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Behavior and Belief

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Behavior and Belief

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When we believe in lies, are we just tricking ourselves, or do our beliefs actually make them true? In this

How to Talk to Aliens

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How to Talk to Aliens

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If we send messages to outer space, what should they say? And how should they be written? Should we even

Should I Die? S3 (Ep 5)

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Should I Die? S3 (Ep 5)

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If I could live forever, should I? How does being reminded of our own mortality affect us psychologically? In this

A Frozen Pioneer

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A Frozen Pioneer

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Michael visits Alcor life extension and learns about the first person to ever be frozen using cryonics.

World Views

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World Views

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Michael meets with psychologists Dr. Jeff Greenberg and Dr. Sheldon Solomon to discuss how death affects our world views.

A Family Affair

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A Family Affair

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Michael visits Alcor life extension and learns about the family behind – and preserved by – cryonics.

A Death Positive World

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A Death Positive World

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Michael meets with Caitlin Doughty and learns about a death-positive culture in Indonesia, where relatives keep their dead loved ones

Philosophizing About Death

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Philosophizing About Death

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Michael discusses the philosophy of death, and its changing definition, with Dr. Max More, CEO of Alcor life extension.

The Stanford Prison Experiment S3 (Ep 4)

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The Stanford Prison Experiment S3 (Ep 4)

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Normal people can become monsters, given the right situation. That’s the standard narrative of the Stanford Prison Experiment, one of

Personal Responsibility

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Personal Responsibility

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Michael learns more about Ben Blum’s cousin Alex and his personal transformation after participating in an armed bank robbery.

A Great Performance

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A Great Performance

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Michael learns the true story behind Stanford Prison Experiment guard Dave Eshleman’s “John Wayne” moniker.

The Stilwell Brain S3 (Ep 3)

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The Stilwell Brain S3 (Ep 3)

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There are 100 billion individual neurons in the human brain. Working together, they allow us to make sense of, and

Jelly Bean Experiment

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Jelly Bean Experiment

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Michael conducts his own version of the famous “jelly bean jar” experiment and reveals the statistical significance of the results.

Fast Times at Blue Valley High

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Fast Times at Blue Valley High

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Michael takes Dr. Chris Eliasmith on a tour through his high school, including his forensics team’s wall of fame.

Memory Lane

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Memory Lane

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Michael shares memories with his mom, who has saved everything from his childhood - from report cards to his space

Q & A

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Q & A

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Michael recruits local Vsauce fans for his Brain experiment, and fields questions in a Q&A setting.

Coin Toss

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Coin Toss

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Michael uses a series of coin flips and a large group of people to demonstrate the “wisdom of the crowd.”

Virtual Dilemmas

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Virtual Dilemmas

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Michael wrestles with two moral dilemmas in VR, designed by researchers Dr. Erick Ramirez and Dr. Scott LaBarge.

The Park PSA

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The Park PSA

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We edited the fake Los Angeles parks PSA from our Moral Licensing demonstration!

Moral Licensing S3 (Ep 2)

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Moral Licensing S3 (Ep 2)

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How are our moral decisions influenced by factors we’re not aware of? A phenomenon known as Moral Licensing claims that

Brains and Language

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Brains and Language

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Michael and Dr. Terrence Deacon discuss the connection between language and the physical brain.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

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Kyoto University Ph.D. candidate Jie Gao shares her research involving Chimpanzees and the schoolyard game “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”

The Origins of Disgust

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The Origins of Disgust

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With the help of Cecile Sarabian, Dr. Andrew MacIntosh and some fake poop, Michael observes levels of disgust among Japanese

The Cognitive Tradeoff Hypothesis S3 (Ep 1)

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The Cognitive Tradeoff Hypothesis S3 (Ep 1)

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Humans are the only Earthlings with complex language. But at what cost was that ability acquired? In this episode, I