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Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.

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    • 4.6 • 862 Ratings

Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.

    SIO336: How Night People Suffer in a Morning Person World

    SIO336: How Night People Suffer in a Morning Person World

    It's part 2! This time we talk about melatonin, and then go on through the many negative outcomes associated with being a night person in this horrible morning person world. It's a lot. But there's like one good thing so that's cool.
    Links: Li et al (2019) - Melatonin to treat secondary sleep disorders, Brzezinski et al (2005) - Melatonin and sleep, Schrire (2021) - Safety of high dose melatonin in adults, Wei et al (2020) - Safety and efficacy of melatonin for children, Grigg-Damberger & Ianakieva (2017) Poor quality control of OTC melatonin, Yam et al (2014) Morning employees are perceived as better employees, Hepburn, Ortiz, & Locksley (1984) Stereotypes of evening types, Zielinska et al (2021) Political orientation and chronotype, Norbury (2021) Depression and chronotype, Antypa et al (2015) Anxiety and chronotype, Cox & Olatunji (2019) Anxiety and chronotype, Durmus et al (2017) ADHD and sleep, McGowan et al (2016) ADHD and sleep in adults, Preckel et al (2011) Cognitive ability, and academic achievement, Gorgol et al (2018) IQ, conscientiousness, and chronotype, Bhar et al (2022) Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance, Lotti et al (2022) Cardiometabolic Risk, Cancer, and Depression, Hasler et al (2013) Chronotype and reward response, Ahrens & Ahmed (2019) Sleep deprivation, reward circuitry, and addiction, Kivela et al (2018) Chronotype and psychiatric disorders, Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, Kantermann et al (2007) Transition to DST, Allebrandt et al (2014) Chronotype and seasonal sleep duration

    • 54 min
    SIO335: Are There Morning People and Night People? What the Science Says

    SIO335: Are There Morning People and Night People? What the Science Says

    Day man! Fighter of the night man! As someone who has never been able to wake up in the morning, I've always been curious how much of that was determined and how much I might have control over it. What does the science say? Dr. Lindsey Osterman is here to teach us! There are a lot of interesting factors that go into it.
    Links:
    Bear, Wolf, Lion, & Dolphin Sleep Types, Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire, Adan & Almirall (1991) Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire: A reduced scale, Munich ChronoType Questionnaire, Roenneberg (2019) Chronotype and social jetlag: A (self-) critical review, Yetish et al (2015) Natural sleep and its seasonal variations in three pre-industrial societies, Kalmbach et al (2017) Genetic basis of chronotype in humans, Roenneberg et al (2007) Epidemiology of the human circadian clock, Hagenauer & Lee (2013) Adolescent sleep patterns in humans and laboratory animals,  Shawa, Rae, & Roden (2018) Impact of seasons on an individual’s chronotype

    • 1 hr 15 min
    SIO334: ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ with the Glass Box Podcast, Part 2!

    SIO334: ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ with the Glass Box Podcast, Part 2!

    We continue our descent into Mormon Madness with Bryce and Shannon! If you haven't listened to part 1, STOP and go back!
    Check out the Glass Box Podcast!

    • 48 min
    SIO333: 'Under the Banner of Heaven' and the Lafferty Murders, with The Glass Box Podcast

    SIO333: 'Under the Banner of Heaven' and the Lafferty Murders, with The Glass Box Podcast

    When I started watching Under the Banner of Heaven, I honestly had no idea it was a: true crime and b: MORMON AS HELL. (I had just wanted to watch Andrew Garfield in a thing...) Well, if you were left a little confused by the Mormon lore in this true-crime thriller, have we got the show for you! Bryce Blankenagel and Shannon Grover help us understand this very... bizarre religious history. And Shannon has a personal connection to the real case!
    Check out the excellent Glass Box Podcast!

    • 56 min
    SIO332: Science Says Stop Spanking Your Kids, A-Holes! – Dear Old Dads Crossover

    SIO332: Science Says Stop Spanking Your Kids, A-Holes! – Dear Old Dads Crossover

    That's right, it's a crossover spectacular! Tom and Eli (and I) from Dear Old Dads are here to learn from Lindsey why no the f you should not spank your kids you a-hole! Science is clear. Don't do it. But Lindsey breaks it down and we make lottttts of jokes and hear more amazing dad stories!


    Subscribe to Dear Old Dads!


    Links: 2019 APA Resolution on Physical Discipline of Children by Parents,
    Gershoff and colleagues (2018) - Review on physical punishment and detrimental outcomes

    • 49 min
    SIO331: Study Shows Privileged People Perceive Equality as Unfair

    SIO331: Study Shows Privileged People Perceive Equality as Unfair

    It's another science thingy subjected to the Lindsey treatment! A study purports to show that people in a position of privilege view any effort to promote equality as an attack on them. Does the study hold up? Will Lindsey talk methods to us? Find out!


    Stay tuned after for a special message from Andrew Torrez.


    Links: New Scientist Article, Brown et al study 2022

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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862 Ratings

862 Ratings

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Smart Podcast

This is really an intelligent podcast that resembles a college course with each episode being a separate course under the behavioral science department.

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Really useful for putting things in context

This podcast seems to have really found its groove as one that deconstructs journal articles and pseudoscience using the knowledge of someone with a research background. Exactly the kind of in depth context that those things need to be properly understood.

DeeCapp ,

Excitingly provocative and full of science friendly.

In a kind of backwards 6 degrees of Podcast, I listened to the Mueller She Wrote in the early “former guy” days and heard Andrew Torres interviewed. I then started listening to the Opening Arguments podcast. Then I realized I liked what the comedian on OA had to say, so I added SIO and have been trying to binge through those episodes because I love everything I hear and learn with each episode. Which is a good thing because I’m a 72 year old anthropology major at UC Santa Cruz, finally getting a college education. 🌟

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