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The FQXi podcast brings you the latest ideas in foundational physics and cosmology—and includes interviews with our members and other leading scientists. It's hosted by Zeeya Merali and Brendan Foster. You can contact us at podcast@fqxi.org, and follow us on twitter: @FQXi. The podcast is produced by Zeeya, and music is provided by Baltimore-based Diefenbaker.
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December 16, 2017

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The FQXi December 12, 2016 Podcast features:
  • Retrocausal Reality?
  • Wandering Towards the FQXi Essay Contest & News Roundup
  • The Science of Terrorism
  • One Brief Lesson on Physics-Writing
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Retrocausal Reality?
Physicist Ken Wharton argues that to explain some quantum puzzles, we may need accept that future events can influence the past.
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Wandering Towards the FQXi Essay Contest & News Roundup
Brendan and Zeeya offer tips on FQXi's latest $40,000 essay contest, "Wandering Towards a Goal." Also, this year's winners of the Breakthrough prize in Fundamental Physics are announced and tentative signs of gravitational-wave echoes in LIGO data hint at a breakdown of general relativity.
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The Science of Terrorism
Investigative journalist Peter Byrne discusses his research into the science being used to combat and understand terrorism.
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One Brief Lesson on Physics-Writing
Physicist Carlo Rovelli tells reporter Colin Stuart how he came to write his international bestseller, "Seven Brief Lessons on Physics."
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All of the philosophers and physicists who have ever lived have been wrong about the real Universe because they failed to consider whether or not there could be only one verifiable universal physical condition. They compounded this lack of consideration by trying to incorporate complex, finite abstract mathematical systems into their thought processes in order to try to produce some sort of predictable reliability in the seeming chaotic diversity of reality.

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