Stuff to Blow Your Mind
What about darkness is so unsettling? Find out about the most extreme instances of an absence of light and how it works on our bodies.
Steven Johnson: How We Got to Now
Glass, "Cold," "Sound," "Clean," "Time" and "Light. Just a random collection of items in the physical world, right? Not in the hands of science journalist, Steven Johnson, who weaves a revelatory tale of technological wonders in his new book and PBS...
Trypophobia: Fear of Holes
Phobias can arise from all sorts of lurking dangers, like venomous snakes. But holes? Is trypophobia really a thing? Find out why a person might fear an array of innocent holes and the role social contagion could play.
The Zen of Pain
Can pain elevate us to a higher state of conscious? Can we find peace and forgiveness with self-inflicted cuts and lashes? Join Robert and Julie as they raise the lantern of science to the humanity's longstanding quest for liberation through physical...
The Infinity Hotel
"Imagine a hotel with infinite rooms and infinite guests. Do you fancy they have space for one more late arrival? Join Robert and Julie as they check into the Infinity Hotel to discover how the concept of infinity affects mathematics, physics and the...
Infinity + One
Contemplate the boundless. Contemplate the endless. Join Robert and Julie as they discuss what infinity is, what infinity isn't and the philosopher's never-ending quest to unravel the nature of cosmic, mathematical and divine infinities.
What are we to make of this evil spirit of Algonquin folklore, said to transform unfortunate travelers into cannibalistic monsters? Have true accounts of “wendigo psychosis” actually occurred in the Canadian wilds? Join Robert and Julie as they...
The Horror Movie Aphrodisiac
Are horror movies a sure-fire aphrodisiac? Does the haunted house really exit into the bed room? Join Robert and Julie as they examine the old scary movie seduction trope and look for the scientific connection between jump scares and sexual arousal.
How Rewilding Works
The Anthropocene era has exacted quite a toll on Earth's ecosystem, but could rewilding reverse the damage and restore balance to Earth? Could it bring the human individual and human culture as a whole back in line with the natural order of things?...
The Ghosts of Evolution
We now inhabit the Anthropocene era -- one where man-made environments have displaced entire ecosystems and the plants and animals that inhabited them. Knowing that all species are interconnected -- including us bipedal chatterboxes -- how will...
Money and Happiness
Can money buy happiness? Find out if being flush with cash really makes a difference in your outlook.
Would you like more money? Sure, we all would. In this encore presentation, Julie and Robert dive into the world of Scrooge McDuck, King Midas and look at how greed is expressed in the brain.
The Myth of Average
Find out why using statistical averages to understand individuals is a crappy strategy for healthcare and education. Robert and Julie also look at how playing to the average affects our everyday world.
Ignorance is Bliss
Why do we humans sometimes stick our heads in the sand -- even at the risk of our health and well-being? Robert and Julie explore information aversion.
Attention Schema Theory: Consciousness & God
Life is an enduring mystery. We’re forced to unravel the mystery of human consciousness from within, while the enigma of cosmos bears down on us from beyond. We whisper the words “self” and even “god” to ground ourselves in an ocean of chaos, but...
Gaming the Flow
Join Robert and Julie as they explore what is to enter “the flow state,” a place of both clarity and ecstasy that some say leads to ultimate contentment. So how do you achieve it and why are game designers so interested in it?
Syphilis Through the Ages
It’s difficult to overstate the impact of syphilis on the Western world, and it remains a threat to this day despite effective antibiotic treatments. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie explore the history of the illness and...
Syphilis: The Great Imitator
Doctors have called it the great imitator because this destructive venereal disease can manifest almost any symptom. Initially spreading through sexual contact, Syphilis can remain dormant in the body for decades before flaring up again in brutally...
The Mathematics of Happiness
Is there a mathematical equation for happiness? Is there a formula for contentment? Explore the science and chase the ephemeral in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
There's far more to origami than paper swans. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie explore the mathematics and real-world applications of intricately folded sheets.
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