324 episodes

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 • 938 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

    Applied Cognition

    Applied Cognition

    Return guest Joel Suss is so interesting and does really unique work.  His research interests focus on understanding and improving perceptual-cognitive performance (e.g., anticipation, decision making) in complex and challenging operational settings (e.g., law enforcement, security, military command and control, aviation, and emergency medicine). For example, he investigates ways to train police officers to make better decision in stressful situations. Another project, in conjunction with colleagues at Université Laval (Quebec City, Canada), examines perceptual and cognitive aspects of CCTV monitoring and how automated, intelligent videos surveillance systems are changing the human operator’s role in security surveillance.

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    • 2 hr 10 min
    Gender Norms

    Gender Norms

    I had this conversation with Dr. Beth A. Livingston last September and I'm finally releasing it today. We talk about gender norms and biases and how they impact career growth and perpetuate limiting beliefs for both men and women. This was a very enlightening discussion and it was a pleasure to learn from someone with such a vast understanding of these topics.
    Dr. Beth A. Livingston is an Assistant Professor in Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, she spent 8 years at Cornell University in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations before moving to the Midwest. She is passionate about studying gender, stereotyping, discrimination, and the management of work and family. Her research has been highlighted in the New York Times, NPR, and the Harvard Business Review, and has been published in top academic journals. She has also done executive education, speaking engagements, and consulting for companies such as Accenture, John Deere, Yves Saint Laurent Beauty and Allsteel.
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    • 1 hr 57 min
    Wearable Tech + Covid w/Prof. Michael Snyder

    Wearable Tech + Covid w/Prof. Michael Snyder

    Wearables can do so much more than count your steps. They can also be used for detecting abnormalities caused by Covid up to 10 days before symptoms arise. In this episode, Dr. Michael Snyder explores the many uses of wearable health monitoring technology

    Michael Snyder is a genomicist, systems biologist, and entrepreneur. He is the Stanford B. Ascherman Professor and Chair of Genetics and Director of Genomics and Personalized Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.
    Years ago he started using himself as a guinea pig to test the limits of how modern science can improve health. He used genetic testing, multiple wearables, sensors of every kind to collect all possible data. In the course of that, he detected and prevented his own diabetes and turned his health around. He even discovered he had lyme disease before any symptoms appeared.

    Now he's developing ways of using AI to sort through the metrics collected by wearables to prevent disease rather than treat symptoms.
    His new study is essentially a way that anyone with wearable tech can get an alarm when they have a virus before they show symptoms.
    Immediately after this conversation I bought a Fitbit Versa and joined his study. You can play a part and join the study through this link! https://innovations.stanford.edu/wearables

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    The Courage to Suffer

    The Courage to Suffer

    Authors of ‘The Courage to Suffer: A New Clinical Framework for Life's Greatest Crises’ join me to talk about mental health, spirituality, what happens when a crisis makes you rethink the coherence of the very narratives that used to keep you going. Rather than trying to dismiss and escape suffering we can find ways to accept and thrive within it.

    Sara A. Showalter Van Tongeren has more than twelve years of clinical social work experience in settings such as private practice, foster care, inpatient hospitals and outpatient medical clinics, inter-partner violence shelters, and behavioral health. She has a deep passion to help people cultivate a sense of meaning and develop narratives of resilience following trauma and unexpected life events. Sara specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, existential psychotherapy, narrative therapy, brainspotting, and acceptance commitment therapy.
    https://saravantongeren.com/

    Daryl R. Van Tongeren is an associate professor of psychology at Hope College.
    His research focuses on the social motivation for meaning and its relation to virtues and morality. Specifically, he and his students adopt a social-cognitive approach to study meaning in life, religion and virtues, such as forgiveness and humility.
    https://hope.edu/directory/people/van-tongeren-daryl/index.html

    Here are the resources for suicide prevention:
    1-800-273-8255 (24hrs/7days a week crisis support hotline)
    suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat (free online chat staffed by professionals)
    text 741741 for crisis text support
    crisistextline.org to message them through facebook or chat online.
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    • 2 hr 9 min
    Comedy Sex God | Pete Holmes

    Comedy Sex God | Pete Holmes

    This week I talk with my good friend and multi-talented Pete Holmes! I wanted to have a spiritual conversation with someone outside of academia for a change. Pete and I always have really great philosophical discussions and I really appreciate his take on a lot of things. Check out Pete's philosophical/spiritual autobiography "Comedy Sex God" on Amazon or wherever you get your books!
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    • 2 hr 4 min
    Holiday Covid Update w/Nina Fefferman

    Holiday Covid Update w/Nina Fefferman

    Covid update with my favorite guest on the subject! Nina Fefferman has spent her career modeling future pandemics. Because of Covid, she’s gone from a theoretical to an applied mathematician. Her interdisciplinary makes her one of the most knowledgeable people at the intersection of mathematics and evolutionary biology. She consistently takes us on a path through the either/or fallacies of health VS economy which have become so politicized and guides us through an exploration of nuance and complexity that we should all be so lucky to journey through. More impressively, she does so in an exceedingly accessible way. If only these kinds of conversations were a bigger part of our global conversation. We are exceptionally fortunate to have humans like Nina working on behalf of all humanity and I am grateful that she took 2.5 hours out of her life to try and save the world.

    Dr. Fefferman is a professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department in the University of Tennessee. Her research focuses on the mathematics of epidemiology, evolutionary and behavioral ecology, and self-organizing behaviors, especially of systems described by networks. While the research in the Fefferman Lab frequently focuses on disease in human and/or animal populations, and how disease and disease-related behavioral ecology can affect the short-term survival and long-term evolutionary success of a population, people in the lab have worked on problems as diverse as computer network security to social behaviors in grass-roots organizations that make the movement susceptible to radicalization. Any fun integration of applied mathematics and human or animal processes is fair game!Thank you for watching and being an inquisitive being.
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    • 2 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
938 Ratings

938 Ratings

raymondLY ,

5 stars

This podcast keeps me sane!

Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaop ,

Here we are is stellar!

I seriously can’t say enough good things about Shane and here we are. His podcast is a wonderful mix of science, the mind, comedy and so much more! Also his film “Psychonautics: a comics exploration of psychedelics” Is fantastic! Please go check him out.

JL's Take on Good Music ,

Great show / Questions Unanswered

Great Show/podcast! I love the flow and the various topics. However, as far as emotion regulation, feeling two at the same time, meaning of life, etc....There’s a very simple explanation for all of it. Yes, you can feel two emotions at the same time as I have countless times. We spend all our lives searching for an answer and getting degrees and studying it all. However, the answer to it all is in front of our face the whole time. Bottom line, it all comes down to the mind. You can make a conscious decision to simply not feel this way or not feel that way. The only difficulty we have is the world around us that has drilled a fabricated/illusionary reality into our brains from the beginning. It’s a world that we as human beings are responsible for. We created it. Not the world itself, the world or universe created us, but our conscience through evolution has allowed us to make up a difference in this and that, you and I, etc. to sum it all up, you can’t have one without the other. Happiness and sadness. Take one away, and define the other solo? You can’t. It losses its meaning. Basically, the two are different Which makes them identical. Think and you can understand the entire concept. You don’t always have to know everything there is to know to know what it’s all about. Cheers,
J

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