Neuroscience of Belief

Ep 91: Seeing Patterns, Seeing God: The Neuroscience of Belief – with guest Dr. Adam Weinberger

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Why do some people believe, and others do not?  Does it come down to experiences, the way you were raised, your DNA?  In short, what is the neuroscience behind belief?  While there is no one reason why some people believe, advances in neuroscience are beginning to shed light on the similarities of the brains of […]

life within the universe

Ep 90: How Can We Find Life Within the Solar System?: with guest Dr. Niels Ligterink

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Last month, scientists published word that an incredible discovery was made on Venus.  They found what is called a “biomarker” in the clouds of Venus.  Now, a biomarker is not life, but a chemical that may indicate life is present. In Venus’ case, this chemical is phosphine. It’s hard to explain why phosphine would exist […]

Ep 82 : The Origins of Language May Go Much Farther Back Than We Thought – with guests Dr. Chris Petkov and Dr. Ben Wilson

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When did language originate?  It’s a tricky question to answer.  We can’t go back in time.  We can’t even look at “fossilized brains” to see how they worked.  So how can we understand the origins of language? Scientists have a few ways to do this.  One way is to scan the brains of living animals […]

biodiversity

Ep 74: Is the Biodiversity of Earth Doomed? with guests Dr. Pamela McElwee, Dr. Kai Chan, and Dr. Alex Pfaff

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The statistics are staggering.  One million species are close to extinction.  No ecosystem is left untouched.  Corals in the sea, forests on a windy bluff, jungles, deserts.  The biodiversity of the Earth is declining at worrying rates. What is causing this decline? Is it due to climate change, pollution, over-exploitation of resources, or something else? […]

mind uploading

Ep 73: Mind Uploading: The Key to Eternal Life? with guest Dr. Michael Hauskeller

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The newest seekers of immortality are on a radical quest: mind uploading.  These people think that it may be possible to take all of the information locked within the folds of creases of their brains and upload it to the internet.  Decoupled from their mortal bodies, they would be free forever. Free from suffering, free […]

epileptics with mystical experiences

Ep 71: Epileptics with Mystical Experiences – with guest Dr. Joseph Tennant

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Imagine that you have a mystical experience that changes your life.  Perhaps you see the face of Jesus, Muhammad, or Buddha.  Perhaps you feel the Universe pouring out love into your being.  Or perhaps you just feel immense peace. Now imagine that this experience is actually the result of an epileptic seizure.  This is the […]

decoding a message from ET

Ep 68: They’re Not Speaking English – Decoding a Message from ET – with guest Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen

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What would happen if we found a message from a civilization on another planet? Chances are, they won’t be speaking English. We can’t talk to dolphins, dogs, or trees. What makes us think we ever would able to understand a message from not only another species, but from another planet? How would we go about […]