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Every sincere question deserves a nonjudgmental, supportive response.

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Where both science and mystery are welcome

By Kate480 - May 15 2020
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I heard Mike on Pete Holmes podcast. I immediately ordered his book, which I’ve now finished and love. This podcast gives me a sense of belonging. I’m an atheist leaning agnostic and also a natural mystic. That certainly has made it extremely difficult to fit in. Mike, like me, loves the wonders of science and also pays attention to emotions, feelings, and our personal idea of spirituality.

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I was introduced to Mike on GMM, and my life is now better with this podcast (and now You’re a Miracle...) in it. It’s honestly what I needed more of (Hank and John Green provide a similar comfort), and I wish I had found you earlier. Thank you for giving me a safe place to cry and be in awe of humanity and human ingenuity with you.

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1086 Ratings
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1013
35
11
7
20

Where both science and mystery are welcome

By Kate480 - May 15 2020
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I heard Mike on Pete Holmes podcast. I immediately ordered his book, which I’ve now finished and love. This podcast gives me a sense of belonging. I’m an atheist leaning agnostic and also a natural mystic. That certainly has made it extremely difficult to fit in. Mike, like me, loves the wonders of science and also pays attention to emotions, feelings, and our personal idea of spirituality.

The Short Version

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I was introduced to Mike on GMM, and my life is now better with this podcast (and now You’re a Miracle...) in it. It’s honestly what I needed more of (Hank and John Green provide a similar comfort), and I wish I had found you earlier. Thank you for giving me a safe place to cry and be in awe of humanity and human ingenuity with you.
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Ask Science Mike

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Every sincere question deserves a nonjudgmental, supportive response.

Rank #1: Episode 180 - Living with Brain Injury with Christy Neal

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This week Science Mike talks with his friend Christy Neal about what it’s like to live with a brain injury.

Christy Neal is a stay-at-home mom and former homeschool mom of 10 years. She enjoys entertaining, organizing, gardening, long walks with friends and all things pizza related.

Christy lives in Los Angeles with her 3 children and husband of almost 19 years.

Apr 29 2019

54mins

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Rank #2: Episode 84 - Purity Culture, Parenting, and Fear in the Media

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NEW DATES ADDED: The Finding God in the Waves Book Tour
For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why does media focus on fear-based stories? How did you learn to love the Bible again? How do you keep your kid safe while giving them freedom to learn? How can I feel close to God after a sexual assault?
You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.

The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here.

Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page
Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.
Why does media focus on fear-based stories?
Influence of mass media
How did you learn to love the Bible again?
Finding God in the Waves
How do you keep your kid safe while giving them freedom to learn?
There’s never been a safer time to be a kid in America
How can I feel close to God after a sexual assault?
Recovering from Sexual Violence
Preproduction by Andrew Galucki.
Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.
The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy.

You've got questions, he's got answers. Even though we may not understand he'll talk anyway. You've got problems, he won't solve them, But he'll talk and talk and talk until he's blue in the face. Science, faith, and life - Ask Science Mike.

Sep 26 2016

39mins

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Rank #3: Episode 91 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Costa Mesa, CA

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This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed.
 
I'm traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I'm coming to a city near you.

Nov 15 2016

2hr 2mins

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Rank #4: Episode 89 - Ask BioLogos

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I’d love to see you on The Finding God in the Waves Book Tour
We’re doing a giveaway! Every week for the next 8 weeks, someone’s going to win a personalized, signed copy of my book. Enter to win here.
In this special episode, the scientists and scholars of BioLogos take your questions about the evolution and Christian theology. You can learn more about Biologos at biologos.org.
You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.
Preproduction by Andrew Galucki.
Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.
The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy.

You've got questions, he's got answers. Even though we may not understand he'll talk anyway. You've got problems, he won't solve them, But he'll talk and talk and talk until he's blue in the face. Science, faith, and life - Ask Science Mike.

