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I photograph, record, and write about the natural world. I see, I listen, I write. I fundamentally believe that curiosity can save the world—so I publish stories to make people curious. Ultimately, curiosity leads to discovery, discovery leads to knowledge, knowledge leads to insight, and insight leads to understanding. Please enjoy!

The Natural Curiosity Project Dr. Steven Shepard

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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

I photograph, record, and write about the natural world. I see, I listen, I write. I fundamentally believe that curiosity can save the world—so I publish stories to make people curious. Ultimately, curiosity leads to discovery, discovery leads to knowledge, knowledge leads to insight, and insight leads to understanding. Please enjoy!

    Episode 194 - The Weird World Of Synesthesia

    Episode 194 - The Weird World Of Synesthesia

    Imagine what life would be like if every time you hear the sound of a robin, you instantly taste salt. Or you hear someone’s name, and the color blue pops into your head. Or, when you hear the sound of the ocean, the taste of apples overwhelms your taste buds. Or, you rub your hands over gravel, and taste pineapple. Or, imagine this: You’re out for dinner with with two other people, and one of them touches the other—and you feel the touch, as well. Welcome to the weird condition called Synesthesia.

    • 6 min
    Episode 193 - Alice And The Magician

    Episode 193 - Alice And The Magician

    If you've ever watched a craft cocktail being made, and the mixologist reached for a small bottle on the back bar and sprayed a mist across the top of the drink, she was probably adding an essential bit of magic to her creation that was made by Alice and the Magician, a small company founded by brothers Aaron and Sam Wisniewski in Burlington, Vermont. They make fragrances--and the process by which they're made is part witchcraft, part organic chemistry, and all passion. This is a great story--enjoy!

    • 31 min
    Episode 192 - The Downside Of Curiosity

    Episode 192 - The Downside Of Curiosity

    I routinely extol the virtues of curiosity—it is, after all, the point of this Podcast. But there is a downside to curiosity: Awareness. Join me, please, for an exploration of the relationship between curiosity and our senses.

    • 12 min
    Episode 191

    Episode 191

    This is a repeat of an earlier episode that got great reviews, and lately I've received several requests to re-post the program. Our daughter Cristina is a Yoga instructor, and she recorded a relaxation program and shred it here on the Podcast. It's wonderful--I listen to it several times a week for focus and peace. Enjoy it.

    • 9 min
    Episode 190 - Hope

    Episode 190 - Hope

    A Thanksgiving gift to you and yours, in celebration of the true meaning of the holiday. Enjoy!

    • 8 min
    Episode 189 - Thoughts On The Human - Ness Of AI

    Episode 189 - Thoughts On The Human - Ness Of AI

    I’ve spent the bulk of my career in the hallways of technology, and while I admire it, and it often generates wonder, I’ve also been around it long enough to have developed healthy skepticism about elements of it, when that skepticism is important. One such area is AI, or artificial intelligence. I believe that it’s a critically important technological advancement, but intelligence? Not so much. And while the position I’m about to take is controversial, my belief is that an AI can be taught, but it doesn’t really learn—at least, not in the human sense. And therein lies the challenge. Have a listen.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

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23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Gutfeld Fan ,

Always Curious

Enjoy the topics that I probably never would have been thinking about. Even the mention of Wichita, KS in the current one. I call it home.

WhereIsFancyBred ,

An oasis.

I found this podcast by searching, just for fun, for the name of the author Loren Eiseley. I didn’t expect much as Dr. Eiseley is a little known (though hugely appreciated by those who do know him) literary naturalist. Voila! A whole episode about Dr. Eiseley. I appreciate podcasts on all manner of subjects, but while they keep me interested, they rarely leave me refreshed. This one does refresh me, because it refocuses me on nature, the source of all connection and energy. Thank you, Steve!

Podcastinating Daily ,

Bite sized learning

I strive to learn something new every day and this podcast is a great way to make that happen. With topics ranging all across the spectrum from cryptocurrency to global warming and beyond, the Natural Curiosity Project takes complex concepts and presents them in easy to digest, bite sized servings. Great podcast with interesting and fresh content.