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Rank #70 in Astronomy category

Society & Culture
Philosophy
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Astronomy
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The Blunt Report exists today to create interest and intrigue in the world around us.

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The Blunt Report exists today to create interest and intrigue in the world around us.

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What a fun show!

By turtlewoods - May 31 2019
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Such a great show! If you have even a cursory interest in science this show is a perfect match for you. Konnor is such a versatile host who can find interesting things to talk about with every guest he has on.

Great podcast

By rach.steets - Jul 25 2018
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Super informative content!

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9 Ratings
Average Ratings
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What a fun show!

By turtlewoods - May 31 2019
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Such a great show! If you have even a cursory interest in science this show is a perfect match for you. Konnor is such a versatile host who can find interesting things to talk about with every guest he has on.

Great podcast

By rach.steets - Jul 25 2018
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Super informative content!
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The Blunt Report exists today to create interest and intrigue in the world around us.

Rank #1: Stephan Kesting

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Stephan Kesting is a BJJ Black Belt and Firefighter with an academic background in Biology who has recently completed a 1,000 mile solo Canoe Trip through Canada’s Arctic. For more: https://www.grapplearts.com/

"Just as you wouldn't take, necessarily, financial advice form your dentist, or take car mechanic advice from your doctor, you probably shouldn't take much advice from your Jiu-Jitsu instructor, other than Jiu-Jitsu advice."'

Today, Konner and Stephan discuss the strange, but undoubtedly important, intersection between science and martial arts. Things like the ability to logically and cognitively break down ideas or techniques, or even how to have a little skepticism when it comes to things like martial arts instructors asking to be called professor or sifu.

Not only that, the guys chat about being the best in a field vs. being highly skilled in many areas, and how this ties into ideas like diminishing returns, experiencing the richness of existence, and where the balance in life is between being disciplined, focused, and achieving a goal, and when you should actually quit and change tracks.

Lastly of course, Stephan talks about his epic 1000 mile solo canoe journey through the arctic. He lays out some of the preparation, unexpected emotions, and a few of the experiences along the way.

*Note* Coronavirus within martial arts is discussed for the first 15min of the episode. Feel free to skip ahead if you would not like to hear about this. 

Apr 20 2020

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Rank #2: Simon Goode

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Simon Goode is an Astrophysics researcher who investigates unexplored data to better understand how galaxy clusters group together within the cosmic web.

"The important thing about being a good human, is just to 'think'. And it sounds so obvious and simple. But when you think about it, we don't really do it enough"

Simon Goode is an Astrophysics researcher who looks at unexplored data that exists between large scale structures in the universe in hope of better understanding how galaxy clusters group together within the cosmic web. In this episode of the podcast, Simon briefly explains his research, as well as other concepts in physics such as the sheer scale of the universe and the changing psychology of the human race relating to life on other planets. Konner also questioned why it is that humans do look up at the stars and ask questions like 'why' and 'how'. But mainly, Konner and Simon discussed morality surrounding influential topics like corporations, universal basic income and the ability of humans to do evil.

Apr 20 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #3: Kyle Buller

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Kyle Buller is host of the psychedelics today network and is a specialist within the field of non-ordinary states of consciousness, trans-personal psychology and mental health counselling. http://www.settingsunwellness.com/

"I think that a lot of people are just disconnected with deep philosophical questions."

Today, Konner and Kyle discuss many of the factors that influence the epidemic of mental and spiritual neglect that our current society seems to be breeding. The guys chat about some of the reasons why our society is sick and some of the ways we can mitigate these issues creating cures and future prevention. Not only that, Kyle outlines some of the very real drawbacks of the current psychedelic revolution - as well as how we should be handling these very powerful compounds within a medical, clinical, or spiritual context.

Kyle also shares a very personal story of the near-death experience he underwent in his teenage years and how that event completely altered his life’s trajectory. Lastly, the conversation goes to people’s relationship with death and, how that could be the source of many of our existential crises. 