Oct 31 2016

37mins

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Rank #5: Episode 80 - Apologetics, Personality, and a One Track Mind

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NEW DATES ADDED: The Finding God in the Waves Book Tour
Check out Andrew Galecki’s FREE new single: I’m Not Going Anywhere
For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Are personalities real? Why don’t you like apologetics? How can I learn to be present with those around me? Should I avoid dating people who have been married before?
You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.

The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here.

Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page
Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.
Are personalities real?

The Personality Myth Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are? AN OPEN LETTER TO NPR'S INVISIBILIA ABOUT "THE PERSONALITY MYTH"
Why don’t you like apologetics?
Finding God in the Waves
How can I learn to be present with those around me?

Workaholism tied to psychiatric disorders Madness Made Them Great Cognitive behavioral therapy
Should I avoid dating people who have been married before?

The High Failure Rate of Second and Third Marriages Remarriage rate declining as more opt for cohabitation The science of a happy marriage Science Behind a Happy Relationship
Preproduction by Andrew Galucki.
Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.
The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy.

You've got questions, he's got answers. Even though we may not understand he'll talk anyway. You've got problems, he won't solve them, But he'll talk and talk and talk until he's blue in the face. Science, faith, and life - Ask Science Mike.

Aug 29 2016

41mins

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Rank #6: Episode 151 - Incels and Masculinity in the 21st Century

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This week we're talking about the crisis in masculinity--and new ways to imagine what being a man looks like.

Apr 16 2018

28mins

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Rank #7: Episode 90 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Kansas City

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This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed.
I'm traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I'm coming to a city near you.

Nov 07 2016

1hr 29mins

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Rank #8: Episode 99 - Questions, Questions, and More Questions

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This week is a TWO AND A HALF HOUR show where I answer questions from the folks who support this program on Patreon as we ramp up for the 100th episode of Ask Science Mike.

Jan 16 2017

2hr 31mins

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Rank #9: Episode 141 - Ask Bible Pete

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It’s finally here! This week is the long awaited #AskBiblePete episode. All the questions are about scripture and our guest host is the one and only Pete Enns. Pete is the author of The Bible Tells Me So and The Sin of Certainty, and hosts the podcast The Bible for Normal People (with a new season coming next week!).
 
Click here to check out Pete’s podcast, The Bible for Normal People.

Jan 23 2018

1hr 20mins

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Rank #10: Episode 75 - Anxiety, Demon Possession, and Righteous Anger

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JUST ANNOUNCED: The Finding God in the Waves Book Tour
PLUS: The Finding God in the Waves Blog & Podcast Tour
For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How does righteous anger affect the brain? What’s your take on demon possession? How can you recover from a fundamentalist view of sexuality? What’s the science behind anxiety disorders?
You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.
The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here.
Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page
Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.
How does righteous anger affect the brain?

How Anger Can Hurt Your Heart When anger's a plus
What’s your take on demon possession?
As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession.
How can you recover from a fundamentalist view of sexuality?

Sex at Dawn Good Christian Sex
What’s the science behind anxiety disorders?

Anxiety & Panic Disorders The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook Questions to Ask: Choosing a Treatment Provider
Preproduction by Andrew Galucki.
Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.
The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy.
You've got questions, he's got answers. Even though we may not understand he'll talk anyway. You've got problems, he won't solve them, But he'll talk and talk and talk until he's blue in the face. Science, faith, and life - Ask Science Mike.

Jul 25 2016

58mins

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Rank #11: Episode 95 - LIVE in Tacoma, WA

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This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed.

I'm traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I'm coming to a city near you.

Dec 12 2016

1hr 55mins

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Rank #12: Episode 82 - Focus, Driving, and the End of the World

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MY BOOK COMES OUT TOMORROW!!! Finding God in the Waves
For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How can humans handle driving when evolution didn’t prepare us for speed? How can I learn to focus in an age of smartphones?  What does science say about the end of the Universe? Are standardized tests supported by science?
You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.
Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page

Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.
How can I learn to focus in an age of smartphones?

Why We're All Addicted to Texts, Twitter and Google Cell Phone Notifications: How Even Getting A Short Text Can Distract You Completely
What does science say about the end of the Universe?
Ultimate fate of the universe
Preproduction by Andrew Galucki.
Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.
The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy.

