Complementary Views: Astrophysics & Alien Tech | Avi Loeb, David Sobral & Mikhaila Peterson Podcast

In this episode, Mikhaila had two different guests to discuss an intro to astrophysics and potentially alien life.

David Sobral is a Portuguese extragalactic astrophysicist and lecturer, best known for the discovery of galaxy CR-7. He illustrates the complexities of many basic principles such as gravity, time-space nuclear fusion, and more.

Abraham “Avi” Loeb is an Israeli-American theoretical physicist and author of the recent book “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth.” His controversial book explores the recent discovery of an object named Oumuamua that moves and defies the realities of everything we have seen in our solar system to date.

Find more David Sobral on his YouTube Channel @XGAL: David Sobral’s Astronomy Outreach and Science and on his website​

Find more Avi Loeb in his book Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, and find more information on the Harvard Website:​

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Show Notes:
[2:00] David Sobral’s background and beginners look into astrophysics
[3:00] An astrophysics explanation of time, gravity, and space
[8:00] What is the difference between a comet and an asteroid?
[10:00] Black holes
[14:30] Dark Matter
[18:00] Wormholes
[21:00] How much quantum physics do you need to understand to get into astrophysics?
[24:30] The spookiness of quantum entanglement
[28:30] David Sobral tells us how individuals interested in astrophysics can start down the path towards learning more.
[31:00] The theory of the multiverse
[32:00] Discovering and naming galaxy CR-7
[35:00] Introduction of the second guest, Dr. Avi Loeb, recounting his controversial take on an object first viewed in 2017
[40:30] The common overlap of interest in philosophy and those working in astrophysics
[43:00] What is the object Oumuamua, and why is it such a big deal?
[47:00] Scientific explanation on the viewed reflection of an object in space can mean.
[50:00] What the purpose of the object could be if it is indeed not of natural origin
[53:00] How scientific debates with new theories tend to unfold, what areas are explored, and who does what type of questioning?
[58:30] When conservative scientific thinking ignores reality and stops progress and innovation for extended periods.
[1:00:30] Do aliens exist?

Mikhaila Peterson (@mikhailapeterson Instagram) is a 28 year old mother, CEO, health influencer, writer and founder of the Lion Diet, from Toronto, Canada. She has put her idiopathic juvenile arthritis, severe depression (bipolar type II), and chronic fatigue (among other ailments) into remission using The Lion Diet - a beef, salt and water elimination diet. Although it may seem unorthodox, she’s thrived on it for over 2 years. Also recognized for her work with her father, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson (Canadian psychologist and author), she encourages others to take responsibility for every part of their physical and mental health, and teaches how to dramatically transform one's life by never giving up on yourself.

The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast is a podcast where host Mikhaila Peterson speaks with thought leaders, and industry changers - continually finding the best ways to improve the human experience. From stay at home mom’s to CEO’s, fitness enthusiasts to spiritual guides, nutrition researchers to health professionals - Mikhaila has interview-style conversations aimed at provoking thought, addressing difficult subjects, and speaking about topics that are generally shied away from.