Oct 22 2019

54mins

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Rank #4: Connor Wander

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Connor Wander is an Alzheimer's Disease researcher specialising in GABA Neural Networks, and is one of the founders of "Straight from a Scientist", a Science Communication Network which works to communicate science to both academics and the wider public. https://www.straightfromascientist.com/

"To me, that’s the most terrifying thing about Alzheimer's - you can lose your identity in the process."

Today, Connor explains the fundamentals of Alzheimer's Disease, such as what the disease is, who suffers from it and what we know about things like risk, detection, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.

The guys also discuss that the 21st century is the era of the brain and what it means for philosophical concepts of the human race when we have a greater understanding of things like consciousness and mental illness.

Finally, as fellow science communicators, the guys chat about the general concept of education. What the structure of education could or should be like, how to get people more interested in different topics, and how we can break some of the old time expectations of an academic or a researcher.

Aug 06 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #5: Ryan Collingwood

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Ryan Collingwood is a South African born IT and Data nerd who has a passion for tech and has been involved in a variety of projects across his career.

“Those mythologies and values that we grew up with and that society has been growing up with for a long time; maybe we are outgrowing them a lot quicker than we would like to admit."

Ryan Collingwood is a South African born IT and Data nerd who has been involved in a variety of projects across his career. In this episode of the podcast, Ryan visits for the second time to provide an update on the Facebook data scandal to see what changes have been made as a result. Konner and Ryan also discuss the new EU data regulations and reflect on how these new data heavy technologies will force us to confront a new 'normality'. Finally, they touched on the abortion referendum in Ireland and how this contentious issue sheds light on humanity's complex relationship with death and suffering.

Apr 20 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #6: Tristan Rose

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Tristan Rose is an Ex-Australian Army Soldier and the founder of Blind Tiger Yoga. Tristan’s military career spanned 10 years and multiple deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan, which led him to develop Blind Tiger Yoga, an organisation whose mission is to provide Yoga to Military, Veterans and Emergency First Responders in order to provide a method of maintaining their overall physical and mental health. www.blindtigeryoga.com

"The ultimate key is: No one's coming to save you. This is all accountability on the individual."

Today, Konner and Tristan talk about the unlikely transition from Soldier to Yoga teacher. They discuss some of the rightful praises, as well as genuine criticisms of the military and how that affects an individual reentering a civilian existence.

But mostly, the guys chat about the role and importance of mindfulness and meditation. Including some tips and advice on how and why this should be implemented into your daily routine.

Aug 28 2019

1hr 27mins

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Rank #7: Torty McManus

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Torty McManus is a Jiu Jitsu practitioner, advocate for drug reform and host of the Herbalized Podcast. Check out the podcast at https://soundcloud.com/herbalized, or on iTunes.

"You don't even have to speak the same language, once you've got Jiu Jitsu in common, you're brothers".

Torty McManus is a Jiu Jitsu practitioner, advocate for drug reform and host of the Herbalized Podcast. In today's episode of the podcast, Konner and Torty talk on a shared passion: the grappling sport of Jiu Jitsu. They discuss Torty's travels through the Jiu Jitsu Meccas of Southern California and Brazil.

They also discuss some of the major factors in Jiu Jitsu that plays a big role in everyone's life, concepts like motivation, discipline, exercise and how that affects mental health. Finally, Torty talks on his topic of drug reform within Australia and the rest of the world. He discusses the relationship between the UN, conservatism and the royal family and what roles they will play in the alteration of drug related laws.

Apr 20 2019

59mins

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Rank #8: Hunter Farris

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Hunter Farris is a musician who analyzes the music psychology behind why we like the songs we like, how sounds can produce emotions, as well as the actual science of how this happens. His podcast Song Appeal works to uncover some of the secrets behind famous hits and can be found wherever you listen to your podcasts, or at http://songappealofficial.com/.

"If there is a formula for pop music, people don't want to do it. They want to consider their work an art and a craft"

On today's episode, Konner and Hunter discuss soundtracks in movies and how it works to guide and mould the way you feel. Hunter goes through a few examples of how composers make you feel certain things, such as stress and sadness. Hunter also schools Konner on why the idea of "algorithms" making successful pop music might not be so accurate. 