You've got questions, he's got answers. Even though we may not understand he'll talk anyway. You've got problems, he won't solve them, But he'll talk and talk and talk until he's blue in the face. Science, faith, and life - Ask Science Mike.

Sep 12 2016

40mins

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Rank #13: Episode 58 - Chivalry, Singleness, and the Science of Grief

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For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Are there any scientific benefits to remaining single? Is chivalry compatible with feminism? How can God be loving and powerful when there is evil in the world? Why did evolution create grief?

You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.

The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here.

Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page

Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.

Are there any scientific benefits to remaining single?

7 Ways Being Single Affects Your Health

Married Vs Single: What Science Says Is Better For Your Health

Is chivalry compatible with feminism?

Emma Watson Said Feminism & Chivalry Aren't Mutually Exclusive. Here's Why She's Right.

How can God be loving and powerful when there is evil in the world?

Theodicy (Wikipedia)

Finding God in the Waves

Why did evolution create grief?

The Evolution of Grief, Both Biological and Cultural, in the 21st Century

Preproduction by Andrew Galucki.

Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.

The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy.

You've got questions, he's got answers. Even though we may not understand he'll talk anyway. You've got problems, he won't solve them,
But he'll talk and talk and talk until he's blue in the face.
Science, faith, and life - Ask Science Mike.

Feb 22 2016

34mins

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Rank #14: Episode 40 - Ask Rob Bell

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For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What do you do when you have lost your faith forever and how do you find community? How do you believe in the bible and be inspired by it when you view the Bible as a library of books instead of one finite and divinely authored one? How can I help my Baptist friends see the common ground of all religious belief systems?  What would the world-wide reaction be to a clear sign of intelligent alien life?

This episode of Ask Science Mike welcomes guest host, Rob Bell.

You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.

The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here.

Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page

Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.

What do you do when you have lost your faith forever and how do you find community from that place?

The Forgiving Flow

Walking With God Through Doubt

How do you believe in the bible and be inspired by it when you view the bible as a library of books instead of one finite and divinely authored one?

What Is The Bible?

Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

How can I help my Baptist friends see the common ground of all religious belief systems?

Doubt Q&A on Family and Friends

What would the world-wide reaction be to a clear sign of intelligent alien life?

SETI Protocol Following the Detection of Extraterrestrial Intelligence

What Happens If Astronomers Find a Twin Planet?

How do you maintain a selfless love for someone while taking care of yourself?

Life as a Black-belt Codependent

Facing Codependence

Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.

The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy.

You've got questions, he's got answers. Even though we may not understand he'll talk anyway. You've got problems, he won't solve them, But he'll talk and talk and talk until he's blue in the face. Science, faith, and life - Ask Science Mike.

Oct 26 2015

47mins

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Rank #15: Episode 116 - String Theory, Psychological Diversity, and Punching a Nazi

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For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How much does watching TV influence young children? What could happen when we start editing human DNA? Why is String Theory called a “theory?” Is it ok to punch a Nazi?
 
You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.
 
Here are some resources if you’d like to dig deeper into topics from this episode.
 
How much does watching TV influence young children?
Media Effects on Children’s Social and Moral Development
What could happen when we start editing human DNA?
Seveneves
Why is String Theory called a “theory?”
The Asymptotic Fidelity of Words - The Liturgists Podcast
Is it ok to punch a Nazi?
https://canipunchnazis.com
Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page
Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.
Preproduction by Andrew Galucki.
Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.
The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy.
You've got questions, he's got answers.
Even though we may not understand he'll talk anyway.
You've got problems, he won't solve them,
But he'll talk and talk and talk until he's blue in the face.
Science, faith, and life - Ask Science Mike.

Jun 05 2017

51mins

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Rank #16: Episode 60 - Codependency, Processed Foods, and the Value of Life

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You can learn more about The Liturgists Gathering here.

For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do we value human life? Why are processed foods bad? Why do we use passive aggressive or cutting humor in conflict? What’s the science behind codependency?

You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.

The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here.

Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page

Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.

