Note: The first episode shown during the Fourth Quarter 2021 was a rerun of #903 on September 20, 2021.
Episode #904: One Gigantic Hologram
First Broadcast: 9/27/21
René Descartes once said "I think, therefore I am." Can we ever know anything beyond that? Do we all live in a giant simulation of reality? Is the Universe one big hologram? Would a holographic universe explain quantum entanglement, a.k.a. "spooky action at a distance"? How weird is quantum physics? Why does existence exist? Did life on Earth come from aliens? Do we really know if our reality isn't a projection by a demon, or some version of The Matrix (or an episode of the rebooted Twilight Zone)? Did the Matrix movies ruin our lives by contributing the term "red pill" to the language? How hypocritical was Ayn Rand? Are selfish people prolonging the COVID-19 pandemic? Could we really have stopped the virus in its tracks if we had all literally stopped going anywhere for a few weeks? Won't the virus keep mutating if we don't all get vaccinated? How common are feral children? Why does there seem to be such a narrow window in which humans can learn how to be social with other humans? I don't know if we found too many answers this week, but now you can think about these questions just as much as we did!
Episode #905: The Volume
First Broadcast: 10/4/21
Ever use an all-night typing service in Los Angeles? Maybe you've got some background noise going to help you work at home? If you live in Manhattan, you could be forgiven for thinking that COVID-19 is on its way out, based on our increasing vaccination rates and decreasing positivity and hospitalization rates. But in states with lower vaccination rates, which seem to have a direct relationship to a higher percentage of Trump votes, the COVID situation is much grimmer, with hospitals filling up with so many mostly unvaccinated COVID cases that they're over capacity, turning away other patients, and telling patients to go to hospitals in other states. On top of that, many patients are refusing to acknowledge that COVID is real, assaulting health care workers and making them fear for their lives, causing many already burned-out health care workers to quit the profession completely, adding understaffing to an already horrific situation so that patients wait even longer for treatment. As long as people keep refusing to get vaccinated, or do anything else to help lessen this virus's spread, this pandemic may never truly end, despite all the many times the "former guy" promised that it would just "go away" on its own. Is there a solution besides just letting the virus take its course with everyone who refuses to get vaccinated? There has to be, because the alternative is just too grisly.
Episode #906: Spin the Universe Around
First Broadcast: 10/11/21
Expanding on some thoughts I had in Episode #904: If the Universe is a hologram, does that mean information about the entire Universe is included in every part of the Universe, in the same way that every part of a hologram contains information about the whole hologram? It's too bad the Museum of Holography isn't still around in SoHo for us to explore. If anyone ever figures out time travel, that would be a good place to visit--right after Stephen Hawking's party for time travelers, of course. I don't suppose any of you out there have some first hand experience with time travel? Although, if you did, maybe I would have heard about it already...