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Deep in the back of your mind, you’ve always had the feeling that there’s something strange about reality. There is. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they examine neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and our transhuman future.
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From the Vault: Demogorgon

From the Vault: Demogorgon

2020-08-1301:05:06

You probably know the Demogorgon as the powerful demon lord from Dungeons and Dragons, or perhaps as the interdimensional monster from “Stranger Things.” But where does this curious name come from? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe pursue the origins of the Demogorgon through modern pop culture, romantic poetry, translated texts and Gnostic mystery. (Originally published 10/1/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Interior World

The Interior World

2020-08-1150:241

Most of us have spent far more time at home this year, which raises the question: Just what sort of artificial interior environments have we created? What lives there besides our family and pets? And what are we missing out on? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Anticipating a fall from 10,000 feet or more? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss your chances of survival. (Originally published 8/15/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Pykrete: Ice Like Stone

Pykrete: Ice Like Stone

2020-08-0601:11:143

Whether plotting to build a great northern wall or an aircraft carrier made of ice instead of steel, the substance you’re looking for is Pykrete. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss what makes this super-strong ice so durable and why there was an actual plan to build ships out of the stuff during the Second World War. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Spotlight Effect

The Spotlight Effect

2020-08-0401:15:587

Ever feel like everyone in the Zoom call is looking at you? Ever astonished to find your contribution to a project goes unrecognized, or that your latest faux pas didn’t destroy you? Perhaps you’re not the central character in this narrative after all. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the spotlight effect and what it teaches us about our own perception of reality and those around us. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
This episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind takes listeners to Transylvania, where a rogue baron made important early strides in the field of paleobiology and where, during the Late Cretaceous period, giant pterosaur dubbed “Dracula” feasted on pony-sized dwarf sauropods. (Originally published 8/13/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Volcanoes of Life

Volcanoes of Life

2020-07-3001:02:321

From our earliest experiences with paleoart to tales of Pompeii and visions of modern catastrophes, it’s easy to associate volcanoes with death and destruction. But what if it’s less a case of Mount Doom and more a case of Mount Life, at least from a broader environmental point of view? Robert and Joe explore the question in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Horned Helm, Part 2

The Horned Helm, Part 2

2020-07-2856:473

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe continue their exploration of helmets -- both the horned and the non-horned variety. Learn about the beautiful complexity of Japanese samurai helmets, perhaps the weirdest helm ever donned by a king and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In the second of two classic episodes, Joe and Christian continue their discussion of animal cognition, including animal morality, tool use, mental time travel, culture, and other strange clues to the intellectual complexity of our cousins in the animal kingdom. Afterwards, they speak to Dutch-American primatologist Frans de Waal about his book and his thoughts on the future of animal intelligence research. (Originally published 2/23/2017) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Horned Helm, Part 1

The Horned Helm, Part 1

2020-07-2301:01:156

Fantasy fiction is lousy with horned helmets -- and more than a few non-Vikings wore them historically. So what’s the deal with horned helms? Why are they impractical from an offensive standpoint? For that matter, just where do helmets come from and are there any animals that wear them? Robert and Joe explore in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Once again, Robert and Joe call forth the mailbot to read and discuss listener mail in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In the first of two classic episodes, Joe and Christian discuss the work of Dutch-American primatologist Frans de Waal, and ask the question of not just whether animals are smarter than we understand, but why the evidence of animal cognition is often so difficult for we humans to grasp. (Originally published 2/21/2017) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Joe chats with Kat Arney about her upcoming book "Rebel Cell: Cancer, Evolution, and the New Science of Life's Oldest Betrayal." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Majorities of Americans believe in the literal existence of Heaven and Hell, but where did these concepts originally come from, and how have they changed over the centuries? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Joe chats with Bart Ehrman, author of 'Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife.' Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How will you feel the day you finally delete all your social media accounts? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss some of the arguments for doing just that in Jaron Lanier’s book “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.” (Originally published 8/6/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Tide of Gold