Why do we value human life?

The surprising decline of violence - Stephen Pinker (TED talk)

Why are processed foods bad?

Are all 'processed foods' really bad for you?

Processed Foods: What's OK, What to Avoid

Supernormal Stimuli (Comic)

Why do we use passive aggressive or cutting humor in conflict?

15 Common Defense Mechanisms

What’s the science behind codependency?

The Biology of Codependency

Preproduction by Andrew Galucki.

Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.

The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy.

You've got questions, he's got answers.

Even though we may not understand he'll talk anyway. You've got problems, he won't solve them, But he'll talk and talk and talk until he's blue in the face.
Science, faith, and life - Ask Science Mike.

Mar 07 2016

34mins

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Rank #17: Episode 74 - Gluten, Guns, & Un-Christian Love

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We’re planning a special episode of Ask Science Mike with Biologos. Send in your evolution & Christianity questions using #AskBiologos.
For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Are gluten allergies on the rise? How do I handle my church teaching my children things I don’t believe? Can non-Christians really love? Do more guns lead to more deaths in America?
You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.
The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here.
Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page
Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.
Are gluten allergies on the rise?

Doctors Say Changes In Wheat Do Not Explain Rise Of Celiac Disease Most People Shouldn't Eat Gluten-Free
How do I handle my church teaching my children things I don’t believe?
First United Methodist Church Costa Mesa The Table OC
Can non-Christians really love?
Finding God in the Waves
Do more guns lead to more deaths in America?

15 Statistics That Tell the Story of Gun Violence This Year Compare These Gun Death Rates: The U.S. Is in a Different World FiveThirtyEight - Gun Deaths In America Guns in America: For every criminal killed in self-defense, 34 innocent people die Why America Still Doesn’t Have Any Good Data on Guns Australia enacted one of the largest gun reforms ever nearly 2 decades ago — and gun deaths plummeted America's gun problem, explained
Preproduction by Andrew Galucki.
Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.
The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy.
You've got questions, he's got answers. Even though we may not understand he'll talk anyway. You've got problems, he won't solve them, But he'll talk and talk and talk until he's blue in the face. Science, faith, and life - Ask Science Mike.

Jul 18 2016

50mins

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Rank #18: Episode 69 - God’s Will, Racist Grandparents, and Historical Christianity

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For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What philosophies shaped early Christianity? How do you know what is or is not “God’s will?” What is God’s mechanism of action? How do we deal with racism from friends and family?
You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.
The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here.
Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page
Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.
What philosophies shaped early Christianity?

Hellenistic Culture: The influence of Greek language, philosophy and culture on Jews and early Christians. Backgrounds of Early Christianity A History of God Zealot Misquoting Jesus How Jesus Became God
What is God’s mechanism of action?

Finding God in the Waves Grounded

Preproduction by Andrew Galucki.

Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.
The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy.
You've got questions, he's got answers. Even though we may not understand he'll talk anyway. You've got problems, he won't solve them, But he'll talk and talk and talk until he's blue in the face. Science, faith, and life - Ask Science Mike.

May 30 2016

50mins

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Rank #19: Episode 77 - Instinct, Reincarnation, and God in Our Brains

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For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Where does instinct come from? Is reincarnation possible? Can God be good? Are there any real spiritual experiences?
You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.

The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here.

Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page
Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.
Where does instinct come from?

Instinct Inherited Fears
Is reincarnation possible?
Reincarnation
Can God be good?

The Problem of Evil Theodicy Finding God in the Waves
Are there any real spiritual experiences?

The Liturgists Podcast How God Changes Your Brain Finding God in the Waves
Preproduction by Andrew Galucki.
Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.
The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy.

You've got questions, he's got answers. Even though we may not understand he'll talk anyway. You've got problems, he won't solve them, But he'll talk and talk and talk until he's blue in the face. Science, faith, and life - Ask Science Mike.

Aug 08 2016

38mins

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Rank #20: Episode 62 - Dogs, Hell, and the Top of a Planet

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For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do humans and dogs get along so well? Do planets have a top?  Are intellectual people less likely to experience God? What if I’m wrong about Hell?

