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Globetrotting and mind exploring comedian Shane Mauss interviews scientists each week on journey to answer the biggest questions about the meanings of life (as well as a bunch of other random stuff you never imagined you would care about). Favorite topics include: psychology, biology, evolution, cognitive biases, behavioral economics, mating, animal behavior, neuroscience, and the subconscious

Globetrotting and mind exploring comedian Shane Mauss interviews scientists each week on journey to answer the biggest questions about the meanings of life (as well as a bunch of other random stuff you never imagined you would care about). Favorite topics include: psychology, biology, evolution, cognitive biases, behavioral economics, mating, animal behavior, neuroscience, and the subconscious

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United States

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Globetrotting and mind exploring comedian Shane Mauss interviews scientists each week on journey to answer the biggest questions about the meanings of life (as well as a bunch of other random stuff you never imagined you would care about). Favorite topics include: psychology, biology, evolution, cognitive biases, behavioral economics, mating, animal behavior, neuroscience, and the subconscious

Language:

English


Episodes

Modeling a way out of Extinction

11/30/2022
Today I'm at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville speaking with Dr. Paul Armsworth. Paul examines how conservation investment strategies and natural resource management policies can be made more effective by integrating ecological and socioeconomic models and data. Learn more about Paul's lab: https://www.armsworthlab.com/ Learn more about Paul's research: https://eeb.utk.edu/people/paul-armsworth/ Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being.

Duration:00:51:41

Modern Humans w/David and Douglas Kenrick

11/23/2022
Today I'm speaking with David and Douglas Kenrick about their new book "Solving Modern Problems With a Stone-Age Brain: Human Evolution and the Seven Fundamental Motives". Douglas Kenrick is a professor of psychology at Arizona State University. His research and writing integrate three scientific syntheses of the last few decades: evolutionary psychology, cognitive science, and dynamical systems theory. He is the author of over 170 scientific articles, books, and book chapters, the majority...

Duration:01:04:12

Horticultural Therapy w/Dr. Derrick Stowell

11/16/2022
Today I'm at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville speaking with Dr. Derrick Stowell, who is the Education and Horticultural Therapy Program Administrator for the UT Gardens. Derrick is responsible for directing education programs and horticultural therapy programs for the UT Gardens, Knoxville location. https://onehealth.tennessee.edu/ https://utgardens.tennessee.edu/ Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being.

Duration:00:58:18

Transdisciplinary Synthesis w/Dr. Nina Fefferman

11/9/2022
Nina Fefferman is back! Today, I'm at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. We talk about beauty and utility of math and how to get young learners excited about mathematic reasoning. We also discuss the incredible collaborative work being done at NIMBioS, which is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Synthesis Center supported through NSF's Biological Sciences Directorate via a Cooperative Agreement with the University of Tennessee. Learn more: http://www.nimbios.org/ Dr. Fefferman is a...

Duration:01:10:28

The Human Network w/Tamas David Barrett

11/2/2022
Today I'm speaking with evolutionary behavioural scientist, Tamas David Barrett. His work focuses on how the structure of social networks change during falling fertility, urbanisation, and migration; as well as, how social networks vary over the human life-course. Tamás’s current projects include the origins of inequality regulation; why the behavioural rules between women and men vary so much across cultures; and the evolutionary foundations of sharing behaviour. Tamás teaches Trinity...

Duration:01:18:21

Casual Apocalypse w/Athena Aktipis

10/26/2022
This week I went Arizona State University to talk with Athena Aktipis about the potential of apocalyptic events, both natural and human-caused, and how we can prepare, respond, and prevent the end of the world. Athena is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University and co-Director of The Cooperation Science Network and The Human Generosity Project. This episode is a part of a new series we're working on where we present ideas from scientists in a more...

Duration:00:55:45

Counterfactual Thinking w/ Dr. Keith Markman

10/19/2022
Today I'm hanging out with Dr. Keith Markman! Keith was one of the scientists that gave a talk at this year's Mind Under Matter Campout Festival. Keith's research focuses on “counterfactual thinking”, or how people imagine alternative realities, develop conspiracy theories, and connect coincidental dots dreamt up by the hyper-active human brain. Learn more about Dr. Markman's work: https://www.ohio.edu/cas/markman

Duration:01:25:19

The Truth About the Middle Ages w/ Daniele Cybulskie

10/13/2022
Today I'm speaking with Daniele Cybulskie, who is a historian, writer, and podcaster. Daniele has written several books about medieval history, which you can find here: http://www.danielecybulskie.com/books She is also the host of The Medieval Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-medieval-podcast/id1448142533 DISCLAIMER: We are not responsible for any potential trebuchet-related incidents this episode may inspire. ZAMM2022: http://www.zombiemed.org/ Thank you for watching...

Duration:01:10:15

Thriving in the End Times w/Athena Aktipis

10/5/2022
This week I'm talking with Athena Aktipis about the gradients of apocalyptic events and how humans cope with the end times. Athena is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University and co-Director of The Cooperation Science Network and The Human Generosity Project. This episode is a part of a new series we're working on where we present ideas from scientists in a more structured format. We're still fine-tuning the way this will work, so make sure and...

