A Doctor, an Italian, and a Madman walk into a bar. This is the result.
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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!
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