Stuff To Blow Your Mind

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Scott D.
 Nov 5, 2019
These guys are very intelligent, learned, and entertaining. I find 80 to 90% of the episodes are thoroughly engrossing. Beyond that, I always feel like I'm listening to good personal friends just chatting at a party.

Lauren
 Sep 11, 2019
So much fun, I can't tell you how many times I've started listening to an episode thinking there's no way they can talk for so long about such a dull topic and ended up excited and thrilled by how they make everything so interesting!

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Deep in the back of your mind, you’ve always had the feeling that there’s something strange about reality. There is. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they examine neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and our transhuman future.

Episode Date
The Tide of Gold
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Gold from the ocean? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the basic idea behind the accumulation of oceanic gold and the fascinating historical hoax based on the notion. Plus, where does gold come from and how will deep sea gold mining endanger thermal vent ecosystems? Find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 09, 2020
How does travel engage the senses?
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Travel has long inspired the mind and engaged the senses, but just what's going on in the human body when we venture near or far? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 07, 2020
From the Vault: TEETH
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Where do teeth come from and how do different dental variations in the animal world force us to rethink our glorious chompers? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore dental evolution and the wondrous marching molars of elephants and manatees. (Originally published 7/23/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 04, 2020
Into the Egg Chamber
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Eggs are amazing and some of the varieties we find in nature are wonderfully weird, riveling or exceeding anything you’d ever find on a fictional derelict spaceship. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider some curious specimens from the world of eggs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 02, 2020
Smart Talks With IBM: The Power of Quantum Computing
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Some problems are so big and complex that there’s not enough computational power on Earth to tackle them. Enter Quantum computing, a new kind of computing that can change how we solve problems forever. In this episode of Stuff To Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with Director of IBM Quantum Strategy and Applications Research, Katie Pizzolato and ExxonMobil VP of R&D, Dr. Vijay Swarup. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 30, 2020
From the Vault: Roman Extinctions
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Humans are capable of amazing technological and societal feats, but we’ve also brought much misery, death and destruction to our world. We are currently in the midst of the sixth great extinction event -- the Holocene extinction -- and the ravages of human activity extend back throughout our history as a dominator species. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe focus in on some of the key extinctions that occurred during the Roman Empire. (Originally published 6/27/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 27, 2020
Kimchi: A Song of Salt and Cabbage
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What exactly is kimchi and what is the chemistry of its deliciousness? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore this spicy, fermented staple of Korean cuisine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 25, 2020
The Invention of Fireworks
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Fireworks are a staple of celebrations around the world, but where does this invention come from and what’s the basic chemistry of their combustion? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe light the fuse and find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 23, 2020
From the Vault: The Facial Feedback Hypothesis
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To what extent does the act of smiling generate happiness in the mind of the smiler? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Facial Feedback Hypothesis and what it means for our complex human emotions. (Originally published 6/20/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 20, 2020
Ant Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Ants
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The war has raged for at least 100 million years. Armored warriors boil up out of the ground and surge across the battlefield. Mandibles clash. Bodies are torn asunder. As the will of one colony clashes with another, forces advance, withdrawal and sometimes whole populations perish in the Earth. Such are the wars of the ants, compared to which the wars of humanity are but a blip. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and tactics of ant warfare, and what humans can learn from it all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 18, 2020
Smart Talks with IBM: The Debating AI
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Project Debater is the first AI system that can debate humans on complex topics, with a larger ambition of helping people build persuasive arguments and make well-informed decisions. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with Project Debater founder Noam Slonim and IBM VP for Data and AI, Madhu Kochar. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 16, 2020
From the Vault: Brain Soup and Liquid Brains
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Is there ever a good scientific reason to turn brains into soup? What does all of this have to do with the concept of “liquid brains?” Robert and Joe explore on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (Originally published 6/11/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 13, 2020
Ant Wars: Episode II - The Antmire Strikes Back
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The war has raged for at least 100 million years. Armored warriors boil up out of the ground and surge across the battlefield. Mandibles clash. Bodies are torn asunder. As the will of one colony clashes with another, forces advance, withdrawal and sometimes whole populations perish in the Earth. Such are the wars of the ants, compared to which the wars of humanity are but a blip. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and tactics of ant warfare, and what humans can learn from it all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 12, 2020
Ant Wars: Episode I - The Antom Menace
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The war has raged for at least 100 million years. Armored warriors boil up out of the ground and surge across the battlefield. Mandibles clash. Bodies are torn asunder. As the will of one colony clashes with another, forces advance, withdrawal and sometimes whole populations perish in the Earth. Such are the wars of the ants, compared to which the wars of humanity are but a blip. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and tactics of ant warfare, and what humans can learn from it all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 11, 2020
Solidarity
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A brief note from Stuff to Blow Your Mind in support of racial justice. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 09, 2020
From the Vault: The Soap Dragon
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What monsters of fatty flesh lie slumbering in the sewer guts of our great cities? Join Robert and Joe as they venture into the dark to discover the beast we all made together. (Originally published 6/4/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 06, 2020
Subterrenes: Like Submarines but Underground
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The notion of a subterrene, or underground drilling vehicle, is well established within the realm of science fiction, but what are the real-world possibilities for vehicles that drill or melt their way through the subterranean world. Robert and Joe explore in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 04, 2020
Smart Talks with IBM: The Impact of AI in a Pandemic
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How is AI helping organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the topic with Ritika Gunnar, Vice President of IBM’s Data and AI Expert Labs and Learning, and Jay Bellissimo, IBM’s General Manager for the U.S. Public and Federal Market. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 02, 2020
From the Vault: The Great Wave
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For centuries, sailors have told stories of mountainous killer waves that rise out of the ocean without warning. Join Robert and Joe for a discussion of the history and science of rogue waves. (originally published 5/30/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 30, 2020
The Invention of the Book, Part 2
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Books are one of humanity’s greatest inventions, but where do they come from? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the history of book technology, from ancient clay tablets and papyrus scrolls to the codex and beyond. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 28, 2020
The Invention of the Book, Part 1
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Books are one of humanity’s greatest inventions, but where do they come from? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the history of book technology, from ancient clay tablets and papyrus scrolls to the codex and beyond. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 26, 2020
From the Vault: The Doppelganger Network
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss Doppelgangers, fairy imposters, the brain basis for the feeling of familiarity, and a unique way of understanding the impact of social media and modern communications technology. (originally published 5/28/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 23, 2020
Psychedelics Playlist: The Manifested Mind, Part 5
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What are psychedelics? How have these substances influenced human minds and culture? What exactly do they invoke in the brain and how could a renaissance of scientific study into their properties improve our lives? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe explore the world of entheogens. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 22, 2020
Psychedelics Playlist: The Manifested Mind, Part 4
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What are psychedelics? How have these substances influenced human minds and culture? What exactly do they invoke in the brain and how could a renaissance of scientific study into their properties improve our lives? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe explore the world of entheogens. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 22, 2020
Psychedelics Playlist: The Manifested Mind, Part 3
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What are psychedelics? How have these substances influenced human minds and culture? What exactly do they invoke in the brain and how could a renaissance of scientific study into their properties improve our lives? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe explore the world of entheogens. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 22, 2020
Psychedelics Playlist: The Manifested Mind, Part 2
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What are psychedelics? How have these substances influenced human minds and culture? What exactly do they invoke in the brain and how could a renaissance of scientific study into their properties improve our lives? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe explore the world of entheogens. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 22, 2020
Psychedelics Playlist: The Manifested Mind, Part 1
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What are psychedelics? How have these substances influenced human minds and culture? What exactly do they invoke in the brain and how could a renaissance of scientific study into their properties improve our lives? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe explore the world of entheogens. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 22, 2020
Listener Mail: Hobbits, Gorgons and More
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It's time for another listener mail episode, this time with your thoughts on hobbits, gorgons, pointing and much more... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 21, 2020
Smart Talks with IBM: Rethinking Supply Chains
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The supply chain is vital to life in the modern world, and the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted this flow of goods and materials to a considerable degree. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with IBM Global Managing Director for Consumer Industries Luq Niazi and Partner at the Consumer Center of Competence (CoC) at IBM Karl Haller. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 19, 2020
From the Vault: Send an Owl/Raven/Pigeon!
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Harry Potter sends messages by owl. The characters of ‘Game of Thrones’ employ ravens. Meanwhile, real-life messenger pigeons have carried messages for thousands of years. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider just why the homing pigeon is perfect for this job -- and why owls and ravens are not. (originally published 5/9/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 16, 2020
Invention Playlist 4: Invented Words, Part 2
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Where do new words come from? Robert and Joe explore... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 15, 2020
Invention Playlist 4: Invented Words, Part 1
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Where do new words come from? Robert and Joe explore... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 15, 2020
Invention Playlist 4: Barbed Wire
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You may very well encounter barbed wire everyday -- and, in all likelihood, you see THROUGH this flesh-ripping barrier. Where did this invention come from? How did it change the world? Robert and Joe discuss “the devil’s rope” in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 15, 2020
Invention Playlist 4: The Turnspit Dog
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Robert and Joe continue the month’s journey through human CULINARY techno-history -- this time with the story of the turnspit dog. This now-extinct breed of dog turned the meat in many a European kitchen, before it was replaced by machines. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 15, 2020
Invention Playlist 4: Penicillin
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A fungal accident in the early 20th century opened the door for the medical wonders of the antibiotic age. In this episode, Robert and Joe explore what came before and how Alexander Fleming’s discovery changed the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 15, 2020
Invention Playlist 4: The Museum
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Where do museums come from? Explore their history in this episode... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 15, 2020
Invention Playlist 4: Sun Glasses
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Shades didn't invent themselves. Robert and Joe explore their origins... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 15, 2020
Invention Playlist 4: Chopsticks
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Chopsticks may seem like a basic invention, but this invention has a fascinating history... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 15, 2020
Invention Playlist 4: The Vending Machine
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It took my quarters and gave me candy, but who invented this machine? Find out... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 15, 2020
Invention Playlist 4: Guillotine
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It cuts heads off, but who invented it? Robert and Joe explore. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 15, 2020
Listener Mail: Moa Money, Moa Problems
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It's time for another listener mail episode, this time with your thoughts on teleportation mishaps, the mighty moa and much more... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 14, 2020
The Mighty Sarlacc
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Few places in the Star Wars universe are regarded with as much horror as the Great Pit of Carkoon, within the Dune Sea of Tatooine. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the mighty Sarlacc and compare what we know about this organism to denizens of the natural world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 12, 2020
From the Vault: The Sacred Mountain, Part 2
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Why do sacred mountains exist in so many cultures and myths? To what extent could high altitude conditions contribute to the way our mind processes these breathtaking environments? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the wonder and science of sacred mountains. (originally published 4/25/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 09, 2020
Invention Playlist 3: Board Games, Part 2
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Board games have only grown in variety and complexity in recent decades, but just how far back in time do these curious physical simulations go? In this episode of Invention, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick consider the meeples of ancient history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 08, 2020
Invention Playlist 3: Board Games, Part 1
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Board games have only grown in variety and complexity in recent decades, but just how far back in time do these curious physical simulations go? In this episode of Invention, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick consider the meeples of ancient history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 08, 2020
Invention Playlist 3: The Atlatl Spear Thrower
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The spear is a truly ancient human technology, but this preceded one of humanity’s oldest mechanical inventions: the atlatl or spear thrower. In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe explore the history and physics of this amazing hunting device. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 08, 2020
Invention Playlist 3: The Condom
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Condoms are an important part of human health and medicine, but where did this invention come from? Robert and Joe explore in this episode of Invention. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 08, 2020
Invention Playlist 3: Air Conditioning, Part 3
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Air conditioning has had a profound impact on modern life -- and in more ways than you might realize. In this trio of Invention episodes, Robert and Joe explore pre-AC cooling methods, the invention itself and the many ways it changed the shape (and temperature) of our lives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 08, 2020
Invention Playlist 3: Air Conditioning, Part 2
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Air conditioning has had a profound impact on modern life -- and in more ways than you might realize. In this trio of Invention episodes, Robert and Joe explore pre-AC cooling methods, the invention itself and the many ways it changed the shape (and temperature) of our lives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 08, 2020
Invention Playlist 3: Air Conditioning, Part 1
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Air conditioning has had a profound impact on modern life -- and in more ways than you might realize. In this trio of Invention episodes, Robert and Joe explore pre-AC cooling methods, the invention itself and the many ways it changed the shape (and temperature) of our lives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 08, 2020
Invention Playlist 3: Bread/Toast/Toasters
