Aggregated reviews for Sean Carroll's Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas

Ever wanted to know how music affects your brain, what quantum mechanics really is, or how black holes work? Do you wonder why you get emotional each time you see a certain movie, or how on earth video games are designed? Then you’ve come to the right place. Each week, Sean Carroll will host conversations with some of the most interesting thinkers in the world. From neuroscientists and engineers to authors and television producers, Sean and his guests talk about the biggest ideas in science, philosophy, culture and much more.

An Art Form of the Era   (5/5)

I’m so grateful there are people who have dedicated so much of their lives to reach a level of understanding unfeasible for most, who then find it in themselves to share this wealth, and are able to do so with such fluency. Podcasts of this sort represent an art form of the era, and are treasures to be cherished. To connect with the world to this extent, and help ignite that curiosity in us all is truly amazing. Thanks Sean Carroll


What Actually Matters?   (5/5)

Rarely does one find a Philosopher and a Scientist embodied in a single voice, however, Carroll is just that. As a layman Philosopher, amateur mentalist, former theist faith healer, and moral nihilist, I find Carroll to be a legitimate breath of fresh air. Do you wonder how gravity is best explained concerning our experience, Carroll. Have you questioned the paradox of time and its relationship to space and matter, Carroll; ever considered whether morals can be grounded in an absolute? Carroll. Furthermore, I never understood the double slit experiment until Carroll explained the wave function and the entanglement of the observer. Do yourself a favor, give Carroll a chance if you have been confused by others who have tried to describe the nature of reality and keep an eye on him as he gets better and better at communicating the nature of our existence.


Wonderful for long drives!   (5/5)

Besides episode 107, I have fully enjoyed every episode and it’s been a great thing to help open my perspectives and better myself. Thank you!


So good   (5/5)

I love this podcast. Sean Carroll does a great job interviewing experts in a way that is comprehensible to non-experts without talking down to his audience. And it’s so soothing to hear people who value reason and sincere desire for knowledge!


Great episode with Russ Shafer-Landau   (5/5)

Very thought-provoking.


I love the topics of the show   (5/5)

Always learning and thinking about these wild topics. That, and the dude puts me to sleep at 11:30 like clockwork


My favorite pod   (5/5)

Sean is so intelligent & brings on such an eclectic group of guests


For anyone interested in ideas...   (5/5)

..this is so good.


Important work connecting Academia & public   (5/5)

Love his dedication to try to spread the intellectual pursuits of geniuses to the masses in a palatable way to bridge the gap that’s being filled by pseudoscience and conspiracy


So grateful for teachers like this   (5/5)

I barely made it through Algebra but as an adult am obsessed with theoretical physics. Not because I get it, but because it’s the closest thing to religion for me. I am so grateful there’s teachers like Sean Carroll to walk simpletons like me through the beautiful and challenging sciences.


I wish Sean Carroll was my teacher   (5/5)

What an amazing teacher ! Hands down the best.


My #1 podcast hands down   (5/5)

This is by far my favorite podcast. Now that I’ve binge listened to almost every episode, I’m having a very hard time finding another science and philosophy podcast that can match this one. Definitely worth investing some time in. Also I don’t know if I’m alone here but the solo episodes are some of my favorites. Never have written a review before but am writing a review to show how much I appreciate this podcast.


Asking great questions   (5/5)

He’s a great interviewer asking interesting questions to smart people. Each episode I listen to has opened my mind a little more, and taught me a lot.


Sexual harassment still supported in physics   (2/5)

I’ve listened to many episodes. I appreciate Sean’s patient explanations. I won’t criticize his unconventional views on quantum physics because, as he points out, the fundamentals should always be questioned. What killed it for me was when I went back to listen to the original show intro. He tried to illustrate that people have differing perspectives. He could not have used a worse example: he pointed out how there are many women in physics who endure sexual harassment, and if they speak up, their careers can be ruined. He mentions how on the other side, the men accused stand to be demoted or otherwise inconvenienced. Then Sean goes on to say “There’s no wrong or right here, just differing perspectives”. He could have used one of countless scientific debates to illustrate his point. Why did he have to insult women by being so dismissive of such a tremendously significant human rights issue.


Just depends on the episode   (4/5)

Sean Carroll is always a sure bet. But I made the mistake of listening to episode 96 with Lina Nacib. I’m sure she is brilliant and accomplished but has the worst high pitch shrieking voice, also terrible at presenting, all over the place, she starts a sentence and jumps all over, really difficult to follow. Ruined the episode, even though dark matter is one of the most fascinating topic in physics. Her presentation is so distracting I had to stop and was prompted to write this review. Will have to skip this episode, it’s so abrasive. Careful who you invite, Sean.


Very interesting topics   (5/5)

The topics discussed in this podcast are so interesting. I love the ones about cosmology the most. This is definitely top 5 for me.


Sean Carroll is a great host   (5/5)

Probably one of the best science communicators around at the moment. Great chats with his guests, always respectful and asking interesting questions without letting people off the hook when he disagrees. He truly is a refreshing voice in physics, and very down to Earth.


Profound, and yet understandable!   (5/5)

I love this podcast. The subjects covered, guests, and host are consistently fantastic.


A keeper   (5/5)

I thank you sir for an always thought provoking podcast. And I’m sure others would agree you are a great host, a good listener and that you always ask the right questions. Humility is a wonderful trait in a scientist and you embody that. Thanks again sean


Grateful Listener   (5/5)

I appreciate, respect and enjoy this podcast. Thank you for your work.


Gain encyclopedic knowledge of the world   (5/5)

In a weekly podcast 🥰


Enceladus, Europa, Titan!   (5/5)

Loved episode 92! This show is always interesting without dumbing things down to much.


Just Great!   (5/5)

Sean Carroll is a great host. He listens carefully to guests and asks probing questions without arguing - even when you know he thoroughly disagrees. He appears to have nothing personal at stake with being right or wrong; his interest is purely in the ideas.


Economics   (5/5)

Hello Sean I’m a huge fan of the many topics that is spoken on this podcast. I’m an inspiring philosopher that hopes to attend a university one day. I was interested in your 84 episode about economics with Suresh Naidu and was disappointed on his take on Automation/AI. I would highly consider inviting Andrew Yang to your podcast to speak more about economics and the reality of Automation. I hope you consider inviting Andrew as I believe he will change your views on the economy and the future of work. He is starting his own podcast soon.


