A conversation: Prof. Brian Keating with Dr. Steven Meyer, author of Darwin’s Doubt and Return of the God Hypothesis

Enjoy part two of my conversation with Stephen Meyer, author of the newly released USA Today bestseller Return of the God Hypothesis. Here in part two the conversation turns to quantum cosmology, multiverse hypotheses, Stephen Hawking, and Hawking’s now-you-see-it/now-you-don’t use of imaginary time to deny a cosmic beginning. Meyer argues that Hawking’s imaginary-time trick doesn’t wash, there remains powerful evidence for a cosmic beginning, and that this beginning is best explained as the creation act of an intelligent, immaterial being. Also…


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Neil deGrasse Tyson joins me!

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Key Takeaways

  • Neil’s wine advice: match the food you’re eating with a wine from the same culture
  • Italian wine with Italian meals
  • French wine with French meals
  • Neil defines leadership as people who serve others and gain followers as a result

“If I have as many followers as I do, it’s because I’m feeding people” — Neil deGrasse Tyson

  • Neil is glad he didn’t get famous overnight because since his rise in fame came slowly, it…

David Spergel: Cosmologist, Mentor, and Friend

David Spergel — a legend of cosmology!

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David Spergel, incoming president of the Simons Foundation

Key Takeaways

  • “We’re in this interrupt world of email and Slack, and if you want to think deeply about things you need to set aside blocks of time to think.” Dr. Spergel
  • While awards are not everything and shouldn’t be the main motivation for academic research, winning them gives you the opportunity to take risks later on.
  • Dr. Spergel thinks that leadership is a skill that can be learned like anything else.
  • He views…

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In this episode of Into the Impossible, Brian Keating sits down with theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, author of “The Order of Time” and a founder of Loop Quantum Gravity, which is a theory of quantum gravity that combines ideas of quantum mechanics and general relativity.

The discussion starts lightheartedly, with Carlo Rovelli briefly discussing his appearance in a Disney film before jumping into a discussion of science and physics.

Rovelli has focused much of his career on the concept of time; a relevant question then, as Keating wonders, is how does Rovelli choose and make time for the…


Does Deepak believe in God? If not, what does he believe in?

Dr Deepak Chopra (May 19, 1946) is an American author, public speaker, alternative medicine advocate, and a prominent figure in the New Age movement. He is a proponent of meta-science, but he also writes about topics that do not necessarily contradict popular science. His books have been The Huffington Post’s most-e-mailed articles.

Chopra has written about the future of evolution, as he calls ‘Metahuman’. The book aims to explore the potential capabilities of human beings in the near future and far future, based on his analysis of cutting edge scientific discoveries reported in popular news sources from around the world.


Carlo Rovelli reveals how time is ordered!

Carlo Rovelli — The Order of Time and Loop Quantum Gravity. Carlo is a modern day incarnation of Galileo. He will give you a different way of thinking about the experience we call time. I’m a fan of his and I think you might be, too. Of course, I am talking about Carlo Rovelli, author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.Rovelli’s goal is to demystify black holes and the topics of time and quantum gravity, but to do so he must leave our familiar world. Using a large variety of examples and analogies…


James Altucher is a force of nature: entrepreneur, stand up comic, writer, and podcaster…but most importantly: he is a mensch and I’m proud to call him a friend…

SKIP THE LINE! How to succeed: from America’s #1 failure 😂

You’ve heard of James Altucher. He’s been featured on Tim Ferriss’s podcast, and on The INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE Podcast (three times to date). We met at TEDx San Diego — and he’s my #1 mentor in the podcast world. He’s taught me so much — among other things: not to hit “publish” on any content unless I’m at least a…


Watch my conversation with Larry Tribe here: The Physics of Impeachment!

The Bill of Rights has been called the ‘heart and soul of the Constitution’. But, did you know how Euclid influenced it? The bill of rights was created as an outline for what government could, and could not, do. It is very similar in nature to Euclid’s Elements: an outline, a guide to the logic underpinning math.

The influence of Euclid on the creation of the United States Constitution is easily apparent. The laws which exist and are practiced today, in fact share much in common with Euclidean…


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It can be better!
If the past has taught us anything, it’s to be wary of big tech’s promises to improve our lives. But, according to my good friend Max Tegmark, with his team’s help, we can use Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to improve our lives by ‘simply’ improving the way we perceive and consume news.

Max wrote the spectacular books Our Mathematical Universe and Life 3.0, selected by Mark Cuban and President Barack Obama as one of their favorite books…


Nobel Prize Winner Frank Wilczek: Fundamentals — What Are The 10 Keys To Reality? | Transcript here.

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Key Takeaways

  • The hypothesis of designing an AI able to “think” seems inevitable to occur at some point
  • Humans are proof that the complexity of the mind is an emergent property of matter
  • The real question is not whether computers can beat humans at chess
  • Will they ever be able to create the game of chess?
  • Dr. Wilczek thinks that it will be possible…

Brian Keating

Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor at UC San Diego. Author of Losing the Nobel Prize. https://BrianKeating.com

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