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Author: Tim Newton and Matt Parker

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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 frighteningly knowledgable sound engineer, Jason Read.
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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 science Sylvia Wenmackers, brings along a bottle of Maaslander Apple Wine to talk about probability, lotteries, coincidence, and how the near impossible happens every day. Recorded live at the London School of Economics when everyone else was out!
Smoke and Mirrors (Ep 19)

Smoke and Mirrors (Ep 19)

2017-11-0501:00:34

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 right? And what does the blue pill do again? And why is this whole idea that life is an illusion so enduring? We appear to unscrew the cap on a spicey Argentinian Malbec and have a proper think.
Buffalo Pie (Ep 17)

Buffalo Pie (Ep 17)

2017-04-2859:11

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 will Tim ever shut up? Time for some answers and maybe a slice of Buffalo Pie.
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 good French Bordeaux. If there are any aliens out there, will they ever join us for a jam session?
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 paddle manfully against the alt-fact tide.
Operation Mindfix (Ep 14)

Operation Mindfix (Ep 14)

2017-02-0601:02:40

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 your call. At a time when the establishment is openly distorting reality to their own ends, it's time to fight back with Operation Mindfix. Discordian Popes ho! Originally streamed live 26 Jan 2017.
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 to explore the origins of democracy and its effect on the world. And is Tim's ukelele out of tune? Originally streaamed live on 12 Jan 2017.
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 us for a merry meander originally streamed live on December 12th.
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 see in the darkness a woolly mammoth or a troll bending over? Join the debate.
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)

Death (Episode 10)

2016-07-0855:291

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 Epicurus, hedonism, cheese and chickens. But not necessarily in that order.
OMG! (Ep 9)

OMG! (Ep 9)

2016-06-1655:17

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. Or what? Matt gets down to the nitty gritty.
Our very first introductory episode (reposted). A 2014 Malbec and a glassful of questions.
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. What's drunk cannot be undrunk. Apparently.
Que Sera Sera (Ep 7)

Que Sera Sera (Ep 7)

2016-05-1259:36

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 are we on about? You decide... Or do you?
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?
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.
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 correspondence.
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.
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