Don’t Miss This Podcast!   (5/5)

A wonderful opportunity to hear someone in the prime of his career. His intellect, enthusiasm, and love of learning are on full display here. These interviews will outlive the podcast, and represent some of finest work in the medium. Essential listening!


All negative reviews are from IDW Cult   (5/5)

This is the best podcast of any genre, period. Sean should have known better than to take on the anti-intellectual podcast right in even one episode which resulted in every negative review here. Wonder what that gang is doing with itself in the wake of Rohan’s Sanders endorsement.


Great podcast.   (5/5)

Informed, intellectually rigorous, evidence-based conversations with thoughtful guests on a wide range of topics. I never miss an episode of this podcast.


Big Picture   (5/5)

Mindscape is one of my two favorite podcasts. Lots of people have talked about a need for an interdisciplinary understanding of humanities place in the universe, but the interdisciplinary aspect is usually shallow and aspirational at best. Mindscape actually delivers. To here a person who is trying to articulate the “foundations” of reality integrate the perspective and ideas into every topic, including topics that are about everyday human activities. Sean Carrol true big picture thinker.


One of my favorite science-focused interview style podcasts   (5/5)

I’ve been a listener of Mindscape since the old brain logo days and I have to say Sean continues to improve the show and bring knowledgeable guests to the Mindscape audience. It’s Physics and Quantum world leaning but not overly so, with a good mix of popular culture topics (like wine, music) and other science topics, such as the new origin and search for life theme for 2020. Sean, if you’re reading, get Nick Lane on the show to talk about the origins of life. Love his work, particularly his more recent book The Vital Question, and I think it would mesh well with the life theme you recently queued up for the new year. Keep up the great work! Jim Frank Pittsburgh, PA


Daniel Dennett still struggles to even talk about consciousness   (3/5)

Sean Carrol, according to himself, subscribers to Daniel Dennett’s ideas. That is unfortunate. Daniel Dennett simply represents a dogmatic scientific view and clearly he has gotten worse now in older age. Terence McKenna once said about his book “Conciseness explained” should be titled “Conciseness explained away’. Dear Sean Carrol, please interview forward thinking scientists such as Donald Hoffman.


Science Episodes Are The Best   (5/5)

A really great podcast. The science-based ones are the best; fascinating and educational. I find the philosophy ones to be tedious navel gazing but I suspect most will find these interesting too. The BBC’s “In Our Time” really sets the standard for this kind of content. They don’t post as much anymore so it’s great to have another podcast as interesting to listen to.


New listener   (5/5)

Ever since Sam Harris put his podcast behind a paywall, I’ve started listening to Mindscape, and it’s been very enjoyable and informative. I highly recommend it.


Intriguing, engaging   (5/5)

Insightful and approachable. Thank you!


Absolutely awesome podcast series   (5/5)

I first heard about Sean Carroll when I bought one his Great Courses on the nature of time. Sean is a fantastic science communicator. I have a very limited science background - having studied engineering and ended up with a bachelors degree in computer science; Sean Carroll doesn't talk down to his audience and listening to him - to me - feels like having a (decidedly one way) conversation with an incredibly gifted friend. I just discovered this podcast series in which Sean Carroll talks to people in other disciplines - which feels almost like sitting down with a couple of gifted friends and as they talk about amazing things. I just finished listening to the podcast in which Sean interviews another fantastic science communicator- Steven Strogatz - who's also written a couple books that I have read along with a fantastic GreatCourses on Chaos. Awesomely interesting. I will be listening to many more of these podcasts.


One of the best science communicators of our time   (5/5)

Plus, Dr. Carroll strikes a nice balance in the variety of guests and topics on his podcast, while consistently coming across as an eminently reasonable and likeable person. I could not recommend this podcast more highly.


More citations in show notes please!   (5/5)

Very good podcast for those curious about modern theoretical physics, as well as important topics touching this area. I especially enjoyed Sean’s solo episode 63, which included some spectacular papers in the show notes. Please continue this citation trend for those who are interested in reading further!


Excellent interview style podcast   (5/5)

I came to this after listening to almost all of the BBC’s In Our Time podcast. I’m not a big science person, and I was pretty intimidated when I saw some of Mindscape’s episode topics, but Sean and his guests speak clearly, and are generally great at making metaphors when it would get too mathematical for me. There is a general vibe of warmth and generosity even in the conversations where there are serious disagreements between Sean and his guests, which is nice. Some of the guests are better than others, but the best episodes of this show are some of the best podcasts I’ve heard. Guest request: Tarn Adams creator of the video game Dwarf Fortress


Thank you!   (5/5)

Your podcast with Grimes was off-the-charts fun. Great way to expand the Universe!


Great Listening   (5/5)

I love Mindscape. I have listened to every single one since the beginning. I have recommended it to all my friends and family. I live the variety of content. I can’t wait to see where this is going in the future.


Great Podcast   (5/5)

Dr. Carroll puts out a fantastic podcast on two my favorite topics... philosophy and physics. I appreciate his objective perspective and both his solo and interview podcasts. His books are also great. Personally I think he took up the mantle from Sagan as this generations great communicator of science. I hope he continues throwing in a lot of philosophy. Well done, sir!


Brilliant brain food   (5/5)

Listening to this podcast is like fine dining. When I push away from this table my brain is stuffed full of true, researched information relayed in a way all can comprehend. Simply put, brilliant!


Thought provoking   (5/5)

My new favorite.


Look forward to listening every week   (5/5)

I eagerly await every new podcast. It’s the best thing about Mondays! The opening theme music and “Let’s go” makes me happy and eager for what’s to come. The depth and breadth of the topics Sean covers is endlessly fascinating. He is a clear thinker and a patient and masterful interviewer. He skillfully and politely keeps his guests on topic and also lets them speak. He also does his research and brings that to the conversation along with his obviously big brain! I’m really perplexed by the frankly overly sensitive reviewers who hear a political point of view occasionally (this happens such a small percentage of the time) and just can’t deal with that in the midst of so much good information. Honestly, how did we get to the place where this is so triggering for people and causes them to not listen to one of the best minds in podcast land?! Anyway, Sean please keep up the good work. We are lucky that you’ve chosen to do this podcast.


