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Wondros Podcast

Airs weekdays at 4:10 am, 12:10 pm, and 8:10 pm PT.

The Wondros Podcast features probing discussions with experts and visionaries within their fields. Our guests speak about innovation, science, arts, entertainment, history, social justice, and more. Cultural provocateurs Jesse Dylan and Priscilla Cohen unpack smart, quirky, and out-of-the-box conversations with fascinating people revolving around Web3, music, art, and technology.

The Wondros Podcast is a great way to learn about the latest trends and developments in a variety of fields. Whether you’re interested in learning about the latest scientific breakthroughs, the most innovative new technologies, or the most important social issues of our time, you’ll find something valuable on The Wondros Podcast.


Originally aired on September 13, 2023

The episode features an interview with Annette Kleiser, CEO of Dalan Animal Health, who has developed a vaccine for honeybees. The vaccine is administered to the queen bee through a sugar paste and is then passed on to her offspring, providing protection against diseases. The honeybee population plays a crucial role in pollination and food security, so the development of this vaccine is seen as a significant breakthrough. The CEO discusses the challenges of starting a new business in a niche market, gaining regulatory approval, and addressing the global need for bee health. The interview also touches on the importance of insects in ecosystems, the impact of diseases on bee colonies, and the potential for expanding this vaccination approach to other insect species.

What is the delivery mechanism for the vaccine?

  • The vaccine is mixed with a sugar paste called clean candy.
  • Beekeepers feed the vaccine-laced sugar paste to the queen bee, who then passes it on to her offspring.
  • The liquid vaccine is taken up by the queen and passed onto her ovaries and developing eggs.

Why are honeybees important for food security?

  • One-third of the world’s food depends on pollinators.
  • Honeybees are the primary pollinators used in agriculture to boost crop yields.
  • Losing honeybees would have a significant impact on nutrient-rich foods, biodiversity, and climate concerns.

How did the CEO get involved in developing a honeybee vaccine?

  • The CEO met a researcher at the University of Helsinki who had the idea for a honeybee vaccine.
  • Recognizing the importance of bees and the lack of solutions to address their decline, the CEO decided to form a company and make the vaccine a reality.
  • The development of the vaccine began four and a half years ago.

What are the challenges in the beekeeping industry?

  • Bee colonies face a multitude of stressors, including diseases, climate change, pesticides, and transportation.
  • The lack of modern tools for disease protection puts bee colonies at risk.
  • The goal of the vaccine is to make bees healthier and better equipped to handle these stressors.

How do clinical trials for the vaccine work?

  • Clinical trials involve exposing the larvae to the disease to test if they become sick.
  • High doses of the pathogen are used to observe the survival rates of vaccinated larvae.
  • The initial responses from thousands of beekeepers who tried the vaccine have been positive, with no reported cases of disease.

What are the challenges in scaling the honeybee vaccine business?

  • The company is facing a high demand for the vaccine but has limited resources to respond to inquiries and manufacturing requests.
  • The focus is on targeting specific markets and establishing partnerships in different countries.
  • Increasing awareness and investment in innovative solutions for bee health is essential.

Originally aired on September 6, 2023

In this episode of The Wondros Podcast, hosts Jesse and Priscilla speak with Dr. Daniel Kraft, a physician-scientist and expert in digital health and the future of healthcare. They discuss the future of preventative medicine and the advancements in technology that will revolutionize healthcare. Dr. Kraft explains how cancer treatment has evolved and the potential for personalized tumor vaccines and genomic medicine. He also discusses the importance of social determinants of health and how factors such as environment and community can impact longevity. Dr. Kraft emphasizes the need for a proactive approach to healthcare and the integration of technology and data to provide personalized, effective care. He explores the role of AI in healthcare and its potential to improve diagnostics and treatment. Overall, Dr. Kraft’s insights highlight the incredible progress and opportunities in the field of preventative medicine.

