Tethered Minds

Tethered Minds

Using a blend of storytelling and science, take a deep dive with us on how the inner workings of our brains shape the social world around us. We will take fresh perspectives on common topics by getting insights from fields you wouldn’t expect. What can physics teach us about polarization? What can deja vu teach us about consciousness?


June 21, 2023 34 mins

Is nostalgia good for you? Or bad? Does it unite us, or divide us?  We look into the history and psychology of nostalgia - as well as how many politicians are increasingly using it as a tool to support their political platforms. As we deal COVID, climate change and social distress, these days uncertainty feels like the only certainty, and many argue that in the wake of this apocalyptic time nostalgia is the emotional pacifier that ...

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In this episode we look at the science of sync and the spread of fads. There is a remarkable beauty to synchrony. Our brains wouldn't exist without millions of neurons firing in step and our hearts wouldn't pump without a coordinated action of million of little heart cells. Synchronizing with with others allows us has allowed us accomplish everything we have so far. But, we’re going to see what happens when synchrony goes...

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December 15, 2022 42 mins

In this episode Dr. Haslam will walk us through how evil is manufactured (and why your psychology textbooks might be dead wrong).

When dictators are able to spread we typically call it propoganda.  But we will talk to the ex-Fox news show host to see how the media can act as an invisible force that can be used to control its audience in much the same way.

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December 15, 2022 34 mins

For most of us, deja vu is a fun curious experience - but for Miles, it was anything but.

In this episode Dr. Akira O'Connor walks us through the elusive phenomenon a lot of you have experienced, déjà vu and a few other dissociative states. And we will explore what they can teach us about consciousness.  

We will also explore the question - does language shape our thoughts?

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December 15, 2022 42 mins

In this episode we explore how our group identities shape how we see the world with Dr. Dominic Packer. Lawyer and Author Asma Uddin walks us through how this science is applied in her own work fighting for religious liberty. Mussab Ali shares his experiences with his muslim identity following the morning he watched the twin towers fall from his bedroom window. 

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