Fantastic Listening   (5/5)

In depth, well guided conversations about interesting topics with subject matter experts. Thought provoking and substantive, approachable but not overly reductive. Forget the reviews throwing shade for supposed politicization and give it a listen - it's really terrific.


Love his intellect and hate his dishonesty around being apolitical   (1/5)

What a cool and smart guy who could be a unifier but instead he chooses lefty ideology at every turn. So disappointing, you could have been the one to take the high road to educate instead of hating on those who are fact based only.


Great episodes on cosmology   (5/5)

I’ve only listened to a few episodes so far. Great conversation on cosmology. Accessible to anyone with interest. Looking forward to hearing more on other topics.


Political? Really?   (4/5)

I’m flabbergasted that people are accusing Sean of making this a politicized podcast, when more than once I have heard him bend over backwards to be neutral. That said, certain illiterate views about science do seem to be correlated with political ideologies. With people on one end of the political spectrum so invested in denying the reality of global warming and even Earth’s evolutionary history, their side is bound to take a hit on a science podcast, even with no explicit reference to left or right.


Content Very Good. Sound Quality Annoying.   (2/5)

Intelligent and varied interviews where there’s a lot to learn. But the sound engineering from podcast to podcast is often borderline primitive. And sneaking A promo with Gladwell in it was disappointing.


DNC with a side of science   (2/5)

I gave the podcast 2 stars because it is great about 40% of the time. It is increasingly becoming a mouthpiece for leftist (as opposed to actual liberal) points of view. Democrats are always right, Republicans are always nazis. White people are always racists. Men are always jerks. Wealth is evil. You know the drill. Science should be the place where ideas are analyzed, not where ideologies are promoted. At least that’s my opinion.


Many worlds interpretation   (5/5)

I attempted suicide and my method of choice was to hang. To me life and death seems to be 50/50 especially with that method. So theres one world in that instant where I died and everyone I know is sad that I’m dead and another instant where I survived and everyone I know is happy I’m alive. That universe where I died must continue on just as the one where I survived continues on. I only experience the one where I survive though this case should imply that I die daily or even every single moment in reality but my conscious mind only experiences the worlds in which I survive which implies I am always in a state of superposition and the wave function never collapses and my consciousness is a division of a more complex collective conscious.


Great scientific information...but contradicting in some aspects.   (4/5)

The talks of science information are worth the listen and are explained well. But as for the politics and philosophy it can be contradicting and biased.


Mind frick   (5/5)

For the people who are hungry for the meaning of the universe and for extra curious people wanting an answer they can’t find


Exactly what’s needed in the world   (5/5)

Really happy to see some thoughtful, informative, and real content that isn’t a big steaming pile of hot garbage.


Had to stop   (1/5)

I listened to many episodes of this podcast and thought it was decent, but I had to stop after the episode 53, a solo episode on morality. Near the beginning he claims that all arguments for pro-life are based on a Christian idea of a soul entering a zygote at conception. At that moment I had to shut it off and delete it from library. I don’t know exactly what to make of it, it’s either an extreme case of straw-manning or Mr. Carroll is too stupid understand the real arguments, but I couldn’t bear listening to someone who made that claim any longer.


Great Podcast but...   (4/5)

I started to listen to Mindscape since it first came out. An amazing podcast with an amazing host. That being said why not 5 starts but 4? I’d like to see a more politically objective podcast especially if it’s scientific. Be ready to listen to a left leaning podcast and guests.


Why politics   (1/5)

Typically a very enlightening podcasts. But unfortunately it is regularly muddied with politics. It is disappointing when I look forward to what Monday’s podcast may discuss, only to see a politically based topic once again. There are numerous political podcasts to choose from. I wish this wasn’t one of them.


Great and educational   (5/5)

It really makes you think about the topics being discussed. I have greatly differing political ideologies, but I can still listen to most of the episodes and find it interesting to hear another point of view. I don’t understand everyone’s issues with the political orientation of Sean, and hardly doubt they warrant such low reviews. If it gets to the point you hate what you’re hearing, pick another episode or find another podcast. If you go into this with an open mind and embrace this for what it is, it’s a great way to get your mental muscles flexing. I got into this from 2 other podcasts, hardcore history and greetings, adventurers.


Brilliant, Educational, and Influential   (5/5)

This podcast strikes true wonder and and awe to the listener as it contemplates some of the most mind bending known unknowns of our universe!


Interesting but...   (4/5)

I really enjoy listening to Sean’s podcast most of the time. I have no background in science but as someone who dabbles in astrophotography I’m predisposed to science based documentaries and podcasts. That also implies I struggle as a lay person to comprehend a lot of topics and ideas but Sean does his best to keep it simple. Thanks for that! Having said this I’m sensing politics does tend (as with most things in life) to creep into the narrative every so often and the host, in my opinion does his best to keep his own comments somewhat neutral though his sarcasm might betray that at times. Some of the guests who most often are his fellow scientists or peers do seem so inclined to vaguely push an ‘agenda’ at time. Case in point, the most recent climate change episode. The guest was quite articulate and knowledgeable and provided data points and mathematical models, etc. However by end, he was injecting more of his personal though somewhat ‘disguised’ political views which overwhelmed the conversation to the point that it seemed to devolve into ‘political science’. Valid or not this makes him appear less impartial about his own work. I’d much rather they stick to the science so that by the end I can reach my own conclusions based on their work instead of repeatedly skipping ahead 30 seconds at a time.


Best podcast   (5/5)

Interesting, clear and at times mind blowing. Not only have I gotten hours of entertainment but I’ve also learned some things about quantum mechanics. I can’t recommend enough. This is my favorite podcast hands down and Sean Carrol is my favorite educator.


Intelligent dialogue   (5/5)

Guests interesting, discussions comprehensive, worth ones time


OIY!   (1/5)

Just another obviously biased podcast. Always throws his political agenda into the mix. Kind of sad. Could be worth listening to except for the constant politics.


Thoughtful conversations!   (5/5)

Too bad the majority of Americans aren’t as sensible as Sean. He is very knowledgable and inquisitive, the perfect mix for a podcast interviewer. I would love more hardcore physics episodes, but I definitely appreciated the recent music-related episode!


