Into the Impossible With Brian Keating
Into the Impossible With Brian Keating
Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination
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Physics mostly, somewhat unformed political philosophy for the rest
Professor Epstein has traditional values -- eg, practices religious traditions without believing in a God, accepted "normal = right", etc.-- and promotes others of similar views on tendentious podcasts on culture. His podcasts on science are much better, although somewhat egocentric.
Not-for-profit Chairman
Nice podcast!
Very interesting topic
“Air Force? Never heard of her…” Nonetheless, this was a Good Podcast<tm>.
One Old Marine
A fun and exhilarating adventure into the cosmos, accessible even for the non-scientist
I love this podcast. I am not a scientist or much of a science person. That said, I love pondering the mystery and wonder of the cosmos. Brian's podcast and YouTube channel are great fun for the laymen to be introduced to fascinating insights, exhilarating theories, and mind-expanding ideas. Brian has a knack for metaphor to help explain highly complicated concepts into much easier to digest ideas. In fact, this is the reason I listen to his podcast—I wouldn't bother if it was all over my head, and he helps me grasp topics that I have never personally studied as an adult. Most crucially to me, Into the Impossible is not only a place where free speech and the free exploration of ideas are welcome, but they are also wanted. I appreciate Brian's occasional foray into some of today's trickier topics. He always approaches such conversations with an open mind and in good faith—which more people could afford to do today.
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KG in BK
So interesting
I love hearing about all these refreshing theories and inventions. Thank you!!!
Lulu Leah
Imagination that makes us better
My understanding is that there are two types of reality: third-person and first-person. Third-person reality is the one that we all share; it’s also the one that can be probed scientifically. First-person reality is the conscious experience that we all live. There’s no scientific measure for how much love or pain I feel, but the feeling surely is real. Now, which of the two realities is more fundamental? This podcast, conducted by a superb scientist, is about our imagination and how imagination shapes our world. But imagination is a first-person reality concept. Science is unaware of the existence of any imagination. Science is not even conscious as far as we know. Yet, Science is intelligent. We always thought intelligence was what made us human and superior to other species. Now that computers are about to become way more intelligent than us, it is time for us to use what truly makes us human and conscious, which is our reality-building imagination, to consciously build better and better realities for ourselves and others. This podcast, with its questions and deep conversations, is a great contribution to helping us become more insightful, open-minded, consciously aware and fundamentally better human beings.
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Worth a Listen
Brian makes complex topics accessible and interesting. I always learn something new and walk away feeling a little smarter.
Great topics!
I really like the topics covered by Dr. Keating. I always learn something new and am challenged to learn more.
One of the Best
Dr. Keating has a great way of extracting interesting and in-depth information from his guests. He makes the content interesting and relatable for all, no matter your background. In a world of many (great) science and philosophy podcasts, Dr. Brian has found a way to stand out and make this one different and engaging.
The brightest minds discuss interesting science
This is a great podcast for anyone interested in cutting edge science results! Dr. Keating takes each guest on a deep dive of the subject that guest knows best. If you are a scientist or a science fan, this podcast will stretch your mind. I am an astronomer, and I enjoyed learning about different fields—particularly the episode on consciousness with a recent Nobel winner.
AMONG BEST OF THE BEST in current science, cosmology, studies of the universe
I rarely review podcasts, but I’m an avid listener. Dr. Keating is the absolute BEST among hosts of current science, tech, cosmology, physics, and science-related news. Lex Fridman, Eric & Bret Weinstein, Carroll, Strogatz, even dare I say Lightman, deGrasse Tyson, Shermer, and Rogan: step aside. And many of these people were guests on Dr. Keating’s podcast, and vice versa! He’s wonderful to listen to, he’s funny without being snarky, he’s unbelievably smart without being smug (ever), and above all, he has that uber rare quality of never being afraid to be himself. Dr. Keating is the genuine article; the smart best friend you wish you had growing up (but even better, you have him now); the excited professor you never had (either because, like me, you never studied cosmology, physics, or astronomy, or because Dr. Keating is the only one!); he’s the trusted voice of reason, rooted in science, without being afraid to explore novel concepts or openly discuss audacious theories. If you’re still here, what are you waiting for? His FIRST guest was Freeman Dyson… That says it all. GET TO LISTENING!!!
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Incredible communicator!
Just a quick note to say thanks for what (and how) you communicate information to the public!
Right wing politics
Every topic on this podcast ends up being a setup to bemoan the current political landscape. The long winded diatribes into the right wing’s victim fetish take up way more talking time than most of the topics covered.
Just Wonderful
Dr. Keating’s podcast is among the best for anyone interesting in science and technology, or for anyone who is simply curious about the world. Brian himself is engaging and thoughtful, and has an incredible selection of guests. I look forward to each and every episode!
Wiser Tomorrow
Eric Weinstein???
