Golden Compass Ch 10-13

Caitlin, Anya, and Alan talk about a universe where they banged a physicist- and a universe where they didn’t. We also talk about Chapters 10-13 of The Golden Compass. We find out that John Calvin believed in boring things, that no cats were harmed in Schrödinger’s experiment, and #NotAllBears.


The slur ‘Gypsy’ comes from a mutation of Egyptian. The Roma/ Sinti / Traveler people came from northern India, and not Africa.

Anya’s equation for making gas from iron filings looks like this: With dilute H2SO4, you get a standard metal-acid redox reaction - Iron (II) Sulphate & hydrogen gas are the products: Fe (s) + H2SO4 (aq) → FeSO4 (aq) + H2 (g)

Quantum Theory and The Uncertainty Principle are counter-intuitive, but have proven to be the most reliable mathematical model in Physics.

Richard Feynman bragged about his womanizing in his loose autobiography ‘Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman’. He often complains that women won’t give him the sex he wants, so what is the point in being polite to them?

It is unclear who said, "Anyone who claims to understand quantum theory is either lying or crazy,” but it is often attributed to Feynman.

What is Schrödinger's Cat?

What is the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics?

What is the Many-Worlds version of String Theory?

The Multiverse Trope

Deepak Chopra melds counter-intuitive science with mysticism, and sells a lot of books.

The last thing Stephen Hawking wrote was “A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation?” which set a limit on the number of possible universes.

What are the Northern Lights?


John Calvin believed in the total sovereignty of God.

Wait. The Puritans were real?

A concise explanation of Calvin’s view on “Free Will”.

Cartesian Dualism is a thing.

Does a body need a mind to exist?

Nature vs Nurture

Canadian Geese are trigger-happy attack-dogs with wings.

Beowulf was a were-bear

Texas was its own country

What is a Zorro?

Read Chapters 14-17 for next time!!

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