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Who invented toast? Who then went on to invent the toaster? In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe chase the origins of bread transformed through the Maillard reaction and consider the origins of the specialized mini-oven we use to do it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 08, 2020
Invention Playlist 3: Ketchup
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You love it. You put it on everything. But where does ketchup come from? In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe explore the mysterious origins of everyone’s favorite sweet red sauce -- and consider the jaw-dropping fact that ketchup isn’t always red and isn’t always made from tomatoes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 08, 2020
Invention Playlist 3: Beachbum Berry on the Mai Tai
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The Mai Tai isn’t only the most famous Tiki cocktail, it’s one of the most well known cocktails on the planet. But where does it come from? Who invented it? In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe turn to noted Tiki historian and mixologist Jeff “Beachbum” Berry for answers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 08, 2020
Pointing, Part 2
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Why is pointing such a central part of human communication? How does it relate to culture, technology and our relationship to non-human animals? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe look for answers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 07, 2020
Pointing, Part 1
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Why is pointing such a central part of human communication? How does it relate to culture, technology and our relationship to non-human animals? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe look for answers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 05, 2020
From the Vault: The Sacred Mountain, Part 1
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Why do sacred mountains exist in so many cultures and myths? To what extent could high altitude conditions contribute to the way our mind processes these breathtaking environments? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the wonder and science of sacred mountains. (originally published 4/23/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 02, 2020
Invention Playlist II: Bubble Wrap
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Robert and Joe explore the origins and impact of bubble wrap... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 01, 2020
Invention Playlist II: Toilets, Part 2
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Robert and Joe explore the origins and impact of the toilet... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 01, 2020
Invention Playlist II: Toilets, Part 1
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Robert and Joe explore the origins and impact of the toilet... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 01, 2020
Invention Playlist II: Braille
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Robert and Joe explore the origins and impact of braille... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 01, 2020
Invention Playlist II: Walls
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Robert and Joe explore the origins and impact of walls... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 01, 2020
Invention Playlist II: The Wheel, Part 2
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Robert and Joe explore the origins and impact of the wheel... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 01, 2020
Invention Playlist II: The Wheel, Part 1
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Robert and Joe explore the origins and impact of the wheel... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 01, 2020
Invention Playlist II: Roads
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Robert and Joe explore the origins and impact of roads... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 01, 2020
Invention Playlist II: The Saxophone
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Robert and Joe explore the origins and impact of the saxophone... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 01, 2020
Invention Playlist II: Toothpaste
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Robert and Joe explore the origins and impact of toothpaste... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 01, 2020
The Head of Medusa, Part 2
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We all know snake-haired Medusa, the gorgon of Greek myth whose very gaze turns mortals and titans alike to stone. But where does this iconic monster come from and why has she lingered so very long in our art, minds and culture? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe venture to the Gorgade isles in search of answers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 30, 2020
The Head of Medusa, Part 1
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We all know snake-haired Medusa, the gorgon of Greek myth whose very gaze turns mortals and titans alike to stone. But where does this iconic monster come from and why has she lingered so very long in our art, minds and culture? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe venture to the Gorgade isles in search of answers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 28, 2020
From the Vault: Flatus Ex Machina, Part 2
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Why is it so hilarious when robots and artificial intelligence fail? What does it reveal about comedy itself and our technological anxiety? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore in this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter. (originally published 3/28/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 25, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 10: Giant Spider Meal
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At least giant spiders are not trying to eat us. Right? Right? Let's close out Halftober Monsterfest with 2016's episode about what it would be like to be eaten by a giant spider. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 8: Demon in the Halls of Sleep
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Halftober Monsterfest is about to get even weirder. Explore the basics of incubus and succubus myths, a few international variants and the possible biological, psychological and neurological explanations for these paranormal encounters. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 9: Mindflayers
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Demogorgon wasn't enough for you? Fine. Here's our 2016 episode on Dungeons and Dragons' fantastic mindflayer monster and how it matches up with the natural world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 6: A Game of Werewolf
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Are you a werewolf? You have to tell me if you're a werewolf. It's the law. Up next on the Halftober Monsterfest Playlist is the 2017 episode "A Game of Werewolf" about the deep psychology of a beloved social game. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 7: Carnivorous Plants
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Halftober Monsterfest continues with Stuff to Blow Your Mind's 2016 episode about carnivorous plants in nature and myth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 4: Killer's Mask
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The most recent Friday the 13th holiday was kind of a bummer, so let's play catch-up with this 2018 episode about masked killers in reality, fiction and culture. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 5: Cambrian Monsters
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Let's go back to 2017. Heck, let's go back 500 million years to the monster-haunted waters of the Cambrian period. Halftoberfest now. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 3: The Curse
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What is a curse and how does the concept factor into the human experience? The playlist continues with this 2018 Halloween episode from Robert and Joe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 1: Blood Type Drinker
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Halloween in March? It's happening. Here's our episode "I Drink Your Blood Type" from 2019. Drink up. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 2: Demogorgon
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Haftober Monsterfest continues with Robert and Joe's 2019 discussion on the origins of Dungeons and Dragons’ ultimate demon lord, the interdimensional beast from “Stranger Things” and an enigma of translated texts and gnostic mysticism. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 24, 2020
Astronomical Suffering and the Terran Diaspora
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For many futurists, the long term survival of humanity depends on its ability to become a true interplanetary and even interstellar species. But what is the potential moral cost of such a great technological and cultural leap forward? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the potential for astronomical suffering in the wake of Earth’s outward expansion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 23, 2020
The Invention of Soap
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We’re all probably using a lot more soap these days, but… what is it exactly? How does it work? Who invented it and how has it changed the world? Join Robert and Joe as they explore the invention of Soap. If you enjoyed the podcast Invention, stick with Robert and Joe as they continue to explore these same topics as part of Stuff to Blow Your Mind’s regular offerings. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 20, 2020
From the Vault: Flatus Ex Machina, Part 1
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Why is it so hilarious when robots and artificial intelligence fail? What does it reveal about comedy itself and our technological anxiety? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore in this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter. (originally published 3/26/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 18, 2020
Invention Playlist: The X-Ray
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As the Invention podcast ends, discussions of techno-history become part of STBYM again. So let's explore some past episodes of Robert and Joe's other series. Here's their episode on the x-ray. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 17, 2020
Invention Playlist: The Telescope
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As the Invention podcast ends, discussions of techno-history become part of STBYM again. So let's explore some past episodes of Robert and Joe's other series. Since we're already talking about optics, let's consider the telescope... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 17, 2020
Invention Playlist: The Motion Picture, Part 3
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As the Invention podcast ends, discussions of techno-history become part of STBYM again. So let's explore some past episodes of Robert and Joe's other series. Let's finish their three-part look at motion pictures... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 17, 2020
Invention Playlist: A Motion Picture Mystery
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As the Invention podcast ends, discussions of techno-history become part of STBYM again. So let's explore some past episodes of Robert and Joe's other series. Here's their sidebar with Scott Benjamin about a mysterious death in the history of motion picture technology... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 17, 2020
Invention Playlist: The Motion Picture, Part 2
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As the Invention podcast ends, discussions of techno-history become part of STBYM again. So let's explore some past episodes of Robert and Joe's other series. Let's continue with the history of motion pictures... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 17, 2020
Invention Playlist: The Motion Picture, Part 1
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As the Invention podcast ends, discussions of techno-history become part of STBYM again. So let's explore some past episodes of Robert and Joe's other series. Let's move on from the camera to motion pictures... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 17, 2020
Invention Playlist: The Camera, Part 3
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As the Invention podcast ends, discussions of techno-history become part of STBYM again. So let's explore some past episodes of Robert and Joe's other series. Enjoy their three-part look at the camera... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 17, 2020
Invention Playlist: The Camera, Part 2
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As the Invention podcast ends, discussions of techno-history become part of STBYM again. So let's explore some past episodes of Robert and Joe's other series. Enjoy their three-part look at the camera... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 17, 2020
Invention Playlist: The Camera, Part 1
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As the Invention podcast ends, discussions of techno-history become part of STBYM again. So let's explore some past episodes of Robert and Joe's other series. Enjoy their three-part look at the camera... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 17, 2020
Invention Playlist: The Camera Obscura
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As the Invention podcast ends, discussions of techno-history become part of STBYM again. So let's explore some past episodes of Robert and Joe's other series. Up first, the camera obscura... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 17, 2020
Brian Greene on the End of Time
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Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene’s new book “Until the End of Time” contemplates the entirety of human history and the known universe in a single volume. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with the author about the cosmos, the human experience and science communication during a global pandemic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 16, 2020
Daniel Whiteson on Space Itself
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What exactly is space? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, physicist Daniel Whiteson, co-host of the podcast Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe, drops by for another chat with Robert and Joe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 14, 2020
From the Vault: M.I.B. or N.I.B.?
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Belief in UFOs is very much like a religion. It can fulfill the same purpose in an individual's life, give them a community of believers and provide grander framework for mundane life. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick consider the similarities between the so-called “men in black” and the devil. (Originally published 3/21/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 11, 2020
Matinee Science Playlist, Part 6: ‘Silent Running’
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It calls back a time when there were flowers all over the Earth... and there were valleys. And there were plains of tall green grass that you could lie down in - you could go to sleep in. And there were blue skies, and there was fresh air... and there were things growing all over the place, not just in some domed enclosures blasted some millions of miles out in to space. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 10, 2020
Matinee Science Playlist, Part 5: Science of Thulsa Doom, Part 2
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Contemplate this on the tree of woe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 10, 2020
Matinee Science Playlist, Part 8: ‘Hellraiser’
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I thought I'd gone to the limits. I hadn't. The Cenobites gave me an experience beyond limits. Pain and pleasure, indivisible. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 10, 2020
Matinee Science Playlist, Part 4: Science of Thulsa Doom, Part 1
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Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark. Now they learn why they fear the night. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 10, 2020
Matinee Science Playlist, Part 7: ‘The Tingler’
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Ladies and gentlemen, just a word of warning. If any of you are not convinced that you have a tingler of your own, the next time you're frightened in the dark... don't scream. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 10, 2020
Matinee Science Playlist, Part 9: ‘Bandersnatch’
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If you listen closely, you can hear the numbers. There's a cosmic flowchart that dictates where you can and where you can't go. I've given you the knowledge. I've set you free. Do you understand? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 10, 2020
Matinee Science Playlist, Part 10: ‘The Fly’
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You're afraid to dive into the plasma pool, aren't you? You're afraid to be destroyed and recreated, aren't you? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 10, 2020
Matinee Science Playlist, Part 2: ‘The Dark Crystal’
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End, begin, all the same. Big change. Sometimes good. Sometimes bad. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 10, 2020
Matinee Science Playlist, Part 3: ‘Highlander 2’
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Most people have a full measure of life... and most people just watch it slowly drip away. But if you can summon it all up... at one time... in one place... you can accomplish something... glorious. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 10, 2020
Matinee Science Playlist, Part 1: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
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Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 10, 2020
The Bone Palace, Part 2
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From an imagined palace constructed out of bone to the curious ways in which animals and humans use bone for tools and construction materials, take a stroll through halls of bone with Robert and Joe in this pair of episodes from Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 09, 2020
The Bone Palace, Part 1
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From an imagined palace constructed out of bone to the curious ways in which animals and humans use bone for tools and construction materials, take a stroll through halls of bone with Robert and Joe in this pair of episodes from Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 07, 2020
From the Vault: Bugs Under The Skin
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Ever feel like there are bugs crawling around in your body? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore alleged incidents, medical publications and the reality of delusional parasitosis. (originally publsihed 3/19/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 04, 2020
Realms of Myth Playlist, Part 9: Wound Mouth of the Undying Hydra
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From myth to biology, the hydra hungers and grows. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 03, 2020
Realms of Myth Playlist, Part 10: Chinese Immortality
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Explore tales and traditions from Taoist sorcery, alchemy and Chinese folktales. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 03, 2020
Realms of Myth Playlist, Part 8: Unicorns of the Mythic World
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Discover the power and symbolism of the unicorn. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 03, 2020
Realms of Myth Playlist, Part 7: The Trident
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What is the meaning of Poseidon's divine weapon? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 03, 2020
Realms of Myth Playlist, Part 6: The Slayer
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Who is the slayer and why is this figure so important to our ancient and modern myths? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 03, 2020
Realms of Myth Playlist, Part 5: Demon Eaters and Possessed Tools
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Meet the demon slayer Zhōng Kuí and follow a procession of spirits across the sea to Japan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 03, 2020
Realms of Myth Playlist, Part 3: Talos
