Stuff to Blow Your Mind
The Ring of Gyges04/30/15
Before H.G. Wells' Invisible Man and J.R.R. Tolkien's One Ring, there was the Ring of Gyges: a mythical artifact that turned the wearer invisible. Would such anonymity turn you into a law-breaking monster, or does morality extend beyond the fear of...
Perhaps you've witnessed something you'd call ""road rage"" out there on Earth's highways. Perhaps you've even engaged in it yourself. But where does mere aggressive driving end and true violence begin? Where does the notion of ""road rage"" come from...
In 2006, NASA discovered "space roar" —a sound that's six times louder than what they expected to hear when they eavesdropped on space. Inexplicably weird, right?
The Power of Polite
Kindly step this way to the politeness theory where you'll discover the power of good manners. We'll also discuss which countries are the most polite and discreetly mention the ones that are the least polite. Thank you for your time and attention.
What are we to make of alleged ritual satanic abuse and the moral panic that spread in the 1980s and 90s? Christian Sager joins Robert for an exploration of religion, fear and demons of the mind.
Grimoire: Occult Books and the Magic of Writing
We’re all familiar with such fictional grimoires as “The Necronomicon,” but what about the rich legacy of occult books and cryptic tomes that preceded its invention? Robert and guest host Christian Sager investigate and maybe summon a demon or two.
Mean World Syndrome
Is there more violence in the world today, or have we just been watching too many CSI shows? In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Julie and Robert explore cultivation theory and the idea that we live in a mean, mean world.
What’s the largest snake that has ever existed?
Everyone loves a giant snake tale, but what's really the largest serpent on the planet? Hunt for the answer across space and time in this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast.
The Power of Shame
Shame is a powerful emotion that, depending on the way you frame it, can be a force for either good or evil. Find out what the difference is between embarrassment, guilt and shame. Do dogs feel shame? And have you ever suffered from second-hand...
The Gordian Knot of Race
To ""see no color"" is to gloss over the deep-seated racial issues that exist today. Find out about how something so abstract – like unconscious racial biases – can have real-world implications in this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast.
School to Prison Pipeline
No one ever says they want to be a convict when they grow up. Julie and Robert look at the School-to-Prison pipeline and the variables that form this insidious system.
Enter a world where toxic ants and termites explode at will to stave off murderous invasions – a world of highly-evolved chemical weapons an ruthless guerilla tactics. It’s all in this bombastic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Optimal Inattention: Willful Ignoring
It may not always be polite but optimal inattention, aka willful ignoring, someone or something is a necessity. Let's explore with a study on hands and feet, not to mention our wildly distracted eyes.
It's Saint Patrick’s Day, so our minds inevitably turn to the little people of Irish folklore. But diminutive fairy folk pop up in folk traditions around the world. Listen in for a celebration of the myth and science behind those Leprechaun encounters...
Cry Me a River
Tears are an integral part of the shared human language of expression -- even though at one time in history a display of public waterworks was considered "emotional incontinence." Explore the world of lachrymal effluvia with us, won't you?
Could you outrun a fireball?
It's a Hollywood classic: Our hero leaps in the nick of time, right before tendrils of flames close in. But could you escape a raging fire in real life?
The Scent of Cognition
We are enrobed in a world of scent, and as we know it's a heady powerful one -- with the power to make and summon memories. But this power is far more deep-seated in the brain than we previously thought. The ability to smell may even be root our...
How much does the soul weigh?
Is it possible to measure the energy lost when the "soul" departs the body? Take a tour of soul-weighing and the quest to make what is immaterial material in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.
Respect the Rat
You may think rats are just vermin, but the fact is they own huge metropollitan cities like New York. And when it comes to science they've contributed an immense amount of data (although not voluntarily). Find out how similar rats are to humans and...
Pineal Optics: My Third Eye
Prepare to open that third eye, listeners, because Robert and Julie are taking you on a journey from philosophical ponderings about human spirituality to scientific explorations of the human pineal gland and the extra parietal eye common to other...
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