Really??? Why are you giving air time conspiracy theorist/ nut case. See the Decoding the Gurus about him.
A valuable use of time.
Dr. Brian Keating’s podcast has never failed to teach me something interesting about our world and universe. Dr. Keating’s curiosity, intellectual integrity, and good moral nature are always reflected in the podcast, and in this crazy world he’s rapidly becoming a voice I can trust to give me interesting and valuable content.
The host basically fawned over Ben Shapiro for over an hour, someone that doesn’t belong on a science podcast to begin with, all while saying he likes other points of views on the podcast while playing Ben’s fanboy the whole time. Just gross. “In my house we always ask what Ben Shapiro would do!”… get outta here… no patience to listen to someone that claims to be a smart person that can’t tell if someone is a heaping dumpster fire or not. Ben Shapiro has been very clear that his view of the universe is predicated on religious dogma all while spreading hate to those that don’t follow his narrow religious views… and this podcast gives him a platform? Not even a spirited debate but literally fanboying over him the whole time? Sorry, but you lost me. Any scientific mind would have challenged him on his ridiculous ideas and hate he spews in order have a conversation to put forward in front of their audience but Brian just fanboy’ed over him the whole time. I’d also like to add that Brian trying to extol (read: force) his academic background on everyone the whole time while being a 3rd tier academic is really annoying and he is involved in Prager U(niversity) which is basically a fake university that rips people off for their money under the guise of selling them American conservatism. He had Eric Weinstein on his pod for f*** sakes. Can’t take someone that sells themselves as an academic seriously when they rub elbows with garbage like this. Listen to “Daniel and Jorge Explain The Universe” if you want to actually learn something.
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Into the amazing
Incredible Podcast.. love it.
Recently found this podcast and I am hooked already! Highly recommend!
Brilliant, Entertaining and Captivating
“Into the Impossible” is the modern equivalent of the Algonquin Round Table — if the members of the “Vicious Circle” had been composed of the world’s leading thinkers in science, humanities and technology instead of editors, playwrights and denizens of Broadway. Oh - and if they recorded their conversations to share with the world. Fortunately for us, Dr. Brian Keating’s fascinating conversations with leading visionaries and thinkers are accessible as a podcast. His show is down-to-earth, funny and helps those of us without hard science backgrounds contemplate and grapple with ideas as far flung as quantum mechanics to cosmology, AI to NFTs and Galileo to the Galileo Project. No idea is too big for Into the Impossible and no sacred cow is safe under the scrutiny of Dr. Keating and his guests. Subscribe, listen and learn. If the soul survives death, then you’ll be in good company as Dorothy Parker
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Isle of Lucy
A brilliant insight into the universe
I just recently came across Into The Impossible and can honestly say I have become fascinated if not borderline obsessed. The guests, the information and the insight the podcast provides are amazing, needed and surreal. I don’t always understand much or a lot of the conversations but it is always fun, intriguing and leaves me wanting to learn more. Thank you Dr. Keating!
I love these topics and people presenting
Such thoughtful, challenging and interesting conversations. I learn a lot every time I listen.
One of my favorite podcasts ever
Absolutely amazing
Great show
I love this channel , if it were not for this channel I wouldn’t be watching this channel today. Science education is always valuable. The top statement is a joke riffing off a SNL skit when it was good:) Keep up the good work Doc
One of my “Go To” Sources for Science
I started listening to Brian Keating’s “Into the Impossible” last year, and have rarely missed an episode since. Whether it’s theoretical physics, cosmology, astronomy, the scientific method, or any number of relevant topics, this is definitely one of the most interesting, engaging, and entertaining places to keep informed.
Great podcast, great guests
Cutting edge Science and passionate, articulate explainers abound in this always stimulating journey through many different sciences and areas of technological and philosophical interest. Brian is sharp and always fair.
Great Podcast, Great Host
Brian is really great at bringing on and talking with people with opposing viewpoints. This is how science should be done. Unlike many (most?) podcast hosts, Brian actually has the background to back his talk up, he isn't just a random dude or tiktok teenager philosophizing about life. More people should pay attention to this dude.
This podcast is amazing! I love listening to this podcast whenever I can, This is a top 3 Podcast I have ever listened to!
The best science podcast
The Into the Impossible podcast is one of the most fascinating science podcasts out there. What sets it apart is the way it tackles some of the most complex and cutting-edge topics in science without dumbing them down for a popular audience. The conversations that take place on this show are the same ones happening behind the scenes in the scientific community, and the insights and perspectives that emerge are truly mind-bending. If you're a science buff looking for a podcast that will challenge your intellect and expand your horizons, you won't find a better choice than Into the Impossible. Highly recommended!
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Jonathan Miljus
It’s a great listen and really well done!