Apr 22 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #9: Hannah English

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Hannah English is a skin-care junky with a background in pharmaceutical science who commits herself to uncovering the hard science behind cosmetics.

"I think being protective of yourself and the space you've carved out; as well as your energy, is important".

Hannah English (On Instagram at ms_hannah_e) is a skin-care junky with a background in pharmaceutical science who commits herself to uncovering the hard science behind cosmetics in an effort to separate fact from fiction regarding effectiveness and possible side effects of products on the market. In this episode of the podcast, Hannah discusses legitimacy and some potential exploitation from individuals on Instagram, as well as why make up and identity are concepts that go hand in hand and are here to stay in society. Finally, Konner and Hannah discuss the efficacy, as well as the issues associated with the various types of birth control available on the market.

Apr 20 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #10: Alan Duffy

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Alan Duffy is an Astronomer investigating Dark Matter, Lead Scientist of RiAus (Royal Institution of Australia) and a Science Communicator.

"There's a worldview changing nature to Astronomy that I think is compelling."

On today's episode, Alan discusses a number of mind-boggling cosmological facts, as well as what is required in terms of infrastructure for researchers to detect and understand the mystery of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Konner and Alan also discuss how looking up at the stars is beneficial and good for the soul, and talk about the overall path and goal of scientific discovery.

Lastly on a more serious note, Alan shares some of his opinions and ideals about how to effectively communicate science as a means of getting facts and reality into parliament and legislation to hopefully effect positive change.

Apr 22 2019

49mins

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Rank #11: Chris Grant

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Chris Grant is a Science Historian specialising in the Space-Flight Era and the creator of Universe University, a Science History podcast and blog. Find more at www.universeuniversity.space

"You can't help but wonder about the Human Mind and who was the first to conceive some of these truly fantastical ideas"

On today's episode, Chris takes us back in time to a period when humans just began to explore the vast ocean of space for the very first time. Chris and Konner chat about some of the motivations and reasons behind the space race, such as the Societal reasons, political reasons and even some philosophical ones.

Chris also talks about the impact soviet Russia had on space and technology as a whole, with people Yuri Gagarin and the satellite Sputnik, as well as what the future of space exploration looks like.

Dec 21 2019

1hr

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Rank #12: Colin Marshall

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Colin Marshall is a Seoul-based essayist, Free-lance Korean correspondent for the western world, broadcaster, and public speaker, working on cities, language, and culture. He has written for a number of publications such as the guardian, open culture and the times literary supplement. Check out http://blog.colinmarshall.org/ for his work.

“‘Han’ seems to me to be an anger that personally emerges or is barely controllable, an anger or a sadness combined”

And today, Colin talks a lot about identity and where a person finds themselves fitting into this complex mesh that we call culture - especially those that have backgrounds from a number of different countries - or who have themselves moved to another country and became an expat.

Konner and Colin discuss Korean culture and the direction in which it is moving. They talk travel, and the importance of the concept of ‘there is no light without the darkness’. Finally, Colin chat about some of the darker elements of cultural and human nature. Concepts like finding the grass that is greener on the other side, or jealousy, or drive, or the burning desire to be better than other people.

Apr 22 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #13: Dean Wright

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Dean Wright is a Neuroscientist, Therapist and one of the founding members of the Australian Psychedelic Society which advocates for the medicinal and therapeutic usage of psychedelic drugs.

"We as a society could progress so much if we listened to the fringe a little bit more".

In this episode of the podcast, Dean discusses some of the research surrounding psychedelics, showing that these drugs could be safer and far more effective than current mental health treatments. Not only that, we discuss some of the bumpy history of psychedelic medication and why the war on drugs might have created some unfounded misconceptions.

Finally, Konner and Dean touched on what addiction is, how drugs should be viewed legally and reflected on the fact that mental health treatment could be very different today if research on psychedelics had not have been halted a few decades ago.

