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Stuff To Blow Your Mind

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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Invention Playlist 3: Board Games, Part 2

Board games have only grown in variety and complexity in recent decades, but just how far back in time do these curious physical simulations go? In this episode of Invention, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick consider the meeples of ancient history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 5mins

8 May 2020

Rank #1

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Daniel Whiteson on Space Itself

What exactly is space? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, physicist Daniel Whiteson, co-host of the podcast Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe, drops by for another chat with Robert and Joe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 15mins

14 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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A Six Course Feast of Dangerous Foods

Considering a holiday feast of toxic sushi and deadly casserole? Then this encore presentation is for you. Join Robert and Joe for a six-course meal of culinary danger! Discover six foods that deliver a lethal taste profile when carelessly prepared or consumed by the uninitiated diner -- and tune in for a brand NEW 'Deadly Foods' episode on Thursday. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

54mins

20 Dec 2016

Rank #3

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Brian Greene on the End of Time

Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene’s new book “Until the End of Time” contemplates the entirety of human history and the known universe in a single volume. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with the author about the cosmos, the human experience and science communication during a global pandemic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

50mins

16 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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Déjà vu, Anxiety and Dreams, Part 1

What is déjà vu and how does it relate to dreams and anxiety? Robert and Joe discuss what is known about this curious anomaly of memory on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 2mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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The Head of Medusa, Part 1

We all know snake-haired Medusa, the gorgon of Greek myth whose very gaze turns mortals and titans alike to stone. But where does this iconic monster come from and why has she lingered so very long in our art, minds and culture? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe venture to the Gorgade isles in search of answers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 2mins

28 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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Chinese Zodiac: Superstition, Economics & Destiny

As we celebrate Chinese New Year and enter the year of the fire rooster, join Robert and Joe for an encore Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration of the Chinese zodiac and some interesting studies related to its impact on birth rates, economics and individual destiny. As always, you can take astrology with a grain of salt, but the impact on human behavior and culture is undeniable. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 13mins

26 Jan 2017

Rank #7

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Split Brain, Part 1

Our brains are composed of two hemispheres, but in what ways are they truly separate? In which ways are they one? In this bisected Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore what we’ve learned from split brain experiments in animals and humans.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

57mins

15 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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Rise of the Moa

The Moa of New Zealand were among the weirdest birds to ever live, and their history is full of evolutionary wonder, interspecies conflict, tragedy and scientific hope. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the rise and fall of the great Moa. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 2mins

24 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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Psychedelics: The Manifested Mind, Part 1

What are psychedelics? How have these substances influenced human minds and culture? What exactly do they invoke in the brain and how could a renaissance of scientific study into their properties improve our lives? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe explore the world of entheogens.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 25mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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From the Vault: Thought Experiments

Stuff to Blow Your Mind frequently discusses thought experiments on the show, from Schrödinger's Cat to the Infinity Hotel. But what constitutes a thought experiments? How long have they been around and what are the seven categories? Robert and Joe explore… (Originally published Jan 3, 2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 16mins

7 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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The Creepypasta Experiments

Surf the Internet long enough and you’ll happen upon creepypasta: little cut-and-paste snippets of horror that blur the lines between reality and the fantastic. These collectively assembled amalgams of pop culture influences take on their own amorphous power -- and more than a few of them seem to involve shadowy science experiments. So in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian explore the real-life science behind a handful of experiments from the world of creepypasta. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 22mins

11 Oct 2016

Rank #12

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The Great Flood

From tales of Utnapishtim and Noah to Yü and Manu, everyone loves a good mythical deluge. But why are flood myths so important? What sort of natural phenomena could cause the sort of massive flooding likely to resonate through the heritage memories of a flood-traumatized civilization? Join Robert and Christian for a Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

58mins

26 Jul 2016

Rank #13

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Katie Goldin talks 'Creature Feature'

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, guest Katie Goldin from the podcast 'Creature Feature' drops in to chat with Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick about weird biology and maybe a monster or two.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

54mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #14

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Overconfidence: The Icarus Paradox

What is overconfidence? We tend to know it when we see it, but the concept is increasingly hard to nail down the more you think about it. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the mythic roots of hubris, the psychology of overconfidence and its role in society and business. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

56mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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David Grinspoon on New Horizons and the Weirdness of Pluto

In the book “Chasting New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto,” authors Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. David Grinspoon recount the riveting history of the quest to send a spacecraft to the planet Pluto. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Grinspoon chats about the book, the planet and the nature of space exploration. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 4mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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Astronomical Suffering and the Terran Diaspora

For many futurists, the long term survival of humanity depends on its ability to become a true interplanetary and even interstellar species. But what is the potential moral cost of such a great technological and cultural leap forward? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the potential for astronomical suffering in the wake of Earth’s outward expansion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 10mins

23 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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The Monoliths of Lalibela

Lalibela, Ethiopia is home to one of the true wonders of the world: a series of 11 rock-hewn monolithic churches -- all interconnected by tunnels and passages that connect to catacombs and hermit caves. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the details of these 12th century marvels. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr

23 Jan 2020

Rank #18

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From the Vault: Squirrels, Part 1

You might think you know squirrels, but what do you REALLY know about these woodland tree rodents? In this special two-part episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss their appetite for meat, their alleged acts of savagery and various other facts that will make you reconsider the skugg and respect its kingdom. Up first, let’s talk about their bloody diet... (Originally published Aug. 28, 2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 2mins

2 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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Age of the Earth, Part 1

Scientific consensus currently holds that the Earth is a 4.5 billion-year-old planet in a 13.8 billion-year-old universe. But how do we know? Why do religious models of a much younger (or older) Earth fail to pass the baloney test? In this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the answers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 5mins

18 Sep 2018

Rank #20