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Get to know everyone's favorite ancient bronze age robot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 03, 2020
Realms of Myth Playlist, Part 2: The Myth-Fleshed Fossil
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Explore the place where geology and mythology converge. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 03, 2020
Realms of Myth Playlist, Part 4: Bones of the Plumed Serpent
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Venture into the world of Quetzalcoatl. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 03, 2020
Realms of Myth Playlist, Part 1: Unraveling the Mythic
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What is mythology and why is it so important? Find out... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 03, 2020
Déjà vu, Anxiety and Dreams, Part 2
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What is déjà vu and how does it relate to dreams and anxiety? Robert and Joe discuss what is known about this curious anomaly of memory on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 02, 2020
Déjà vu, Anxiety and Dreams, Part 1
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What is déjà vu and how does it relate to dreams and anxiety? Robert and Joe discuss what is known about this curious anomaly of memory on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 31, 2020
From the Vault: The Lost Daughters of Aten, Part 2
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Pluto may not be a planet, but it definitely exists. Not every case is so clear. The history of near-Earth astronomy contains many cases of bodies that may or may not have ever existed in the solar system we call home. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick take a journey through space to survey once-hypothetical bodies that took work to prove, once-imagined bodies that are now confirmed phantoms, and the unsolved mysteries where questions remain. (originally published 3/5/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 28, 2020
Interview Interlude Playlist, Part 10: Dr. Jeff Hoffman
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Let's talk about life beyond Earth's magnetosphere. Here's our 2018 chat with astronaut Dr. Jeff Hoffman. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 27, 2020
Interview Interlude Playlist, Part 9: Carl Zimmer
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Let's talk about heredity. Here's our 2018 chat with acclaimed science writer Carl Zimmer about his book “She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 27, 2020
Interview Interlude Playlist, Part 8: Marah Hardt
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Let's talk about the love life of coral with "Sex in the Sea" author Dr. Marah J. Hardt. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 27, 2020
Interview Interlude Playlist, Part 7: R. Scott Bakker
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Let's talk about alien philosophy. Here's our 2017 chat with Canadian author R. Scott Bakker, discussing his dark fantasy novels as well as his paper 'On Alien Philosophy,' published in the The Journal of Consciousness Studies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 27, 2020
Interview Interlude Playlist, Part 6: Mary Roach
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Let's talk about penis transplants. Here's our 2016 chat with author Mary Roach, who devotes two chapters of her book "Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War" to urotrauma and genital transplant surgery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 27, 2020
Interview Interlude Playlist, Part 5: Mark Mandica
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Let's talk about salamanders. Here's our 2018 chat with Mark Mandica, executive director of The Amphibian Foundation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 27, 2020
Interview Interlude Playlist, Part 4: Gene Kritsky
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Let's talk about ancient Egyptian bee keeping. Here's our 2016 chat with "The Tears of Re" author entomologist Gene Kritsky. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 27, 2020
Interview Interlude Playlist, Part 3: Thomas S. Mullaney
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Let's talk about the Chinese typewriter. Here's our 2018 chat with Thomas S. Mullaney about his book “The Chinese Typewriter: A History.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 27, 2020
Interview Interlude Playlist, Part 2: Brian Greene, Max Tegmark and Barbara J. King
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Let's talk about string theory, super AI and animal emotions. Here are our 2018 World Science Festival interviews with physicist Brian Greene, physicist Max Tegmark and anthropologist Barbara J. King. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 27, 2020
Interview Interlude Playlist, Part 1: Diva Amon
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Let's talk about deep sea ecology and conservation. Here's our 2019 chat with deep sea marine biologist Diva Amon. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 27, 2020
Twilight of the Moa
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The Moa of New Zealand were among the weirdest birds to ever live, and their history is full of evolutionary wonder, interspecies conflict, tragedy and scientific hope. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the rise and fall of the great Moa. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 26, 2020
Rise of the Moa
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The Moa of New Zealand were among the weirdest birds to ever live, and their history is full of evolutionary wonder, interspecies conflict, tragedy and scientific hope. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the rise and fall of the great Moa. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 24, 2020
From the Vault: The Lost Daughters of Aten, Part 1
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Pluto may not be a planet, but it definitely exists. Not every case is so clear. The history of near-Earth astronomy contains many cases of bodies that may or may not have ever existed in the solar system we call home. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick take a journey through space to survey once-hypothetical bodies that took work to prove, once-imagined bodies that are now confirmed phantoms, and the unsolved mysteries where questions remain. (originally published 2/28/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 21, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 10: Giant Spider Meal
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At least giant spiders are not trying to eat us. Right? Right? Let's close out Halftober Monsterfest with 2016's episode about what it would be like to be eaten by a giant spider. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 9: Mindflayers
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Demogorgon wasn't enough for you? Fine. Here's our 2016 episode on Dungeons and Dragons' fantastic mindflayer monster and how it matches up with the natural world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 8: Demon in the Halls of Sleep
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Halftober Monsterfest is about to get even weirder. Explore the basics of incubus and succubus myths, a few international variants and the possible biological, psychological and neurological explanations for these paranormal encounters. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 7: Carnivorous Plants
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Halftober Monsterfest continues with Stuff to Blow Your Mind's 2016 episode about carnivorous plants in nature and myth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 6: A Game of Werewolf
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Are you a werewolf? You have to tell me if you're a werewolf. It's the law. Up next on the Halftober Monsterfest Playlist is the 2017 episode "A Game of Werewolf" about the deep psychology of a beloved social game. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 5: Cambrian Monsters
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Let's go back to 2017. Heck, let's go back 500 million years to the monster-haunted waters of the Cambrian period. Halftoberfest now. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 4: Killer's Mask
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The most recent Friday the 13th holiday was kind of a bummer, so let's play catch-up with this 2018 episode about masked killers in reality, fiction and culture. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 3: The Curse
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What is a curse and how does the concept factor into the human experience? The playlist continues with this 2018 Halloween episode from Robert and Joe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 2: Demogorgon
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Haftober Monsterfest continues with Robert and Joe's 2019 discussion on the origins of Dungeons and Dragons’ ultimate demon lord, the interdimensional beast from “Stranger Things” and an enigma of translated texts and gnostic mysticism. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
STBYM Halftober Monsterfest Playlist, Episode 1: Blood Type Drinker
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Halloween in March? It's happening. Here's our episode "I Drink Your Blood Type" from 2019. Drink up. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
Space Between: A STBYM Update Episode
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe catch you up to date on the podcast’s production schedule and generally check in with listeners in the wake of current events. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Invertebrate Emotions, Part 2
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Humans are feeling creatures, constantly awash in a sea of emotion. We struggle to understand the waters that suffuse us, but what about other denizens of the animal kingdom? What about the octopods? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the question of invertebrate emotions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 17, 2020
From the Vault: Gáe Bulg
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Irish myth tells of a spear so deadly, that its deployment is certain death. Forged from the bones of sea monsters, the Gáe Bulg would send barbs through its victim’s every vein -- but only if the hero threw it with their foot. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick unravel the myth, history and science of this impractical Irish wonder weapon. (originally published 2/21/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 14, 2020
Invertebrate Emotions, Part 1
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Humans are feeling creatures, constantly awash in a sea of emotion. We struggle to understand the waters that suffuse us, but what about other denizens of the animal kingdom? What about the octopods? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the question of invertebrate emotions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 12, 2020
Biology of the Hobbit
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Not to question the wisdom of Gandalf the Grey, but a hobbit might seem like a poor choice for a continent-sprawling journey to rid the world of evil. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe return to the science of Middle Earth with a look at scientific breakdowns of hobbit diet, hobbit physiology and hobbit vitamin requirements. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 10, 2020
From the Vault: The Dark Crystal
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It’s time for another movie-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and this time Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick are bound for the world of Thra in Jim Henson’s 1982 masterpiece “The Dark Crystal.” What are we to make of these complex creatures, mythological themes and cosmological alignment? (originally published 4/4/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 07, 2020
Autogenics
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From a self-hypnosis practice rooted in early 20th century psychiatry to the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, Robert and Joe discuss autogenics training and its creator, Johannes Heinrich Schultz. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 05, 2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
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As the world reacts to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Robert and Joe devote an episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind to cover what’s currently known about the virus and what you can do as infections continue to spread. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 03, 2020
From the Vault: Split Brain, Part 2
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Our brains are composed of two hemispheres, but in what ways are they truly separate? In which ways are they one? In this bisected Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore what we’ve learned from split brain experiments in animals and humans. (originally published 1/17/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 29, 2020
Overconfidence: The Icarus Paradox
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What is overconfidence? We tend to know it when we see it, but the concept is increasingly hard to nail down the more you think about it. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the mythic roots of hubris, the psychology of overconfidence and its role in society and business. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 27, 2020
Overconfidence: Hubris and Nemesis
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What is overconfidence? We tend to know it when we see it, but the concept is increasingly hard to nail down the more you think about it. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the mythic roots of hubris, the psychology of overconfidence and its role in society and business. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 25, 2020
From the Vault: Split Brain, Part 1
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Our brains are composed of two hemispheres, but in what ways are they truly separate? In which ways are they one? In this bisected Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore what we’ve learned from split brain experiments in animals and humans. (originally published 1/15/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 22, 2020
Listener Mail: In Your Face!
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It’s time for another hefty dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind listener mail. Join Robert and Joe as they read and answer your emails on facial recognition, gods, volcanoes the future and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 20, 2020
The Fly: Into the Plasma Pool
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It’s time for another movie episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, and this time Robert and Joe consider David Cronenberg’s 1986 sci-fi remake “The Fly.” It’s time to drink deep, or taste not, the plasma spring! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 18, 2020
From the Vault: Snail Sex in the Sea
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In the aftermath of Valentine's Day, join Robert and Joe as they revisit last year's interview with marine biologist and "Sex in the Sea" author Dr. Marah Hardt. It's a chat with STBYM's only four-time guest about all manner of marine invertebrate reproduction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 15, 2020
Occam's Razor
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It’s a standard tool of skeptical thinking: When presented with two hypotheses that explain the data equally well, choose the simpler of the two. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the history, nature and complexities of Occam’s Razor. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 13, 2020
Lessons of Vesuvius, Part 2
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In the year 79 CE, the Italian volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted with with the thermal energy of 100,000 atomic bombs. Ashen destruction rained down on Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore this terrifying episode in history and what we can learn from it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 11, 2020
From the Vault: Cupid's Leaden Arrow
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It’s Valentine’s Day again, which summons images of mythic Cupid and his bow. But we often forget that Cupid has TWO arrows in his quiver: the golden arrow of desire and the leaden arrow of aversion. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick discuss the mythic lead-slinger and the nature of his gray metal. (originally published 2/14/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 08, 2020
Lessons of Vesuvius, Part 1
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In the year 79 CE, the Italian volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted with with the thermal energy of 100,000 atomic bombs. Ashen destruction rained down on Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore this terrifying episode in history and what we can learn from it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 06, 2020
Facial Recognition Machinery, Part 3
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Chances are, your face is already part of the database -- and AI is getting better and better at reading one face and finding it in the vast sea of digital images. What does this mean for the future of privacy? How did we get to this point in techno-history and where do we go from here? In this multi-episode look from Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore facial recognition technology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 04, 2020
From the Vault: Motivated Numeracy and the Politics-ridden Brain
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If science were a candle in the dark, we’d need only spread its light to combat climate change denial and vaccine conspiracy theories. But what if the problem is more complex than that? What if a quirk of human cognition enables us to remain willingly in the dark, even as we hold the very candle? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the concept of motivated numeracy. (originally published 11/15/2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 01, 2020
Invention: The Turnspit Dog
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In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe continue the month’s journey through human CULINARY techno-history -- this time with the story of the turnspit dog. This now-extinct breed of dog turned the meat in many a European kitchen, before it was replaced by machines. (originally published 11/11/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 31, 2020
Facial Recognition Machinery, Part 2
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Chances are, your face is already part of the database -- and AI is getting better and better at reading one face and finding it in the vast sea of digital images. What does this mean for the future of privacy? How did we get to this point in techno-history and where do we go from here? In this multi-episode look from Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore facial recognition technology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 30, 2020
Facial Recognition Machinery, Part 1
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Chances are, your face is already part of the database -- and AI is getting better and better at reading one face and finding it in the vast sea of digital images. What does this mean for the future of privacy? How did we get to this point in techno-history and where do we go from here? In this multi-episode look from Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore facial recognition technology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 28, 2020
From the Vault: The Electric Ark
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What if the Ark of the Covenant was actually a bronze-age machine capable of storing an electrostatic charge? It almost certainly wasn't, but the idea is a great excuse to explore the understanding of electricity in the ancient world. Join Robert and Joe for another Ark-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 25, 2020
The Monoliths of Lalibela