Apr 20 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #14: Joe McPherson

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Joe McPherson is a Food Writer and Korean Cuisine Consultant who works out of Seoul, South Korea, and operates Korea’s longest running food blog, ZenKimChi. He has consulted for the likes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and Bizarre foods with Andrew Zimmern, while his work has been sourced and featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many more. For his work or for upcoming food tour dates, take a look at zenkimchi.com.

"Something serious is happening. We are in a Golden Age in South Korea".

On this episode of the podcast, Konner and Joe discuss the history, complexities and importance of Korean food in Asia and on the world stage. Joe tells of some of the behind the scenes moments in a few the western shows he has consulted for, such as Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods. They also talk about the success of these shows, and how food is a window into different cultures across the world. Joe also talks about his secrets for Korean food etiquette as well as the different Korean foods everyone should try. Finally, the guys discuss smelly cheese, strong flavours and the personality of chefs.

Apr 22 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #15: Rob from McDojo Life

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Rob is the founder of McDojo Life, broadcaster and a martial arts veteran with over 22 years experience across multiple disciplines.

"Keeping Martial Arts Legit"

Today, Konner and Rob chat the motivations behind McDojos, ranging from the thought process of the perpetrator themselves, to the cult like mentality that their followers seem to attain.

Rob discusses how women's self defence classes are deceitful and downright hazardous, and why the mentality of ‘something is better than nothing’ is not a wise choice in the world of combat.

Lastly, the guys talk about the beauty of martial arts, what it can do for a person mentally, physically, spiritually, and how we can best teach and inform those who are interested in a journey within the world of self defence and combat disciplines.

Jun 12 2019

1hr 26mins

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Sasha Sagan

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Sasha Sagan is an Author and Science Communicator, as well as the daughter of world renowned educators Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. Her new book "For Small Creatures Such as We" can be found here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566611/for-small-creatures-such-as-we-by-sasha-sagan/

“I’m not a scientist, its not my job. And yet, it is my worldview and it is my philosophy.”

On todays episode of the podcast, naturally, Konner and Sasha discuss humanities connection to the cosmos. Sasha derives a great amount of importance to this spiritual connection we all have to the universe around us, without the framework of religion, and discusses the interconnectedness of it all. The guys also chat about the poverty of language, and how things like spiritual or sacred are something we yearn for, yet these words are cemented with religious connotations, even if we don’t mean it.

Sasha discusses the wonder and the beauty that the natural world can give us, more so than the myths purported by pseudoscience. And how these facts of our world can and should influence our lives. Not only that, Konner and Sasha talk about the problem of education more broadly, and how this can bolster a lack of belief in the scientific method.

Sep 21 2020

48mins

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David Williams - NASA Psyche

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David Williams is a Research Professor at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University who has worked on a number of NASA’s Robotic Missions and is currently an investigator with NASA’s Psyche mission. The Psyche Mission is an orbiter mission that aims to learn about the origins of planetary cores by exploring the metallic 16-Psyche Asteroid.

“Science is a way of thinking that can provide information for making good public policy. It is not something that should be used or denied or distorted to confirm a particular political idea.”

As a representative of NASA’s Psyche mission, David discusses the importance of the Psyche asteroid and how it could provide answers to some of the biggest questions of our universe, like how the Earth itself formed. Konner and David talk about some of the specific science and engineering of this mission, as well as how metallic asteroids like Psyche could be holding untold riches.

David also discusses the broader importance of space exploration and the very human question of why we explore. Lastly, the guys chat about the current status of science and how it is often distorted by politicians as a means of pushing certain ideologies.

LINK FOR PSYCHE SLIDES: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uCSkTzht_1wba6LflmpjPOeX_C_sPX6b/view?usp=sharing

Aug 18 2020

1hr 4mins

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Justin Lehmiller

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Justin Lehmiller is a Science-Backed Sex Researcher, Social Psychologist, Author of the Blog "Sex & Psychology", as well as his most recent book "Tell Me What You Want", which offers an unprecedented look at sexual fantasy based on the most comprehensive study ever conducted.

