The Wow! Signal Podcast

Paul Carr

The Wow! Signal Podcast is the voice is 21st Century's search for the question to the answer of Life, the Universe and Everything. The podcast is a heady mix of interviews with bleeding edge thinkers, writers, and investigators. read less
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Episode 49 - Existential Risk
04-02-2021
Episode 49 - Existential Risk
Released: 4 February 2021 Duration: 58 minutes 44 seconds Co-hosts Paul Carr and Daniela DePaulis are joined by author Thomas Moynihan. The subject is the idea of human extinction and how it evolved into our present day understand of Existential Risk. Guest Bio: I am a writer and researcher from the UK. In 2019, I completed a PhD at Oriel College on the history of human extinction. Currently, I am a visiting Research Associate in History at St Benet's College, Oxford University, and I am working for Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute with a grant from the Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative.    I am interested in the history of existential risk and of existential hope: that is, how people first came to understand the perils and promises that face us as a species. I see this as the central philosophical drama of the modern world: how we came to appreciate our position—and precarity—as intelligent beings within an otherwise seemingly silent and sterile universe.    My goal is to reveal how contemporary research into global risks can be seen as part of the wider story of our ‘coming of age’ as a civilisation and a species. Links: Thomas Moynihan - https://thomasmoynihan.xyz X-Risk at MIT Press: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/x-risk Mary Shelley - The Last Man Churchill - Shall We All Commit Suicide? The Order of the Dolphin Frank Drakę: A Speculation on the Influence of Biological Immortality on SETI Natural Selection of Stellar Civilizations by the Limits of Growth The Jaws of Darkness The Ethics of METI Credits: Co-hosts: Paul Carr and Daniela De Paulis Producer: Paul Carr Music: Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Solar Arkestra, DJ Spooky
Episode 47 - Arthur C. Clarke, Godfather of Satellites
07-11-2020
Episode 47 - Arthur C. Clarke, Godfather of Satellites
Released: 7 November 2020 Duration: 57 minutes, 36 seconds   Co hosts Paul Carr and Daniela De Paulis welcome space historian David Skogerboe to talk about the pro-space activism of Arthur C. Clarke. Guest Bio: David Skogerboe is a space historian and science communicator. He recently earned his MSc in the History and Philosophy of Science from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where he focused his research on the intersection of space science, science fiction, and science communication. During his masters, he interned at the NASA History Division in Washington DC, where he spent countless hours perusing the most interesting historical reference collections on the planet. He is presently a freelance writer and editor while he awaits the emergence of his first child, and he hopes to soon begin a PhD and a fruitful career as a professional nerd. Links: The Godfather of Satellites: Arthur C. Clarke and the Battle for Narrative Space in the Popular Culture of Spaceflight, 1945-1995, David Skogerboe, full master's thesis Apollo 12: Why Don't You Know Me? You Should., David Skogerboe, NASA News & Notes Wireless World Feb. & Oct. 1945, Scans of Clarke's articles proposing the geostationary satellite How the World Was One: Beyond the Global Village, Arthur C. Clarke (1992), Clarke's overview of the impact of communication technology on society The Making of a Moon: The Story of the Earth Satellite Program, Arthur C. Clarke (1957), Clarke's pre-history of satellite technology, first published before Sputnik The Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C. Clarke (1979), Clarke's sci-fi that features the space elevator and "project clean-up" Arthur C. Clarke's official website An expansive bibliography of Clarke's work. An impressive reminder of just how hard he pushed to propel humans into space, and keep them there. Credits: Co-hosts: Paul Carr and Daniela De Paulis Music: DJ Spooky and Lloyd Rogers
Episode 45 - Among the Space People with Paola Castaño
30-03-2020
Episode 45 - Among the Space People with Paola Castaño
Released: 31 March 2020 Duration: 54 minutes, 8 seconds   Co-hosts Paul Carr and Daniela DePaulis welcome Dr. Paola Castaño to talk about her research among the science teams working on the International Space Station. For more information, please visit our blog at https://wowsignalpodcast.com Guest Bio Paola Castaño is a sociologist of science. She recently completed a Newton International Fellow funded by The British Academy at Cardiff University and is working on a book about the meanings and valuations of scientific research on the International Space Station. On the basis of ethnographic work following the life course of experiments sent to the station, the book examines the fields of particle physics, plant biology and biomedical research. She has a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago, and has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, the Free University of Berlin, and Waseda University in Tokyo. Links: The International Space Station goes under the microscope Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop 2020: Day 1 Cosmic-ray positron fraction measurement from 1 to 30 GeV with AMS-01 Scott Kelly’s genes and NASA’s twin study on him, explained Keyworkers   Daniela De Paulis on the Unseen Podcast Daniela De Paulis discusses Cogito in Episode 35. Cogito in Space Castaño's article on Cogito   The Wow! Signal podcast on Reddit Our YouTube Channel Credits: Co-hosts: Paul Carr and Daniela De Paulis Producer: Paul Carr Music: DJ Spooky, Blue Dot Sessions, Lee Maddeford, and Lloyd Rogers
