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How Emotions are Made with Lisa Feldman Barrett

Our understanding of the biology of emotions has changed dramatically in recent years. We don't experience our emotions, we construct them. Listen to Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of 'How emotions are made' talk about the science of emotions and the implications of our new understanding of them.


Design Thinking: The Scientific Method Applied to Business

This is a reading of a blog post I wrote on Design Thinking and the scientific method. Show notes can be found at Blog post originally posted on


Sorry Trump. You're wrong about Sovereignty

This is an audio essay on the issue of state sovereignty in an interconnected world, inspired by Trump's recent address to the UN General Assembly. The essay is available on and on medium -@shbarton. Links and sources can be found there as well. You can support the podcast at or at


Psychedelics with Chris Timmerman

Chris Timmerman is a PhD student in the Psychedelic Research Group from Imperial College in London. He's currently conducting brain imaging experiments on people under the influence of the psychedelic drug DMT. In this episode, we talk about the psychedelics in general, ego dissolutionment and DMT. You can support this podcast at or at


Why I turned off my notifications and you should too

A short essay on why I turned off my notifications, updates regarding my trip to the US/Canada as well as on future podcasts. Show notes can be found at Support the podcast at or at


Meditation and the Brain with Dr Sarah Lazar

Meditation has exploded in popularity in recent years. Once thought of as a purely spiritual practice, the physical and mental benefits of it are now being recognised by science. Secular institutions like schools and corporations are jumping onto the Zen train to reap these benefits, which range from increases in productivity, improved sleep quality, increased creativity, as well as reduced stress and anxiety, just to name a few. On a side note, there’s also the fact that some people report...


The Inevitable Technologies that will Shape our Future with Kevin Kelly

In this episode, we explore the techologies that will shape our future as outlined in the book 'The Inevitable' by Kevin Kelly. It takes the vast swathes of technological developments that we’ve seen over the past few decades, and paints a marvellous picture of what they could, and most likely will inevitably mean for the future. Topics covered in the podcast include: - Artificial intelligence and the cognifying of everything - The blockchain - Information abundance - Startup advice for...


The Plight of the Biafran People with Gosife Okekenta

Today's episode is a bit different from the rest. Instead of talking about developments in science, tech and society, I'm chatting to a man called Gosife Okenta about the ongoing subjugation and suffering of his people in Nigeria. He would not call himself Nigerian, however. Gosife is from Biafra, a secessionist state in eastern Nigeria that existed in the late 1960s. Though is no longer exists, there are millions of people who identify as Biafrans today, and are treated as second class...


The Death of Aging with Aubrey de Grey

Aging could become a thing of the past. Not in 100 years, but within our lifetime (whatever that means) In this episode, I'm joined by Aubrey de Grey. Aubrey is a British biomedical gerontologist, chief scientist and founder of the SENS Research Foundation, an institution focused on using regenerative medicines to repair damage underlying the diseases of aging. In our conversation, we talk about some of the underlying causes of aging, where anti-aging research is at the moment, and what the...


The Future of Food with Dr Liz Specht

There aren't too many decisions that we make daily that can have as much of an impact on the world as what we choose to eat. Today, we're joined by Dr Liz Specht from the Good Food Institute to talk about the future of food. In our conversation, we talk about what's going on in food-tech, why are these developments so important, and when will we taste the fruits of the labour of the rapidly evolving food-tech industry? Links to what's discussed in the podcast can be found at


Concussions with Dr Fatima Nasrallah

This episode is with Dr Fatima Nasrallah, a senior scientist and researcher from the Queensland Brain Institute. This is a discussion on concussions, yo. What do we know about them, how do we measure them, what are the long term impacts, and how should you use this information? Show notes available at Links: Queensland Brain Institute:


Gravitational Waves with Dr Jess McIver

We now have a new way of observing the universe. Over a century ago, Einstein’s seminal work on the theory of general relativity predicted the existence of gravitational waves which are ripples within the very fabric of the universe itself. In February of 2016, the existence of gravitational waves was confirmed by measurements made by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. In this episode, I chat with Dr Jess McIver postdoctoral scholar in experimental physics at California...


The Why behind the Podcast - Generalism and Global Citizenship

This episode is a bit different to the rest! Topics discussed are: - What the podcast is about and what to expect - Why I started the podcast - Brief bio on me(Sam Barton) - An explanation of the Global Citizenship concept I've discussed on other podcasts. Links mentioned: Instagram: @shbarton


The Blockchain, Complexity Economics and Generalism with Kary Bheemaiah

Blockchain technology has potential to transform society. It's described as 'the trust machine' - an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value. My guest for this episode is Kary Bheemaiah -a researcher, lecturer, writer, technology consultant based in Paris. Kary recently published book, ‘The Blockchain Alternative: Rethinking Macroeconomic Policy and Economic Theory’ explores the...


The Psychedelic DMT with Dr Rick Strassman

DMT(dimethyltryptamine - more like dimethyltripdaeffout) is a psychedelic substance that's found throughout nature and within the human body. It's a substance that, after more scientific enquiry, could bridge the gap between science and spirituality due to the life-changing, and some would say, mystical experiences it can facilitate. Dr Rick Strassman is an author, specialist in psychiatry and psychopharmacology. He was the first to legally administer psychedelics to people in the United...


The Earth Charter and Global Community with Clem Campbell

The Earth Charter is an international declaration of fundamental values and principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It "seeks to inspire in all peoples a sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. The four pillars and sixteen principles of the Earth Charter are: I. Respect and Care for the Community of Life 1. Respect Earth and...


Coral Bleaching and the Great Barrier Reef

Today's guest is Brett Lewis, a marine researcher from the Queensland University of Technology. He was a part of the team that filmed video of coral bleaching in action that ended up going viral. In today's episode ,we find out exactly what coral bleaching actually and what does it mean for the great barrier reef? Why is reef actually important, and we also discuss current issues in science communication. Links: Twitter: BrettM_Lewis


Biohacking with Amal Graafstra

We can now take our evolution into our own hands. Amal Graafstra is Chief of Awesome and Dangerous Things, a Biohacking company based out of Seattle, Washington. He's one of the guys that put biohacking on the map, with the RFID chip he's got implanted in his hand, that allows him to access his car and house without keys - and that's just the start! Technologies available today can allow us to do far crazier things - from paying for stuff with a wave of a hand, to actually changing our very...


Universal Basic Income with Dr Karl Widerquist

Universal Basic Income - an answer to our automated future and the beginning of a utopian future? An idea backed by people on both sides of the political spectrum, technologists and futurists, a basic income may not just be philosophically appealing, it may be necessary. Today's conversation is with Dr Karl Widerquist, a political philosopher and economist at Georgetown University, SFQ Qatar. He is co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network and an author of numerous books, including...


Principles behind Engineering a Viral Idea with Dr Brendan Markey-Towler

What makes an idea stick? What is it about an idea that causes it to plant itself in the mind and spread? In this episode, I talk to Dr Brendan Markey-Towler, an economist from the University of Queensland, about a paper he wrote called 'Competition of Ideas in the Public Sphere'. Basically, what Brendan does in this paper is break dow what form an idea should take, to make an idea the fittest it can be in the marketplace of ideas. He does this using behavioural economics, psychology and...