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Here We Are

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Here We Are

Shane Mauss, Starburns Audio

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Globetrotting and mind exploring comedian Shane Mauss interviews scientists each week on journey to answer the biggest questions about the meanings of life (as well as a bunch of other random stuff you never imagined you would care about). Favorite topics include: psychology, biology, evolution, cognitive biases, behavioral economics, mating, animal behavior, neuroscience, and the subconscious
 
A plunge into the darkness of literature, cinema and real life horror to satisfy the most morbid of curiosities. I love to read horror novels, I also love to watch horror movies and I like to discuss the horrors of real life. Join my killer crew and indulge in the creepy and terrifying sometimes down right hilarious along with me! Welcome to the horror...have a killer day!
 
Converging Dialogues is a podcast that is designed to have honest and authentic conversations with a diversity of thoughts and opinions. Wide-ranging topics include philosophy, psychology, politics, and social commentary. A spirit of civility, respect, and open-mindedness is the guiding compass. Views expressed by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the host or associated parties. Original music and production: Luke Francis | Design: Gaby Bonilla
 
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Mind Under Matter

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Mind Under Matter

Shane Mauss and Ramin Nazer

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Shane Mauss is a touring comedian who interviews scientists for the Here We Are Podcast Ramin Nazer is an artist who interviews mystics for the Rainbow Brainskull Hour. Every Monday these comedians combine forces to contemplate meaning and purpose from their unique perspectives. Ambitious. Original. Funny
 
Conversations about curiosity in work and life. Broadcasting weekly on WERA-LP 96.7 FM, streaming at wera.fm Choose to be Curious is a show all about curiosity. We explore how curiosity contributes to everything from education and innovation to leadership and conflict resolution. S. Leonard Rubenstein, a writer and teacher, once described curiosity as “a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance” – and that’s what I’m going for. We have a choice. Like eating well or exercise, we get ...
 
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For this week's episode, we've watched The Truman Show (1998) and EDtv (1999), two movies about men whose lives are followed as part of a 24/7 reality TV show. ----- The Movies: The Truman Show (1998) Directed by Peter Weir Written by Andrew Niccol IMDb Rating: 8.1 EDtv (1998) Directed by Ron Howard Written by Lowell Ganz Based on an original scree…
 
In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Coltan Scrivner about morbid curiosity. They define curiosity and morbid curiosity along with the origins of morbid curiosity with critiques on terror management theory and negative trait bias. They discuss state vs. trait morbid curiosity and how morbid curiosity correlates with personality. They…
 
*Episode available ad- and promo-free on www.patreon.com/autopsypodcast* It's Day of the Dead! So, what better time to talk about... death. This episode is being released simultaneously on both Autopsy and Ignorance Was Bliss platforms, albeit with slightly different wrap-arounds. Kate was kind enough to, once again, host Your Friendly Death Invest…
 
In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Peter Russell about Sovereignty. They discuss a definition of sovereignty and the historical arc on the claim of sovereignty. They discuss the idea of a deity giving sovereignty and the importance of Westphalia shifting from deity to state. They talk about what perfecting sovereignty is and the im…
 
The Looping Thought Boys of Comedy™ ruminate on why we dwell on the past. Shane had an embarrassing little incident recently wanted to share how dumb he feels about it while it’s still fresh. What are the things that we continue to ruminate on and why? What are the factors the brain is using when determining what past events are worth holding onto …
 
In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Laura Galloway about her memoir where she details her experience of living in the Arctic Tundra. They discuss her professional background and reasoning for writing a memoir. They talk about the psychological impact of the death of her mother and how the relationship with her father evolved. They d…
 
The Thankful Boys of Comedy™ devote an episode to appreciating gratitude. In the first half, we talk generally about gratitude. We touch on some science of gratitude and positive psychology. We explore using gratitude journals and accomplishment lists to alter our conscious experience. Perhaps most importantly, we take time to appreciate the insane…
 
In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with George Bonanno on the many aspects of trauma. They discuss the many pitfalls of trauma and a working definition of trauma. They explain what potentially traumatic events (PTE) and acute stress reactions are and some of their differences. They describe the difference between PTSD and clinical traum…
 
In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Sarah Richardson about the history of maternal-fetal effects. They discuss why human developmental plasticity is important for intrauterine growth and how this impacts the evolution of post-natal growth. The talk about the importance of Weismann's philosophy of science for maternal health. They me…
 
Today I speak with evolutionary biologist and author, Henry Gee. We discuss the writing process, the replication crisis, the origin of the Universe and life on Earth, and what human extinction might look like. You can purchase Henry's new book, "A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth" and learn more about his work at https://averyshorthistoryoflif…
 
Community engagement is a critical piece of our democracy puzzle -- a piece Dulce Carrillo, Supervisor of Public Engagement for Arlington Public Schools, is eager to help put into place. Curiosity in service of finding and asking the right questions!Theme music by Sean Balick; “Town Market” from Onesuch Village, via Blue Dot Sessions.…
 
