Naturalist’s Sense of Meaning03/18/2019
    1:16:35
  93. 101.
    37 | Edward Watts on the End of the Roman Republic and Lessons for Democracy03/11/2019
    1:31:27
  94. 102.
    36 | David Albert on Quantum Measurement and the Problems with Many-Worlds03/04/2019
    1:42:32
  95. 103.
    35 | Jessica Yellin on The Changing Ways We Get Our News02/25/2019
    1:08:52
  96. 104.
    34 | Paul Bloom on Empathy, Rationality, Morality, and Cruelty02/18/2019
    1:10:43
  97. 105.
    33 | James Ladyman on Reality, Metaphysics, and Complexity02/11/2019
    1:07:03
  98. 106.
    32 | Naomi Oreskes on Climate Change and the Distortion of Scientific Facts02/04/2019
    1:10:24
  99. 107.
    31 | Brian Greene on the Multiverse, Inflation, and the String Theory Landscape01/28/2019
    1:11:38
  100. 108.
    30 | Derek Leben on Ethics for Robots and Artificial Intelligences01/21/2019
    1:28:32
  101. 109.
    29 | Raychelle Burks on the Chemistry of Murder01/14/2019
    1:15:26
  102. 110.
    28 | Roger Penrose on Spacetime, Consciousness, and the Universe01/07/2019
    1:35:12
  103. 111.
    Holiday Message 201812/24/2018
    44:48
  104. 112.
    27 | Janna Levin on Black Holes, Chaos, and the Narrative of Science12/17/2018
    1:08:30
  105. 113.
    26 | Ge Wang on Artful Design, Computers, and Music12/10/2018
    1:10:52
  106. 114.
    25 | David Chalmers on Consciousness, the Hard Problem, and Living in a Simulation12/03/2018
    1:22:19
  107. 115.
    24 | Kip Thorne on Gravitational Waves, Time Travel, and Interstellar11/26/2018
    1:19:55
  108. 116.
    23 | Lisa Aziz-Zadeh on Embodied Cognition, Mirror Neurons, and Empathy11/19/2018
    1:06:59
  109. 117.
    22 | Joe Walston on Conservation, Urbanization, and the Way We Live on Earth11/12/2018
    1:28:08
  110. 118.
    21 | Alex Rosenberg on Naturalism, History, and Theory of Mind11/05/2018
    1:20:40
  111. 119.
    20 | Scott Derrickson on Cinema, Blockbusters, Horror, and Mystery10/29/2018
    1:23:24
  112. 120.
    19 | Tyler Cowen on Maximizing Growth and Thinking for the Future10/22/2018
    59:37
  113. 121.
    18 | Clifford Johnson on What's So Great About Superstring Theory10/15/2018
    1:12:14
  114. 122.
    17 | Annalee Newitz on Science, Fiction, Economics, and Neurosis10/08/2018
    1:11:46
  115. 123.
    16 | Coleen Murphy on Aging, Biology, and the Future10/01/2018
    1:04:10
  116. 124.
    15 | David Poeppel on Thought, Language, and How to Understand the Brain09/08/2018
    1:24:00
  117. 125.
    14 | Alta Charo on Bioethics and the Law09/08/2018
    1:08:42
  118. 126.
    13 | Neha Narula on Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and the Future of the Internet09/08/2018
    1:06:44
  119. 127.
    12 | Wynton Marsalis on Jazz, Time, and America09/04/2018
    1:01:44
  120. 128.
    11 | Mike Brown on Killing Pluto and Replacing It with Planet 908/27/2018
    1:17:46
  121. 129.
    10 | Megan Rosenbloom on the Death Positive Movement08/20/2018
    1:09:35
  122. 130.
    9 | Solo -- Why Is There Something Rather than Nothing?08/13/2018
    1:21:30
  123. 131.
    8 | Carl Zimmer on Heredity, DNA, and Editing Genes08/06/2018
    1:31:16
  124. 132.
    7 | Yascha Mounk on Threats to Liberal Democracy07/30/2018
    1:05:20
  125. 133.
    6 | Liv Boeree on Poker, Aliens, and Thinking in Probabilities07/23/2018
    1:10:08
  126. 134.
    5 | Geoffrey West on Networks, Scaling, and the Pace of Life07/16/2018
    1:23:45
  127. 135.
    4 | Anthony Pinn on Humanism, Theology, and the Black Community07/12/2018
    1:00:49
  128. 136.
    3 | Alice Dreger on Sexuality, Truth, and Justice07/11/2018
    1:20:39
  129. 137.
    2 | Carlo Rovelli on Quantum Mechanics, Spacetime, and Reality07/10/2018
    1:12:16
  130. 138.
    1 | Carol Tavris on Mistakes, Justification, and Cognitive Dissonance07/04/2018
    1:11:17
  131. 139.
    Welcome to the Mindscape Podcast!07/01/2018
    16:05

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