The Future of Cancer Treatment

  • Advancements in immunotherapy and personalized tumor vaccines
  • The potential of genomic medicine and precision oncology

Social Determinants of Health

  • The impact of environment and community on health outcomes
  • Designing healthier clinical spaces and communities

The Integration of Technology and Healthcare

  • The influence of wearables and digital biomarkers on self-care
  • The potential for genetic testing and risk stratification in preventive care

The Role of AI in Healthcare

  • AI-enabled diagnostics and therapeutic tools
  • The need for medical education to adapt to technological advancements



Originally aired on August 30, 2023

In this episode of Wondros, Dan Finnegan, the founder of Solar Shepherd LLC, discusses his innovative approach to utilizing solar farms for sustainable grazing. He highlights the benefits of combining clean energy and sheep farming, emphasizing how the sheep can help maintain the vegetation under the solar panels. By rotating the sheep in a grazing strategy, the land remains healthier, reducing the need for chemical pesticides and promoting carbon sequestration.  Finnegan explains how his background in corporate America and experience in the financial services industry led him to launch the solar grazing business. He also shares the challenges and opportunities of expanding the business, partnering with solar companies, and promoting local agriculture and clean energy.

The concept of solar grazing

  • Solar farms provide wide open spaces for clean energy production
  • Vegetation maintenance is crucial to ensure optimal solar panel performance
  • Sheep can be used to graze the land between the solar panels, reducing the need for toxic herbicides like Roundup

Benefits of solar grazing

  • Enhances soil health and carbon sequestration through rotational grazing
  • Reduces the risk of damage to expensive solar equipment during maintenance
  • Improves the aesthetics of solar farms by maintaining a green and lush appearance

Challenges and concerns of solar grazing

  • Ensuring animal welfare and responsible grazing practices by experienced farmers
  • Addressing potential conflicts with other wildlife and predators on the grazing sites
  • Need for ongoing monitoring and training to maintain high standards

Business model and clients

  • Solar Shepherd works with solar companies to manage vegetation on their sites
  • Focuses on building relationships with solar companies through networking and marketing
  • Offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution for solar farm maintenance

Scaling and expansion of solar grazing

  • Recognizing the need for additional pastures and land for expanding the sheep flocks
  • Partnering with agriculture industry groups, solar companies, and the federal government to promote solar grazing
  • Training and sharing best practices to ensure responsible and successful solar grazing operations

Future aspirations and industry growth

  • Encouraging other farmers to explore solar grazing as a means to sustain their farms
  • Fostering an industry of family farms and maintain profitability in the agricultural sector
  • Promoting the benefits of solar grazing for the environment, economy, and local communities



Originally aired on August 23, 2023

In this episode of Wondros, Dr. Donald D. Hoffman, cognitive scientist and author of “The Case Against Reality,” discusses his theory that consciousness is fundamental and challenges the idea that space-time is the foundation of reality. He explains that space-time is merely a data structure, like a virtual reality headset, that conscious agents use to interact with each other. Dr. Hoffman compares his theory to ideas from Plato and Leibniz, highlighting how science has advanced to provide greater precision and scientific backing for these philosophical concepts. He also explores the limitations of the current standard model of particle physics and discusses the integration of consciousness into our understanding of physics.

The Standard Model of Particle Physics

  • The standard model is an impressive achievement but has weaknesses and limitations.
  • Physicists are questioning the fundamental nature of space-time, which the standard model relies on.
  • The particles in the standard model are tied to the foundation of space-time, making the search for new structures beyond space-time necessary.

Consciousness and Physics

  • The measurement postulate in quantum theory poses a challenge for physicalists who cannot explain how observation collapses wave functions.
  • Reductionism fails in explaining conscious experiences and their relationship to particles and space-time.
  • Dr. Hoffman argues that consciousness is fundamental, and current theories for deriving conscious experiences from computational processes lack scientific evidence.