"It's interesting when we say that 15 min a week of porn is an addiction, but the 3 hours of T.V. that the average American watches per day is not"

The Book "Tell Me What You Want":

Amazon - https://amzn.to/2Z19lxa

Website (which provides extra features) - https://www.lehmiller.com/tell-me-what-you-want

Today, Justin discusses the reality of Sex research. Namely, that public commentators of sex and the associated psychology tend to be from a place of personal experience – not evidence and facts – and we discuss some of the issues that this brings.

Konner and Justin also delve into the anxiety around deciding your long term lover or partners that many young people tend to face nowadays due to the huge success and choice of online dating. However, Justin attempts to break the very common negativity surrounding new technologies and dating, and instead raises some very clear positives – such as the increased diversity within relationships.

Justin also talks on a subject that is clouded with misinformation and fear – porn usage and addiction. We uncover some of the realities of this topic and how that could effect porn users.

Jul 18 2020

53mins

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Robin Ince

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Robin Ince is a Comedian, Writer and Host of the BBC Series The Infinite Monkey Cage alongside Physicist Brian Cox. Robin also has his own Broadcasts within the Cosmic Shambles Network. For more: https://cosmicshambles.com/

“They aren’t just scientific facts – They are stories of what it is to be in the universe.”

Today, Robin discusses the strange place he has found himself in, being the resident science comedian. He chats about why it’s a good thing to be the stupidest person in the room and how, after having met some of quite literally the greatest minds to have ever walked the face of the earth, some of his opinions about people have actually changed. Konner and Robin also talk about the idea of "stupid questions" and how Robin has come to the realisation that although people may perceive certain questions as stupid, when they are motivated by curiosity, they can often be the most profound.

Konner and Robin also discuss the idea of telling the story of science. For the longest time science has been looked at and delivered, in a very cold and unappealing way. Now, through shows such as the infinite monkey cage, we are starting to uncover the emotions, the poetry, and the human story of science and scientific endeavour.

Jun 28 2020

52mins

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Robert Degle

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Robert Degle has an Educational History in Philosophy, a Current John Danaher Brown Belt and is the Soon-To-Be Jiu Jitsu Coach at Evolve MMA in Singapore. https://www.instagram.com/robertdeglebjj/

"We’ve left serious thinking to the side in favour of intentionally esoteric bewilderment to get tenure. We’re just playing games with words at this point."

*NOTE*: This is a two part podcast. 0-45mins - Philosophy Segment; 45mins-Finish - Jiu Jitsu Segment

Today Robert discusses the themes of philosophy closest to his heart, being that of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Specifically, the idea of Wittgenstein's ladder, and how nonsense pursuits can often be a crucial part of future goals. Also, the guys discuss the themes of language and culture, and how we have a strange relationship with language, in which we are controlled by it, while also, having control over it.  

And finally, lays out his approach to Jiu Jitsu. Specifically, how to solve puzzles and have systematic approaches to solving these puzzles, something that covers all varieties of challenges. My guest also discusses some of this his systematic ideas and how you can use them too.

Jun 10 2020

1hr 21mins

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Tanya Harrison

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Tanya Harrison is a Former Mission Operator with the Mars Rovers and a Planetary Scientist Focusing on Martian Geomorphology as well as both Martian and Terrestrial Imaging. http://tanyaofmars.com/

"I would love to see the excitement come back toward mars like we had trying to get humans to the moon during the Apollo program"

Today, Tanya discusses what it feels like to be able to control rovers and orbiters on an entirely alien planet a hundred-odd million kilometres away. Konner and Tanya also discusses why everyone has such a huge desire towards mars unlike any other planet.

Tanya and Konner chat about the in’s and out’s of the Mars Rover operations, such as the goals and steps involved, and also talk about the philosophical and technological aspects associated with space exploration.

Tanya also talks about the big question: Putting people on Mars, and how the face of this goal has changed with the likes of Elon Musk’s spaceX and Blue Origin.