The Universal Boys of Comedy™ explore consciousness. In this episode, Shane and Ramin debate the idea of universal consciousness. Is consciousness a product of the brain, a fundamental aspect of the universe, both, or somewhere in-between? Every month we let Patreon suggest the subject for one of our public episodes. This month PatronStuart Brazewe…
 
In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Henry Gee about the history of the earth. They start by discussing Henry's background and reasons for writing the book. They discuss the big bang and origins of the earth along with how the sun and planets formed in our solar system. They talk about the importance of gravity and how early life sta…
 
Horror Addicts Episode# 204 SEASON 16 Cultural Horror Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich Guest Hosts: R.L. Merrill, Ari, Cam Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe ——————— SEASON FINALE! Halloween Special 204 | #DiversityinHorror | #ComikaHartford | #GeneveFlynn | #Orion #ThoughtBeings | #NightTerror | http://traffic.libsyn.com/horroraddicts/HorrorAddicts204.mp…
 
Horror Addicts Episode# 203 SEASON 16 Cultural Horror Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe ——————— 203 | #AfAmHorror | #ValjeanneJeffers | #ElleNoir | #Achoura | http://traffic.libsyn.com/horroraddicts/HorrorAddicts203.mp3 Find all articles and interviews at: http://www.horroraddicts.net 22 days till Halloween Music: “Welcom…
 
On this week's episode of Here We Are, I am talking with Gregory Zuckerman. Greg is a Special Writer at The Wall Street Journal. He's an investigative reporter who writes about business and investing topics. He's also the author of A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine. We talk about the history…
 
In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Samantha Rose Hill about the life and philosophy of Hannah Arendt. They begin by mapping out some of Arendt's early childhood and life experiences, specifically the death of her father. They discuss her various romantic relationships including the very complicated relationship with Martin Heidegge…
 
Happy Halloween! Arcane Machine celebrates the only time of the year that goth goes mainstream with a collection of songs about monsters, creeps, and supernatural phenomena. From undead surf rock by The Cramps to discomforting industrial rock by 16Volt, we’ve got a lot of spooktacular music to explore! Special thanks to Joe Moore for sending in a l…
 
The Cordial Discourse Boys of Comedy™ continue the third part of the Political Compass survey. What if instead of thinking about politics as two-sided, we considered where we might fall within four quadrants of a political compass? Sometimes we might be surprised where we fall on a given issue when we actually talk through each one. Even when peopl…
 
In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Paul Bloom concerning suffering, pleasure, and meaning. They discuss the reasoning for Paul writing his new book on the darker side of pleasure and make the distinction between chosen and unchosen suffering. They question whether one should always finding meaning in suffering and talk about some o…
 
*Episode available ad- and promo-free on www.patreon.com/autopsypodcast* Happy Halloween! In this special episode, I give thanks to all the folks who continue to stick around and support the show. I also bring up some topical information concerning the Brian Laundrie/Gabby Petito case, then finish off the episode in true spooky season form and revi…
 
This week I'm speaking with authors of The Knowledge Illusion, Steve Sloman and Phil Fernbach. Steven Sloman is a cognitive scientist at Brown University who studies how people think. Phil Fernbach is a cognitive scientist and professor of marketing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The book explores why we think we know so much more than we …
 
In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Arvid Ågren about the genetic implications of evolution. The discuss his background and reasons for writing his book. They explain the gene's-eye view of natural selection and how one can still understand evolution without genetics. They also discuss how genes are "immortal" and "selfish" and stil…
 
Do horror movies serve a purpose? Where do you draw the line between revulsion and wanting to know more? These are the questions that drive the research of Coltan Scrivner, Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Human Development and a Fellow at the Institute for Mind and Biology at the University of Chicago. Just in time for Halloween, but…
 
The Slightly Morbid and Extremely Curious Boys of Comedy™ new costumes for a second Halloween episode. This week, we talk about the psychology of horror. Most life on earth tends to avoid scary situations. So why are so many humans drawn toward horror movies, haunted houses, and other situations where we intentionally confront fear, violence, death…
 
In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Batya Ungar-Sargon about journalism and the working class. They begin by discussing the history of journalism and the past emphasis of the working class being the main audience. They discuss why mass media has become highly polarized and the evolution of media being for elites. They talk about som…
 
In celebration of Halloween I'm speaking with Mathias Clasen, a scholar of horror fiction and associate professor in literature and media at Aarhus University in Denmark. Clasen’s research integrates horror study with the natural and social sciences, in particular human behavioral biology and evolutionary and cognitive psychology. In this episode w…
 
The Spooky Voids and Visionaries of Comedy™ release the first of two Halloween episodes. This week Shane and Ramin get dressed up in their finest morph suits to discuss the origins and evolution of Halloween. How did seasonal change influence the morbid themes of this centuries-old tradition? How did the ancient practices of witchcraft go from bein…
 
In this episode, Xavier Bonilla has a dialogue with Charles Murray about statistics, cognitive abilities, and social-political issues. They begin by providing a statistical overview of the bell curve, standard deviations, and the overlap of group mean averages. They discuss meta analyses and factor analyses and why they are important for IQ data. T…
 
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