Phosphorus and The Environment w/ Dr. Jim Elser

9/28/2022
Today we're talking phosphorus, from exploding stars to urine. Dr. Jim Elser is a limnologist, Director of Flathead Lake Biological Station at Yellow Bay, Bierman Professor of Ecology at the University of Montana, and the Director of Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance. Phosphorus is as essential as water, carbon, or oxygen for agriculture and all life on earth. It's also a non-renewable resource with a natural cycle, which is rapidly accelerating due to human activity. But there are promising...

Here We Are LIVE with Herman Pontzer

9/23/2022
This episode of the Here We Are podcast was recorded live at the Mind Under Matter Campout Festival in Raleigh, NC at the beautiful Lakeside Retreats. I decided to invite one of my favorite guests and good friend, Herman Pontzer, to talk about some of the evolutionary underpinnings of why we come together and celebrate at festivals. Herman is an Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, and author of the book, "Burn: New Research Blows the Lid Off How We Really...

Duration:00:58:04

Humility w/Daryl R. Van Tongeren

9/7/2022
Today I'm speaking with Daryl R. Van Tongeren, who is an associate professor of psychology at Hope College. We discuss some of the topics he writes about in his new book, "Humble: Free Yourself From the Traps of a Narcissistic World." Learn more about Daryl's work here: https://www.darylvantongeren.com/ Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being.

Duration:01:05:20

Human Productivity w/Tara Behrend

9/1/2022
Today I'm speaking with Tara Behrend, who is an Assoc of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Purdue University. We discuss productivity and efficiency in the work place, our cultural perception of time, the surprising and counterintuitive findings about employee privacy research, and online education and more! https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/psy/directory/faculty/Behrend,%20Tara.html Come meet Tara at the Mind Under Matter Campout Festival at Lakeside Retreats in Raleigh Sep...

Duration:01:21:04

Happier Hour w/Cassie Holmes

8/25/2022
Today I'm speaking with Cassie Holmes, professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. We talk about her new book "Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most" How can we use our time more wisely and accomplish the tasks we care about most? What's the difference between pickleball and tennis? Why is it easier to brainstorm in the shower or while driving across the country? Is multitasking a myth? Check out Cassie's book:...

Duration:01:13:44

Human Factors w/Anne McLaughlin

8/17/2022
Today I am speaking with Anne McLaughlin, who is a psychology professor at North Carolina State University. We discuss her book "All Too Human", which takes a look at applied Human Factors. Human Factors may be a lesser known field within psychology but its implications become obvious once realized. Huge thanks to Chris of Hygge Production House for filming this episode. Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being.

Duration:01:02:07

Emotional Intelligence w/Hillary Anger Elfenbein

8/4/2022
Today I'm speaking with Hillary Anger Elfenbein, who is a professor at the Olin School of Washington University. We discuss the parallels between stand up comedy and teaching at a university, cross cultural analysis of emotional intelligence, being overly self-aware, and much more! Come and see the physical manifestation of Mind Under Matter and hang out with The WBBC™, the team, and all the other MUMies September 9 thru 11: https://mindunderpod.com/pages/campout

Duration:01:19:41

Set and Setting w/Cole Marta

7/28/2022
Today I'm hanging out with my good friend, Cole Marta. Cole is the Co-founder, Medical Director, and Clinician at California Center for Psychedelic Therapy. We do a little catching up and discuss Cole's personal journey into psychedelic research and therapy as well as touch on ways you can get involved yourself. Visit California Center for Psychedelic Therapy: https://psychedelictherapyca.com/ https://mindunderpod.com/pages/campout Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being.

Duration:01:02:09

Michael Garfield

7/21/2022
In this episode, I catch up with my good friend, Michael Garfield. Michael is the host of the Future Fossils podcast and the Complexity podcast. In his 4th appearance on Here We Are, we discuss topics like fatherhood, lifestyle changes, and the ever-changing world we live in.

Duration:01:14:41

Nature vs Nurture? w/ Marlene Zuk

7/14/2022
Today I'm speaking with one of my very first guests on the Here We Are podcast, Marlene Zuk. Marlene is a Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. We talk about common misconceptions about evolution and comparing humans to other animals. Check out Marlene's upcoming book, "Dancing Cockatoos and the Dead Man Test: How Behavior Evolves and Why It Matters" here: https://wwnorton.com/books/9781324007227 And check out some of her other books...

Duration:01:06:19

Restrictive Mating Strategies w/Martie Haselton and Jaimie Krems

7/8/2022
Today I'm speaking with Martie Haselton and Jaimie Krems. Martie is the world's leading researcher on how ovulatory cycles influence women's sexuality. She is a professor of psychology at UCLA and the Institute for Society and Genetics, and a really great friend of mine. Jaimie is a professor of Social psychology focusing on female friendship, conflict, stereotypes, and prejudice. We discuss the influence large social institutions, like religion, has on one's perspective of the sanctity of...

Duration:01:09:53