You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.

The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here.

Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page

Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.

Why do humans and dogs get along so well?

Selective Breeding or Artificial Selection

Russian Domesticated Red Fox

Brain Scans Reveal What Dogs Really Think of Us

Do planets have a top?

Pluto on the Eve of Exploration by New Horizons: A problem of cartography

Are intellectual people less likely to experience God?

Finding God in the Waves

Preproduction by Andrew Galucki.

Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.

The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy.

You've got questions, he's got answers.

Even though we may not understand he'll talk anyway.

You've got problems, he won't solve them,

But he'll talk and talk and talk until he's blue in the face.

Science, faith, and life - Ask Science Mike.

Mar 28 2016

28mins

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Episode 236 - Making It to the Other Side

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In this episode, Mike discusses the most current scientific understanding of COVID-19, how we got here, and what could come next.Make sure you read the sources referenced in this episode--they're crucial.

How the Pandemic Defeated America

New Evidence Suggests Young Children Spread Covid-19 More Efficiently Than Adults

SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Infection Among Attendees of an...

We Thought It Was Just a Respiratory Virus

The Coronavirus Is Never Going Away

Aug 03 2020

48mins

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Episode 235 - Casper ter Kuile on The Power of Ritual

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This week, Mike talks with Casper ter Kuile (of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text) about his new book, The Power of Ritual and how we can all start to establish a sense of sacred and worth during a pandemic where our routines are disrupted.

This episode was made possible by KiwiCo. You can get 60% your first month of inspiring and fun STEAM learning experiences by visiting kiwico.com/asksciencemike

Jul 27 2020

45mins

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Episode 234 - Weighted Blankets, Asexuality, and Science

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This week Mike responds to the following questions:

What is the science behind weighted blankets?

Weighted Blankets: How They Work

Is it ok for me to identify as asexual?

What are the limitations of science?

Science has limits: A few things that science does not do

How do we know vaccines are safe and effective?

Gish Gallop

The contribution of vaccination to global health: past, present and future

Jul 20 2020

1hr 3mins

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Episode 233 - How do we do this?

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Mike talks about strategies for protecting and preserving mental health during the pandemic and associate periods of quarantine. 

Jul 14 2020

33mins

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Episode 231 - I Feel Sad

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This week, Mike reflects on the response to a tweet he sent on Father's Day about feeling depressed.

Jun 22 2020

26mins

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Episode 230 - This Feel Hard

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This week, Mike talks about the feelings that come up when a pandemic and mass protests intersect.

Jun 15 2020

41mins

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Episode 229 - White Homework with Tori Williams Douglass

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This week, Science Mike talks with Tori Williams Douglass about, well, your questions from Twitter!

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Jun 08 2020

1hr 31mins

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Episode 228 - Compulsions, Gender, and Evolution

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This week on Ask Science Mike, we explore the following questions today.

How do we overcome unhealthy, escapist behaviors?

You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass)

Do post-gender binary labels reinforce the gender binary?

How sex and gender — which are not the same thing — influence our health

Sex and gender: what is the difference? | Journal of Applied Physiology

Why are exterior testicles a feature on so many mammals?

Are testicles external for cooling, galloping, display, or something else?

How can I reconcile evolution with my beliefs about God?

Biologos

Jun 01 2020

54mins

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Episode 227 - Time, Reconstructing Sex, and Being Healthy at Every Size

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This week, Mike offers honest, non-judgemental responses to the following questions.

What happens in the brain that makes it feel as though time is moving faster as you get older?

Why Does Time Seem to Speed Up with Age?

What do you think about the Healthy at Every Size movement?

Healthy at Every Size

How can one develop a robust sexual ethic after deconstruction?

How do I know if I am Asexual?

10 Things you need to know about Asexuality

May 18 2020

1hr 3mins

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Episode 226 - Why Did I Do That?

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This week, Mike shares a chapter from his new audiobook You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass).

Tap here to get the book on Audible.