The Simulation Theory

  • Dr. Hoffman distinguishes his theory from the simulation hypothesis put forth by Nick Bostrom.
  • The simulation hypothesis assumes space-time as fundamental and implies that computational systems can create conscious experiences, which has no scientific basis.
  • Dr. Hoffman’s theory posits a vast social network of conscious agents beyond space-time, with space-time being a limited interface to navigate interactions.

Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness

  • Dr. Hoffman initially pursued artificial intelligence and explored the possibility of creating consciousness through computational systems.
  • He highlights the lack of scientific evidence that any computational system, including AI, can explain specific conscious experiences.
  • The rigorous exploration of consciousness and its integration with AI and neuroscience is crucial for understanding the limits of computational systems.

Exploring the Nature of Consciousness

  • Dr. Hoffman emphasizes the importance of exploring the connection between science and spirituality in understanding the fundamental nature of consciousness.
  • The convergence of scientific rigor and spiritual ideas can lead to greater insights and progress in our understanding of consciousness.
  • The mathematical model of conscious agents offers a potential bridge between science and spiritual traditions, improving the precision and exploration of consciousness.



Originally aired on August 16, 2023

In this episode of Wondros, hosts Jesse and Priscilla interview National Geographic Explorer and marine biologist, Luiz Rocha, who explores the deep sea reefs. Luis discusses his experiences diving to depths of 400-500 feet and discovering new species of fish and coral. He explains the excitement of discovering something new and the importance of protecting reefs for their ecological significance and beauty. The conversation also covers topics such as the process of diving at these depths, the impact of human activities on reefs, and the challenges of conservation efforts. Overall, the episode sheds light on the wonders and challenges of exploring and safeguarding the hidden secrets of the deep sea.

The thrill of discovery in deep sea diving

  • The biologist is always surprised and excited to find new species during dives.
  • Fish, coral, crustaceans, and nudibranchs are just a few examples of the diverse species they discover.
  • The beauty and uniqueness of each new species make the experience of exploring deep sea reefs captivating.

The significance of deep sea reefs and the need for conservation

  • Over a billion people depend on reefs for food, tourism, and coastal protection.
  • Reefs also play a vital role in the production of bio compounds used in medicine.
  • The biologist personally values reefs for their breathtaking beauty and believes they should be preserved.

The challenges of diving at extreme depths

  • Technical diving at depths of 400-500 feet requires specialized training and equipment, including a rebreather for breathing helium.
  • The gear is heavy, and swimming can be strenuous, which is why divers use scooters to navigate underwater.
  • The process of decompression after a deep dive can take several hours, but the biologist and his team find ways to stay productive during this time.

The discovery of new species and their naming

  • The biologist often encounters new species of fish during his dives, easily recognizable by their unique colors and attributes.
  • When a new species is found, the team photographs and documents it, sometimes collecting samples for further study.
  • The naming of new species has moved away from using Latin and Greek names and now prioritizes using local names, allowing communities to connect with the newly discovered species.

Conserving deep sea reefs in the face of human impacts

  • Even in remote places, signs of human impact such as fishing lines, nets, and litter can be found on the deep sea reefs.
  • Proper conservation requires finding a balance between protecting reefs and sustainable fishing practices.
  • The biologist emphasizes the need for targeted conservation efforts, focusing on areas most vulnerable to destruction rather than meeting arbitrary targets.

The future of deep sea exploration and conservation

  • The biologist believes there is still much to discover in the depths of the ocean and appreciates the opportunity to contribute to scientific knowledge.
  • Collaboration with local scientists and building partnerships is essential for successful conservation efforts.
  • Deep sea mining, though not widely observed at the depths explored, poses a potential threat that must be monitored and addressed to protect these delicate ecosystems.



Originally aired on August 9, 2023

In this episode of the Wondros Podcast, hosts Jesse and Priscilla interview Yu Ping Chan, the head of Rising Nations Initiative Secretariat at the United Nations’ Global Center for Climate Mobility. The interview focuses on the challenges faced by Pacific Islands due to climate change and rising sea levels. Yu Ping Chan discusses the potential impact on the islands, the loss of land and culture, and the urgent need for action. The conversation highlights the importance of raising awareness, preserving culture and heritage, and holding governments accountable for their commitments to combat climate change.

