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Sean Carroll - Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds & The Emergence of Spacetime


Why God Is Not A Good Theory

Sean Michael Carroll is a theoretical physicist specializing in quantum mechanics, gravity, and cosmology. He is a research professor in the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics in the California Institute of Technology Department of Physics. He has been a contributor to the physics blog Cosmic Variance, and has published in scientific journals such as Nature as well as other publications, including The New York TimesSky & Telescope, and New Scientist.

The Origins of The Universe

Sean Carroll was at London Real studios to drop some crazy knowledge about quantum mechanics, gravity, and cosmology.

An American theoretical physicist, his research explores dark matter, extra dimensions and the origins of the Universe, and his work has been published in The New York Times and the New Scientist magazine.

The thing I love about Sean Carroll is that he’s able to take very complex theories and distill them down to bite-size ideas that regular people can understand.

Something Deeply Hidden

And as result, Sean been invited to speak on many television shows including “The Colbert Report”, Morgan Freeman’s “Through the Wormhole” and “The Universe” on the History Channel.

In his latest book, Something Deeply Hidden, Sean Carroll explores what it means to exist on a the speck of dust in a possibly infinite universe.

I was really excited to talk to Sean Carroll. He’s an insanely knowledgeable guy and I know you’re going to find this episode fascinating.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Charles Darwin, electromagnetism, and Michael Faraday
  • Rutherford, Sir Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking
  • The London food scene, MIT, and Harvard
  • General relativity, Cal Tech, and Albert Einstein
  • Electrons, atoms, and Bohr
  • The Big Bang event, Moore’s Law, and organised religion
  • The Singularity, artificial intelligence, and Laplace Transformation
  • Atheism, nuclear war, and Fidel Castro


00:00 | Trailer.
02:34 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
03:38 | Brian’s introduction.
04:17 | What Sean loves about London and the historical connections to scientific research.
07:16 | The differences and similarities between Caltech, MIT and Harvard for students and postgraduates.
16:11 | Ways of meeting the general population’s interest in quantum physics and cosmology.
18:56 | Why quantum physics are difficult to understand.
25:13 | When scientists began to question Newtonian physics and how we look at the world.
27:56 | The important contributions to science made by Einstein, Feynman, Hawkin and Spore.
35:11 | Why, since 1927 until recently, there has been less curiosity about Quantum Mechanics.
37:50 | Why we have and have not learned from the Hadron Collider.
43:03 | How Quantum Physics are affecting everyone’s daily lives now and will in the future.
47:41 | Sean’s opinions on the Big Bang and parallel universes.
53:15 | The problem of understanding that what you see is not reality and becomes intertwined with philosophy.
57:54 | How Sean explores the philosophical questions of physics which at present cannot be measured.
58:50 | We are already beginning to become cyborgs, when will there be singularity and we live inside the matrix?
1:02:53 | There are dangers ahead in our relationship with technology.
1:06:28 | Positives and negatives of having an implant into the skull communicating directly to the brain.
1:12:02 | The flat earth movement and other beliefs promulgated by disinformation spread by new media.
1:14:12 | Sean’s thoughts on our living in a simulation and in the future, our ability to create several versions of ourselves.
1:21:32 | Laplace and Boltzmann, two physicists whose ideas Sean would like more widely appreciated.
1:27:41 | Sean doesn’t equate religion with science, but that poses its own questions.
1:31:04 | What Sean thinks is the meaning of life.
1:35:34 | The main message Sean would like people to take from reading his book Something Deeply Hidden.
1:37:02 | The current focus of his work at Caltech.
1:38:03 | What he means by space time.
1:40:44 | The influence of ethics on his work.
1:43:40 | Sean’s daily practice.
1:44:59 | What is his superpower.
1:48:45 | What is on his bucket list.
1:51:43 | How he writes.
1:55:17 | The best and worst days of his life.
1:58:17 | Would he contemplate going into commerce?
1:59;35 | What scares him.
2:04:21 | What we would be surprised to learn about Sean Carroll.
2:07:20 | Success secrets.
2:07:56 | Brian’s summing up.


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