Fire material.   (5/5)

Been subscribed since pretty close to the beginning. Was rerouted here through hardcore history. This podcast is very diverse for the average thinker and material is relayed in a manner which those with little to no knowledge will still be able to understand. Sean continues to impress as a multifaceted individual with overlapping knowledge and skills. I came for the neuroscience and have stayed for basically everything else.


Physics = Great! Political episodes = not so much.   (1/5)

Sean's episodes concerning physics are most excellent. He gets beyond a typical news/blog article and is able to discuss the content accurately and intelligently. Sean's political episodes are not worth your time. He seems to have no additional information or insight beyond that of your typical obnoxious fb friend. He makes claims that anyone with even a slight acquaintance with history or journals knows to be false and can't seem to get beyond the basics: conservatives = always bad, progressives = always good. I really recommend just deleting any episode not physics related - listen to pod save america for that instead.


Garbage   (1/5)

Self indulgent bias nonsense.


Thank you   (5/5)

I came across Mr. Carrol on the JRE and in my opinion he is an interesting individual and offers a great podcast.


Always interesting and informative   (5/5)

I listen now every week to this brilliant podcast. Sometimes I listen a couple of times to certain shows that I couldn’t begin to process in just one airing. I love the variety of topics, the distinguished guests, and that there is a new one every week. Thank you for this excellent show.


Great guests   (4/5)

But I wish Carroll would try less to push his views (we don’t care).


Courageous stimulating deep conversations about physics and so much more   (5/5)

I was so impressed, challenged and stimulated by Sean Carroll's book The Big Picture that I sought out his podcast. At first I selected his physics conversations and enjoyed them immensely. I value his spending the time to dig deeply into each topic with world-class remarkable people. Then I stopped picking and choosing and listened to each podcast as it came along. Conversations about sexuality, chemical forensics, racial identity and so much more are constructively challenging, moving and authentic. Above all, Sean Carroll's values of openness, fact-based inquiry and kindness make his podcasts unique, engaging and valuable. May he never lose interest in sharing through his podcasts!


Worthy of Your Ears   (5/5)

Sean Carroll is brilliant! An extraordinary podcast host with a diverse range of knowledge, Professor Carroll is able to not only articulate his own take on various aspects of current physics (and sometimes philosophy) but, also, to ask the best questions and respond intelligently in discourse that is unrivaled anywhere else I have found. I am looking forward, with great anticipation, to the publication of his next book! September 10, 2019!


Music, God, Wine, history, and Physics   (5/5)

Only Sean can bring it all together. I loved the conversations on Hip Hop and Jazz. I love the highly educated female guests. I love the low conflict conversations... I’m in love with this Podcast!


Best explanation of quantum mechanics!   (5/5)

I love this podcast. It (along with Tea With Alice) provides thought-provoking, grown-up conversations on a wide range of topics. I can’t say enough about Episode 55: A Conversation with Rob Reid. It’s the best explanation of quantum mechanics I’ve ever heard. I listen to a lot of science podcasts with hosts like NDT, Brian Cox and Bill Nye. But none of them have done this good of a job of explaining quantum mechanics. It goes over the basics and extends into higher concepts like the various theories that result from it. Give this one a listen and then go back for the discussions of wine, Roman history and everything else!


One of the best out there   (5/5)

Truly one of the best podcasts out there. Some topics not to my taste but that’s what great podcasters do, cover a broad range so that they may also learn what the listeners do. It helps when the podcaster is one of the brightest people on the planet but he’s a very down to earth non condescending individual. Although not nearly as bright, I love learning about quantum physics so I’m looking forward to his upcoming pods. Thank you Sean for being able to present listeners with these geniuses.


Pass on this one.   (1/5)

Some great topics but very poorly researched full of ideological bias.


Unfocused   (1/5)

The topics this podcast covers are just too varied. Once Sean ventures outside his core competency he tends to have guests on who I don’t find to be high quality and the interview questions also tend to be softball and uninspired. I’d prefer Sean stick to a more physics-focused podcast as such a thing is woefully lacking. I listened for 3 months but have decided to unsubscribe.


Amazing   (5/5)

Fantastic! A treasure trove of ideas and a clearly argued path for morality. Loved every minute of it!


Great info dump   (5/5)

Great host


Self assured   (1/5)

Sean carroll is smart but smug in a nice way. He constantly talks about being open-minded but his arguments are often unconvincing and he does not take in much feedback. In terms of the IDW episode he does not portray their positions fairly and makes himself seem virtuous in the process of dismantling them. Real classy


He earns all 5 stars   (5/5)

I really enjoyed episode 53, you should solo more often


Wonderful, Thoughtful Discussions   (5/5)

I love this podcast. Sean explores many interesting areas both in and out of his “wheelhouse”. The conversations are deep AND accessible. Highly recommend if curiosity is a trait you possess.


Excellent   (5/5)

Love the show. Always excited when new episodes released.


Excellent   (5/5)

My favorite podcast


Fantastic   (5/5)

Terrific podcast. Great, very interesting guests and an excellent interviewer.


Amazing Podcast   (5/5)

The only podcast on the market that’s both more interesting & entertaining than Making Sense with Sam Harris & JRE. Eagerly wait every Monday morning for its release.


Overuse of the word 'right', right?   (2/5)

Makes this podcast almost unlistenable. Right?


If you want awesome topics without the bigotry, this is for you.   (5/5)

The content and variety is incredible, and it doesn’t have the IDW-style of tying to justify bigotry as intellectual debate. Sooo good.


Great for science & philosophy   (5/5)

Found out about Sean as a guest on Joe Rogan a while back and this pod has been gold. Great variety of guests on fascinating topics.


Truly fascinating mix of subjects.   (5/5)

This podcast is a wonderful amalgam of subjects. Physics, psychology, history, even transcendental metaphysics. Each episode is a comfortable, informal conversation with engaging professionals. If you’re interested in learning something new, give it a listen. I’m glad I did.