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Lalibela, Ethiopia is home to one of the true wonders of the world: a series of 11 rock-hewn monolithic churches -- all interconnected by tunnels and passages that connect to catacombs and hermit caves. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the details of these 12th century marvels. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 23, 2020
Here Come the Warm Feels
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There’s often a gap between feeling and understanding, but language and classification provide us with tremendous tools for self-reflection. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the concept of kama muta, a broad categorization of emotional states that include loved belonging, patriotism, cuteness, spiritual communion and the feels. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 21, 2020
From the Vault: The Ark of the Covenant
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What was the Ark of the Covenant? A mere ceremonial vessel for sacred items? A radio for speaking to God? The golden chest of the ancient Hebrews has fascinated historians, theologians, scientists, dreamers and Nazi-punching archeologists for ages. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider some of the more thought-provoking ideas concerning its nature. (originally published 12/6/2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 18, 2020
Horseshoe Crabs: Blue Blood of the Ancients
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Their fossils date back 450 million years and their copper-rich blue blood continues to benefit various medical applications. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the science and history of horseshoe crabs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 16, 2020
Ten Year Anniversary Special
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Yes, tomorrow marks ten years of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. In celebration, original cohost and How Stuff Works editor Allison Loudermilk pops by to speak with Robert and Joe about science, science communication and some recent headlines. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 14, 2020
From the Vault: The Great Basilisk
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Behold the Great Basilisk, the crowned monster whose mere glance can kill a mortal and reduce wilderness to desert ash. Medieval bestiaries attest to its might, but today some futurists dread its name as an all-powerful malicious artificial intelligence. Will it imprison all those who oppose it within a digital prison of eternal torment? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick consider the horror of Roko’s Basilisk. (Originally published 10/9/2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 11, 2020
Bandersnatch
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From its literary origins in the mirror realm of Lewis Carroll to its terrifying appearance in Charlie Brooker's “Black Mirror,” the frumious Bandersnatch is a monster from which it is useless to flee. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe follow its trail through a maze of choice, freewill, advertising and streaming media. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 09, 2020
Brandon Fibbs talks 9 Days in July
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Joe chats with Brandon Fibbs, host of the new podcast "9 Days in July," which explores each of the nine days of the Apollo 11 Mission, day by day, in nine 60-minute-long episodes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 07, 2020
From the Vault: Machine Consciousness and P-Zombies
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If a machine told you it was conscious, how could you tell if it was lying? Indeed, how can you tell that any random human in your life is lying when they speak of their own consciousness. Join Robert and Joe for a stirring discussion on AI consciousness, philosophical zombies and the coming techno-cognitive dilemma. (Originally published April 12, 2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 04, 2020
Updates: The First Monster and Oumuamua
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Our understanding of history and cosmos continues to evolve -- and that means episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind are likely to require updates. In this episode, Robert and Joe discuss recent updates to topics discussed in past episodes ‘The First Monster” and their coverage of Oumuamua. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 02, 2020
David Grinspoon on New Horizons and the Weirdness of Pluto
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In the book “Chasting New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto,” authors Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. David Grinspoon recount the riveting history of the quest to send a spacecraft to the planet Pluto. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Grinspoon chats about the book, the planet and the nature of space exploration. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 31, 2019
From the Vault: On Teasing
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We all know teasing when we see it or experience it, but what role does it play in human interactions? Join Robert and Joe in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind as they explore hurtful, playful and educative teasing. (Originally published Sept. 11, 2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 28, 2019
Boxing Day Listener Mail
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It's boxing day in many holiday traditions: A time to give a gratitude box to postmen, errand boys and servants. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe present just such a box to the mailbot Karnie and read some listener mail as well. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 26, 2019
Is Santa a god? (part 2)
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He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, but is Santa Claus merely a magical entity or does he rise to the status of a god? In this pair of STBYM episodes, Robert and Joe discuss the general attributes of a deity and consider the awesome, reality-warping powers of the one we call Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas and of course Santa Claus. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 24, 2019
From the Vault: Christmas Island Crabs, Part 2
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Welcome to Christmas Island, a place where it’s still only Christmas once a year… but where red crabs swarm across the land and enormous coconut crabs feast on carrion in the forests. So deck the halls with boughs of SCUTTLING HORROR as Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick celebrate the holiday season in style. (Originaly published Dec. 27, 2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 21, 2019
Is Santa a god? (part 1)
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He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, but is Santa Claus merely a magical entity or does he rise to the status of a god? In this pair of STBYM episodes, Robert and Joe discuss the general attributes of a deity and consider the awesome, reality-warping powers of the one we call Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas and of course Santa Claus. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 19, 2019
Prototaxites: Shrooms Like Cedars in the Devonian Wilds
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Did 20-foot-tall giant fungi rule the earth 400 million years ago? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the puzzling prototaxites fossils from the Devonian period. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 17, 2019
From the Vault: Christmas Island Crabs, Part 1
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Welcome to Christmas Island, a place where it’s still only Christmas once a year… but where red crabs swarm across the land and enormous coconut crabs feast on carrion in the forests. So deck the halls with boughs of SCUTTLING HORROR as Robert and Joe celebrate the holiday season in style. (Originally published Dec. 25, 2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 14, 2019
The Psychology of Architecture, Part 2
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The natural world evokes various feelings in the mind, but humans spend a great deal of their time within spaces that they themselves designed and built out of the environment. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe consider the ways that architecture impacts our thoughts and feelings. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 12, 2019
The Psychology of Architecture, Part 1
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The natural world evokes various feelings in the mind, but humans spend a great deal of their time within spaces that they themselves designed and built out of the environment. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe consider the ways that architecture impacts our thoughts and feelings. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 10, 2019
From the Vault: Thought Experiments
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Stuff to Blow Your Mind frequently discusses thought experiments on the show, from Schrödinger's Cat to the Infinity Hotel. But what constitutes a thought experiments? How long have they been around and what are the seven categories? Robert and Joe explore… (Originally published Jan 3, 2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 07, 2019
Die Nacht des Krampus
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Heute Nacht ist Krampusnacht. Besprechen Sie mit Robert und Joe auf STBYM die beliebtesten Urlaubsmonster aller. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 05, 2019
It’s Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Christmas
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It’s the first week of December and holiday music is already playing in retail stores around the world. Sure, this is supposed to infuse you with the holiday spirit and perhaps kickstart your holiday shopping blitz, but at what cost? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the pros and cons of all that Christmas music. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 03, 2019
Introducing: First Contact
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Laurie Segall, Silicon Valley’s go-to reporter and former CNN Senior Tech Correspondent, hosts First Contact - a weekly podcast series that explores the people and technology that are changing what it means to be human. First Contact brings listeners engaging and thought-provoking interviews with some of the biggest names in tech in ways we can all relate to. Laurie’s authentic and nuanced conversations give listeners “first contact” with the world’s most influential figures in tech - people the audience may know by name, but have never heard speak in this way before. First Contact is now available wherever you get your podcasts. Listen to the first three episodes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 02, 2019
From the Vault; Stone Age Technology with Dietrich Stout
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Paleolithic tools inform not just our understanding of prehistoric lives, but also the evolution and nature of the human mind. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with Emory University’s Associate Professor of Anthropology Dr. Dietrich Stout about the hand ax, tool use and even "2001: A Space Odyssey.” (Originally published Nov. 13, 2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 30, 2019
Thankful: The Science of Gratitude
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Tis the season of thankfulness, so in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the science of Gratitude. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 28, 2019
Dangerous Foods: Adverse Additives
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As is tradition, Stuff to Blow Your Mind prepares for seasonal feasts with a look at dangerous foods -- this time with a focus on peculurial and sometimes frightful additives such as lead, mercury and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 26, 2019
From the Vault: 2001: A Space Odyssey
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No discussion of great sci-fi cinema is complete without mention of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The 1968 classic is 50 years old this year, so Robert and Joe figured it the perfect time to board the Discovery One and discuss its many scientific and futurist elements, as well as the legacy of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s creation. (Originally published Aug. 14, 2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 23, 2019
Devourer of Memories, Part 2
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“You are what you eat,” the saying goes -- but does that apply to memories as well? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, join Robert and Joe on a journey through the world of Planaria worms, controversial research, regineration, behaviorism and even the machinations of the unabomber. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 21, 2019
Devourer of Memories, Part 1
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“You are what you eat,” the saying goes -- but does that apply to memories as well? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, join Robert and Joe on a journey through the world of Planaria worms, controversial research, regineration, behaviorism and even the machinations of the unabomber. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 19, 2019
From the Vault: The Ship of Theseus
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An ancient ship rots in the harbor and so we restore it piece by piece until nothing of the original ship remains. Is it still the same ship? Join Robert and Joe as they discuss one of history’s more mind-boggling thought experiments. (Originall published Aug. 21, 2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 16, 2019
Listener Mail: Black Hole Dream
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Have you ever dreamt that you forgot about a college class until the morning of the final exam — and then dreamt that a black hole swallowed the entire university? Yes, it’s time for yet another Stuff to Blow Your Mind listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 14, 2019
Listener Mail: Halloween Hangover 2019
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Halloween may be over, but Robert and Joe have a bunch of spooky listener mail to unpack before the other holidays kick in. Grab whatever is left of the Halloween candy and tune in... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 12, 2019
From the Vault: Squirrels, Part 2
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You might think you know squirrels, but what do you REALLY know about these woodland tree rodents? In this special two-part episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss their appetite for meat, their alleged acts of savagery and various other facts that will make you reconsider the skugg and respect its kingdom. In this episode, things get weird. (Originally published Aug. 30, 2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 09, 2019
The 2019 Ig Nobel Prizes
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Yes, it’s time once more for us to cover the Ig Nobel prizes. This year on Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider cubical wombat poop, truly dirty money, diaper-changing robots and much more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 07, 2019
The Second Oil Age: Episode 1
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Dive right into the first episode of the new sci-fi horror podcast "The Second Oil Age." When an oil executive goes missing aboard the deep-sea Atlas Station, the company sends agent Synøve Pan down for answers — and she’s just the woman to get them. Immerse yourself in a post–energy-crisis world in which humanity’s thirst for oil is satisfied through a bargain with a mysterious deep-sea species. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 06, 2019
Ann Swanson: Science of Yoga
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What is yoga? How can it heal our bodies and minds? And where do we draw the line between spiritual models of the human condition and proven biology? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Ann Swanson, author of “Science Of Yoga: Understand the Anatomy and Physiology to Perfect your Practice” drops in for a chat about yoga research and the benefits of mindfulness. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 05, 2019
From the Vault: Squirrels, Part 1
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You might think you know squirrels, but what do you REALLY know about these woodland tree rodents? In this special two-part episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss their appetite for meat, their alleged acts of savagery and various other facts that will make you reconsider the skugg and respect its kingdom. Up first, let’s talk about their bloody diet... (Originally published Aug. 28, 2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 02, 2019
Anthology of Horror, Volume 3
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The time has come. Once more, Stuff to Blow Your Mind reaches into the depths of TV horror anthology history, pulls out a handful of episodes and spins science and wonder out of the monstrosities therein. For this year’s installment, Robert and Joe discuss episodes The Outer Limits and The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 31, 2019
Anthology of Horror, Volume 2
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The time has come. Once more, Stuff to Blow Your Mind reaches into the depths of TV horror anthology history, pulls out a handful of episodes and spins science and wonder out of the monstrosities therein. For this year’s installment, Robert and Joe discuss episodes of Monsters and The Twilight Zone. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 29, 2019
From the Vault: Anthology of Horror, Volume 1
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From “Night Gallery” to “Tales From the Crypt,” everyone loves a great horror anthology show. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick for a new ghoulish tradition, as they pick a few notable installments from horror anthology TV and cinema history in order to explore the real-life science and history behind the blood and madness. (Originally published Oct. 30, 2018) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 26, 2019
Hellraiser
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Robert and Joe have such sights to show you in this movie episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Join them as they discuss Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser” and the questions it raises about monastic traditions, flagellation, puzzle boxes and the science of pain. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 24, 2019
Chet van Duzer on Sea Monsters
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Dive into the haunted seas of history as Joe chats with cartography historian Chet van Duzer about sea monsters, strange maps and the dark mysteries of the global ocean. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 22, 2019
From the Vault: Monstrosity/Cuteness Spectrum
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It seems the unavoidable fate of all terrifying monsters, doesn’t it? We reduce the most horrifying creatures of myth, legend and folklore to an adorable kids costume or a mega-cute illustration. Why can’t we help ourselves? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the battle between cuteness and monstrosity, with examples drawn from Japanese traditions. (Originally published Oct 31, 2017) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 19, 2019
The Gerasene Demoniac
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“My name is Legion.” In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the Biblical tale of exorcism and swine. What did the story mean? How was it used to enforce our relationship with animals and just how intelligent are pigs? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 17, 2019
Burned from the Mind’s Eye, Part 2
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Oct 15, 2019
From the Vault: The Slayer
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Myth and folklore are full of monsters and the heroes who slay them. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick meet some of these fabulous slayers and discuss the science and potential meaning of their bloody endeavors. (Oct. 25, 2018)

