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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, and follow us on twitter: @FQXi. The podcast is produced by Zeeya, and music is provided by Baltimore-based Diefenbaker.

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Bohemian Reality: Searching for a Quantum Connection to Consciousness
Is there are sweet spot where artificial intelligence systems could have the maximum amount of consciousness while retaining powerful quantum properties?

Quantum Replicants: Should future androids dream of quantum sheep?
To build the ultimate artificial mimics of real life systems, we may need to use quantum memory.

Painting a QBist Picture of Reality
A radical interpretation of physics makes quantum theory more personal.

The Spacetime Revolutionary
Carlo Rovelli describes how black holes may transition to "white holes," according to loop quantum gravity, a radical rewrite of fundamental physics.

Riding the Rogue Quantum Waves
Could giant sea swells help explain how the macroscopic world emerges from the quantum microworld? (Image credit: MIT News)

March 25, 2017

Complete Podcast
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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well the key to writing a bestseller is simple - have some skills and know what are the trends..still writing a bestseller does not necessarily mean in a hundred or two years later people will be still interested in your books..and that is a challenge..some writers earn money by writing for and some do it by book writing..yeah..nowadays book writing is about making money..and among all those thousands of books that have been written withing last decade not quite sure how many...

Post-truth or post-sanity world?

Nature: "The Oxford Dictionaries named 'post-truth' as their 2016 Word of the Year. It must sound alien to scientists. Science's quest for knowledge about reality presupposes the importance of truth, both as an end in itself and as a means of resolving problems. How could truth become passé? [...] Post-truth refers to blatant lies being routine across society, and it means that politicians can lie without condemnation. This is different from the cliché...

Rather than showing retro-causality: the evidence suggests the electrons, or other particles, are something interacting with and altering their environment; making waves. Giving a cumulative manifestation resulting from the entirety of behaviour and its effect.

In the double slit experiment waves are spreading out from the vibration of the particle and apparatus. Upon reaching the double slits the wave disturbance of the medium will pass though leading to interference of the waves...

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