The Vulnerabilities of Pacific Islands:

  • Pacific Islands, such as Tuvalu, are at the forefront of the climate crisis and face imminent existential threats.
  • Rising sea levels are causing flooding, rendering parts of the islands uninhabitable.
  • The islands’ small landmass and low elevation make them extremely susceptible to the impacts of climate change.

Preservation of Culture and Heritage:

  • The connection between Pacific Islanders and their land is deeply rooted in their culture and heritage.
  • Climate change poses a significant challenge to preserving their traditions, as the islands face the possibility of complete submersion.
  • Efforts are being made to create digital repositories and online platforms to safeguard cultural artifacts, records, and traditions.

Impacts on People and Communities:

  • Movement of people due to climate change is becoming a reality for Pacific Islanders.
  • The loss of land and the need to relocate can have devastating effects on communities and their social fabric.
  • The connections and communal gatherings integral to their culture become difficult to maintain when people are forced to move away.

The Role of International Support:

  • The International Community has been slow to respond adequately to the climate crisis faced by Pacific Islands.
  • The Rising Nations Initiative aims to raise awareness of the situation and garner support for these vulnerable communities.
  • Holding developed countries accountable for their commitments, addressing loss and damage, and providing financial support are crucial steps in assisting Pacific Islanders.

The Urgency of Action:

  • The urgency of reducing carbon emissions and mitigating global warming cannot be overstated.
  • Projections for the future indicate catastrophic impacts on Pacific Islands, necessitating immediate action to change the current trajectory.
  • Awareness, activism, and governmental accountability are key components in addressing the climate crisis and supporting vulnerable communities.

Exploring Solutions and Future Scenarios:

  • Potential solutions include exploring legal associations or treaties with other countries to facilitate movement while preserving cultural identity.
  • Technology and digital platforms offer opportunities to preserve culture, heritage, and community connections.
  • The engagement of civil society, artists, researchers, and international organizations is essential in supporting the Pacific Islands and advocating for action.



Originally aired on August 2, 2023

The Wondros episode focused on new research examining how a common parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (Toxo) affects the behavior of wolves in Yellowstone National Park. Jesse and Priscilla interviewed two scientists, Connor Meyer and Kira Cassidy, who conducted the study.

The researchers found that wolves infected with Toxo were more likely to disperse from their packs and become leaders of new packs compared to uninfected wolves. They theorize the parasite may increase boldness, helping infected wolves take more risks to find mates and start new packs. This benefits the parasite’s goal of reproducing and spreading to new hosts like mountain lions that roam the Yellowstone area.

To examine the parasite’s impact, the researchers tested blood samples from wolves in Yellowstone going back over 20 years. Around 25-40% of the wolves had Toxo antibodies, indicating past exposure. The parasite likely spreads when wolves ingest infected mountain lion scat while exploring territorial boundaries.

While Toxo may give infected wolves a behavioral edge for leadership, the researchers noted it could also increase risky behaviors that lower survival. Wolves dispersing to new packs face many threats alone before finding a mate. Still, the parasite seems to manipulate host behavior to further its spread, an evolutionary strategy seen in other species too.

The researchers plan to continue studying how Toxo may interact with wolf personality, relationships, and culture learned from pack mates. Their work sheds light on how a common parasite affects animal behavior and the ecosystem.

How does a common parasite change wolf behavior in Yellowstone?

  • Researchers found the Toxoplasma gondii (Toxo) parasite makes wolves more likely to disperse and become leaders of new packs.
  • They theorize Toxo increases boldness and risk-taking, helping wolves find mates and reproduce.
  • Testing wolf blood samples, 25-40% showed past Toxo exposure. It spreads via mountain lion scat in territory.
  • While aiding leadership, Toxo may also lower survival through risky dispersal from packs.
  • The parasite manipulates host behavior to spread further, a common evolutionary strategy.
  • Researchers will continue studying Toxo’s impact on wolf personality, bonds, and culture.


