Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni talk about the personal philosophical concerns they find lurking inside everyday things. It's fun?
Google Brain and Wisdom Teeth
A new study asserts that access to search engines makes people think they are smarter. Anthony and Jeff break down what this means, and why it is very discouraging. Then, why do we get our wisdom teeth so late? New research may actually reveal that factors that contribute to having new teeth at age 18. Jeff and Anthony assess the info and talk about their own molar horror stories.
Awake at 3am and Armageddon was Right
A new paper by a psychology researcher delves into why so many of us wake up at 3am full of anxiety. It isn't simply stress, but a complex interplay of internal and external processes. Anthony and Jeff talk about that unique time of night, and the KLF. Then, the idea of sending a nuke to an incoming asteroid to save humanity is the stuff of bad popcorn flicks, but what if it actually worked? Jeff and Anthony discuss new research that could make Michael Bay's vision a reality.
Corpse Medicine and Tetris Effects
The idea of ingesting human skulls from the freshly killed seems repulsive today, but it was shockingly common among British and other European aristocrats from the 16th century all the way up into the so-called Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century. Jeff and Anthony discuss what it would take to try the recipe, and why it was so pervasive. Then, a new study reports that playing just 20 minutes of Tetris following an automobile accident can help prevent the formation of the painful, intrusive memories that can follow trauma. Anthony and Jeff investigate why this might be, and tip their hat to the greatest video game of all time.
See Holograms and Remember your Purpose
A San Jose company has announced a brand new technology that might finally deliver on the promise of real holograms. Jeff and Anthony define the term and dig into what makes this new tech so exciting. Then, a new study by Florida State University researchers showed a link between an individual’s sense of purpose and their ability to recall vivid details. Anthony and Jeff try to figure out their own purpose and whether it might help them remember where they put their keys.
Shock Therapy and Space Mummies
Researchers claim, for the first time, to have used custom-fitted deep brain stimulation to substantially alleviate a patient’s decades-long bout with severe depression. Anthony and Jeff discuss the scientific and ethical ramifications of re-wiring the brain with actual wires. Then, what happens to dead bodies on Mars? If humans are gonna go there, then we better be thinking about it! Luckily, scientists are, and Jeff and Anthony might not like the conclusions.
Hot Streaks (with Josh Macuga)
Jeff and Anthony are joined this week by host, comedian, and board game designer, Josh Macuga to talk about hot streaks! Is there some way for science to quantify how and when artists hit a prolific period? What is better, exploiting a specific style and idea, or exploring many different ones? Anthony, Jeff, and Josh dig into a new study that aims to answer these questions and more!
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Two guys waxing philosophical to hilarious results. I have had more genuine laughs and stupid grins on my face while listening to we have concerns than any other pod cast in the last few years