Eclectic and brilliant   (5/5)

This has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts. Sean Carroll is a great host on a wide variety of topics. I've sampled four episodes so far and they're all very different but they share the fact that the guests bring some really interesting insights and fabulous intelligence to their given fields of expertise. They also share the engaging and easy on the ears banter of the amazing host who treats all of his guests with great respect and stimulating conversation.


Love the content!   (5/5)

I enjoy hearing the backstories, and how people get into their fields. Awesome range of content. Thank you!


Thoughtful conversation   (5/5)

I really appreciate Sean Carrolls’ ability to communicate challenging and provocative ideas in understandable language. The Big Picture helped complete my long journey out of religious fundamentalism for which I am very grateful.


Mindscape   (5/5)

Podcasts are one of the most creative platforms for communicating and amongst the very best and most informative podcasts comes from the clairvoyant thinker and great educator, Sean Carroll.


What we all want to listen to   (5/5)

Great work as everything Sean does. Interesting, engaging, great guests and topics, interviewed by a knowledgeable yet humble host that knows what to asks and cares to listen what the guest has to say. Thank you.


David Albert   (5/5)

Lots to ponder! What about the observer and intention? REG shows that we are at an individual and collective collapsing the wave from one state to an other ... based on? Intention and consciousness? Super position and probability are dealing with coherence or incoherence, perhaps. Really enjoyed this and wanted more. I first found about David from the movie What The Bleep Do We Know. Wish I could have been there with you! Love love love


Listen closely   (5/5)

Great podcast with incredible information, do yourself a favor and listen with purpose


Very Informative and Entertaining   (5/5)

Sean is always easy to listen to. He and his guest always provide interesting conversations even on topics that initially sound uninteresting to me. Keep up the great work!


Worth some $$   (5/5)

I’m gonna contribute to this in the next day or two. Thanks for the high quality in topics and guests!!


Great stuff   (5/5)

Excellent cosmology, consciousness and physics episodes and the other stuff is super interesting too. I truly appreciate the descriptions written for the episodes and seeing the academic credentials and recognition that each guest has received as there’s lots of garbage pseudo-science out there. Great work, thank you for doing it!


Follow!!   (5/5)

Informative, intelligent, I love the podcast!! Need more!


Well worth the time to listen   (5/5)

Sean is a fantastic podcast host because he always allows his guests to explain their positions. He does not inject himself into their thinking or cut them off, yet he keeps the discussion understandable and conversational. And he does not get antagonistic when presented with ideas he does not agree with. Yeah, I’m talking to you, Sam Harris.


Mind-Bending   (5/5)

Immediately my favorite podcast. Fascinating subjects discussed in a manner conducive to engaging the layman. Only complaint is that 1 hour is too short! I think the host should add, after the interviews, an hour or so of his own opinions on the previously discussed matters.


Love it!   (5/5)

This podcast is richly informative and entertaining. With each episode I feel as though I can at least two new brain cells! Thanks so much for this gem!


Fascinating listen   (5/5)

Absolutely great podcast :)


BAD AUDIO   (4/5)

Sean needs an audio engineer the audio is so bad. Wind noises, clipping, etc make it almost unlistenable at times!


Love it   (5/5)

I’ve enjoyed every podcast despite the variety of interests covered. You ask great questions and keep the conversation interesting. Thanks for creating it!


Captivating and Thought-Provoking   (5/5)

I've always told myself that I'm not particularly good with science, but this podcast has sparked a new interest and inspired me to learn more! Sean Carroll is well-spoken and has a great voice, in my opinion. The interviews with guests are engrossing. Definitely recommend!


Love the topic!   (5/5)

Love the topic and guests. But please stop breathing into the mic. It's so distracting!


Thank you Sean!   (5/5)

It’s incredible how one can gain more knowledge and insight from Sean’s podcasts then attending university!


Great!   (5/5)

It’s like, so great.


Phenomenal podcast   (5/5)

Keeps getting better and better... nothing else like this in podcast universe, love the willingness to push and challenge audience on difficult concepts.


Diversity of topics   (5/5)

I love the diversity of topics. I come away knowing about something I never even thought about before. The hardest episodes for me to understand are the physics/cosmology ones, but I listen anyway. They’re all interesting even when dense and arcane. I also like that the interviews sound unscripted. Sometimes i hear a very interesting person on a (another) podcast, upon searching for more on the guest i am disappointed to hear replays of the same talk with minute variation. The people who are guests on this show are famous without being repetitive 😊


Insightful discussions   (5/5)

Insightful and accessible discussions on science topics that are either not well understood or mostly misunderstood in the mainstream. Without your ability to simplify those topics and to have an intelligent and fun discussion we wouldn’t have known about them or understood them well. Thank you for what you do.


You had me at Brian Greene   (5/5)

Rogan brought me here!


Still my fave!   (4/5)

I still follow and consume anything Sean Carroll even though he won’t send me an autograph.


Looking forward to learn more   (5/5)

More physics! Informative pod! :)


Outstanding   (5/5)

Intelligent, interesting and entertaining. What’s not to like! Well done 👍


Listen To It, Dummy   (5/5)

I’m a big dumb ape who came over from Sean’s appearance on JRE. While I freely admit that I’m an uneducated moron who often has difficulty keeping up with all of the concepts presented in detail, Sean is great about distilling the conversations into generally manageable laymen’s terms. While Mindscape is not the easiest podcast to listen to- if you zone out, get interrupted, or otherwise lose focus for a minute you might find yourself struggling to catch back up- it’s easily becoming one of my favorites. Thanks for helping me get so excited about being so confused Mr. Carroll.


Excellent   (5/5)

I love listening to this Podcast, thanks for starting this up!!!


My favorite podcast   (5/5)

I listen to a fair amount of podcasts in my day-to-day, but this is easily my favorite. Keep up the great work!


Sean Carroll   (5/5)

I have listened to this podcast from episode 1 and I always learn something knew. If you listen long enough one day you might become as smart as Sean. This is worth your time


Can’t Get Enough   (5/5)

Patiently await every episode. Keep them coming Sean.


One of the smartest podcasts out there   (5/5)

I love this style of long-form podcasting. Sean Carroll is a great interviewer. He asks smart questions, is a good listener, and gives his guests time to really dig in to the questions. The conversations are unhurried, deep, and not heavily edited. You get to listen in on genuine, wide-ranging conversations between brilliant folks — what a treat!