Originally aired on July 26, 2023

The Wondros podcast hosted by Jesse and Priscilla interviewed Noah Robinson, founder of the virtual mental health platform called Innerworld. Noah shared how his personal struggles with depression as a gay teenager led him to escape into the online video game RuneScape for 10,000 hours. While it trapped him in a virtual world, it also provided a supportive community. This experience inspired Noah to create Innerworld, which provides peer mental health support in a virtual environment using avatars. Innerworld offers support groups led by trained lay counselors on topics like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and hosts fun social events. The tools and visuals used make concepts like CBT more accessible. Members find the anonymity combined with the feeling of presence from being an avatar in a 3D space creates a safe space to open up. Many members share how the support and skills learned in Innerworld help them in their daily lives. Innerworld plans to expand support options as its community grows. The biggest obstacle currently is awareness. Innerworld wants to reach more people struggling with mental health issues who can benefit from its unique virtual support system.

How did the founder’s personal struggles lead him to create Inworld?

  • Founder Noah Robinson escaped into the online video game RuneScape for 10,000 hours as a depressed gay teenager
  • The game provided him an anonymous supportive community, though also trapped him avoiding reality
  • This experience inspired him to create the virtual peer support platform IInnerworld to help others

What does Innerworld provide as a virtual mental health platform?

  • Innerworld offers support groups led by trained lay counselors on topics like depression, anxiety, PTSD etc.
  • It also hosts fun social events and hangout spaces for members
  • The 3D environment and avatars create anonymity while retaining feeling of human presence
  • Tools and concepts like CBT are presented visually to increase accessibility

How does Innerworld help its members?

  • Members share how Innerworld provides a safe space to open up without judgment
  • The skills and support in Innerworld help them face challenges in daily life
  • Innerworld fills gaps in traditional mental health treatment with its unique approach

What are Innerworld’s growth plans and obstacles?

  • Innerworld plans to expand support options as its community grows
  • The biggest current obstacle is awareness – reaching more people who can benefit


Originally aired on July 19, 2023

Blurred Boundaries: Exploring the Intersection of Genetics and Psychiatry

How much of mental illness is influenced by our genes versus our environment and experiences? This question lies at the heart of Dr. Jordan Smoller’s fascinating research exploring the complex relationship between genetics and psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Smoller explains that while psychiatric conditions have long been known to run in families, it has only been in recent decades with advances in genetic analysis that researchers have been able to directly study the role of DNA variations. Early twin studies comparing identical and non-identical twins provided initial evidence that genetics substantially contribute to most psychiatric disorders.

However, unlike classic genetic diseases caused by single gene mutations, psychiatric conditions involve a more complex combination of small variations in thousands of genes that add up to increase risk. Environmental factors still play a key role as well. Dr. Smoller notes the boundaries between normal variation in human personality and behavior versus clinical definitions of mental illness remain blurry.

With modern big data analysis and machine learning, Dr. Smoller’s team strives to improve prediction of serious psychiatric outcomes like suicide risk and matching patients to optimal treatments. They have developed algorithms analyzing electronic health records that show promise to identify individuals in need of early intervention. He cautions about the ethical use of such tools, as biases can inadvertently be embedded in the data.

Social connection and physical activity consistently emerge from their studies as protective factors that can overcome even high genetic risk for depression after trauma. The pandemic’s spotlight on mental health offers opportunities to advance research and expand access to care. While optimism exists about developing more targeted treatments based on genetic pathways, Dr. Smoller stresses a balanced, holistic approach remains key.

How has research enhanced our understanding of the genetic basis for psychiatric disorders?

  • Twin studies first demonstrated high heritability of mental illness
  • Genetic analysis now identifies DNA variations that increase risk
  • Combination of small gene variations rather than single mutations

What are some of the ethical concerns when applying big data to mental health?

