Nov 1, 2018
Today it’s an honor to have Dr. Sean Carroll on the podcast.
Dr. Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute
of Technology. Recently, Carroll has worked on the foundation of
quantum mechanics, the arrow of time, and the emergence of
complexity. He has been awarded prizes and fellowships by the
National Science Foundation, NASA, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,
among others. Dr. Carroll has given a TED talk on the multiverse
that has more than 1.5 million views, and he has participated in a
number of well-attended public debates concerning material in his
latest book, which is entitled “The Big Picture: On the Origins of
Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself.”
- The meaning of “post-existentialism”
- What is “poetic naturalism”?
- What is the fundamental nature of reality?
- Do “tables” and “chairs” really exist?
- The difference between rich ontology and sparse
- The Bayesian probability of the existence of God
- How the universe evolved
- The analogy between psychological entropy and naturalistic
- Can we think about the brain in useful terms
- In what sense do we have free will?
- How hard is the hard problem of consciousness?
- The importance of “existential gratitude”
- The link between quantum mechanics and consciousness
- Is there life (consciousness) after death?
- How can we create purpose, meaningfulness, mattering,
morality, and ethics in a natural world?