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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.

Georgina Woodward: "Stefan, I only referenced that article because it stated that a gyroscopes..." in Answering Mermin’s...

John Cox: "Georgina, beg pard, are you suggesting that the unpaired Ag electron is..." in Answering Mermin’s...

Steve Dufourny: "Hello Jim, this time seems a parameter inside this physicality correlated..." in The Nature of Time

Jim Snowdon: "Hi Steve, On the nature of time, we can assume that time exists..." in The Nature of Time

Steve Dufourny: "Hi Prasad, it is a philosophical approach interesting. Like I see you..." in Alternative Models of...

Steve Dufourny: "Hi all, I am occupied here in finland in creating several projects like a..." in Global Collaboration

jim hughes: "We can probably say a lot more about the content of consciousness. But we..." in Understanding...

PRASAD DIVATE: "Hi all, I would like to add one more point here in different context: In..." in Understanding...

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Time to Think
Philosopher Jenann Ismael invokes the thermodynamic arrow of time to explain how human intelligence emerged through culture.

Lockdown Lab Life
Grounded physicists are exploring the use of online and virtual-reality conferencing, and AI-controlled experiments, to maintain social distancing. Post-pandemic, these positive innovations could make science more accessible and environmentally-friendly.

Is Causality Fundamental?
Untangling how the human perception of cause-and-effect might arise from quantum physics, may help us understand the limits and the potential of AI.

Building Agency in the Biology Lab
Physicists are using optogenetics techniques to make a rudimentary agent, from cellular components, which can convert measurements into actions using light.

Think Quantum to Build Better AI
Investigating how quantum memory storage could aid machine learning and how quantum interactions with the environment may have played a role in evolution.

December 2, 2020

Complete Podcast
The FQXi June 14, 2020 Podcast features:
  • Strike For Black Lives
  • Retrocausality Reviewed
  • Measuring Consciousness in Fruit Flies
  • Superior
  • Monster Galaxy
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Strike For Black Lives
Cosmologist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein discusses the call for scientists to combat systemic racism in academia.
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Retrocausality Reviewed
Could the future influence the past? Physicist Ken Wharton discusses retrocausal interpretations of quantum entanglement and the double-slit experiment.
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Measuring Consciousness in Fruit Flies
Neuroscientist Nao Tsuchiya and quantum physicist Kavan Modi have teamed up to measure the level of wakefulness of fruit flies.
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Author Angela Saini discusses her award-winning book, 'Superior: The Return of Race Science.' This extended interview covers COVID health outcomes for minorities, debunking claims of a link between race and intelligence, and how archaeology and genetics have been used and abused for political ends in the past, and today in the USA and India.
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Monster Galaxy
Astronomer Gillian Wilson chats about the discovery of a strange and extremely massive galaxy, just 1.8 billion years after the big bang, with some surprising features.
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Black Lives Matter. This is incontrovertible. But it is not enough to just say Black Lives Matter. We must also unpack and understand how we uphold white supremacy when we do not actively challenge the marginalization and silencing of Black scientists, of Black people. It is not by chance or coincidence that there are so few Black people in physics and cosmology. Academia, science institutes, and science foundations must take on the challenge that comes when we say Black Lives Matter.


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