  • Prediction algorithms can inadvertently embed societal biases
  • Must ensure responsible use of individuals’ data and predictions
  • Important to involve diverse perspectives

How might insights from genetics guide more precise psychiatric care?

  • Predict individuals at highest risk for suicide or other adverse outcomes
  • Match patients to optimal medication based on genetic profile
  • Develop treatments targeting specific biological pathways

What emerged as protective factors against depression in the research?

  • Social connection lessened depression risk even with high genetic risk
  • Physical activity also lowered odds of developing depression
  • Findings highlight need for holistic approach beyond just medication

How has the pandemic shifted perspectives on mental health challenges?

  • Mass trauma increased public awareness of mental health crisis
  • Creates opportunities to advance research and expand care access
  • But must maintain balanced view incorporating social and biological factors



Originally aired on July 12, 2023

In this episode of Wondros, Jesse and Priscilla with Dr. Christopher Stimpson, a zoologist and archaeozoologist, about his research on ancient Egyptian bird paintings found in a room called “The Green Room” in the ruins of the city of Amarna.

The Green Room is located in the northern palace ruins in Amarna, the capital city built by Pharaoh Akhenaten in the 14th century BCE. It was named by early 20th century excavators for the green painted walls that were found there. Stimpson became interested in studying the bird paintings after corresponding with archaeologist Barry Kemp about excavated bird bones from the Amarna site. Stimpson noticed that there didn’t seem to be any definitive identifications made previously of the bird species depicted in the Green Room paintings.

Using his background in ornithology, Stimpson analyzed the paintings in detail and made identifications of the species portrayed based on distinctive characteristics that were represented. The majority of the identifiable birds appear to be rock pigeons, which prefer cliff habitats rather than the marshes depicted in the paintings. Other species identified include a pied kingfisher, a redback shrike, and a white wagtail.

The prominence of rock pigeons in the paintings is interesting because there is limited archaeological evidence of rock pigeons being widely consumed as food sources at Amarna during the period these paintings were made. However, there is some pictorial evidence that rock pigeons may have been offered as votive offerings to the deity Aten, who was promoted by Akhenaten. Stimpson speculates that the inclusion of rock pigeons in the marsh scenes may be more symbolic, representing wild nature and the surrounding desert cliffs rather than the actual habitat preferences of the birds.

The redback shrike and white wagtail identified in the paintings are migratory species that would have appeared seasonally in the area when the Nile floodwaters receded. This flooding event deposited nutrient rich black silt ideal for agriculture along the Nile banks. Stimpson theorizes that the distinctive markings depicted on these migratory bird species may represent a temporal element, intentionally highlighting this important seasonal period for sowing crops.

Stimpson is careful to emphasize that his interpretations of the bird species and symbolic meaning of their depictions is not definitive. He aimed to make reasonable cases for species identification based on artistic characteristics and considers his perspective an ornithological one meant to complement standard Egyptological analysis.

There is still quite limited context available for interpreting the purpose and overall significance of the Green Room within the palace complex. The room itself likely belonged to royal residents of the palace, potentially being used as living quarters or studio space. But the wall paintings may have been created purely for decorative purposes, with no elaborate symbolic meaning intended.

Stimpson has an interdisciplinary academic background that combines interests in zoology, paleontology, and archaeology. This enables him to utilize methods from all these fields to study ancient human-animal relationships and gain perspective on long-term ecological changes over millennia. His PhD research involved extensive excavation and analysis of bat populations and environmental changes in large cave sites in Borneo spanning 50,000 years. This work allowed Stimpson to reconstruct bat population changes and contextualize the impacts of modern human activities like deforestation and agriculture in Borneo within a deeper time scale.

In general, Stimpson believes that studying the deep past and ancient evidence of human and animal life satisfies human curiosity and helps situate current global environmental and social issues within a much longer framework of hundreds of thousands of years of planetary history. He advocates maintaining an attitude of open curiosity about past ecosystems and life on Earth, even when it may not have immediate applicability to modern research goals or conservation efforts.