Excellent   (5/5)

Found out about Sean from the Joe Rogan podcast. This is a great listen at the end of the day or on long car rides.


This is my new favorite podcast   (5/5)

Keep them coming Sean. This show is the cure for living in a dumbed down world.


Very Awesome!   (5/5)

All around great podcast! One of the best I have heard. Very interesting topics.


I'm a fan   (5/5)

Always been fan of SC. This podcast confirms my opinion!!


Challenging but approachable   (5/5)

I discovered Sean Carrol via Sam Harris and followed him here. I’ve listened to many episodes with pleasure. Sean is a great host who is able to bridge the gap between complex content and approachable learning.


Amazing Podcast!   (5/5)

This has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts. Dr Carroll is a great interviewer, never afraid to ask the “dumb” question that he may know but we might not. Interesting and wide array of guests that keep things fresh and intriguing.


A Very Interesting Guy.   (5/5)

Great podcast. Super interesting. I know Sean is wrong about life after death, the multiverse, and other matters. But, he is likely less wrong than the rest of us...I love his takes.


Amazing   (5/5)

I have sampled many science/philosopy/intellectual podcasts in my day, but Sean's is the best. He is prepared, willing to dealve off track if interesting, fully engaged with his guest, willing to express his opinion but not try to push it and a great interviewer, who allows the other person to be the focus of the discussion. I learn so much from the interaction and the elcectic nature of the guests he finds and knows. His podcasts are always suprising and stimulating. Wow! Always has to be one criticism: ditch the theme song and get something that makes you anticiapte what comes next, rather than fall asleep!


Thoughtful and respectful   (5/5)

I like podcasts with hosts who are willing to learn, and who show respect to their guests. Sean Carroll meets both of these requirements beyond my wildest dreams


Fantastic   (5/5)

This is the best podcast I’ve listened to!


Best science podcast out there   (5/5)

Great podcast about science. Only problem is they need more material!


Thoughtful and well-curated   (5/5)

I was searching for good podcasts to expand my hobby of studying particle physics and the universe, but I was not expecting to find such a gem. Sean crafts an truly insightful, engaging episode along with a wide range of expert guests and does so every week! By far my favorite episode is one of his early talks with Carlo Rovelli and would love to see more topics tangentially related to Sean’s own expertise. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone looking to learn and looking to enjoy learning.


Superb podcast, relaxed and informative   (5/5)

Recently discovered Mindscape. Love Sean Carroll's interviewing style. Excellent guests with lots of content in these podcasts.


Fantastic podcast   (5/5)

I really enjoy Sean Carroll’s interviewing style and his perspective on everything from the universe at large down to hometown politics. Thanks for giving us a great show.


Just Awesome   (5/5)

Every episode is fascinating. I have learned a lot about all different kinds of topics. I love the range of ideas explored with interesting scientists and people. I look forward to this every week. Love it!


Best podcast ever.   (5/5)

Sean has a fascinating mind and the rare ability to share his deep thoughts in a way that’s comprehensible to lay people. And sometimes he’s really funny.


One of the Best Science-related Podcasts Around   (5/5)

This is a top-notch podcast featuring truly fascinating discussions, which often detour into the realm of the metaphysical — a good thing! Speaking as someone who did not do well at mathematics or science in my school years, yet finds the subject matter intriguing today, stumbling across a podcast such as this one has been a stroke of good fortune. I feel smarter just by listening to Sean Carroll.


On Annalee podcast   (5/5)

Her A.I book she’s describing MAJOR from Ghost in the shell.


Top-notch podcast.   (5/5)

One of the best podcast out there. Top-notch all the way around. Well done and very interesting topics.


Great podcast!   (5/5)

Insightful interviews and discussion with interesting diverse range of guests. Definitely worth my time. Highly recommended.


Listen   (5/5)

Great topics, good guests, and Sean is a very valuable mind on any array of topics. A great podcast to learn from.


Quality Content   (5/5)

This is an excellent podcast that, so far, has prioritized expert knowledge over attention grabbing topics. Mindscape is for me the best podcast to come out the past couple years.


5 stars   (5/5)

i really enjoy this podcast. a lot of topics only a few of which are physics.


Excellent!   (5/5)

My new favorite podcast!


Awesome Podcast   (5/5)

Dr. Carroll makes science both entertaining and palatable - even for dumb apes like me. Now run some ads and make some money for yourself already!


Great host   (5/5)

The guests are interesting, but the host is curious and engaging.


Great podcast!!!   (5/5)

Absolutely great podcast!!!


Excellent   (5/5)

Sean does a great job of interviewing experts. His approach is low ego and scientific which I find very appealing


Excellent   (5/5)

Sean does a great job of interviewing experts. His approach is low ego and scientific which I find very appealing


Well worth a listen.   (5/5)

Great guests, great conversation.


Excited   (5/5)

Just saw Sean on Joe Rogan podcast and am very excited to start listening to this podcast. Seems like a very genuine guy, and could’ve listened to Joe and him talk for a day! Excited to try to understand quantum mechanics as much as a completely average person of average intelligence is able to!


Awesome   (5/5)

Prof Carroll is an awesome educator (listen to his lectures at The Great Courses) and great communicator. Thank you Professor for taking time to discuss these diverse topics with us.


Another needed podcast   (5/5)

Very happy Sean Carroll started this project. Keep it up!


Really great   (5/5)

Sean seems to know everything that I am interested in. Each episode great.


Ambitious and brilliant   (5/5)

I'm all in. Impressed with the ambitious scope. From astrophysics to poker, this podcast is perfect for people who love interesting topics/discussions, irrespective of content. I got half way through episode 6 with Liv Boeree and decided to become a patron.


Informative and interesting   (5/5)

This podcast is exactly what we need. Candid conversations with experts to get the real information from the smartest people. Highly recommend to anyone trying to learn how the world works!


Excellent   (5/5)

Great podcast and super cool host. Keep up the great work


bored   (3/5)

omg why do you talk so boring?! just talk more exciting and energetic you make me sleep while you’re talking


Mindscape   (5/5)

Great content and Sean’s interviewing style allows guests to be the focus of discussion. I want more!!!