Lastly, my Tanya lays out how Earth imaging is done, as well as some of the ethical considerations of our increasing technology and increasing ability to monitor and image our planet.

May 14 2020

57mins

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Stephan Kesting

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Stephan Kesting is a BJJ Black Belt and Firefighter with an academic background in Biology who has recently completed a 1,000 mile solo Canoe Trip through Canada’s Arctic. For more: https://www.grapplearts.com/

"Just as you wouldn't take, necessarily, financial advice form your dentist, or take car mechanic advice from your doctor, you probably shouldn't take much advice from your Jiu-Jitsu instructor, other than Jiu-Jitsu advice."'

Today, Konner and Stephan discuss the strange, but undoubtedly important, intersection between science and martial arts. Things like the ability to logically and cognitively break down ideas or techniques, or even how to have a little skepticism when it comes to things like martial arts instructors asking to be called professor or sifu.

Not only that, the guys chat about being the best in a field vs. being highly skilled in many areas, and how this ties into ideas like diminishing returns, experiencing the richness of existence, and where the balance in life is between being disciplined, focused, and achieving a goal, and when you should actually quit and change tracks.

Lastly of course, Stephan talks about his epic 1000 mile solo canoe journey through the arctic. He lays out some of the preparation, unexpected emotions, and a few of the experiences along the way.

*Note* Coronavirus within martial arts is discussed for the first 15min of the episode. Feel free to skip ahead if you would not like to hear about this. 

Apr 20 2020

1hr

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Kristen Mark

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Kristen Mark is a Sex and Relationships Researcher, with an academic background in behavioural health science and psychology whose work encompasses sexual health, sexual desire and desire discrepancies, as well as national and global sexual education policy and theory. More: http://www.kristenmark.com/

"Stop it with the abstinence only, it doesn't work. With kids especially, you tell them not to do something what are they going to do? They just go try it."

On today's episode of the podcast, Kristen discusses our understanding, or lack thereof, of what sexual pleasure actually is. Kristen and Konner discuss things such as its purpose, why it arises, its peaks and troughs and how much of a role it plays in human existence.

Kristen and Konner also look to the future and discuss how sexual education can and should change, while breaking down a couple of common misconceptions about ideas surrounding access to sexual education and abstinence.

And lastly, Kristen also lays out some of the research conducted with individuals who have experienced sexual trauma and how these individuals have developed their own happy and healthy relationships despite the adversity.

Mar 26 2020

56mins

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Kristina Campbell

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Kristina Campbell is a Human Microbiome Writer, Documenting Gut Microbiota, Nutrition, Probiotics, Prebiotics and Fecal Microbiota Transplantation. Website: bykriscampbell.com

"We've grown up and taken our health class in school and learned all the parts of our body. But then to think that's only half the story. That actually, at least half the cells are bacterial and not human at all, and they're invisible. That's something big to get your head around."

On today's episode, Kristina sheds some light on what terms like microbiome and micriobiota actually are. Kristina and Konner discuss changing our ideas and paradigms about germs and bacteria. Not only that, Kristina lays out the incredible width of things that our microbiome can affect, ranging from overall mortality, to even the makeup of our brains.

Lastly, and thankfully for everyone's sake, Kristina talks about things we can all do to assist our own microbiome, what is fact, what is fiction and how to avoid some of the people and products out there that are based on nonsense.

Feb 28 2020

59mins

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Sokeel Park

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Sokeel Park is the Director of Research for Liberty in North Korea (LINK), an organisation that works to rescue thousands of North Korean Refugees who have escaped their country and are vulnerable to exploitation and capture, by ensuring their safe and dignified journey to freedom within South Korea.

More Links: https://www.libertyinnorthkorea.org/ and "The Jangmadang Generation": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvsqpwI_IfU

"The North Korean people deserve and need a lot more allies around the world - a lot more solidarity and support for them."