May 11 2020

40mins

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Episode 225 - Living with Brain Injury with Christy Neal

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This episode is a re-release from last spring--and one of Mike's all-time favorite episodes.This week Science Mike talks with his friend Christy Neal about what it’s like to live with a brain injury.

Christy Neal is a stay-at-home mom and former homeschool mom of 10 years. She enjoys entertaining, organizing, gardening, long walks with friends, and all things pizza-related.

Christy lives in Los Angeles with her 3 children and husband Link of almost 19 years.

May 04 2020

1hr 2mins

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Episode 223 - You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) | Part 2

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This week Dr. Hillary McBride interviews Mike about his brand-new book You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) which came out THIS WEEK!

You can learn more about the book by tapping here, or Mike's In-Home book tour by tapping here.

Apr 29 2020

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Episode 223 - You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) | Part 1

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This week Dr. Hillary McBride interviews Mike about his brand-new book You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) which comes out TOMORROW, April 28.

You can learn more about the book by tapping here, or Mike's In-Home book tour by tapping here.

Apr 27 2020

48mins

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Episode 222 - Leaving Behind Brokenness with Ruthie Lindsey

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This week, Mike talks with Ruthie Lindsey about ner new book There I Am: The Journey from Hopelessness to Healing.

Apr 20 2020

52mins

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Episode 221

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Mike's new book right is nearly here! Learn all about the preorder bonuses, in-home tour, and other exciting news by visiting asksciencemike.com/newbook.

This week Mike responds to the following questions:

How much of different chronotypes is based in biology vs habit?

Are You a Morning Lark or a Night Owl?

Is there a way to address the whiteness problem in geoscience?

Earth Science Has a Whiteness Problem

How do I talk to my daughters about rape culture?

Parenting in a society dominated by rape culture

Apr 12 2020

46mins

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Episode 220 - Feminism, Sugar, and EMDR

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Woah! Mike's going on tour in the middle of a pandemic--and he's coming to your living room. Learn more by tapping here.

This week, Mike responds to the following questions:

What drew you toward feminism as a southern, white man?

You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass)

Should trans women be able to play in women's sports?

Do transgender athletes have an unfair advantage?

Why is sugar bad for us?

How does EMDR work?

EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)

This episode was made possible by Betterhelp. Learn more at betterhelp.com/sciencemike.

Apr 06 2020

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Episode 219 - Neurotheology with Andrew Newberg

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This week, Mike has a conversation with one of his favorite scientists: Dr. Andrew Newberg. They talk about life from a brain-centered perspective, as well as talking about what habits and beliefs are most beneficial in our daily lives.

Mar 30 2020

51mins

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Episode 218 - Adoption, Witchcraft, and Manifesting with your Mind

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Returning to the question and response format, this week Mike responds to these questions:

Can trauma caused in infancy impact how adults engage in relationships?

You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass)

Can you "manifest" a new reality with your mind?

How God Changes Your Brain

Is witchcraft dangerous?

Finding God in the Waves

Do frequent mystical experiences correlate to psychosis?

Mar 23 2020

48mins

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Episode 217 - How long will this last?

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In this special, mid-week release Mike discusses the findings of the Imperial College Report on COVID-19, and what it may mean for our "new normal." This episode discusses the most recent data we have on this global pandemic in an emotionally-focused, evidence-based way.

Mar 19 2020

59mins

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Where both science and mystery are welcome

By Kate480 - May 15 2020
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I heard Mike on Pete Holmes podcast. I immediately ordered his book, which I’ve now finished and love. This podcast gives me a sense of belonging. I’m an atheist leaning agnostic and also a natural mystic. That certainly has made it extremely difficult to fit in. Mike, like me, loves the wonders of science and also pays attention to emotions, feelings, and our personal idea of spirituality.

The Short Version

By Jordylove92 - May 13 2020
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I was introduced to Mike on GMM, and my life is now better with this podcast (and now You’re a Miracle...) in it. It’s honestly what I needed more of (Hank and John Green provide a similar comfort), and I wish I had found you earlier. Thank you for giving me a safe place to cry and be in awe of humanity and human ingenuity with you.