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Why do we do the things we do? Lowell Brillante investigates the complex details of our minds - from psychopathology to excellence, nature to nurture. We've sequenced the human genome and explored Mars, but we still don't really understand how our brains work. Join Lowell as he talks to leading experts about what we know and don't know about our minds.

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Why do we do the things we do? Lowell Brillante investigates the complex details of our minds - from psychopathology to excellence, nature to nurture. We've sequenced the human genome and explored Mars, but we still don't really understand how our brains work. Join Lowell as he talks to leading experts about what we know and don't know about our minds.

    A Stroke of Insight

    A Stroke of Insight

    A DNA test sends me down the rabbit hole of ancestry until I’m stuck with a dilemma that could change my life. 

     

    I don’t remember my grandparents. When their stories were told it meant nothing to me. A DNA test inspires me to discover my ancestry for myself until a sudden event changes my trajectory and presents a life-altering dilemma. What would you do with a 30-year head start?

     

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    • 31 min
    Part 1: The Polgar Sisters

    Part 1: The Polgar Sisters

    Can prodigies be created with early specialization? Laszlo Polgar was an educational psychologist who believed they could. He experimented with his own children and the results were fascinating.

    This is Part 1 of a re-release of the first 3 Prodigy episodes. They are meant to be listened to together as they cover the argument of nature vs nurture as related to performance.

    Created, produced and hosted by Lowell Brillante

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    • 33 min
    Part 2: The 10,000 Hour Rule

    Part 2: The 10,000 Hour Rule

    Is elite performance just a matter of how much and how well you practice? I interview a man known as the expert on experts, Dr Anders Ericsson and discuss the controversy surrounding Deliberate Practice. Learn about how we learn in this episode of Prodigy.

    This is Part 2 of a re-release of the first 3 Prodigy episodes. They are meant to be listened to together as they cover the argument of nature vs nurture as related to performance.

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    • 35 min
    Part 3: The Source Code

    Part 3: The Source Code

    Every human being shares a 99.9% identical DNA code. It's that .1% that makes us unique. We could see the influence of genetics before we unlocked it, but now that we've learned how to measure those differences, the knowledge could be dangerous.

    This is Part 3 of a re-release of the first 3 Prodigy episodes. They are meant to be listened to together as they cover the argument of nature vs nurture as related to performance.

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    • 35 min
    The Dark Forest

    The Dark Forest

    In 2017 the New York Times released an article disclosing 3 videos taken by US Navy pilots of unidentified aerial phenomenon. Is intelligent life already here... or is there another explanation?

    I spoke with a man who believes he was abducted by "the greys" in order to father a race of hybrids. This was confirmed by one of his indirect descendants, Bashar, a contact specialist from the planet Essassani who is being channeled by Daryl Anka. According to Bashar we are all a facet of the multi-dimensional crystal.

    Physicist Daniel Whiteson explains quantum entanglement and how we could bend space to achieve faster than light travel. Toby Ball describes how alien abductions entered our folklore and Mick West provides context for the recent sightings.

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    • 50 min
    Festivus for the Rest of Us

    Festivus for the Rest of Us

    It's been another crazy year. So time for another holiday episode on gift giving. I'm joined by Dr. Mary Eberhardinger who adapted her award winning PhD dissertation into a book about the rhetoric and philosophy of gifts. This conversation is holiday casual so grab a drink and get ready for the airing of grievances.

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    A Rhetoric and Philosophy of Gifts

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    (If you're wondering what festivus is, it's from seinfeld season 9, episode 10)

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    • 22 min

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103 Ratings

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