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Oct 12, 2019
Burned from the Mind’s Eye, Part 1
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From the VHS horrors of “The Ring” and claims of psychic photography to cutting edge research into neuro technology, humanity continues to wrestle with the notion of the mind’s eye. In this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert and Joe dive into the mystifying world of the mental image.

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Oct 10, 2019
Our Cars, Our Bodies, Our Minds
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the cognitive effects of driving. How does it alter our perceptions of self? How might driving prevent cognitive decline? What are the benefits of automotive ergonomics and how do we avoid the risks of road rage is aggressive?

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Oct 08, 2019
From the Vault: Jenny Greenteeth
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According to certain English folktales, a vile creature lurks in the slime-caked dark of local ponds. When little ones wander too close to shore, she lashes out to drown them in her slippery embrace. She has many names: Nelly Longarms, Peg Powler, the Grindylow... and Jenny Greenteeth. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick discuss these old tales of aquatic terror, their instructional nature and the real-world predators who swim the shores in search of terrestrial prey. (Originally published Oct. 2, 2018)

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Oct 05, 2019
I Drink Your Blood Type
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Gather round ye blood drinkers and children of the night, for in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe will discuss human blood types -- what they are, why they exist and what powers they hold. It’s all required listeners for any serious vampires.

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Oct 03, 2019
Demogorgon
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You probably know the Demogorgon as the powerful demon lord from Dungeons and Dragons, or perhaps as the interdimensional monster from “Stranger Things.” But where does this curious name come from? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe pursue the origins of the Demogorgon through modern pop culture, romantic poetry, translated texts and Gnostic mystery.

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Oct 01, 2019
From the Vault: Five Reasons to Never Take Your Space Helmet Off
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You've consumed enough science fiction to know something the average red shirt doesn't: Never take your space helmet off on a foreign planet. But if you're still tempted to breathe deep the gathering gloom, how about five compelling scientific reasons not to? Join Robert and Joe as they discuss "Alien: Covenant" and explore some very compelling biological and radiological reasons to remain helmeted on an alien hell world. (Originally published May 25, 2017)

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Sep 28, 2019
Mark Mandica: Amphibian Conservation and Vilified Reptiles
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Mark Mandica, executive director of the Amphibian Foundation, returns to Stuff to Blow Your Mind to discuss the ongoing challenges of amphibian conservation as well as the value of two unfairly-vilified reptiles: the copperhead snake and the common snapping turtle.

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Sep 26, 2019
Daniel Whiteson: Particles and Science
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How do we relate to the unseen worlds of particle physics and distant stars? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, physicist Daniel Whiteson, co-host of the podcast “ Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe” drops in for a chat about particle physicists, science communication and the wonders of our cosmos.

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Sep 24, 2019
From the Vault: Euphemisms
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Sure, euphemisms allow us to talk about something unpleasant or taboo without actually invoking the dreaded word or words -- but what else is going on? In this episode of the Stuff to Blow your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe explore the linguistic power of euphemisms to alter and transform the tone or meaning of everyday communication. (Originally published Dec. 13, 2016)

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Sep 21, 2019
The One Ring
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One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to Find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the most powerful artefact in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy series and how it relates to real-life metallurgy. 

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Sep 19, 2019
Flares from Infinity: Sagittarius A* Part 2
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A super massive black hole broods at the center of our galaxy. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss just what that means -- and doesn’t mean -- for humanity, our solar system and our future. 

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Sep 17, 2019
From the Vault: John Dee, Part 2
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Elizabethan scholar Dr. John Dee was one of the most learned men of the 16th century, applying his intense mathematical intellect to matters scientific, political, alchemical and occult. He advised Queen Elizabeth, sought communion with angelic beings, advocated British expansion and plunged the depths of human knowledge in age of great change. In this first of two episodes on the topic, Robert and Christian discuss the world, life and magic of the enigmatic Dr. Dee.  (Originally published Dec. 8, 2016)

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Sep 14, 2019
Flares from Infinity: Sagittarius A* Part 1
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A super massive black hole broods at the center of our galaxy. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss just what that means -- and doesn’t mean -- for humanity, our solar system and our future. 

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Sep 12, 2019
Summer Reading 2019
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It's never too late for Summer Reading! In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe welcome back former co-host Christian Sager, host of the podcast Supercontext for a discussion of recent reads. Jump on it before summer ends! 

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Sep 10, 2019
From the Vault: John Dee, Part 1
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Elizabethan scholar Dr. John Dee was one of the most learned men of the 16th century, applying his intense mathematical intellect to matters scientific, political, alchemical and occult. He advised Queen Elizabeth, sought communion with angelic beings, advocated British expansion and plunged the depths of human knowledge in age of great change. In this first of two episodes on the topic, Robert and Christian discuss the world, life and magic of the enigmatic Dr. Dee. (Originally published Dec. 6, 2016)

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Sep 07, 2019
The Voynich Manuscript, Part 2
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Browse the libraries of the world and you’ll find nothing stranger and perplexing than the so-called Voynich Manuscript, a 15th century tome that has perplexed linguists and codebreakers for hundreds of years -- and remains a mystery. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss just why we can't stop looking to its weird pages.

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Sep 05, 2019
The Voynich Manuscript, Part 1
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Browse the libraries of the world and you’ll find nothing stranger and perplexing than the so-called Voynich Manuscript, a 15th century tome that has perplexed linguists and codebreakers for hundreds of years -- and remains a mystery. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss just why we can't stop looking to its weird pages. 

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Sep 03, 2019
From the Vault: Illusory Truth Effect, Part 2
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If a lie is repeated often enough, are we more likely to believe it? Sadly, the answer is yes. Psychologists call it the illusory truth effect and it influences both our daily lives and the larger movements of politics and culture. Join Robert and Joe  for a two-part discussion of untruths, the human mind and just what you can do to fight the big lies at work in your world. (Originally published July 12, 2018)

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Aug 31, 2019
Listener Mail: That's a Bummer
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Yes, it's listener mail time once more, this time with e-mails about B.U.M.M.E.R. social media platforms, planetary defense, the Tingler, psycheldics and more. 





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Aug 29, 2019
Surfing Neanderthals
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What do recent studies about surfer’s ear and neanderthals reveal about their relationship with the ocean? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the condition and some recent findings regarding the neanderthals.

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Aug 27, 2019
From the Vault: Illusory Truth Effect, Part 1
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If a lie is repeated often enough, are we more likely to believe it? Sadly, the answer is yes. Psychologists call it the illusory truth effect and it influences both our daily lives and the larger movements of politics and culture. Join Robert  and Joe for a two-part discussion of untruths, the human mind and just what you can do to fight the big lies at work in your world. (Originally published July 10, 2018)

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Aug 24, 2019
School Dreams
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Have you ever experienced dreams of forgotten classes, impossible exams and other examples of school-age anxiety? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the pervasive nature of the school dream. 

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Aug 22, 2019
Lot's Wife: Flesh into Salt
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You’ve probably heard the Biblical tale of Lot’s wife, in which a trio of angels destroy a couple of ancient cities and the resulting blast turns a woman into a pillar of salt. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe set aside most of the theology to ponder if and how a human body could become a big old chunk of salt. 

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Aug 20, 2019
From the Vault: The Dark Side of Neuroplasticity
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When you hear the word “neuroplasticity,” you probably think of it in terms of a young brain’s ability to learn or an older brain’s struggles to rebound from injury. The possibility of a neuroplasticity-boosting drug remains one of medicine's true holy grails, but is there a dark side? Robert and Joe  discuss the balance of plasticity and stability in the human mind. (Originally published July 5, 2018)

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Aug 17, 2019
How to Survive a Great Fall
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Anticipating a fall from 10,000 feet or more? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss your chances of survival.

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Aug 15, 2019
The Weird World of Prehistoric Transylvania
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This episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind takes listeners to Transylvania, where a rogue baron made important early strides in the field of paleobiology and where, during the Late Cretaceous period, giant pterosaur dubbed “Dracula” feasted on pony-sized dwarf sauropods.

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Aug 14, 2019
From the Vault: Chariots of the Gods
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Chances are, you’re already quite familiar with the notion the ancient astronauts visited the earth and gave humans the tech support they needed to climb the ladder of civilization. There's no true proof to back it up, yet ancient astronaut speculation is a 20th century invention -- and one tied closely to a single bestselling author. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss Erich von Däniken and Carl Sagan's thoughts on ancient aliens. (Originally published June 28, 2018)

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Aug 10, 2019
Asteroid 2019 OK: The Little Doomsday
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The near-Earth object (NEO) known as Asteroid 2019 OK just made an unexpected close pass, raising the hair on the back of humanity’s collective neck. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe weigh the risks posed by other NEOs and discuss what we’re doing to track them and even stop an incoming doomsday rock. 

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Aug 08, 2019
Bonus Episode: Ephemeral's Alex Williams
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Former Stuff to Blow Your Mind producer and host of the podcast Ephemeral drops in for a chat about the media of yesteryear and related topics.  

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Aug 07, 2019
Social Media Is a B.U.M.M.E.R.
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How will you feel the day you finally delete all your social media accounts? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss some of the arguments for doing just that in Jaron Lanier’s book “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.”

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Aug 06, 2019
From the Vault: The Gods Must Be Counterintuitive
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What’s the key to a lasting myth, a captivating religion or a sensational film pitch? Some cognitive scientists and anthropologists argue that the key is a minimally counterintuitive narrative: the right balance of the mundane with just a dash of the unreasonable and unexpected. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss the minimal counterintuitiveness effect. (Originally published August 2, 2018)

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Aug 03, 2019
The Tingler
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It’s time for another movie episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and you might be surprised to discover all the weird and wonderful themes at work in the often-dismissed 1959 Vincent Price film “The Tingler.” Not only does it dwell on fear and symbiosis, but it also features the first reference to LSD in a major motion picture.

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Aug 01, 2019
Introducing Sleepwalkers
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If there's one thing that sets people apart from machines, it's creativity, right? Automation may take over certain jobs, but what happens when algorithms start to learn from our work to create their own? This episode, we speak with people using AI to generate films, poetry, music, and even recipes. And the founder of Google X, Sebastian Thrun, explains what's powering this new wave of AI. All episode of Sleepwalkers are available to binge now!

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Jul 31, 2019
Listener Mail: The Psychedelic Experience
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It’s listener mail time again, this time devoted entirely to feedback on Stuff to Blow Your Mind’s five-part series on psychedelics. Join Robert and Joe as they read everyone’s submitted thoughts and experiences. 

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Jul 30, 2019
From the Vault: MDMA, Part 2
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Some of you have tried the ecstasy. Others have merely heard about the drug on a TV sitcom, or heard about it in a news report. Either way, MDMA's power resonates through our culture -- and sometimes it's hard to distinguish the truth form the misinformation. But what exactly is this psychoactive agent? Where does it come from and what sort of effect does it have on the human experience? Join Robert and Christian as they explore the origins and properties of MDMA. (Originally published Dec. 17, 2015)

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Jul 27, 2019
Electric Microbe Land
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It’s easy to think of electricity as the domain of Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and Street Fighter’s Blanka. But as Robert and Joe explore in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, it’s also the domain of microbes -- and it will change the shape of future technology. 

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Jul 25, 2019
TEETH: Dental Evolution and Marching Molars
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Where do teeth come from and how do different dental variations in the animal world force us to rethink our glorious chompers? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore dental evolution and the wondrous marching molars of elephants and manatees. 