The Tide of Gold

2020-07-0901:02:334

Gold from the ocean? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the basic idea behind the accumulation of oceanic gold and the fascinating historical hoax based on the notion. Plus, where does gold come from and how will deep sea gold mining endanger thermal vent ecosystems? Find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Travel has long inspired the mind and engaged the senses, but just what's going on in the human body when we venture near or far? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
From the Vault: TEETH

From the Vault: TEETH

2020-07-0446:031

Where do teeth come from and how do different dental variations in the animal world force us to rethink our glorious chompers? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore dental evolution and the wondrous marching molars of elephants and manatees. (Originally published 7/23/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Into the Egg Chamber

Into the Egg Chamber

2020-07-0201:07:256

Eggs are amazing and some of the varieties we find in nature are wonderfully weird, riveling or exceeding anything you’d ever find on a fictional derelict spaceship. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider some curious specimens from the world of eggs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Some problems are so big and complex that there’s not enough computational power on Earth to tackle them. Enter Quantum computing, a new kind of computing that can change how we solve problems forever. In this episode of Stuff To Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with Director of IBM Quantum Strategy and Applications Research, Katie Pizzolato and ExxonMobil VP of R&D, Dr. Vijay Swarup. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Nic Johnson

i like listening to them just not when its full of so many ads. they have their own ads then also iheartradio ads. i would be fine if it was once or twice like at the beginning and or end. But a 45 minute podcaat having an add at the end, multiple in middle and also some at the end. this is mostly just ad space with 10 minutes of actual podcast.

Aug 7th
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Joseph Smith

why can't this guy say the word "helmet" correctly?!?

Jul 30th
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Caleb Anderson

hillmit

Jul 28th
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Tj Grant

But paper literally does grow on trees!

Jul 4th
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snosaer

he said ants are everywhere except ANTartica, c'mon

Jun 29th
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Paul Rhine

I really enjoyed this episode. I can't wait for the third installment!

Jun 17th
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Chaitanya naraharisetti

Well the Flu is here and we're not ready. Covid 19

Jun 6th
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Logan C

this played more like an ad for Watson AI systems than as an educational or for-the-heck-of-it thing to learn about. love the show, but I couldnt make it thru this. the guests were very dry & spoke as if they were pitching to a new client that didnt understand AI but heard it could help their business or something. maybe some kind of subversive advertisement?¿?¿?

Jun 5th
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Hermano Gomes Lopes Nunes

VyxzasDificuldade de achar esperança em qualquer lugar diferente das miragens motivacionais criadas pela própria consciênciahttps://www.nexojornal.com.br/ensaio/debate/2020/Por-que-n%C3%A3o-devemos-chamar-o-coronav%C3%ADrus-de-democr%C3%A1ticohttps://www.nexojornal.com.br/ensaio/debate/2020/Por-que-n%C3%A3o-devemos-chamar-o-coronav%C3%ADrus-de-democr%C3%A1tico

May 8th
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Neal Podrats

I used to tolerate " ballers"

May 3rd
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Sly

drugs and the autonomic nervous system, should've researched that. autistic people naturally experience a slightly more sensitive ans, drugs enhance normies experience in a similar way.

May 3rd
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Sly

lol sounds like that dude needs to take some drugs and remove his ego.

May 1st
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Sha Shep

chickens glide around near the ground??? wtf?

Mar 24th
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Sha Shep

chickens glide around near the ground??? wtf?

Mar 24th
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Danielle Benoit

very good show. facts were right on and show was very informative. thank you for mentioning the mask part. I am a health care worker at Brown Physician's primary care we tell our patience the same things you mentioned.

Mar 10th
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The Rear Admiral.

A lot of bias and a lot of opinions in this one. Statistics were accurate but the commentary left much to be desired.

Mar 9th
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Nic

Your heading is wrong and misleading, and your state it many times in the podcast. Covid 19 is a viral infection not a disease.

Mar 8th
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Chris Kutz

learned this in a biofeedback course at SFSU

Mar 7th
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Soumik Banerjee

nice one

Mar 5th
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Jessi Jonas

I'm very disappointed to have heard an ad for Mike Bloomberg on this show. Very disappointed. I hope I don't hear another one

Feb 25th
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