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The best podcasts about ourselves as well as the world through the lense of Science. Specific topics include things about our brain, emotions to biology, physics and more!

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The best podcasts about ourselves as well as the world through the lense of Science. Specific topics include things about our brain, emotions to biology, physics and more!

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What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s | Dr. Lisa Genova

The Art Of Living with Kathy Smith

Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist and New York Times best-selling author. She is part of a world-class team of scientists and advocates who joined forces because they were frustrated by the lack of urgency, funding, and scientific collaboration to address the massive global Alzheimer’s epidemic. They received the highest honors at the 2017 XPRIZE Visioneers Summit. XPrize is a nonprofit organization that designs and manages public competitions intended to encourage breakthroughs that could benefit humanity. In this case, to come up with an approach to diagnose, treat, cure and prevent Alzheimer’s. A disease that affects nearly 50 million people worldwide. She's also the author of a book-turned-movie, Still Alice, which tells the tale of a linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. A role that won Julianne Moore the best actress Oscar in 2015. She shares with Kathy some information about the current state of Alzheimer's research and what we know about how to stave off its impact on ourselves and our loved ones. For more, visit www.kathysmith.com/podcast.


14 Mar 2018

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Challenging Perception and Our Conscious Experience – Anil Seth : 590

The Human Upgrade with Dave Asprey—formerly Bulletproof Radio

In this intriguing episode of Bulletproof Radio, Dave welcomes Anil Seth, a leading researcher, writer, and public speaker on consciousness science, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence. Anil has broad experience communicating new ideas from the forefront of research in these areas, which confront some of humanity’s greatest questions and challenges.In his work, Anil seeks to understand the biological basis of consciousness by bringing together research across neuroscience, mathematics, artificial intelligence, computer science, psychology, philosophy and psychiatry. He’s currently a professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex and founding co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science.As well as pioneering this interdisciplinary approach, Anil is recognized for his influential theories about how conscious experiences of the world and self are (distinct) forms of ‘controlled hallucinations.’ His TEDtalk “How Your Brain Hallucinates Your Conscious Reality” has been viewed nearly 7.4M million times.This episode will up-end what you think about perception and reality—and how much, or little, control, we really have. Here’s a sneak peek at the conversation:About Perception“Perception doesn't come from the outside in. It really goes the other direction. It comes from the inside out.”“The purpose of perception is not to figure out objectively what's out there in the world. The purpose of perception is to enable our adaptive behavior.”“We need to develop ways of training our perception.”About Sensory Experience“Language carves up the sensory world in some more bits.”“The same things in your brain are happening when you're having a hallucination, perceiving something that other people don't, as when you engage in normal perception. It's just some aspects of the balance has changed.”“As humans, we don't just passively experience a stream of sensory information. We're always actively sampling our worlds.”See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 6mins

9 May 2019

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Daniel Kahneman — Why We Contradict Ourselves and Confound Each Other

On Being with Krista Tippett

The Nobel Prize-winning psychologist on why we think and act the way we do — and why facts matter less than we think in forming our beliefs. With his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity of human thought and behavior. He is a psychologist who won the Nobel Prize in economics for helping to create the field of behavioral economics — and is a self-described “constant worrier.” It’s fun, helpful, and more than a little unnerving to apply his insights into why we think and act the way we do in this moment of social and political tumult. Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.


5 Oct 2017

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27: David Eagleman | How Your Brain Makes Sense of the World

The Jordan Harbinger Show

David Eagleman (@davideagleman) is a neuroscientist at Stanford, host of Emmy-nominated PBS/BBC series The Brain, author and co-author of several books including The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World, and CSO of NeoSensory, a company that specializes in sensory substitution technology. What We Discuss with David Eagleman: The science that encourages lifelong learning as a way to fend off the effects of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. How the human brain processes senses beyond sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch -- and how we might upgrade our senses in the not-too-distant future. What flipping a coin can tell us about the subconscious brain. How our memories and self-identities are built from the brain's interpretation of reality -- which is quite different from reality itself. Will we ever be able to download skills directly into our brains? And much more... Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally! Full show notes and resources can be found here.

1hr 9mins

10 Apr 2018

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From zero to infinity: a brief history of counting – Science Weekly podcast

Science Weekly

Nicola Davis is joined by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy to explore zero, infinity and everything in between


4 Oct 2017

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BS 135 Lisa Barrett on How Emotions Are Made

Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD: Neuroscience for Everyone

This episode features Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of How Emotions Are Made. We discuss the evidence AGAINST the classical theory that emotions are universal and hardwired, as well as her new theory of Constructed Emotions. This new theory has significant implications for how we understand ourselves and others. Detailed show notes are available at http://brainsciencepodcast.com. Bonus Content is available for Premium Subscribers and Patreon supporters. Please send feedback to brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com.

1hr 30mins

31 Jul 2017

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Rethinking Genes, Understanding Epigenetics—David S. Moore, PhD—Psychological Field Group at Pitzer College

Finding Genius Podcast

According to David Moore, PhD and faculty member in the Psychological Field Group at Pitzer College, there’s good reason to believe that “genes” as we’ve come to commonly understand them don’t actually exist; they aren’t segments of DNA which start and stop at discrete points, they don’t fulfill just one role in one context, and their expression or lack thereof is not immune to environmental influences. In fact, most molecular biologists would say that there is no single agreed-upon definition of a gene. Dr. Moore joins the podcast to explore the topic of epigenetics: the phenomenon by which our experiences and environmental factors influence our genes and contribute to our characteristics. These environmental stimuli include the food we eat, how we exercise, the drugs we consume, our experiences in childhood, the level at which we socially interact as adults, and socioeconomic status. For example, a 2004 study conducted by Michael Meaney and Moshe Szyf showed an association between the level of grooming a pup receives from its mother and reactivity to stress in adulthood: the more grooming a pup received, the less reactive it was to stress stimuli as an adult. This finding, labelled by the authors as “epigenetic programming,” has been challenged by many, yet evidence that supports it continues to grow.  This is just a snippet of the fascinating conversation Dr. Moore offers, which touches on topics such as in utero epigenetics, whether epigenetic states can be changed or reversed once they’ve been established, how the most common antidepressants have been shown to produce epigenetic changes, and the controversial idea that epigenetic changes are inheritable. He also discusses his most recent research, which involves studying mental rotation in human infants—an ability considered the single biggest sex difference in cognition that’s unrelated to reproduction. Tune in for the details and visit http://pzacad.pitzer.edu/~dmoore/ to learn more. 


28 Dec 2018

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TED Radio Hour

Original broadcast date: August 25, 2017. How much of who we are is biology? How much is learned? And how much can we change? This hour, TED speakers on how genes and experience collaborate — and compete — to make us who we are. TED speakers include neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, epigeneticist Moshe Szyf, pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris, and psychologist Brian Little.


8 Mar 2019

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You 2.0: Decide Already!

Hidden Brain

In the latest in our You 2.0 series, we bring you a favorite conversation with Harvard researcher Dan Gilbert. He tells us why we're bad at predicting our future happiness, how that affects our decision making, and why we are actually happier after making a decision that feels irrevocable.


22 Aug 2017

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What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's | Lisa Genova

TED Talks Science and Medicine

Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease -- and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer's-resistant brain. TED Talks Daily listeners get a special treat after the talk: a catch-up interview with Lisa Genova on the exciting new developments in this field. And to make sure you never miss an episode, subscribe to TED Talks Daily on your favorite podcast platform.


28 Apr 2017