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E39: Psychobiology of Mythology, the Deep Brain, and What is Empathy: A Conversation with Mike McHargue

Emotional Optimism: Living in The Silver Lining Podcast

Mike McHargue is a science expert. He has a podcast called The Cozy Robot Show. He has worked with companies like Marvel, Apple, and the New York Times. Today, we cover all kinds of territory from the science of empathy to the psychobiology of mythology and emotional optimism. Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation: Understanding the psychobiology of mythology How a given spiritual belief system impacts the culture of a society Having a sense of intellectual humility What is empathy? What is empathetic skepticism? Empathy comes from the deep brain, not the right brain Mike’s thoughts on emotional optimism Episode Highlights: Understanding The Psychobiology of Mythology Psychology and biology as two interconnected things that are not divisible. In other words, you can't conceptualize the brain without the mind. The psychological groundings in human behavior don't make sense unless you look at the brain. The notion is that our thoughts and feelings come from our bodies, but our bodies also shape our thoughts and feelings – forming an interconnected system. Having a Sense of Intellectual Humility We seem to be excited to learn from each other. It is easier to see all of the worlds when we share and receive the perspectives of others as well as the tools they've used to understand reality. And when we have that kind of sense of intellectual humility, it opens up an opportunity for us to grow. What is Empathy? Empathy is the ability to be in touch and aware of our own emotions, and to be aware that other people have their own emotions as well. In some way, our feelings are shaped by our experience with another person. And we're aware that each person has their own emotional life. Unfortunately, there's a massive collapse in the awareness and practice of empathy in people's lives. Empathy alone can actually lead to some dangerous places. Because if our empathy would cause us to dismiss or ignore the harm of what a serial killer did to the victims, for instance, then that empathy is incomplete, which introduces a real potential for cognitive dissonance in our lives. What is Empathetic Skepticism? Empathy is absent in a lot of skeptical people who think critically and who are aware of the conflicting value systems in our world as well as some of the harm that happens in our society. They think so critically that they tend to forget that human emotion is the primary motivator for human action. Therefore, it's important to be able to combine being in touch with our emotional, intuitive core, and having our thoughts and feelings work as peers, instead of having our thoughts stand superior over our feelings. That way, when we're faced with real, polarizing issues in our society, we can lean into empathy to act as a bridge, where we make people safe and at the same time, and at the same time, have an informed discussion so we can come up with pragmatic solutions that will further expand our empathy. The Deep Brain Empathy doesn't come from the right brain, but from the deep brain, composed of our brain stem and our limbic system. Those are the older parts of the brain trusted to solve our problems. But most of the problems in our society today come from too little awareness of deep brain activity, hence, too little connection with our feelings.


4 May 2021

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001 "Living Centered in a Complex World" featuring Mike McHargue

Living Centered Podcast

For the first (!!!) episode of the Living Centered Podcast, co-hosts Miles Adcox and Lindsey Nobles sit down with author, podcaster, host of the Cozy Robot Show, and friend, Mike Mchargue—whom you may know (and love) as "Science Mike."   Mike is not only incredibly brilliant but is one of the most authentic and feeling-aware humans we know. His uncanny ability to communicate complicated concepts in a practical, applicable, and matter of fact manner helps us bridge the 18-inch gap between our heads and our hearts. During their conversation, Mike shares how connecting deeper to his emotions and addressing his past adversity has allowed him to show up more fully human and make sense of the complex world we're all living in.  Show notes can be found at livingcenteredpodcast.com/episodes/001 

1hr 4mins

1 Feb 2021

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S3; Bonus Episode! “You’re a Miracle!” w/ Mike McHargue (‘Science Mike”)

Whiskey and Ry

You all are so patient with me, just like Mike! I have been waiting to release this episode in the right contect and decided to say “F*uck it!” and give it to you now. Enjoy this interview with one of my biggest influences and someone I greatly look up to as a figure of a “healthy” guy. Pick up his new book NOW and if ya like, sign up for our mailing list via the Proxemia link below! ----more---- Show Notes: "You’re a Miracle!" "Cozy Robots" "Finding God in the Waves”  The Regulars: Patron: Link Whiskey & Ry: Instagram Twitter Ryan Charles Brown: Instagram Twitter The Deep West: Instagram


17 Jan 2021

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The Hunt - Michael W. Smith vs. E.T.W. (with Mike McHargue)

