Stuff To Blow Your Mind

Stuff To Blow Your Mind

Deep in the back of your mind, you’ve always had the feeling that there’s something strange about reality. There is. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they examine neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and our transhuman future.

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April 12, 2024 87 mins

On the heels of Monday’s solar eclipse, Rob and Joe devote this week’s Weirdhouse Cinema episode to 1981’s “Dragonslayer.” The film features a total solar eclipse, in addition to one of cinema’s most memorable dragons. 

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What exactly constitutes dust? What creatures thrive on it? How does it factor into our planet’s atmosphere? In this series of episodes from Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the world of dust, from the scientific facts to the magical and the mythical. 

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Entire industries are being reshaped around the new capabilities of generative AI. In this special bonus episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Tim Harford leads a conversation between two leaders in the field. Srinivasan Venkatarajan is the Director of Global Partner Business at Microsoft, focusing on Azure Data & AI and Azure OpenAI. And Chris McGuire is the General Manager of the Global Microsoft Partnership for IBM.

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April 9, 2024 46 mins

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe follow up their two-part series on the Egyptian god Osiris with a look at various scientific topics named after him, including NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission, the Osiris genus of bees and more. 

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April 8, 2024 28 mins

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Our personal memories only extend back so far in life, and before that, there is a void. Why don’t we remember our early childhood and what does it say about human memory, childhood development and cultural ideas about infants? Robert and Joe explore in this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind… (originally published 04/04/2023)

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April 5, 2024 82 mins

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1982 Taiwanese fantasy wuxia film Wolf Devil Woman, starring and directed by the amazing Pearl Chang! 

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April 4, 2024 46 mins

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Ancient Egyptian deity Osiris, an underworld fertility god and judge of the dead. 

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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses Man-Thing from the world of Marvel Comics…

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April 2, 2024 39 mins

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Ancient Egyptian deity Osiris, an underworld fertility god and judge of the dead. 

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April 1, 2024 27 mins

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Humans obviously don’t have any difficulties finding division and tribalism, but just how little is required for factions to form? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the minimal group paradigm in social identity theory. (originally published 03/30/2023)

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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive back into the weird, wild world of Dr. Phibes with 1972’s “Dr. Phibes Rises Again,” starring the legendary Vincent Price.

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March 28, 2024 63 mins

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the topic of authenticity. What is it? Why do we place such value on it? They discuss authenticity in terms of psychology, art, music, religion and more… (part 3 of 3) 

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As artificial intelligence progresses, healthcare providers are exploring how the technology can be used to offer personalized care at scale. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Dr. Laurie Santos sits down with Alice Crisci, co-founder and CEO of fertility-care provider Ovum Health.

 

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March 26, 2024 50 mins

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with author and illustrator George O'Connor, creator of the popular Olympions graphic novel series, about his new venture into the world of Norse mythology, beginning with “Asgardians: Odin,” out now in all formats. 

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March 25, 2024 26 mins

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The idea of healing via immersion in sacred or special waters dates back to prehistory, and it’s still alive and well in the modern world. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the myth, history and reality and healing waters. (originally published 03/23/2023)

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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1979 Estonian sci-fi thriller “Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel,” based on the novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. 

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March 21, 2024 68 mins

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the topic of authenticity. What is it? Why do we place such value on it? They discuss authenticity in terms of psychology, art, music, religion and more… (part 2 of 3) 

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