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Jul 23, 2019
From the Vault: MDMA, Part 1
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Some of you have tried the ecstasy. Others have merely heard about the drug on a TV sitcom, or heard about it in a news report. Either way, MDMA's power resonates through our culture -- and sometimes it's hard to distinguish the truth form the misinformation. But what exactly is this psychoactive agent? Where does it come from and what sort of effect does it have on the human experience? Join Robert and Christian as they explore the origins and properties of MDMA. (Originally published Dec. 15, 2015)

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Jul 20, 2019
TEETH (with Katie Goldin)
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Katie Goldin is back with a new season of Creature Feature, so she joins Robert and Joe on Stuff to Blow Your Mind for a chat about strange and amazing teeth in the animal kingdom. 

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Jul 18, 2019
Psychedelics: The Manifested Mind, Part 5
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What are psychedelics? How have these substances influenced human minds and culture? What exactly do they invoke in the brain and how could a renaissance of scientific study into their properties improve our lives? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe explore the world of entheogens. 

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Jul 16, 2019
From the Vault: Timothy Leary, Part 2
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Idolized by some and reviled by others, Timothy Leary remains an icon of 1960s counterculture and psychedelic self-exploration. But who was this rebel, psychologist and celebrity? What did he reveal about LSD’s power and potential? Join Robert and Christian for a special two-part look at the man, the time and the drug he championed. Turn on, tune in, drop out... (originally published Sep 21, 2017)

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Jul 13, 2019
Psychedelics: The Manifested Mind, Part 4
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What are psychedelics? How have these substances influenced human minds and culture? What exactly do they invoke in the brain and how could a renaissance of scientific study into their properties improve our lives? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe explore the world of entheogens. 

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Jul 11, 2019
Psychedelics: The Manifested Mind, Part 3
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What are psychedelics? How have these substances influenced human minds and culture? What exactly do they invoke in the brain and how could a renaissance of scientific study into their properties improve our lives? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe explore the world of entheogens. 

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Jul 09, 2019
From the Vault: Timothy Leary, Part 1
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Idolized by some and reviled by others, Timothy Leary remains an icon of 1960s counterculture and psychedelic self-exploration. But who was this rebel, psychologist and celebrity? What did he reveal about LSD’s power and potential? Join Robert and Christian for a special two-part look at the man, the time and the drug he championed. Turn on, tune in, drop out... (originally published Sep 19, 2017)

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Jul 06, 2019
Psychedelics: The Manifested Mind, Part 2
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What are psychedelics? How have these substances influenced human minds and culture? What exactly do they invoke in the brain and how could a renaissance of scientific study into their properties improve our lives? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe explore the world of entheogens. 

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Jul 04, 2019
Psychedelics: The Manifested Mind, Part 1
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What are psychedelics? How have these substances influenced human minds and culture? What exactly do they invoke in the brain and how could a renaissance of scientific study into their properties improve our lives? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe explore the world of entheogens. 

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Jul 02, 2019
From the Vault: The Science of Holy Butter
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There's more to butter than meets the eye. Each yellow pat of fatty goodness is nothing short of processed solar energy, and its long history entails many a magical and sacred rite. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian consider the curious nature of butter. (Originally published Jan 10, 2017)

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Jun 29, 2019
Roman Extinctions
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Humans are capable of amazing technological and societal feats, but we’ve also brought much misery, death and destruction to our world. We are currently in the midst of the sixth great extinction event -- the Holocene extinction -- and the ravages of human activity extend back throughout our history as a dominator species. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe focus in on some of the key extinctions that occurred during the Roman Empire. 

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Jun 27, 2019
Listener Mail: Fatberg City
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It's time for another listener mail and this time we have field reports from the war on fatbergs in the world's sewers -- plus various other e-mails related to recent episodes. 

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Jun 25, 2019
From the Vault: The Fartonomicon
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What is a fart? From what foul bodily depths does it arise? Join Stuff to Blow Your Mind hosts Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they crack open the Fartomicon. Explore the fascinating chemistry of flatus, recoil in horror at the thought of medieval fart demons and consider the curious creatures that enjoy a flatulence-free existence. (Originally published April 17, 2018)







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Jun 22, 2019
The Facial Feedback Hypothesis
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To what extent does the act of smiling generate happiness in the mind of the smiler? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Facial Feedback Hypothesis and what it means for our complex human emotions. 

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Jun 20, 2019
Silent Running
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It’s time for another movie episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and this time Robert and Joe are talking about 1972’s “Silent Running,” in which Bruce Dern and his robot pals are caught in an endless chase. It’s a discussion of sci-fi, space botany, environmentalism and the relationship between humans and the forest. 

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Jun 18, 2019
From the Vault: Life on Venus
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The planet Venus might seem a hellish destination and an unlikely place to find extraterrestrial life. And yet, many experts agree that life may have existed in the planet's ancient oceans -- and may thrive yet within the upper atmosphere. Join Robert and Joe in a quest for Venusian aliens. (Originally published May 17, 2018)

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Jun 15, 2019
Against ‘Survival of the Fittest’
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Is natural selection REALLY survival of the fittest? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss where the phrase comes from and how well it actually matches up with our understanding of evolution.

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Jun 13, 2019
Brain Soup and Liquid Brains
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Is there ever a good scientific reason to turn brains into soup? What does all of this have to do with the concept of “liquid brains?” Robert and Joe explore on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. 

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Jun 11, 2019
From the Vault: Finite and Infinite Games
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How do you play the game of life? Do you play it as a finite game or an infinite one? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the 1986 philosophy book “Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility” by American scholar James P. Carse. (Originally published May 31, 2018)

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Jun 08, 2019
Q2: Bones of the Plumed Serpent
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In the Stuff to Blow Your Mind episode “Quetzalcoatl: The Winged Serpent,” Robert and Joe discussed the feathered snake god of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica -- as well as the giant pterosaur named after it. In this episode, fossils and myth come together in a discussion of Adrienne Mayor’s geomythology take on the plumed serpent.  





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Jun 06, 2019
The Soap Dragon
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What monsters of fatty flesh lie slumbering in the sewer guts of our great cities? Join Robert and Joe as they venture into the dark to discover the beast we all made together.

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Jun 04, 2019
From the Vault: Neurosecurity: Dawn of the Brain Hackers
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While hackers and malware can certainly cause a great deal of damage and misery, these dangers can’t hurt us physically, right? In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe are sorry to say you’re wrong -- and as more biotechnology and brain-computer interface creeps into our lives, the risk will only go up. Tune in for a discussion on inherent vulnerability, looming technology and what needs to happen to protect us. (Originally published June 1, 2017)

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Jun 01, 2019
The Great Wave
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For centuries, sailors have told stories of mountainous killer waves that rise out of the ocean without warning. Join Robert and Joe for a discussion of the history and science of rogue waves.

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May 30, 2019
The Doppelganger Network
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss Doppelgangers, fairy imposters, the brain basis for the feeling of familiarity, and a unique way of understanding the impact of social media and modern communications technology.

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May 28, 2019
From the Vault: Beyond the Uncanny Valley
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From bad CGI characters to creepy humanoid robots, everyone knows the uncanny valley effect when they see it. But where did this idea come from and to what extent is it actually a thing? Join Robert and Joe as they descend into the uncanny valley and explore just what's going on in our minds when we lock eyes with less-than-human simulacrums. (Originally published April 6, 2017)

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May 25, 2019
Listener Mail: Sacred Squirrels and More
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It’s time for another bag of Stuff to Blow Your Mind listener mail, plus a minor update on sacred squirrels. Join Robert, Joe and your friendly neighborhood mailbot dig into your thoughts on recent episodes. 

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May 23, 2019
Introducing Ephemeral
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Lost materials, dropped threads, forgotten stories. Ephemera in the way that it’s intertwined in our lives. All those things, tangible and intangible, that you wish you could take just one more look at before they vanish into the past. Listen wherever podcasts are found and learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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May 22, 2019
Deep Sea Ecology with Diva Amon
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with deep sea marine biologist Diva Amon about life in the deep ocean -- from the wonderous organisms that thrive there to the human activities that threaten their future.

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May 21, 2019
From the Vault: Into the Uncanny Valley
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The far side of the uncanny valley rises steeply, assaulting our psyche as our artificial human likenesses creep ever closer toward perfection. But what happens when we actually emerge on the other side? What happens to human society when video footage is no longer the gold standard? Robert and Joe investigate. (Originally published April 4, 2017)

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May 18, 2019
The Science of Thulsa Doom, Part 2
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It’s time for another movie-themed Stuff to Blow Your Mind episode. In fact, it's TWO episodes. This time Robert and Joe discuss the 1982 sword and sorcery picture “Conan the Barbarian.” Join them as they gush over the film’s charismatic villain Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) and explore the real world of giant snakes, Set, snake arrows and more.

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May 16, 2019
The Science of Thulsa Doom
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It’s time for another movie-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind -- and this time Robert and Joe are discussing the 1982 sword and sorcery picture “Conan the Barbarian.” Join them as they gush over the film’s charismatic villain Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) and explore the real world of giant snakes, Set, snake arrows and more. 

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May 14, 2019
From the Vault: Carl Zimmer on Heredity's Power
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Why does heredity hold such power over us? How did the ancients contemplate it and how is genetic technology changing the shape of future heredity? In this classic episode, Robert and Joe chat with acclaimed science writer Carl Zimmer about the topics explored in his  book “She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.” (Originally published June 14, 2018)





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May 11, 2019
Send an Owl/Raven/Pigeon!
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Harry Potter sends messages by owl. The characters of ‘Game of Thrones’ employ ravens. Meanwhile, real-life messenger pigeons have carried messages for thousands of years. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider just why the homing pigeon is perfect for this job -- and why owls and ravens are not. 

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May 09, 2019
Almost Cannibals
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What’s the line between cannibalism and mere predation? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider some thought-provoking cases of predation and cannibalism in the animal world. 

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May 07, 2019
From the Vault: Coral Sex in the Sea
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Sure coral reefs are rich, vibrant ecosystems, but did you know they also have a kinky side? In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, "Sex in the Sea" author Dr. Marah J. Hardt returns to chat about coral reproduction and the role this vital, threatened organism plays in our world.

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May 04, 2019
The Fallacy of Alignment: Fundamental Attribution Error, Part 2
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How do we consider and predict the actions and intentions of others? How much do we lean on an individual’s presumed internal disposition versus the particulars of their situation? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe consider the fundamental attribution error, which breaks down the errors and even dangers of causal cognition. 

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May 02, 2019
The Fallacy of Alignment: Fundamental Attribution Error, Part 1
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How do we consider and predict the actions and intentions of others? How much do we lean on an individual’s presumed internal disposition versus the particulars of their situation? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe consider the fundamental attribution error, which breaks down the errors and even dangers of causal cognition. 

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Apr 30, 2019
Invention: Toilets, Part 1
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Have you subscribed to Robert and Joe's other podcast INVENTION yet? If not, here's a taste of what they're up to in part 1 of their look at toilet technology, from the oldest latrine pit to the modern flushing commode. 

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Apr 27, 2019
The Sacred Mountain, Part 2
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Why do sacred mountains exist in so many cultures and myths? To what extent could high altitude conditions contribute to the way our mind processes these breathtaking environments? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the wonder and science of sacred mountains.

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Apr 25, 2019
The Sacred Mountain, Part 1
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Why do sacred mountains exist in so many cultures and myths? To what extent could high altitude conditions contribute to the way our mind processes these breathtaking environments? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the wonder and science of sacred mountains. 

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Apr 23, 2019
From the Vault: Humanity's THC Odyssey
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Humans have known about cannabis for thousands of years, crafting hemp textiles and consuming its psychoactive THC. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Christian Sager examine the cannabis plant, its travels through human populations and its famed sensory and psychological effects. (Originally published May 3, 2016)

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Apr 20, 2019
The Imp of the Perverse
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In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a tale about a man overcome by the compulsion to confess to the heinous crime he sought to keep secret. The conundrum pops up in other Poe tales as well, but the so called “Imp of the Perverse” also invades the human mind with alarming regularity. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe attempt to understand just why, considering Freud, neuroscience, Ironic Process Theory and more. 

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Apr 18, 2019
The Pressure
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Atmospheric pressure. Water pressure. Geologic pressure. What exactly IS pressure and how do humans interact with it? Join Robert and Joe for a look at examples on and within planet Earth -- as well as beyond. 