Today, Sokeel discusses why he and many others with him at the organisaiton, are motivated to do this work with Liberty in North Korea. My guest, lays out what the process is for rescuing North Korean refugees. But perhaps most importantly, Sokeel describes how important it is to change the narrative and to highlight the people of North Korea.

Feb 05 2020

40mins

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Chris Grant

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Chris Grant is a Science Historian specialising in the Space-Flight Era and the creator of Universe University, a Science History podcast and blog. Find more at www.universeuniversity.space

"You can't help but wonder about the Human Mind and who was the first to conceive some of these truly fantastical ideas"

On today's episode, Chris takes us back in time to a period when humans just began to explore the vast ocean of space for the very first time. Chris and Konner chat about some of the motivations and reasons behind the space race, such as the Societal reasons, political reasons and even some philosophical ones.

Chris also talks about the impact soviet Russia had on space and technology as a whole, with people Yuri Gagarin and the satellite Sputnik, as well as what the future of space exploration looks like.

Dec 21 2019

1hr

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Deborah Hyde

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Deborah Hyde is a Folklorist, Skeptic and Cultural Anthropologist who specialises in the Supernatural, Paranormal, and Cryptozoology. deborahhyde.com

"The big difference between Religion and Superstition is Politics". 

Today, Deborah discusses why it is that people believe in weird stuff, and how in certain places throughout history the ideas of vampirism, witchcraft or fairies were commonplace beliefs. Not only that, Deborah and Konner discuss the reasons why we even have a distinction between the superstitious and religion, when once upon a time, these ideas were much more blended. Lastly, Deborah chats about Skepticism as a whole and the associated charlatans and conspiracies, ranging from sunning your anus to healers who claim to be able to cure cancer sufferers.

Dec 11 2019

44mins

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Daniele Bolelli

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Daniele Bolelli is a Historian, Author and Storyteller with his very popular "History on Fire" Podcast.

"I don't think most people are evil, I think most people are weak".

On today's episode, Konner and Daniele discuss some of the most infamous characters that have left a blaze through history. how legends become legends, and mostly, about the nature of evil.

Not only that, Daniele discusses some of the recent controversies surrounding history such as the removal of confederate statues in the US, and also how loneliness has completely blindsided our society

Nov 19 2019

1hr 1min

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Bonus: Lisa Harvey-Smith

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Lisa Harvey-Smith is an Astronomer, Women in STEM Ambassador to the Australian Government, an advisor for the Australian space agency as well as an author and broadcaster. Lisaharveysmith.com

On this episode, Konner and Lisa discuss her new kids book, Under the stars, astrophysics for bed time. Lisa also discusses her road map for implementing change in the world of STEM, as well as the genuine importance of astronomy and space exploration on the general public and society as a whole. Lisaharveysmith.com

Nov 11 2019

14mins

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Kyle Buller

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Kyle Buller is host of the psychedelics today network and is a specialist within the field of non-ordinary states of consciousness, trans-personal psychology and mental health counselling. http://www.settingsunwellness.com/

"I think that a lot of people are just disconnected with deep philosophical questions."

Today, Konner and Kyle discuss many of the factors that influence the epidemic of mental and spiritual neglect that our current society seems to be breeding. The guys chat about some of the reasons why our society is sick and some of the ways we can mitigate these issues creating cures and future prevention. Not only that, Kyle outlines some of the very real drawbacks of the current psychedelic revolution - as well as how we should be handling these very powerful compounds within a medical, clinical, or spiritual context.

Kyle also shares a very personal story of the near-death experience he underwent in his teenage years and how that event completely altered his life’s trajectory. Lastly, the conversation goes to people’s relationship with death and, how that could be the source of many of our existential crises. 