Good Christian Fun

Mike McHargue (The Cozy Robot Show! The Liturgists! @mikemchargue!) joins Kevin and Caroline for a holy showdown in the Hunt for the Worst Christian Song of All Time - Michael W. Smith vs. E.T.W.! PATREON!Subscribe to our Patreon to get a weekly 2nd Service episode and become a "Patreon saint" ;)GCF - Second Service Patreon!CHARITY:This month we're matching iTunes reviews with donations to SELAH. They need our support right now so please give! Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and we’ll match it with $1. 3000 reviews = $3000 donated!Advertise on Good Christian Fun via Gumball.fmSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 20mins

13 Jan 2021

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US Presidential Election Update w/ Mike McHargue

The Cozy Robot Show (Formerly Ask Science Mike)

With only 5 weeks to go until Inauguration Day, Mike walks viewers through where things stand in the midst of the craziest election season our country has ever seen. We love NordVPN and they have a special holiday deal happening! Every purchase of a 2-year plan will get you 4 additional months free. Go to nordvpn.com/cozyrobots and use our coupon COZYROBOTS at checkout.You can be a cozy robot. You'll get access to our exclusive Discord, weekly private videos, and special events. Find out more at https://cozyrobots.comThe Cozy Robot Show airs every Monday at 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern. You can watch live at https://cozyrobots.com/watch

1hr 2mins

16 Dec 2020

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How to Survive 2020 and Beyond: Empathetic Skepticism w/ Science Expert Mike McHargue

The Cozy Robot Show (Formerly Ask Science Mike)

In this episode, Mike explains what it actually means to be a ‘cozy robot‘, and how practicing empathetic skepticism is our best survival strategy. You can be a cozy robot. You'll get access to our exclusive Discord, weekly private videos, and special events. Find out more at https://cozyrobots.comThe Cozy Robot Show airs every Monday at 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern. You can watch live at https://cozyrobots.com/watch

1hr 4mins

25 Nov 2020

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Spiral Dynamics:: A Chat with Mike McHargue

Cascade Church Portland

Kurt has a chat with Mike McHargue about how Spiral Dynamics functions in our world today. 

1hr 7mins

2 Sep 2020

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The End of the World with Mike McHargue

The Evolving Faith Podcast

Mike McHargue is one part Bill Nye the Science Guy and one part Mr. Rogers - and one part Baptist preacher. This week, Science Mike delivers a hilarious and devastating call to repentance as he expounds on climate change, the limits of science, the possibilities of faith, and the end of the world. Then Sarah and Jeff explore mysticism, certainty, and leaving religion.


5 Aug 2020

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036 You're A Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) by Mike McHargue

Book Club with Julia and Victoria

Julia and Victoria have not stopped talking this book since it came out in April, so they decided to put their ongoing conversation on tape. In You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass), science expert, empathetic public speaker, and hard-core nerd Mike McHargue (known professionally as Science Mike) dives into the core of what it means to be a human in the twenty-first century. Starting with the essential question, “Why do I do things I don’t want to do?,” this book covers everything from the ways technology and pizza are shaping social justice movements, to how an understanding of brain structure and core emotions can lead us into radical self-love and acceptance. An essential read for any human being who feels feelings and thinks thoughts.Random tidbits mentioned in this episode:Buzzfeed article on Black Lives Matter FoundationOfficial Black Lives Matter websiteGuidestarHilary McBrideRachel Held EvansAustin Channing BrownPete Holmes, You Made It WeirdFinding God in the WavesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) AEDP behavioral therapy modelRecommendations:This Is Your Brain on Birth Control by Dr. Sarah E HillRabbit Hole podcastBrene Brown, Unlocking Us podcastRTJ4Ask Science Mike episode "This Feels Hard"Disclosure documentary

1hr 15mins

1 Jul 2020

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#108: Your Ass Is a Miracle, w/ Mike McHargue

A Tiny Revolution

Most of this episode is just Mike giggling. And I love it. I think officially Mike is now "friend of the show" because this is his THIRD time coming to hang out on the line. What a time. We're talking about his new book, "You're a Miracle and a Pain in the Ass." From which the title is drawn. Find Mike's work at MikeMchargue.com, AskScienceMike.com and across social media @ScienceMike....Like the show? Become a supporting partner on Patreon. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tinyrevolution/support

1hr 2mins

18 May 2020