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Apr 16, 2019
From the Vault: Bicameralism, Part 2
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In 1976, psychologist Julian Jaynes presented the world with a stunning new take on the history of human consciousness. His book “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind” hypothesized that ancient humans heard hallucinated voices in place of conscious thought, and presented archaeological, literary, historical and religious evidence to support this highly controversial view. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they dissect bicameralism and discuss the evidence, the criticisms and more in this two-parter. (originally published Sep 28, 2017)
Related Content: Bicameralism, Part 1: The Voice of God (podcast)Bonus Episode: R. Scott Bakker on Consciousness & Consult (podcast)Where is my mind? (podcast)What Mind Control Feels Like(podcast)Outside Content:The Julian Jaynes Society'The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind' by Julian Jaynes

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Apr 13, 2019
Against Narrative: Are stories bad for us? Part 2
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It’s hard to imagine human beings without storytelling and literature. Surely, these are some of the very things that define us. Narratives give our lives and our world meaning, but what if there’s a dark side to their sorcerous power? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the storyteller’s potent spell.

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Apr 11, 2019
Against Narrative: Are stories bad for us? Part 1
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It’s hard to imagine human beings without storytelling and literature. Surely, these are some of the very things that define us. Narratives give our lives and our world meaning, but what if there’s a dark side to their sorcerous power? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the storyteller’s potent spell. 

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Apr 09, 2019
From the Vault: Bicameralism, Part 1
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In 1976, psychologist Julian Jaynes presented the world with a stunning new take on the history of human consciousness. His book “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind” hypothesized that ancient humans heard hallucinated voices in place of conscious thought, and presented archaeological, literary, historical and religious evidence to support this highly controversial view. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they dissect bicameralism and discuss the evidence, the criticisms and more in this two-parter. (originally published Sep 26, 2017)

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Apr 06, 2019
The Dark Crystal
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It’s time for another movie-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and this time Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick are bound for the world of Thra in Jim Henson’s 1982 masterpiece “The Dark Crystal.” What are we to make of these complex creatures, mythological themes and cosmological alignment? 








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Apr 04, 2019
Listener Mail: The Quickening
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Once more, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick bust out some listener mail -- with the aid of their mailboy Karny, who was accidently infected by the recent “Highlander 2” episode and is now displaying symptoms of multiple Highlander personality disorder.  

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Apr 02, 2019
From the Vault: Eternal Youth, Part 2
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Throughout history, humans have faced the inexorable process of aging and death. We’ve dreamt up countless myths to explain why we age and what comes of seeking immortality, but what does science tell us about the process? Why do we age? What purpose does it serve in natural selection? Indeed, what can science offer us in the way of eternal youth? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick seek to find out in this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration. (Originally published Jan. 9, 2018)

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Mar 30, 2019
Introducing It Could Happen Here, An iHeartRadio Original Podcast
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Boy, politics really has gotten hideous, hasn't it? And protests seem a lot more violent than they were a couple of years ago. Are things getting worse? Could the U.S.A. be on the road to a second civil war? Robert Evans says 'Yes!' and by the time you’ve finished listening to 'It Could Happen Here,' you will too.

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Mar 29, 2019
Flatus Ex Machina, Part 2
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Why is it so hilarious when robots and artificial intelligence fail? What does it reveal about comedy itself and our technological anxiety? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore in this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter. In this second episode, the joke's on us. 

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Mar 28, 2019
Flatus Ex Machina, Part 1
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Why is it so hilarious when robots and artificial intelligence fail? What does it reveal about comedy itself and our technological anxiety? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore in this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter. 

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Mar 26, 2019
From the Vault: Eternal Youth, Part 1
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Throughout history, humans have faced the inexorable process of aging and death. We’ve dreamt up countless myths to explain why we age and what comes of seeking immortality, but what does science tell us about the process? Why do we age? What purpose does it serve in natural selection? Indeed, what can science offer us in the way of eternal youth? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick seek to find out in this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration. (Originally published Jan. 4, 2018)

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Mar 23, 2019
M.I.B. or N.I.B. ?
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Belief in UFOs is very much like a religion. It can fulfill the same purpose in an individual's life, give them a community of believers and provide grander framework for mundane life. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick consider the similarities between the so-called “men in black” and the devil. 

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Mar 21, 2019
Bugs Under The Skin
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Ever feel like there are bugs crawling around in your body? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore alleged incidents, medical publications and the reality of delusional parasitosis. 

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Mar 19, 2019
From the Vault: Don't Drink the Salt Water
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Whether you draw your wisdom from 18th century poems or experience in the surf, you probably know that drinking seawater is a terrible idea. But exactly why shouldn’t you drink saltwater? What happens if you do? Can it really drive you mad with hallucinations? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick look to the world of biology for answers. (Originally published Jan. 16, 2018)

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Mar 16, 2019
Let's Make a List
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Why are humans so fascinated by lists? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the reason we can’t pass a top 10 clickbait headline and are forever haunted by incomplete lists. 

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Mar 14, 2019
The Tunnelers
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How deep into the Earth have humans traveled? How far have we drilled? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore some interesting lows from the history of mining, geologic exploration and good old fashioned subterranean living. 

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Mar 12, 2019
From the Vault: Jade Immortality
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Chinese aristocracy of the Western Han Dynasty embarked on their journey into the afterlife within garments of stone -- luxurious suits of jade armor entailing thousands of individual plates sewn together with gold, silver or silk. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Christian Sager explore this ancient funeral custom and both the scientific and superstitious qualities of jade. (Originally published May 9, 2017)

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Mar 09, 2019
Highlander 2: The Sciencing
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Yes, the time of the Quickening is at hand! In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick finally make good on their threat to devote an entire episode to the 1991 film "Highlander II: The Quickening" and whatever science might be rendered from its plot. They wanted this to be a six-part series, but our boss tells us... there can be only one.

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Mar 07, 2019
The Lost Daughters of Aten: Planet 9
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Pluto may not be a planet, but it definitely exists. Not every case is so clear. The history of near-Earth astronomy contains many cases of bodies that may or may not have ever existed in the solar system we call home. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick continue their journey through space to survey once-hypothetical bodies that took work to prove, once-imagined bodies that are now confirmed phantoms, and the unsolved mysteries where questions remain. This time, the destination is a hypothetical planet beyond the orbit of Pluto. 

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Mar 05, 2019
From the Vault: Talos
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Among the many humanoid gods and bestial monsters of Greek mythology, one finds a peculiar outlier: Talos the bronze automaton. Said to stalk the shores of Crete, Talos pelted suspicious ships with rocks and immolated enemy soldiers with its smoldering embrace. Does this myth reveal Greek attitudes toward technology? What existing technologies can we decode in its description? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore in this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (Originally published Jan. 2, 2018)

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Mar 02, 2019
The Lost Daughters of Aten, Part 1
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Pluto may not be a planet, but it definitely exists. Not every case is so clear. The history of near-Earth astronomy contains many cases of bodies that may or may not have ever existed in the solar system we call home. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick take a journey through space to survey once-hypothetical bodies that took work to prove, once-imagined bodies that are now confirmed phantoms, and the unsolved mysteries where questions remain.

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Feb 28, 2019
Mystery of the Sea Circles
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We’ve all heard about crop circles, and the entirely terrestrial reason they pop up in the occasional wheat field. But what about strange circles on the bottom of the sea? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick discuss the mystery of these ephemeral patterns and what scientists discovered about their origin. 

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Feb 26, 2019
From the Vault: The Winter People, Part 2
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Do you feel like a different person during the winter? In this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick examine the extent to which winter affects human health and culture. From the winter transformations of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw people to the latest studies on seasonal genetic changes, prepare to contemplate the icy dark. (Originally published Dec. 28, 2017)

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Feb 23, 2019
Gáe Bulg: The Spear of Death
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Irish myth tells of a spear so deadly, that its deployment is certain death. Forged from the bones of sea monsters, the Gáe Bulg would send barbs through its victim’s every vein -- but only if the hero threw it with their foot. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick unravel the myth, history and science of this impractical Irish wonder weapon. 

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Feb 21, 2019
Ideophones: How does this word feel?
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What’s an ideophone? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the place where sounds, meanings and the possible roots of language converge. 

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Feb 19, 2019
From the Vault: The Winter People, Part 1
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Do you feel like a different person during the winter? In this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick examine the extent to which winter affects human health and culture. From the winter transformations of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw people to the latest studies on seasonal genetic changes, prepare to contemplate the icy dark. (Originally published Dec. 26, 2017)

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Feb 16, 2019
Cupid’s Leaden Arrow
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It’s Valentine’s Day again, which summons images of mythic Cupid and his bow. But we often forget that Cupid has TWO arrows in his quiver: the golden arrow of desire and the leaden arrow of aversion. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick discuss the mythic lead-slinger and the nature of his gray metal. 

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Feb 14, 2019
Listener Mail: Crab Sabbath
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It's listener mail time again and Karnie the mailbot seems rather grumpy about a particular holiday. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they read and respond to various listener mail from the past month. 

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Feb 12, 2019
From the Vault: Minds of Musical Emptiness
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We're all wired to enjoy different forms of music, but for some of us the wiring is missing entirely. Join Robert Lamb and Christian Sager as they explore the curious conditions of amusia and auditory agnosia in this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast. (Originally published July 28, 2016)







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Feb 09, 2019
Marah Hardt talks Snails, Sex and the Sea
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It's almost Valentine's Day, so it's time to invite marine biologist and "Sex in the Sea" author Dr. Marah Hardt back on the show again! Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they chat with STBYM's only four-time guest about all manner of marine invertebrate reproduction.

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Feb 07, 2019
Demon Eaters and Possessed Tools
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As we slide into the Year of the Earth Pig, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick turn to the legend of the demon slayer Zhōng Kuí and follow a procession of spirits across the sea to Japan, where discarded tools spark spirit possessions, not joy. Sorry, Marie Kondo.

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Feb 05, 2019
From the Vault: Aquatic Humanoids, Part 2
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From the sirens of 'The Odyssey' to 'The Creature From the Black Lagoon' and beyond, humans have always imagined their underwater doubles. In this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert and Joe discuss the revealing myth and fiction of mermaids and gillmen -- as well as the aquatic ape theory and the biological possibilities of an aquatic humanoid.




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Feb 02, 2019
Ships of Life: Shipwrecks
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Water vessels serve the humans who made them, but that doesn’t mean other lifeforms don’t benefit as well. In this pair of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the various organisms that thrive aboard functional, abandoned and sunken ships

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Jan 31, 2019
Ships of Life: Stowaways
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Water vessels serve the humans who made them, but that doesn’t mean other lifeforms don’t benefit as well. In this pair of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the various organisms that thrive aboard functional, abandoned and sunken ships

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Jan 29, 2019
From the Vault: Aquatic Humanoids, Part 1
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From the sirens of “The Odyssey” to “The Creature From the Black Lagoon” and beyond, humans have always imagined their underwater doubles. In this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick discuss the revealing myth and fiction of mermaids and gillmen -- as well as the aquatic ape theory and the biological possibilities of an aquatic humanoid. (Originally published Jan. 23, 2018)

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Jan 26, 2019
Invasion of the Globsters, Part 2
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When mysterious globs of meat wash up on the shores of human civilization, we have a tendency to see beasts in the blobs and have always tried to imagine the creature in the carnage. Welcome to the world of globsters, where mounds of putrid sea flesh birth cryptozoological dreams and science tends to have the last world. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore...

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Jan 24, 2019
Invasion of the Globsters, Part 1
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When mysterious globs of meat wash up on the shores of human civilization, we have a tendency to see beasts in the blobs and have always tried to imagine the creature in the carnage. Welcome to the world of globsters, where mounds of putrid sea flesh birth cryptozoological dreams and science tends to have the last world. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore...

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Jan 22, 2019
From the Vault: Bathysphere, Part 2
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In 1930, American naturalist William Beebe began his descent in a spherical, unpowered submarine known as a Bathysphere -- and in doing so visited a world previously unseen by human beings. In this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick discuss humanity’s prior understanding of the deep ocean and Beebe’s astounding reports from the world a half mile down. (Originally published March 29, 2018)

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Jan 19, 2019
Split Brain, Part 2
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Our brains are composed of two hemispheres, but in what ways are they truly separate? In which ways are they one? In this bisected Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore what we’ve learned from split brain experiments in animals and humans. 








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Jan 17, 2019
Split Brain, Part 1
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Our brains are composed of two hemispheres, but in what ways are they truly separate? In which ways are they one? In this bisected Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore what we’ve learned from split brain experiments in animals and humans. 






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Jan 15, 2019
From the Vault: Bathysphere, Part 1
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In 1930, American naturalist William Beebe began his descent in a spherical, unpowered submarine known as a Bathysphere -- and in doing so visited a world previously unseen by human beings. In this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick discuss humanity’s prior understanding of the deep ocean and Beebe’s astounding reports from the world a half mile down. (Originally published March 27, 2018)

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Jan 12, 2019
The Alien Biped
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As humans, we’re quite accustomed to our weird vertical spines and precarious two-legged gait. But habitual bipedalism is far from the norm. When did it first occur on planet Earth? Will the robotic future walk on two legs? And can we reasonably expect alien lifeforms to follow suit? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. 

