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Globetrotting and mind exploring comedian Shane Mauss interviews scientists each week on journey to answer the biggest questions about the meanings of life (as well as a bunch of other random stuff you never imagined you would care about). Favorite topics include: psychology, biology, evolution, cognitive biases, behavioral economics, mating, animal behavior, neuroscience, and the subconscious

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    • 4.9 • 1.1K Ratings

Globetrotting and mind exploring comedian Shane Mauss interviews scientists each week on journey to answer the biggest questions about the meanings of life (as well as a bunch of other random stuff you never imagined you would care about). Favorite topics include: psychology, biology, evolution, cognitive biases, behavioral economics, mating, animal behavior, neuroscience, and the subconscious

    Thriving in the End Times w/Athena Aktipis

    Thriving in the End Times w/Athena Aktipis

    This week I'm talking with Athena Aktipis about the gradients of apocalyptic events and how humans cope with the end times.

    Athena is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University and co-Director of The Cooperation Science Network and The Human Generosity Project.

    This episode is a part of a new series we're working on where we present ideas from scientists in a more structured format. We're still fine-tuning the way this will work, so make sure and join the brainstorm over on my Discord. 



    Athena's Twitter: https://twitter.com/athenaaktipis

    Athena's podcast :https://www.zombified.org/

    Athena's website: http://www.athenaaktipis.org/



    Help support this show and everything I do: https://www.patreon.com/shanemauss



    Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being.

    • 57 min
    Phosphorus and The Environment w/ Dr. Jim Elser

    Phosphorus and The Environment w/ Dr. Jim Elser

    Today we're talking phosphorus, from exploding stars to urine. Dr. Jim Elser is a limnologist, Director of Flathead Lake Biological Station at Yellow Bay, Bierman Professor of Ecology at the University of Montana, and the Director of Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance.

    Phosphorus is as essential as water, carbon, or oxygen for agriculture and all life on earth. It's also a non-renewable resource with a natural cycle, which is rapidly accelerating due to human activity. But there are promising innovations in the works that can help offset our influence and solve our phosphorus inefficiencies.

    Learn more from Jim's new book, "Phosphorus: Past and Future"

    You can also purchase the book on Amazon here.

    Jim's Twitter 

    Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Here We Are LIVE with Herman Pontzer

    Here We Are LIVE with Herman Pontzer

    This episode of the Here We Are podcast was recorded live at the Mind Under Matter Campout Festival in Raleigh, NC at the beautiful Lakeside Retreats. I decided to invite one of my favorite guests and good friend, Herman Pontzer, to talk about some of the evolutionary underpinnings of why we come together and celebrate at festivals.

    Herman is an Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, and author of the book, "Burn: New Research Blows the Lid Off How We Really Burn Calories, Lose Weight, and Stay Healthy", which you can check out here. 

    If you're ever in the Raleigh, NC area and in need of a peaceful getaway, swing by our friends at Lakeside Retreats and enjoy yurt rentals, glamping, fishing, paddle boarding, live music, disc golf, biking or walking, and more!

    Huge thanks to Chris Buhler from Hygge Production House and Honey Bear, DoubleSaltSteve for filming!

    Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being.

    • 58 min
    Humility w/Daryl R. Van Tongeren

    Humility w/Daryl R. Van Tongeren

    Today I'm speaking with Daryl R. Van Tongeren, who is an associate professor of psychology at Hope College. We discuss some of the topics he writes about in his new book, "Humble: Free Yourself From the Traps of a Narcissistic World." 

    Learn more about Daryl's work here: https://www.darylvantongeren.com/

    Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Human Productivity w/Tara Behrend

    Human Productivity w/Tara Behrend

    Today I'm speaking with Tara Behrend, who is an Assoc of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Purdue University. We discuss productivity and efficiency in the work place, our cultural perception of time, the surprising and counterintuitive findings about employee privacy research, and online education and more!
    https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/psy/directory/faculty/Behrend,%20Tara.html



    Come meet Tara at the Mind Under Matter Campout Festival at Lakeside Retreats in Raleigh Sep 9-11!

    https://mindunderpod.com/pages/campout

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Happier Hour w/Cassie Holmes

    Happier Hour w/Cassie Holmes

    Today I'm speaking with Cassie Holmes, professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. We talk about her new book "Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most" How can we use our time more wisely and accomplish the tasks we care about most? What's the difference between pickleball and tennis? Why is it easier to brainstorm in the shower or while driving across the country? Is multitasking a myth?

    Check out Cassie's book: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Happier-Hour/Cassie-Holmes/9781982148805

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

spacecadet29 ,

Great podcast

I have been listening for years! Nuanced and interesting conversations with experts in a vast array of scientific disciplines. Great balance - neither too dense nor too simplistic.

HairyWhiteP ,

Great show

He was somewhat annoying with his schilling for the shots, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary of their effectiveness.
Still, he’s quite smart and the guests are interesting more often than not.
I wish he’d leave his political views out of a “ science” show. He alienated several former fans I know.

d-ricky ,

#1 science podcast

Best show!

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