Oct 22 2019

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Jack and Ada

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Jack and Ada are Political commentators and hosts of their own podcast, Totally Unprepared Politics. twitter.com/thetupshow

Today's episode of the podcast is very relevant in this Topsy-Turvy world, and the guys discuss a very broad range of topics. Jack and Ada layout some potential benefits to Brexit, as well as where it currently stands. They also riff about some potential ideas for a possible new structure of government. Not only that, they chat on the lighter side of politics and climate change by discussing how the future might actually be looking bright. twitter.com/thetupshow

Oct 04 2019

1hr 26mins

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Tristan Rose

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Tristan Rose is an Ex-Australian Army Soldier and the founder of Blind Tiger Yoga. Tristan’s military career spanned 10 years and multiple deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan, which led him to develop Blind Tiger Yoga, an organisation whose mission is to provide Yoga to Military, Veterans and Emergency First Responders in order to provide a method of maintaining their overall physical and mental health. www.blindtigeryoga.com

"The ultimate key is: No one's coming to save you. This is all accountability on the individual."

Today, Konner and Tristan talk about the unlikely transition from Soldier to Yoga teacher. They discuss some of the rightful praises, as well as genuine criticisms of the military and how that affects an individual reentering a civilian existence.

But mostly, the guys chat about the role and importance of mindfulness and meditation. Including some tips and advice on how and why this should be implemented into your daily routine.

Aug 28 2019

1hr 27mins

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Connor Wander

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Connor Wander is an Alzheimer's Disease researcher specialising in GABA Neural Networks, and is one of the founders of "Straight from a Scientist", a Science Communication Network which works to communicate science to both academics and the wider public. https://www.straightfromascientist.com/

"To me, that’s the most terrifying thing about Alzheimer's - you can lose your identity in the process."

Today, Connor explains the fundamentals of Alzheimer's Disease, such as what the disease is, who suffers from it and what we know about things like risk, detection, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.

The guys also discuss that the 21st century is the era of the brain and what it means for philosophical concepts of the human race when we have a greater understanding of things like consciousness and mental illness.

Finally, as fellow science communicators, the guys chat about the general concept of education. What the structure of education could or should be like, how to get people more interested in different topics, and how we can break some of the old time expectations of an academic or a researcher.

Aug 06 2019

1hr 13mins

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Franck Marchis

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Franck Marchis is a SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) senior planetary astronomer and chair of the exoplanet group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute.

Prior to this, his work has involved the discovery and characterisation of numerous asteroids, study of the volcanism on Io (one of Jupiter's moons) and the enhancement of adaptive optics. He is also the co-founder of Unistellar, a company that develops extremely high quality telescopes. To find out more, visit http://franckmarchis.com/ or https://unistellaroptics.com/.

"We are a young technological intelligent civilization and we are like teenagers. We’ve only recently learned what we can do and how great life can be."

To start off today, Konner and Franck chat about his origins, his studies of Io, the aversion of physical activity within academia, as well as the importance of branching out into other fields and travel for all of us.

But around 30 minutes in, the guys begin talking about what all good discussions around astronomy eventually get to, which is aliens. They discuss some actual SETI findings, such as the staggering number of planets out there that could be harbouring life. We talk about the philosophy of alien life, how that might affect humanity, and finally, what it could be like if humanity became a space faring civilization.

Jul 07 2019

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Rob from McDojo Life

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Rob is the founder of McDojo Life, broadcaster and a martial arts veteran with over 22 years experience across multiple disciplines.

"Keeping Martial Arts Legit"

Today, Konner and Rob chat the motivations behind McDojos, ranging from the thought process of the perpetrator themselves, to the cult like mentality that their followers seem to attain.

Rob discusses how women's self defence classes are deceitful and downright hazardous, and why the mentality of ‘something is better than nothing’ is not a wise choice in the world of combat.

Lastly, the guys talk about the beauty of martial arts, what it can do for a person mentally, physically, spiritually, and how we can best teach and inform those who are interested in a journey within the world of self defence and combat disciplines.

Jun 12 2019

1hr 26mins

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What a fun show!

By turtlewoods - May 31 2019
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Such a great show! If you have even a cursory interest in science this show is a perfect match for you. Konnor is such a versatile host who can find interesting things to talk about with every guest he has on.

Great podcast

By rach.steets - Jul 25 2018
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Super informative content!