Episode 42 - Moon bouncing with Julia DeMarines
11-12-2019
Episode 42 - Moon bouncing with Julia DeMarines
Released: 11 December 2019 Duration: 48 minutes, 30 seconds   Co-hosts Daniela DePaulis and Paul Carr welcome Julia DeMarines (@LifeNSpace) to talk about bouncing radio signals off the moon. Julia is involved in a moon bounce research project for Berkeley SETI, and Daniela has used moonbounce in her art projects, including Cogito. We also get into a discussion of METI, and the importance of message composition to humans. For more information, please visit https://wowisgnalpodcast.com Guest bio: Julia DeMarines is an Astrobiologist and science communicator working at the UC Berkeley SETI Research Center and with Blue Marble Space. She is a 2019 National Geographic Explorer and 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, and a 2019 AGU Voices for Science advocate.  Her research involves detecting life in the Universe through biosignatures and technosignatures and the ethics of sending powerful, intentional messages into space. She is passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists and  teaches to underserved students around the world through the Ad Astra Academy. Julia also runs her own outreach events called  “Space in Your Face!” – a space variety show involving comedy, local artists, and cover songs.  http://juliademarines.com/ Twitter: @LifeNspace Instagram: @mote_of_dust Facebook: @JuliaDeMarines   Links Sullivan (1979), Radio leakage and eavesdropping Sullivan and Knowles(1985), Lunar Reflections of Terrestrial Radio Leakage. DeMarines+ (2019), Observing the Earth as a Communicating Exoplanet The One Earth Message The LUVOIR telescope The HabEx Observatory HawkEye 360 David Grinspoon's appearances on this podcast: first, second, third. Andrew Siemion's appearances: first, second.   Follow Us on Twitter. Our Discord Server Dream of the Open Channel Credits: Co-hosts: Daniela DePaulis and Paul Carr Producer: Paul Carr Music: DJ Spooky, Jason Robinson, George Hrab Software: Zoom,  Loopback, Reaper, Focusrite, Auphonic, OS X Mojave Hardware: Shure, Cloud,Focusrite, Apple.   This podcast is released under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license.
Burst 31 Beyond the SETI Paradigm
05-02-2019
Burst 31 Beyond the SETI Paradigm
Released: 10 February 2019 Duration: 16 Minutes, 51 Seconds   Abraham Loeb and Shmuel Bialy kicked up a kerfuffle when they wrote a paper suggesting that one possible explanation for ‘Oumuamua was that it could be an artificial object, in other words, an alien spacecraft—specifically, a lightsail. The two have been praised for their boldness and condemned for their recklessness, but little has been said concerning the possibility of detecting a lightsail as a technosignature in comparison to detecting a “conventional” technosignature such as the radio and laser beacons that SETI searches for. When we look out into the universe for signs of intelligence, if there are technosignatures to be seen, what technologies ought we to expect to be the most common?      Links Stagnant Supercivilizations and Interstellar Travel “Could Solar Radiation Pressure Explain ‘Oumuamua’s Peculiar Acceleration?” Bialy and Loeb  Predictably, online media go nuts over ‘Oumuamua and Harvard scientists; “Scientists are perfectly happy to publish an outlandish idea.” by Eric Berger Breakthrough Starshot  lightsail (Wikipedia) The Interstellar Age: The Story of the NASA Men and Women Who Flew the Forty-Year Voyager Mission by Jim Bell NASA Voyager 2 Could Be Nearing Interstellar Space The Great Filter—Are We Almost Past It? by Robin Hanson SETI as a Process of Elimination Credits Written and Presented by: Nick Nielsen Postproduction: Paul Carr Music: DJ Spooky   This podcast episode is released under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license
Burst 27 - The Cosmic Archipelago - Part 2
26-01-2018
Burst 27 - The Cosmic Archipelago - Part 2
Released: 25 January 2018 Duration: 21 minutes, 51 seconds   A hundred years ago cosmologists were struggling to understand the nature and structure of the universe, and at the heart of this struggle was the island universe hypothesis. Today we find ourselves confronted with a similar question posed at a far greater scale. As we confront these great questions of cosmology, whether a hundred years ago or today, we find ourselves faced with as many philosophical questions as scientific questions when we challenge the boundaries of our understanding. In Part II we focus on cosmological scales of time and what this means for human observation of a very old universe. Links: The Realm of the Nebula, Edwin Hubble   Universal Natural History and Theory of the Heavens, Immanuel Kant   The Great Debate   The Scale of the Universe, Shapley and Curtis   The 1920 Shapley-Curtis Discussion: Background,Issues, and Aftermath, V. Trimble   NGC 6822, a remote stellar system, Edwin Hubble   F. H. Bradley   deep time   Stellar Movements and the Structure of the Universe, Arthur Eddington   The Retrodiction Wall   Addendum on the Retrodiction Wall   Eternity in six hours: Intergalactic spreading of intelligent life and sharpening the Fermi paradox, Stuart Armstrong and Anders Sandberg   The End of Cosmology? Lawrence M. Krauss and Robert J. Scherrer   Credits: Writer and Host: Nick Nielsen Voiceover and Producer: Paul Carr Music: Jason Robinson