Dr. Keating does a great job of making complex topics interesting and entertaining. I enjoy the guests and every episode has an interesting takeaway. Definitely worth checking out.
A “must listen” for cosmology & astrophysics nerds
A great weekly podcast by Dr. Brian Keating featuring other leading physicists, cosmologists, etc discussing a wide range of related topics.
Easily digestible insight into the science world!
Brian is a great host that provides understandable explanations of advanced science topics in an entertaining and interesting way.
The best science
In the known universe!!
leonardo da Bichie
Interesting but now wandering away
Dr Keating is an engaging and effective communicator. Unfortunately he is more and more focused on “boosting fringe voices” or bringing in his political or religious views, and less and less explaining key concepts in consensus physics. He seems very motivated by clickbaiting and building an audience, which may be related to his motivation towards controversy over coherence.
Aaron in Brooklyn
Great podcast highly recommend listening.
Dr. Brian Keating is a remarkable human being. He is a very good speaker and even better teacher that has a very rare ability of super human intelligence combined with superior intellectual perspective Dr. Keating can break very complicated ideas down and explain them in a way for the average person to grasp. Once you start listening you will be hooked and find yourself waiting for the next episode release. Thank you Dr. Keating for sharing your thoughts with the world.
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Even though these topics are mainly beyond my understanding, it’s so nice to follow along Dr. Keating’s commentary.
Victor Jimenez!
Great podcast to get smarter!
Brian has awesome conversations with impressive guests. Always leaves you with great brain nuggets and interesting ideas to think on!
Mitchell Cohen
Diverse conversations in physics and life
Dr. Brian Keating’s podcast is one of the best places to go for in-depth physics conversations and other open-hearted discourse. He treats his guests with respect but isn’t afraid to push back on controversial statements or steel-man an opposing perspective. As a teacher, he has a sense for how to put things in an easily understandable form, and always helps lead the listener through the complex world of physics.
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I have never written a review for a podcast but after your last episode on Christmas, I felt impelled to say something. You are being authentic and laying yourself open to criticism to try to help clear the air to truth. It’s Very refreshing so thank you! Regarding your podcast. I really like it because I feel your drive for knowledge and authenticity from not just guests but yourself as well. I have to say often times the wording and subject matter is way over my head. Possibly you could give lay person’s definitions of the topic as you go along to help us nonscientists keep up to the facts as they spill out. Again…I really love what you do. J. Clancy
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Enjoy everyone
Thx for the noble inspiration!
Love it
I’ve been listening to Dr. Keating’s interviews for a while now. I’ve been hooked to his channel and this podcast ever since I stumbled upon him on one of Brian Greene’s episodes. I love how he breaks down complex topics and also his rapport with other physicists. One thing that distinguishes Dr. Keating is how responsive and approachable he is to random users. I’ve left comments on his episodes numerous times not really expecting a response and then been surprised each time when he replied to each of my comments, even critical ones. I feel like even though he is a big shot in the field he is very approachable and relatable, something very unique among other scientists who are doing sci comm.
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Very interesting and stimulating conversations
Most are beyond my complete understanding but that only adds to my enjoyment. Keep up the good work.
Physicist Wannabe
A podcast gem for science lovers!
Incredible content exploring the deepest question in science in an entertaining way, without compromising on rigor or a deeply scientific orientation. Highly recommended!
Amazing Podcast! Highly Recommended!
This is one of my favorite podcast! I think that Brian is an excellent host. I love the experts he bring in to discuss really interesting and important topics. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to understand the world around us.
Experts talk outside their expertise
Physicist talking about “consciousness”, astronomers discussing “economics”, mathematicians speaking about “homeless industrial complex”. Where did the tradition of public ally accessible science lectures go? This once noble podcast is descending into bar room banter.
Studied astrophysics in college but drifted away from it over the years. I’ve loved getting back into it (and other scientific questions) withe Brian as an excellent host!
Intellectually stimulating and witty
This is one of my favorite podcasts, I should say one of very few I am actually subscribed to. I especially liked the appearances of Sabine Hossenfelder and Eric Weinstein. Brian should definitely be nominated for being the “Funniest Physicist” or “Smartest Comedian” :)
Oleg Rabaev
Intellectual bliss
love love love the podcast. So interesting and such incredible guests from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Really enjoy brian’s rants and soliloquys and sense of humour. I think a lot of folks miss the little clever quips and references but I always enjoy them and admittedly do a lot of googling and always learn something after every show. Keep up the great work, sir !!
zenston smith
inspiration for curiosity and problem solving
Great podcast with a thoughtful host and variety of interesting guests that dive deep into thought provoking subject matters. Fresh takes on cutting edge research and age old questions alike
Great show. My only complaint is that suddenly in the middle some moron started screaming about a corporation, unrelated to the podcast’s content. Can you warn people about the advertising, and maybe not have its volume much louder than the show’s? Thanks
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