Prodigy

Prodigy

Why do we do the things we do? Lowell Brillante investigates the complex details of our minds - from psychopathology to excellence, nature to nurture. We've sequenced the human genome and explored Mars, but we still don't really understand how our brains work. Join Lowell as he talks to leading experts about what we know and don't know about our minds.

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May 5, 2022 31 min

A DNA test sends me down the rabbit hole of ancestry until I’m stuck with a dilemma that could change my life. 

 

I don’t remember my grandparents. When their stories were told it meant nothing to me. A DNA test inspires me to discover my ancestry for myself until a sudden event changes my trajectory and presents a life-altering dilemma. What would you do with a 30-year head start?

 

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Can prodigies be created with early specialization? Laszlo Polgar was an educational psychologist who believed they could. He experimented with his own children and the results were fascinating.

This is Part 1 of a re-release of the first 3 Prodigy episodes. They are meant to be listened to together as they cover the argument of nature vs nurture as related to performance.

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April 7, 2022 35 min

Is elite performance just a matter of how much and how well you practice? I interview a man known as the expert on experts, Dr Anders Ericsson and discuss the controversy surrounding Deliberate Practice. Learn about how we learn in this episode of Prodigy.

This is Part 2 of a re-release of the first 3 Prodigy episodes. They are meant to be listened to together as they cover the argument of nature vs nurture as related to performanc...

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April 7, 2022 35 min

Every human being shares a 99.9% identical DNA code. It's that .1% that makes us unique. We could see the influence of genetics before we unlocked it, but now that we've learned how to measure those differences, the knowledge could be dangerous.

This is Part 3 of a re-release of the first 3 Prodigy episodes. They are meant to be listened to together as they cover the argument of nature vs nurture as related to performance.

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January 3, 2022 50 min

In 2017 the New York Times released an article disclosing 3 videos taken by US Navy pilots of unidentified aerial phenomenon. Is intelligent life already here... or is there another explanation?

I spoke with a man who believes he was abducted by "the greys" in order to father a race of hybrids. This was confirmed by one of his indirect descendants, Bashar, a contact specialist from the planet Essassani who is being channeled...

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December 24, 2021 22 min

It's been another crazy year. So time for another holiday episode on gift giving. I'm joined by Dr. Mary Eberhardinger who adapted her award winning PhD dissertation into a book about the rhetoric and philosophy of gifts. This conversation is holiday casual so grab a drink and get ready for the airing of grievances.

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A Rhetoric and Philosophy of Gifts

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October 19, 2021 39 min

Nobody wants to be hacked through their toaster. Or even worse, their toaster joining an army of toasters that attack critical infrastructure and send me 50 spam emails a day. The Internet of Things is the idea that any device connected to electricity will eventually be connected to the internet. It's super cool and super frightening at the same time. When researchers report these vulnerabilities to companies they're often ...

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September 12, 2021 27 min

Time is democratic. We all have the same amount of hours in a week. Laura Vanderkam studied how the most successful people allocate their time and shares it with you! She also has 2 podcasts. The one I produce is called Before Breakfast and it's jam packed with useful information.

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August 12, 2021 49 min

This episode is fun and packed with tips for living with ADHD. I got influencer, streamer, and podcaster Catieosaurus on to explain what it's like to be a gifted, non-privileged white dude with ADHD and some tips for living with it. She shared actionable advice and even info about neurodiversity in the kink community so buckle up.

Oh and I mention my dog licking her paw a couple times. She doesn't have an allergy. She was li...

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August 5, 2021 43 min

Chiropractic was born out of holistic mysticism from the magnetic healer D.D. Palmer. Is there any value in it or is it complete bulls**t? I spoke with Dr Jeff Langmaid, a credible and evidence based chiropractor about how he approaches treatment.

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July 28, 2021 44 min

Is it better to spend your energy saving money or investing in making more? I spoke with Joel and Matt, the finance guys from the How to Money Podcast. They have some excellent advice on how to make your money work for you and live rich on less money.

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When Afrikka Hardy was strangled in 2014 it seemed completely random. But it wasn’t. It was part of a pattern.

Lori Townsend reminisces about her daughter Afrikka, and journalist Thomas Hargrove says Afrikka's death could've been prevented.

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July 20, 2021 25 min

I spoke with Ben Kuebrich, the producer and host of the new true crime show Algorithm. Algorithm follows the investigation into Afrikka Hardy's murder, exposing the warnings that police ignored, and uncovering more than anyone expected -- that a serial killer was strangling women in Gary, Indiana could've been stopped. And that Afrikka Hardy should be alive today. 

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July 14, 2021 43 min

How many people are living their life undiagnosed? This episode is about ADHD but the message is about disorders. The barriers that exist to get a proper diagnosis and treatment are criminal, and it's time we address them. I spoke with Dr Jeremy Sharp, a psychologist, consultant and speaker about ADHD and the process of getting diagnosed. You'll also hear from Lesly Quiambao. She got diagnosed after my last episode and expl...

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July 9, 2021 35 min

LSD and psilocybin aka magic mushrooms are gaining in popularity for the therapeutic benefits, especially using the technique of microdosing. I spoke with E.S. Fein from the lucid dreaming episode about the benefits of psychedelics.


Disclaimer: this episode discusses the use of substances that are currently illegal in most states and may not be appropriate for children.

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July 7, 2021 35 min

A psychosomatic disorder or illness refers to one that is caused by stress and emotions. Can stress actually cause severe, chronic pain? I spoke with Dr David Hanscom, a former orthopedic surgeon who quit his practice after 32 years to teach people why back surgery is usually not the answer. You'll also hear from a special guest... my dad.

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June 29, 2021 38 min

Lucid dreaming is a state of consciousness where a person is aware they're dreaming. This gives them a level of control over it. With practice you can increase this ability and explore your greatest fantasies. I spoke with E.S. Fein. An author and lucid dreaming expert who teaches us all about lucid dreaming and how to do it.

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June 23, 2021 45 min

We've all encountered at least one narcissist in our lives. They make up 2% of the population. They're typically extroverted and charming. It's not until you've been used and thrown away that you realize their priority is sex, status and stuff. It's all about appearances.

But there's actually multiple types of narcissists. Professor W. Keith Campbell is a psychologist on the forefront of psychopathology resea...

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June 16, 2021 28 min

With an onslaught of ransomware attacks disrupting our supply chains, cybersecurity is more important than ever before. The best way to strengthen your defenses is to hire hackers to discover your weaknesses. I spoke with veteran pen tester and owner of Black Hills Information Security, John Strand about the industry, how to get into it and more.

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June 9, 2021 43 min

The days of robbing banks at gunpoint are gone. It's much more profitable to hijack networks. To better protect themselves companies hire people to test their security, but no firewall is going to stop a social engineer. Especially not one like Chris Hadnagy.

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