A Doctor, an Italian, and a Madman walk into a bar. This is the result.
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5. What is life like without music?
In this episode we welcome Dr. Carlo Umiltà, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Padova. Dr. Umiltà also has a condition known as amusia, which causes music to sound like noise. What is it like to live without music? How does one take part in a musical while being unable to hear music? How does this affect his appreciation of movies? Did he pass it onto his son Alberto Umiltà without Alberto realizing it? Then we each talk about the four most important albums in our lives.
Here is a HAND-SELECTED playlist including one song from each of these albums. (If the link doesn't appear, search "DIM Episode 5" on Spotify.)
4. What do you think, Adam Paquette?
In this episode we welcome Magic: The Gathering artist Adam Paquette! What is it like to paint for the game? What is he currently working on? Are players wizards or planeswalkers? What can the colours in Magic tell us about our current political climate? Will Liam solve the hardest equation in the history of the podcast? Does North West Kardashian have potential as a Magic artist? Tune in and find out.
If you want to follow along with the game we play, here is an album of the images we discuss: https://imgur.com/a/ll8WZ7e
Bonus Episode: A Merry Podcastmas
'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the web,
Not a podcast was published, not even one ep.
When over by the bed, my phone gave a shout,
The Doctor, Italian and Madman had a new episode out...
In this bonus episode we discuss the present, in its various forms. Then we exchange gifts, trying to guess what the other two gave us, using (some very disappointed) customers' reviews.
Happy Holidays to all of our listeners! See you in 2021!
3. What do you think about free will?
Do humans have free will? Will you decide to listen to this episode of your own accord? Or are we just passengers along for the ride. We tackle these questions before testing out free will in a game of "Would you Rather?" including difficult choices like: Would you rather lose The Beatles or The Rolling Stones from history? Would you rather only be able to watch romantic comedies, or have My Heart Will Go On play during the climax of every movie? Have a listen! Or don't, it's up to you, but not really.
We talk about some darker topics in this episode, like the inability to feel happiness. If you are struggling with thoughts or feelings like this please reach out to someone! There are resources out there to help you feel better.
Here are some phone numbers for resources in Canada: cbc.ca/radio/opp/if-you-want-to-talk-to-someone-here-s-a-list-of-resources-that-might-help-1.4603730
Barsalou, 2020: http://doi.org/10.5334/joc.116
Interview with Michael Gazzaniga: https://vimeo.com/99383459
2. What makes a good conspiracy theory?
What is a conspiracy theory? What makes them so captivating? Can Alberto tell which conspiracy theories Liam and David just made up? Did dinosaurs build the pyramids? Is Frozen just search engine optimization? We answer none to some of these questions in this episode!
Links to resources mentioned in the show.
Review article on the psychology of conspiracy theories:
Video on the Phantom Time Hypothesis:
Article and book on Hollow Earth:
Article on the 27th Letter of English:
Article on dinosaurs building the pyramids:
Reddit thread on Darth Jar Jar:
1. What is a Halloween movie?
What makes a movie a Halloween classic? What separates "Horror" from "Halloween Horror"? Coziness? Pumpkins? Tim Burton?
Join us and discover what spooky connections the PSYCHOlinguistic doctor will make, what an Italian does during this pagan tradition, and what a madman concocts for this spooky and strange time of year!