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15: Sum

Thursday, August 13, 2009

For meditation number fifteen we have a reading from David Eagleman's book Sum. It's a vision of the after life that's both playful and... horrifying. Sum is read by actor Jeffrey Tambor.

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But Am I Really Dead?

Monday, July 27, 2009

9. Booyah Mozart: Producer Lulu Miller brings us a conversation with geologist Jan Zalasiewicz about what we’ll leave behind … in a hundred million years. 10. Cyberternity: Producer Emily Voigt tells a story about a guy named Wyatt, fixed in time. 11. Goodbye: Paleontologist and professor Peter Ward describes the ...

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What’s the Difference Anyway?

Monday, July 27, 2009

5. 4 Seconds Down: Soren Wheeler tells the story of Ken Baldwin, a man who is looking for death but finds a new view on life. 6. Am I Dead?: Neurological psychologist Paul Broks introduces us to a patient who thinks she's dead. 7. If I Only Had A Brain: ...

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Are We Coins?

Monday, June 29, 2009

We follow up on our Stochasticity show with an exploration pf whether the little choices we make every day are predictable or not.

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Stochasticity

Monday, June 15, 2009

How stochasticity -- a wonderfully smarty-pants word for randomness -- drives our lives, and the patterns we see around us.

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Seeking Patterns

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fine. Randomness may govern the world around us, but does it guide US?? Jonah Lehrer joins us to examine one of the most skilled basketball teams ever, the '82 - '83 '76ers, and wonders whether or not the mythical "hot hand" actually exists.

Then we ...

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A Very Lucky Wind

Monday, June 15, 2009

Laura Buxton, an English girl just shy of ten years old, didn't realize the strange course her life would take after her red balloon was swept away into the sky. It drifted south over England, bearing a small label that said, "Please send back to Laura Buxton." What happened next ...

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Stayin' Alive

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

A look at four unconventional ways to stay alive.

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DIY Universe

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Can you make your own universe? We usually think of the universe as 'everything that exists,' so how could you make another one?

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Mischel’s Marshmallows

Monday, March 09, 2009

Psychologist Walter Mischel explains how one little test involving a marshmallow might tell you a frightening amount about what kind of person you are.

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The Obama Effect, Perhaps.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A study that finds a link between President Obama's election and the test scores of African Americans gets Jad and Robert thinking about an earlier study on a psychological effect called "stereotype threat."

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The Wonder of Youth

Monday, January 12, 2009

At the age of thirteen, mathematician Steve Strogatz was astonished to find that pendulums and water fountains had a strange relationship that had previously been completely hidden from him.

And as a young boy, neurologist and author Oliver Sacks pored over the pages of ...

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How To Cure What Ails You

Monday, December 29, 2008

Now that we have the ability to see inside the brain without opening anyone's skull, we'll be able to map and define brain activity and peg it to behavior and feelings. Right? Well, maybe not, or maybe not just yet. It seems the workings of our brains are rather too ...

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Race

Monday, December 15, 2008

Radiolab asks what race is, and whether it's fixed or fluid, genes or culture?

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Overcome By Emotion

Monday, November 17, 2008

Instinct or analysis? Wouldn't things be easier if we could get emotion out of the way and let rational analysis lead? Except that so often, that gut feeling turns out to be right. We explore both extremes. Antoine Bechara, a psychology professor at USC, tells us about the case ...

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Is Free Will Really Free?

Monday, November 17, 2008

It's scary to think that choice might just be an illusion. Perhaps we are not so in control as we would like to be. In a conversation at the 92nd St Y, Malcolm Gladwell talks to Robert about the common sense of dissatisfaction felt by people required ...

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Choice

Monday, November 17, 2008

We turn up the volume on the voices in our heads, and try to get to the bottom of what really steers our decisions.

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How Much Is Too Much?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Turns out, Robert is more impulsive than Jad, and Jad is more analytical than Robert. Shocking, right? Sadly for Jad, Robert's style may help him better navigate the overwhelming number of choices available throughout modern life's expanse of options, which may also lead him to a greater sense of well-being, ...

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Sperm Tales

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Two short pieces on sperm that hint at the new ideas and amazing stories we came across once we started following the trail of this wriggly little cell.

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The (Multi) Universe(s)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Robert and Brian Greene discuss what's beyond the horizon of our universe, what you might wear in infinite universes with finite pairs of designer shoes, and why the Universe and swiss cheese have more in common than you think.

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