79: Paul Halpern Synchronicity: Wolfgang Pauli & Carl Jung


Paul Halpern

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Paul Halpern’s latest book is “Synchronicity: The Epic Quest to Understand the Quantum Nature of Cause and Effect.” Paul joins me to discuss the book as well as big topics like quantum entanglement and the meaning of life. Hear about how he balances his physics research, writing projects, and love for the outdoors. He also wrote a book about the science of “The Simpsons” as well as fifteen other popular science books. Find Paul Halpern on the web: http://phalpern.com. Subscribe to my mailing list to receive show notes for this episode: https://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 05:56 Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli’s transformative relationship.
  • 13:13 Balancing science and history to appeal to the masses.
  • 18:40 How do physicists think about time?
  • 25:29 Finding the meaning of life through physics.
  • 32:10 Is it time to stop quantum entanglement experiments?
  • 40:32 Quantum physics risks being seen as a pseudoscience.
  • 47:35 What ethical will does Paul Halpern plan to leave behind?
  • 51:15 What object or knowledge would Paul put on his monolith?
  • 53:42 What did Paul think was impossible until he did it?

Paul Halpern is a professor of physics at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He is also a prolific science writer. Paul has received both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright Scholarship. Buy Paul’s books here: https://amzn.to/333HLle Find Paul Halpern on Twitter: https://twitter.com/phalpern

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