We are so lucky!   (5/5)

This is brilliant. Great discussions on the biggest ideas from people with a wide range of expertise. Go be a patron so we can keep this podcast going strong!


Trying to get people to think more rationally   (5/5)

Thought provoking and inspiring. I definitely have brain envy of Sean.


Future “intellectual dark web” inductee.   (5/5)

Brilliant host that provides content dense podcasts.


Great podcast   (5/5)

Wide range of complex topics covered in a way that is digestible by everyone. Always excited for the next episode.


Smart and interesting   (5/5)

Deeply interesting and smart.


Great stuff!   (5/5)

No surprise frankly.


Fantastic   (5/5)

It doesn’t get any better than this. This a podcast by a true open minded scientist and thinker. Well presented and clearly articulated. You will learn and think in a non dogmatic way. Get it.


Keep them coming Sean!   (5/5)

This is already one of my favorite podcasts. Sean is talking to all of the right people and asking all of the right questions in a succinct and interesting way. I’m definitely looking forward to future episodes and what they will teach me and everyone else listening. 🙌 Keep up the good work!


Thank you!   (5/5)

I really like your podcast. This is what I love to listen to - experts in a variety of disciplines interviewed by an intelligent interviewer that can guide the interviewee in (mine own opinion) the right direction. Thank you!


Minscape is the podcast we want and need!   (5/5)

The advent of social media has allowed many millions of people the chance at communicating their ideas to the rest of the world. While a great achievement for free speech and the sharing of ideas, it has also resulted in the ability for any crackpot to spew their nonsense to a captive audience. Often times these crackpots appear to be experts, but are actually wolves in sheep's clothing. This isn't anything new or the fault of social media. In fact Carl Sagan said over 20 years ago in his book Demon Haunted World, >> We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces. << Luckily for us, there are a few candles of intellectual light that can help us illuminate our journey to better understand the world around us. One such light that I've recently come to admire is Sean M. Carroll, an astrophysicist, professor at Cal Tech, and public intellectual. He recently started a podcast called Mindscape, which in his words involves "conversations about important ideas with the world's leading thinkers. Science, society, philosophy, culture, the arts." So far his podcast has covered cognitive biases, quantum mechanics, sexuality, humanism, theology, networks, scaling, poker, Fermi Paradox, politics, and genetics. The podcast is checking off every box: interesting topics, diverse range of guests, tough questions, scientific rigor, humbleness, and last but not least entertaining. If you're on the look out for some quality intellectual content that's also entertaining, I highly recommend you listen to Mindscape.


Inquiring minds   (5/5)

A good podcast to explore thoughts and ideas you might not otherwise consider.


Great episodes so far!   (5/5)

Sean I hope you keep doing these podcasts. I have learned a lot so far. Especially loved Carlo Rovelli.


Bingeworthy!   (5/5)

Super smart but totally listenable - covers some of the more interesting questions of the current intellectual and political moment. Also 3 of the 5 guests so far have been women! Thanks!


Refreshing Science and Intellects!   (5/5)

Imagine having a friend who could introduce you to some of the most interesting and exciting intellectuals in the world today... This is what Sean Carroll’s podcast does. Not only does Mr. Carroll facilitate an in-depth discussion about his guest’s area of expertise, he also brings his own fluency in science to the discussion so you get to experience what it’s like to hear really smart people unravel complex topics. I especially appreciate how he gently guides the conversation back on track or toward areas of popular interest when his guests go a bit too deep into their amazing but -sometimes challenging to the rest of us- worlds. This podcast has reminds me that any science is fascinating if properly explained. It is a very generous gift to receive.


Excellent conversation   (5/5)

Carrol is a fresh voice in the intellectual podcast community and has great guests with interesting information on a variety of topics. I do hope he dives into his speciality of physics, which I am sure he will at some point.


Great Podcast   (5/5)

I got turned on to this podcast via the Joe Rogan Experience. This podcast has very interesting topics and Sean Carroll is an excellent host. I actually picked up one of his books now that he got me interested in physics and it didn't disappoint!


Love this Podcast   (5/5)

Sean Carroll is a breath of fresh air.


Shame   (3/5)

Peoples whom have not acquired social or economic respect, need to look within for change and empowerment. Like trust, these things must be EARNED, and cannot be GIVEN or worse, STOLEN.


Thank you!   (5/5)

Thank you for talking to people that everyone wishes they could speak too. It’s amazing to hear from such unique people! Thank you.


Content excellent, sound quality bad.   (5/5)

New podcast, technical issues need to be resolved. Great potential, but if you can’t make out what the guests are saying, there’s no point in listening.


Great podcast   (5/5)

Interesting guests and topics. Sean is great at breaking down complex topics , explaining them to listeners and demonstrating their relevance


The conversations that we need to have.   (5/5)

Fantastic conversation!! Cognitive dissonance and how this very simple concept can change not only how we judge others and their actions but even what’s happening in your own mind when making decisions and that decision effecting all your future decisions. If we are following the format of the true first episode... You have a fan in me.


:D   (5/5)

I’m always looking for new stuff with him on YouTube. This is much better :)


The podcast at the end of the universe   (5/5)

Sean Carroll is a national treasure and I feel blessed (figuratively) to hear his thoughts in podcast form. Amazing guests so far too!


Best podcast subscription in a long time   (5/5)

I love the way Sean thinks. He’s Reasonable, creative, and a cosmologist by trade; Can’t thing of anything better.


So Excited Sean Started A Podcast   (5/5)

Sean Carroll is such a gifted speaker and I’m so thrilled he’s continuing to share his personality through a podcast format. This Villanova grad (Sean’s Alma Mater) will always be cheering him on! Would absolutely recommend to all!


Interested idiot   (5/5)

If you want to listen to a fascinating podcast that makes you feel smart and stupid at the same time this one is perfect. After listening to Carroll's appearance on Joe Rogan's pod I spent the rest of my work day clinging to every word said in Mindscape, hitting the 15 second playback obsessively.


Wow!!   (5/5)

Highly entertaining!!


Wicked awsum   (5/5)

Great to have someone so smart make a podcast that is actually entertaining, keep it up man


Goon job, smarter everyday   (5/5)

Listened to you on the Joe Rohan podcast, it was very entertaining. Decided to check this podcast out too. Great job, I’m hooked.