Bullet point summary:

What ancient bird paintings were found in the Egyptian ruins at Amarna?

  • Paintings found in “The Green Room” depict species like rock pigeons, a kingfisher, shrike and wagtail

Why did the rock pigeons painted in The Green Room raise questions?

  • Rock pigeons prefer cliff habitats yet were painted in marsh scenes

  • Limited archaeological evidence of pigeons being consumed for food at Amarna

How did Stimpson approach analyzing the bird paintings?

  • Used an ornithological perspective to identify species from artistic characteristics

  • Aimed to complement standard Egyptological analysis

What theory does Stimpson have about symbols on some birds?

  • Markings on migratory birds may represent seasonality and the Nile flood

Why is context limited for interpreting The Green Room paintings?

  • Purpose of the room itself remains unclear

  • Paintings may have been purely decorative

How does Stimpson’s background inform his perspectives?

  • Combining zoology, paleontology and archaeology provides long-term view

  • Studies past ecosystems and human-animal relationships

What is Stimpson’s view on the value of studying the deep past?

  • Satisfies human curiosity and contextualizes modern issues

  • Maintaining curiosity about the world is important


Originally aired on Mar 1, 2023

Jesse and Priscilla talk with Oxford professor of philosophy of theoretical physics, Owen Maroney, about whether it’s more likely that each moment of our experience bursts in and out of existence out of nowhere.

What is the Boltzmann Brain Paradox?

  • The Boltzmann Brain Paradox questions the formation of intelligent life in the universe by suggesting that it might simply be a random fluctuation of entropy.
  • Maroney discusses the implications of this paradox for the nature of reality and consciousness.
  • The Boltzmann Brain Paradox suggests that complex systems, such as intelligent life, might be a result of random fluctuations of entropy rather than natural processes.
  • The paradox challenges the traditional view that intelligent life arises through evolution and natural selection, and suggests that we might simply be living in a temporary fluctuation of the universe’s entropy.
  • The paradox raises questions about the nature of reality and consciousness, and whether our understanding of the universe is limited by our own cognitive biases.
  • Maroney suggests that the paradox may be a result of our own limited understanding of the universe, and that we may need to rethink our conception of entropy and information.
  • The paradox also has implications for the search for extraterrestrial life, as it suggests that the formation of intelligent life might be far less probable than we currently believe.
  • Ultimately, the Boltzmann Brain Paradox challenges us to question our assumptions about the universe and our place in it, and to remain open to the possibility that our understanding of reality may be far more complex and mysterious than we can currently imagine.

Originally aired on Nov 30, 2022

Jesse and Priscilla talk with the all-star team of physicists and technologists making traversing wormholes possible, and their discovery helps confirm String theory. These quantum pioneers include Maria Spiropulu, the senior investigator at CERN who oversaw the discovery of the Higgs boson particle.

Read more about the fascinating work this team is doing in the articles below:…

Quantum Team:

Maria Spiropulu – Professor of Physics

Caltech Joseph Lykken – Deputy Director of Research

Fermilab Daniel Jafferis – Professor of Physics

Harvard University Hartmut Neven – Engineering Director

Google David Kolchmeyer – Graduate Student

Harvard University Alexander Zlokapa – PhD Student

MIT Nikolai Lauk – Postdoctoral Fellow

Caltech Samantha Davis – Graduate Student, Caltech

What is the possibility of traversing a wormhole using the principles of quantum mechanics and curved space?  While a traversable wormhole is theoretically possible given the correct pattern of entangled black holes, the challenge lies in finding such a pair.

  • Traversable wormholes are theoretically possible through entangled black holes in the right pattern of entanglement.
  • Quantum mechanics and curved space can provide equations for traversing a wormhole.
  • The challenge lies in finding the initial pair of entangled black holes.
  • There is no current known way to obtain such a pair.
  • The podcast explores the theoretical feasibility of traversing a wormhole.
  • Guests discuss the current research and understanding of the topic.
  • The possibilities and implications of traversing a wormhole are discussed.