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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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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

    The Secret Social Lives of Reptiles w/Sean Doody

    The Secret Social Lives of Reptiles w/Sean Doody

    Today I'm speaking with Sean Doody, who studies reptiles and conservation biology theory! We talk about the evolution of reptiles, the difficulty with studying reptiles' bizarre, yet surprisingly active social lives, and what we could learn from lizards' unique limb regeneration abilities.
    Sean co-wrote the book "The Secret Social Lives of Reptiles" with Gordon M. Burghardt who was also recently on the show. You can check their book out here: https://amzn.to/3od8ZA
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Well-being and Personality

    Well-being and Personality

    How much of our personality is bound to our genetic makeup, and how much can we actually change about ourselves? Is there any hope for the notoriously unconscientious personalities in the world? What can we learn about the evolutionary motivators built-in to our goal-directive behaviors?
    Dr. Colin DeYoung, associate professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, joins the show to discuss all of that and more.


    https://deyoung.psych.umn.edu/ 

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Phallacy w/Emily Willingham

    Phallacy w/Emily Willingham

    Emily Willingham joins me today to talk all about the evolutionary pressures that lead to the variety of penis designs we find in nature. Her new book, "Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis" is available to purchase along with her other fascinating books on her website at http://www.emilywillinghamphd.com/

    Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being.
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Artificial Intimacy w/Rob Brooks

    Artificial Intimacy w/Rob Brooks

    Today I'm speaking with returning guest, Rob Brooks! Rob is a Scientia Professor of Evolution at the University of New South Wales. He studies human mating preferences how cutting edge technologies are manipulating our evolved human nature and impacting culture. We also talk about political polarization, status and inequality, the conflict between societal and biological influences, creativity, and his new book "Artificial Intimacy: Virtual Friends, Digital Lovers, and Algorithmic Matchmakers".

    Pre-order Rob's new book: Artificial Intimacy | Columbia University Press
    Follow Rob on Twitter
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    • 1 hr 48 min
    Backyard Chickens w/Marcy Souza

    Backyard Chickens w/Marcy Souza

    Marcy Souza is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Veterinary Medicine. We talk about the rapidly changing world of agriculture, zoonotic diseases of exotic animals, how to get people interested in epidemiology, the mislabeling and overuse of phrases such as "free range" and "organic", disease spillover, and tons more! 

    Marcy J. Souza: https://publichealth.utk.edu/people/msouza/
    One Health Initiative: https://onehealth.tennessee.edu/
    H.A.B.I.T. : https://habit.utk.edu/
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Science of Play w/Gordon Burghardt

    Science of Play w/Gordon Burghardt

    Gordon Burghardt studies comparative behavior and psychology in animals. We talk about the evolution of 'play', anthropomorphism and anthrodenialism, thrill-seeking behavior, embodied cognition, and what he learned from raising bears!

    "The Secret Social Lives of Reptiles" https://amzn.to/3xlCrFH
    https://eeb.utk.edu/people/gordon-burghardt/
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    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
997 Ratings

997 Ratings

BKMANTY ,

I love this show!

Originally when I first got into podcasts, I was recommended to listen to the DTFH podcast and while I do appreciate Duncan’s work a lot, I much prefer what Shane has to offer! I feel like the 2 are a fair comparison in terms of content style and philosophies but Shane’s interest in science and the great guests he has on is the difference maker for me! Bringing awareness to the legitimacy of science and some of the amazing information it’s provides us with is so important. Thank you Shane!

ihehehehehr ,

❤️

I love Shane I do; this is one of my favorite podcasts. This man had the nerve to make a penis joke in his most recent episode, which honestly had this grown woman rolling at work🤣 I will have to check out his comedy if it’s half as good as everything else he is involved I'm sure I’ll love it 🥰

PenGen0123 ,

Must Listen

Absolutely love this podcast. Such a unique, one of a kind podcast!!! Just the right amount of humor mixed with informative talk. Can’t get enough!

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