Highbrow Drivel

Highbrow Drivel

Hilarious takes from serious experts. Let's face it, the world needs experts now more than ever. In this podcast, comedian Anthony Jeannot interviews a different expert, academic or influencer in each episode with the help of a comedian special guest. The result is a funny, informative and highly entertaining look at the things that you should know.... Show More

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February 21, 2021 58 min

Ever forget your own name? Or know that you know something but just can't seem to remember it? How about those times where an absolute random memory you didn't even know you have pop into your head for no reason? This week we ask a cognitive psychologist what's happening in the brain that makes our memory such a tricky thing. And, if we can't trust our memory, how does that impact our ideas about who we are. Joining...

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For Valentine's Day we look at the way sex robots, bereavement tech, algorithms and more will impact the future of dating. Joining me on this episode is crowd favourite Juan Miles and dating coach Rachel New. In the episode we also discuss the way one clever dater hacked the OkCupid algorithm to get 5 dates per day. You can learn more about that at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJod9kRYyao

Juan Miles
Juan is an Argentinian...

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Why do we dream? How can you learn to lucid dream? How do you prevent nightmares and why in the hell do random people end up in your dreams? We discuss all that and more  in this week's episode.

Expert guest: Dr Caroline Horton.
Caroline directs the DrEAMSLab at Bishop Grosseteste University. She is also the host of of the Sleep Science Pod.  You can stay up-to-date with her on Twitter at @sleepandmemory

Comedian Guest: Neil ...

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We're off to infinity and beyond with the mind blowing Jenifer Millard (soon to be Dr.) and the hilarious Eve Ellenbogen.
In this episode we discuss how scientists can almost, but not quite see the big bang, whether or not the universe can die, whether Elon Musk will get to live out his fantasy of owning space slaves (or just what it will take for us to set up a colony on Mars), the three Mars missions that are taking place, wh...

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In this week's episode we talk dating.

Expert guest:
Hayley Quinn is an internationally recognised dating coach and founder of the UK’s largest dating coaching company. She has over 2 Million views on her TED talk and over 100,000 YouTube subscribers.

She is the spokesperson for Match, the biggest online dating platform in the world. She has been featured on BBC1, Sky and Channel 4 and is a regular columnist for Cosmopolitan.

Her ...

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In this week's episode I talk to Dr Bradley Wiggins about the pervasive power of memes. From a way to shame school friends who were too excited about their Goosebump books to becoming a way to communicate serious political ideals, including many problematic ones, the meme has evolved rapidly over the last decade.

Dr Bradley Wiggins is  the Associate Professor and Department Head of Media Communications at Webster Vienna Private...

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Poll after poll has shown that most people believe climate change is an important issue that we need to act on. And yet, for more than 3 decades the response to this from governments around the world has been inadequate. So, on today's episode, instead of talking about how to convince climate change deniers that it's real I ask a politician who is passionate about climate action why his colleagues have been so slow to act

Ro...

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Machine learning and artificial intelligence already play a huge role in our life.  From trivial things like what movies and songs are recommended to us, to important things like politics (or vice versa depending on your perspective) machines are shaping what we discover and how and that's only set to grow. So who decides how this happens? Should we be concerned and how do we make sure the impacts of these machines is monitored...

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Conspiracy theories spread like wildfire in 2020, which is unfortunate, because wildfire also spread like wild fire in 2020 and some of the conspiracy theories downplayed the impacts of climate change, which scientists agree leads to an increased chance of wildfires. ]

If that intro seemed a little confusing to you, you're not alone. Conspiracy theories from Qanon to the cause and severity of the coronavirus gained mainstream at...

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Dr David Luke a leading researcher into the benefits of psychedelics on the brain joins guest comedian James O'Donnell to discuss what to tell your parents about using psychedelics, when you might be able to get a prescription of magic mushrooms, weirdest tripping stories and more. 


Guest information:
James O'Donnel is a brilliant comedian and one of the co-runners of Angel Comedy. 
- https://www.instagram.com/jamesodcomedy...

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In this episode, we're joined by the hilarious Mitch Alexander, and Catherine Dawkins from the Southwark Greens Party. We discuss why the left should start lying to old people and how we can win people over with hummus. 

Catherine Dawkins: 
Catherine is a member of the Southwark Greens. You can learn more about them at https://www.southwarkgreenparty.org.uk and you can contact them about getting involved at contact@southwark....

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In this episode, award winning author and left wing prepper Sarah Avery is our expert.  Luke Chilton, is our wonderful guest comedian. We discuss why bees are better than guns for self-defence, the crazy things some people prepare for and what the best form of prepping is.

Guests: 
Luke Chilton - https://www.instagram.com/lukedchilton/

Sarah Avery:
Sarah's first book, Tales from Rugosa Coven, won the 2015 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award....

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Today, we speak to the creator of Terrible Trips, someone who has a passion for travelling to places that other people would have absolutely no interest in. They've been to the coldest city on earth, the most toxic body of water known to man, and the most depressing city on earth, just to name a few. Discover what the experience is like and what can be learned when you venture way, way, way off the beaten track.

India James -
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In this episode, I'm joined by Comedian Adam Flood and Dr David Bailey to discuss the social structure of class. We cover how to define class in 2020, why class is still relevant today and whether you can judge someone's class by cheese. In fact, we talk about cheese a lot.

Adam Flood is a brilliant guest comic, and you can find more hilarity from him on Instagram.
Dr David Bailey is an extremely insightful guest expert with...

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