THINKATIVE PHILOSOPHY PODCAST

THINKATIVE PHILOSOPHY PODCAST

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A podcast for philosophers, seekers and the generally curious. Dr. Matt Parker and filmmaker Tim Newton embark on a series of wine-fuelled discussions about the nature of reality, quantum physics, infinity and the rest; aided and abetted by frightening…


Smoke and Mirrors (Ep 19)
Nov 5, 2017 • 60 min
Is this the real life… is this just fantasy… Elon Musk thinks we’re living in a computer simulation. And there’s a reason. It’s called the Simulation Argument. But some say that computer scientists have now proven that that’s impossible. Who’s righ…
What are the chances? (Ep 18)
Nov 5, 2017 • 62 min
We’ve all experienced weird, inexplicable coincidences in our lives, like bumping into a friend in an unexpected place just as you were thinking about them. It can seem like the odds are impossible, but just how unlikely was it? Belgian philosopher of …
Buffalo Pie (Ep 17)
Apr 28, 2017 • 59 min
Matt gets out his blackboard and we uncork an Argentinian Malbec. Are there really such things as unsolvable problems or we just too lazy to find the answer? Can we fill a glass but leave it empty? We can but try. Why can’t we square the circle, and wi…
Together in Electric Dreams (Ep 16).mp3
Apr 9, 2017 • 62 min
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away - there just might have been something out there. Professor Bryan Roberts of the LSE fires up the Wurlitzer Electric Piano to speculate on the existence of Alien life with the help of the Drake equation and a …
In Vino Veritas (Ep 15).mp3
Mar 10, 2017 • 56 min
Or the Art of Bullsh*t. Truth. What is it? Words and ideas accurately modelling an objective world? Or coherence of beliefs? Is your Truth different from mine? Or is it just whatever is convenient to believe? Jump into Thinkative’s Canoe of Truth as we…
Operation Mindfix (Ep 14)
Feb 6, 2017 • 62 min
Hail Eris! Tim and Matt welcome theatre director Daisy Campbell to the mic to talk Discordianism, reality tunnels and Robert Anton Wilson over an alcohol-free cabernet sauvignon. What’s the world coming to? Believe nothing or believe everything, it’s y…
It’s the vote that counts. Democracy. (Ep 13)
Jan 15, 2017 • 66 min
Democracy - what the hell is it playing at? Are we right to put our faith in it as a political system, or is it all just a Wet Sham? Dr. Matt, Tim and Jason open a bottle of claret with Tom Taylor - political activist, union rep and lifelong Spurs fan …
It’s the thought that counts - Altruism. Christmas Special 2016
Dec 23, 2016 • 75 min
Matt, Tim, Jason and the new puppy Cy welcome Professor Jason Alexander of the LSE to pull a cracker or two over Christmas drinks and delve into the true meaning of altruism. Can we really be good for goodness sake? And what was Scrooge afraid of? Join…
Does Popper know best? (Lovetrap Special).mp3
Oct 5, 2016 • 36 min
Perhaps our most booze-fueled episode yet (perhaps ever), as we revisit the place where Thinkative began - a communal campfire in Epping Forest - to discuss science, what it is and why we should pay attention. But more importantly, is the shape we can …
Space, Time and Motion (Ep 2)
Jul 11, 2016 • 46 min
Best enjoyed with a Cabenet Shiraz. For any completists out there, this is a reposting of an early ep that somehow went missing in the vast reaches of the internet. Originally posted February 2016.
Death (Episode 10)
Jul 8, 2016 • 55 min
It’s not that we’re afraid of death, we just don’t want to be there when it happens. But what’s the best way to think about it? We’re joined by author and LSE lecturer in ethics, Alex Voorhoeve, and a tasty bottle of Greek Cabernet Sauvignon, to talk E…
OMG! (Ep 9)
Jun 16, 2016 • 55 min
In the words of the great philosopher George Michael - you gotta have faith. Or do you? Thoughts theological, ontological and cosmological all washed down with a crisp Chilean Sauvignon Blanc as we mull over the existence of the man upstairs. Or woman….
What is Philosophy and Why Bother? (Ep 1)
May 27, 2016 • 52 min
Our very first introductory episode (reposted). A 2014 Malbec and a glassful of questions.
Bryan’s Prosecco (Ep 8)
May 26, 2016 • 55 min
We welcome special guest Bryan W. Roberts, Philosopher of Physics at the London School of Economics, for a lightly sparkling chat about the nature of Time and our perception of it, taking in Einstein, Tralfamadorians, thermodynamics and Groundhog Day. …
Que Sera Sera (Ep 7)
May 12, 2016 • 59 min
Are we really as free as we think we are? We discuss the implications of a predetermined universe by way of Geno Washington, cranial tingles and the spoons, all decanted from a bottle of very tasty ‘La Vieille Ferme’. How bourgeois can you get. What ar…
Why is there Something rather than Nothing? (Ep 6)
Apr 14, 2016 • 48 min
Bit of a late night vibe as we ponder a Big Question over an oaky Ozzy shiraz. So sit back, pour yourself a big glass, and enjoy. God knows there’s Nothing to worry about. Or is there?
Solace of Quanta (Schrodinger’s Cactus) Ep 5
Apr 1, 2016 • 43 min
Quantum mechanics. What’s it all about and how does it affect philosophy? The Many Worlds theory gets an airing over a tasty Spanish Tempranillo and in this particular universe, Matt gets his laser out to demonstrate the two slit experiment.
Are some infinities bigger than others? Ep 4
Mar 17, 2016 • 43 min
We speculate on whether Eric Bristow’s dart skills might unlock the secrets of the universe and Dr. Matt patiently breaks down the concept of infinity into bite size chunks for the sake of Tim’s sanity, by way of Georg Cantor’s theory of one to one cor…
Who do you think you are? Ep 3
Feb 25, 2016 • 52 min
In which we discuss the merits of Trigger’s Broom, the dangers of the Star Trek transporter and the philosophical implications of transferring Tim’s mind into Ru Paul’s body, over a bottle of Chateau St. Germain.