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Jan 10, 2019
The Room of Infinite Unpleasantness
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If you were to create the most unpleasant room humanly possible, what sort of design choices would you employ? What would the space look like and, more to the point, how would it make you feel? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. 

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Jan 08, 2019
From the Vault: Biophilia
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Why are humans so drawn to the natural world of biodiverse organisms? Is this longing merely part of our culture or do we possess an innate and even genetic tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes? Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they discuss Edward O. Wilson’s biophilia hypothesis and explore arguments for and against this captivating view of nature lovers. (Originally published July 18, 2017)

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Jan 05, 2019
Thought Experiments
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Stuff to Blow Your Mind frequently discusses thought experiments on the show, from Schrödinger's Cat to the Infinity Hotel. But what constitutes a thought experiments? How long have they been around and what are the seven categories? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore… 

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Jan 03, 2019
Listener Mail: The Fires of Orc
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It's a new year full of new topics, but first comes a final bag of listener mail from 2018. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick consider your thoughts and experiences on the previous month's episodes. 

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Jan 01, 2019
From the Vault: Artificial Gravity
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Humans are creatures of gravity. We’re born into it. Life as we know it evolved to thrive in it. So what’s a gravitational organism to do in the low-gravity and zero-gravity expanses beyond Earth? You can’t bring it with you, but scientists have cooked up a few different schemes to replicate its effects. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick for a full exploration in this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast. (Originally published July 13, 2017) 

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Dec 29, 2018
Christmas Island, Part 2: Deca Deca Pod Y’all
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Welcome to Christmas Island, a place where it’s still only Christmas once a year… but where red crabs swarm across the land and enormous coconut crabs feast on carrion in the forests. So deck the halls with boughs of SCUTTLING HORROR as Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick celebrate the holiday season in style. 

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Dec 27, 2018
Christmas Island, Part 1: Crabs Rule Everything Around Me
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Welcome to Christmas Island, a place where it’s still only Christmas once a year… but where red crabs swarm across the land and enormous coconut crabs feast on carrion in the forests. So deck the halls with boughs of SCUTTLING HORROR as Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick celebrate the holiday season in style. 

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Dec 25, 2018
From the Vault: Tree of Life
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Sacred trees. World trees. Holy trees of wisdom, immortality and the soul. They seem to grow from every culture on Earth and their roots dig deep into the soil of prehistory. What do they mean? Why are we so drawn to their symbolic power? Join Robert Lamb and Christian Sager for a stirring exploration. (Originally published Nov. 30, 2017)

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Dec 22, 2018
Virgin Birth
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For Christians, the Christmas centers around a miraculous virgin birth. But don’t worry, secular holiday revelers, because nature has its own virgin births to wonder over. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the world of parthenogenesis. 

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Dec 20, 2018
Invention: The Guillotine
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Stuff to Blow Your Mind hosts Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick have a brand new show -- and they're dropping a full episode of it into the STBYM feed. The show is INVENTION and this episode dives into the history, invention and legacy of the head-chopping French guillotine. What happens when we use our technology to create a more humane form of public execution? Find out, and be sure to subscribe to Invention wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Dec 19, 2018
Ritual of Oak and Mistletoe
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Twas the night before Christmas and deep in the woods, a sacrifice was planned by the Gauls and their Druids… Yes, in this holiday episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the curious biology of everyone’s favorite smooch-inducing tree parasite -- as well as some of its alleged magic powers and scientifically-studied properties. 

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Dec 18, 2018
From the Vault: Baby Jesus and the Homunculus
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We’ve all marveled at the grotesque, oddly-proportioned old man babies in medieval art -- but why did artists of the period pain such creatures? In this special Christmas episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the convergence of the homunculus theory of human reproduction, the nativity and the infants of medieval and renaissance art. (Originally published Dec. 21, 2017)

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Dec 15, 2018
Strange Milk
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Mammals are the true milk-bearers of nature, but there are a host of non-mammals that secrete various strange and wonderful milk-analogues. From avians to invertebrates, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the anomalous world of non-mammalian milk in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. 

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Dec 13, 2018
Katie Goldin talks 'Creature Feature'
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, guest Katie Goldin from the podcast 'Creature Feature' drops in to chat with Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick about weird biology and maybe a monster or two. 

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Dec 11, 2018
From the Vault: Greek Fire
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To engage the ships of Byzantine Empire was to risk the horrors of Greek fire, a medieval weapons system that empowered ships to spew forth flaming liquid on enemy ships and crew members. The secrets of Greek fire are lost to history, but historians and scientists continue to theorize its formula and deployment details. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they discuss the weapon’s history, predominant theories on its specifics and the risks and rewards of secret keeping. (Originally published Aug. 22, 2017)

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Dec 08, 2018
The Electric Ark
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What if the Ark of the Covenant was actually a bronze-age machine capable of storing an electrostatic charge? It almost certainly wasn't, but the idea is a great excuse to explore the understanding of electricity in the ancient world. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick for another Ark-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. 

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Dec 06, 2018
The Ark of the Covenant
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What was the Ark of the Covenant? A mere ceremonial vessel for sacred items? A radio for speaking to God? The golden chest of the ancient Hebrews has fascinated historians, theologians, scientists, dreamers and Nazi-punching archeologists for ages. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick consider some of the more thought-provoking ideas concerning its nature. 

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Dec 04, 2018
From the Vault: Satanic Panic
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What are we to make of alleged ritual satanic abuse and the moral panic that spread in the 1980s and 90s? Robert Lamb and Christian Sager enter a world of religion, fear and demons of the mind. (originally published April 16, 2015)

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Dec 01, 2018
‘Oumuamua II: Revenge of the First Messenger
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Everyone’s favorite interstellar travel has been back in the news, thanks to curious speed increases and an intriguing paper on the possibility of alien solar sail technology. So join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they dock once more with ‘Oumuamua as it tumbles out of our solar system.

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Nov 29, 2018
Halloween Hangover Listener Mail, Part 2
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Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean all the ghosts and ghouls are banished to the cellar. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they bust dive into the listener mail bag from October 2018. 

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Nov 27, 2018
From the Vault: Dangerous Foods III
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Thanksgiving is a time of feasting and the wages of feasting, and so Robert and Joe are here to dish up a third installment of Stuff to Blow Your Mind’s “Dangerous Foods” series. Do you dare bite into the likes of licorice, giant Namibian bullfrog, hallucinogenic fish and wriggling octopus tentacles? (Originally published Nov. 23, 2017)

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Nov 24, 2018
Halloween Hangover Listener Mail, Part 1
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Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean all the ghosts and ghouls are banished to the cellar. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they bust dive into the listener mail bag from October 2018.

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Nov 22, 2018
Animals That Eat Poop
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Thanksgiving is a time during which many Americans eat things they shouldn’t -- so it’s a perfect time to discuss coprophagia in the animal kingdom. But, unlike many holiday dinners, these examples of poop-eating organisms are not exercises in dysfunction. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick invite you to join yet another feast of knowledge. 

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Nov 20, 2018
From the Vault: Dangerous Foods II
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Can your heart stand the shocking facts about toxic potatoes, mad honey and the mysteries of the dead man’s fingers? In this classic episode, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick enjoy a heaping helping of potentially dangerous menu choices. (Originally published Dec. 22, 2016)

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Nov 17, 2018
Motivated Numeracy and the Politics-ridden Brain
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If science were a candle in the dark, we’d need only spread its light to combat climate change denial and vaccine conspiracy theories. But what if the problem is more complex than that? What if a quirk of human cognition enables us to remain willingly in the dark, even as we hold the very candle? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the concept of motivated numeracy. 

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Nov 15, 2018
Stone Age Technology with Dietrich Stout
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Paleolithic tools inform not just our understanding of prehistoric lives, but also the evolution and nature of the human mind. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick chat with Emory University’s Associate Professor of Anthropology Dr. Dietrich Stout about the hand ax, tool use and even ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.” 

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Nov 13, 2018
From the Vault: The Gordian Knot of Race
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How deep-seated are today's racial issues? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Julie Douglas explore how something so abstract - like unconscious racial biases - can have real-world implications. (Originally published March 31, 2015)

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Nov 10, 2018
Ig Nobel Prizes 2018: Part 2
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Each year, the Ig Nobel prizes honor the weirdest and wackiest contributions to humanity’s scientific understanding of the natural world. In this pair of Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast episodes, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick unpack each of this year’s winners.

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Nov 08, 2018
Ig Nobel Prizes 2018: Part 1
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Each year, the Ig Nobel prizes honor the weirdest and wackiest contributions to humanity’s scientific understanding of the natural world. In this pair of Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast episodes, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick unpack each of this year’s winners.

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Nov 06, 2018
From the Vault: Cambrian Monster Mash
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Welcome to the ocean of monsters. In this classic episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick travel back 500 million years to the monster-haunted waters of the Cambrian period. Meet the monstrous trilobite, anomalocaris, opabinia, hallucigenia, wiwaxia, pikaia and leanchoilia. Plus, Dr. Anton Jessup drops by for a visit. (Originally published Oct 19, 2017) 
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Nov 03, 2018
Listener Mail: The Squirrel Is Not Enough
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To follow up our two-part look at the secret, bloody life of the common squirrel, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick present an entire listener mail episode devoted to your field reports on skuggs. 

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Nov 01, 2018
Anthology of Horror, Volume 1
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From “Night Gallery” to “Tales From the Crypt,” everyone loves a great horror anthology show. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick for a new ghoulish tradition, as they pick a few notable installments from horror anthology TV and cinema history in order to explore the real-life science and history behind the blood and madness. 

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Oct 30, 2018
Bret Wood on 'The Control Group'
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Bonus episode! Join Stuff to Blow Your Mind hosts Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they chat with Bret Wood, writer and director of "The Control Group," a fiction podcast from How Stuff Works that explores the dark history of CIA-funded mind control experiments. The entire series is out now and ready for your Halloween binge-listening. 

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Oct 29, 2018
From the Vault: The First Monster
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Humans love monsters, but when did we first dare to dream up bestial hybrids and chimerical horrors? In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick consider the 35-40 thousand-year-old Löwenmensch statues. Who created these images of lion-headed men? What do they represent and what do they reveal about human cognition? (Originally published October 27, 2017)

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Oct 27, 2018
The Slayer
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Myth and folklore are full of monsters and the heroes who slay them. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick meet some of these fabulous slayers and discuss the science and potential meaning of their bloody endeavors. 

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Oct 25, 2018
Quetzalcoatl: The Winged Serpent
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From the Aztec temples of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica to the 1980s monster film “Q: The Winged Serpent,” the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl soars high over the human imagination. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the history of this winged wonder -- as well as the prehistoric Quetzalcoatlus named after the ancient Lord of the Dawn. 

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Oct 23, 2018
From the Vault: The Halloween Costume Made Me Do It
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What happens when we slip into a costume? Be it a monster pelt, a sexy witch or a simple children's ghost mask, a psychological transformation takes place. Join Robert Lamb and Christian Sager for a fittingly seasonal look at enclothed cognition and deindividuation. (Originally published October 8, 2015)

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Oct 20, 2018
Vampire Clinic, Part 2
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Vampire legends are a global phenomenon, and the trope of the blood-sucking humanoid shows no signs of vanishing from human traditions. But can we trace its origins back to any specific diseases and medical symptoms? In this blood-stained episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick haul up the vampire’s casket and look for signs of rabies, syphilis, dermatitis, tuberculosis and more.

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Oct 18, 2018
Vampire Clinic, Part 1
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Vampire legends are a global phenomenon, and the trope of the blood-sucking humanoid shows no signs of vanishing from human traditions. But can we trace its origins back to any specific diseases and medical symptoms? In this blood-stained episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick haul up the vampire’s casket and look for signs of rabies, syphilis, dermatitis, tuberculosis and more.

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Oct 16, 2018
From the Vault: Ghoul
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If your fictional diet contains significant quantities of horror or dark fantasy, then you've likely encountered the ghoul: a scavenging, grave-robbing race of unnatural beings with an insatiable hunger for the dead. As Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore in this episode, the roots of ghouldom sink back into pre-Islamic Arabic folklore -- as well into the distant evolutionary history of humanity itself. (Originally published October 29, 2015)

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Oct 13, 2018