Down to Earth   (5/5)

Sean brings me back down to reality. I want to believe the whoo whoo version of quantum mechanics example ‘consciousness controls matter’. It’s nice to hear someone currently lecturing at a university that can be trusted with what he says. He will admit he doesn’t know everything but what he does understand is clearly spoken to regular people who love science and want to learn about the world we live in!


Great new podcast   (5/5)

I first heard Sean on Joe Rogan podcast few years ago and I’m so glad to see he has his own show now. An amazing smart, informative podcast to learn. Cant wait to listen to more episodes


More physics please   (3/5)

There are tons of general politics and philosophy blogs out there. From Sean Carroll, I came to learn about theoretical physics and the latest theories/advances!


Subcribe to hear this genius!   (5/5)

Sean Caroll is great! I heard him first on Sam Harris' podcast (it seems every podcast I listen to these days is an interview with someone starting a podcast) and when SH said the two of them had a long running disagreement I knew I had to listen to SC carefully! (SH is a reasonably smart guy whose arrogance has gotten the better of him; read up on his dispute with Ezra Klein regarding Charles Murray to see how correct my opinion is here; you can thank me later.) Anyway, I've listened to 2.5 of SC's podcasts so far (Liv Borree -- totally fascinating pro poker player; and Carol Tavris -- super thoughtful social psychologist; plus a bit of the interview with the Italian physicist -- I'm not a scientist; I'm never gonna understand this). SC is a genius with a wide ranging mind. You should listen to him. Now, two points I'll make, one important, one unimportant. Important: SC is a well-established physics professor and he leads his podcast like a professor, not like an interviewer. It's a different skill and it's going to take him a while to learn to be an interviewer. Example: when talking with a subject, he treats the discussion like a professor talking to a student; he knows the answer and he's logically leading the interview subject to the right answer. That's why during the interview he keeps saying "Right", "Right". An interviewer, by contrast, brings the information out of the subject, and lets the subject show us the journey THEY are on. Thus an interviewer says "interesting" and "how fascinating" instead of "Right", "Right". Number two, unimportant: the name of the podcast and the graphic, with a tree turning into a brain turning into a light bulb are so cheesy 70s! He needs better graphics and a better name, but really, who cares, that stuff doesn't matter. Especially to Cal Tech geniuses. We have a better world because people like Sean Carroll are willing to put their time into making podcasts like this, so listen up and get smarter. 5 stars for sure. Hooray California!


Great Podcast   (5/5)

Dr. Carroll is great. The conversations he has with his interesting guests makes it a must listen.


Yes!   (5/5)

Absolutely thrilled that you are doing this! Thank you!


Intelligent & fun   (5/5)

Fun and smart! Love the patreon idea. Would definitely subscribe!!


I’ve Been Looking for Something Like This for Years   (5/5)

Sean is my absolute favorite academic and intellectual to listen to — by far. I’ve consumed as many of his lectures, talks, and interviews as I can find online, as well as all of his books. When I stumbled upon this Podcast a couple weeks ago, I was ecstatic! While I’ve listened to him for years, I’ve never gotten the chance to hear him interview others and steer the conversation appropriately. What I’m enjoying most about the Podcast is that as I listen, I’m realizing that Sean and I disagree on certain perspectives outside of physics. Instead of this impacting my opinion of him negatively, it’s causing me to dig deeper into my own thoughts and opinions, and reevaluate some of my stances. While I don’t see myself flipping the script entirely and changing all of my opinions overnight, I’m enjoying hearing Sean’s articulate personality speak on things that he typically wouldn’t in lectures and books. It shows that he’s not just a talking head on my computer screen, but an actual human with his own thoughts and opinions. It’s great! As with most newer things, there are kinks to be worked out in the Podcast itself. I wouldn’t let that deter you in the slightest, however. The audio is great, as is the editing. I’m looking forward to seeing this Podcast evolve as he gets more and more accustomed to it. It’s a great Podcast, and definitely worth a listen!


well executed   (5/5)

Sean does a good job keeping the discussions lively and engaging but also keep them on the rails. I’m loving it so far.


Enjoyable and varied   (5/5)

I discovered Dr. Sean Carroll lectures on YouTube. Many free ones are available. Can't play YouTube when I'm traveling in my car, so I had long wished there were Sean Carroll podcasts. Found him as a guest on a few, but most of them focus on his specific work. This podcast is great because it allows Dr. Carroll to talk to anyone about everything, the topics are interesting and thoughtful. I listen to every one more than once :).


Quantum Gravity   (5/5)

Absolutely fantastic interview with Carlo.


The best!   (5/5)

I have followed Sean’s work for years and was excited to listen. This new endeavor of his did not disappoint. The first episode is a must listen. I learned so much and have been thinking about it for days. At first I found it a strange (although totally interesting and engaging) topic and guest to choose to launch his podcast. But now I realize it was absolutely the perfect choice because it is the beginning and we must approach all of our listening the way he approaches the world; being open to being wrong and willing to be surprised. I love how far reaching the topics and ideas and guests are already. Sean is a warm, amusing, and prepared host- not a minute is wasted. Be prepared to be inspired, awed, and challenged.


Go Sean!   (5/5)

Great first couple of episodes. Sean's ability to reach out and make difficult subjects in physics accessible to us mortals has always been a treat. As he branches out and brings his scientific and humanistic intellectual horsepower and curiosity to bear on a broad array of subjects, I think we're in for a fascinating journey through a boundless landscape of exploration.


Hey it’s Sean Carroll   (5/5)

Perhaps one of America’s best leading intellectuals.Articulate, precise, and entertaining.


A fine start   (5/5)

Episode #1 kicks off Dr. Carroll’s new podcast with an engaging & thought provoking (and also witty & humorous) discussion of human nature and human fallibilities. Taken as a template for how the podcast will function, I’m delighted.


Love Sean Carroll   (5/5)

I watch all of his videos on YouTube and I'm really looking forward to this podcast!


Excited   (5/5)

The host offers good insight on his blog and other public appearances, with a bit of fun and ease thrown in. Right up my alley :p. Really looking forward to this :)


Sean Carroll + Podcast...   (5/5)

What’s not to like?


Cannot wait!   (5/5)

Really looking forward to this!