Something You Should Know about Science

The Lure Of Novelty

June 27, 2016


Interview with Winifred Gallagher, author of the book New: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change




Mike Carruthers:
Unlike any other species on the planet human beings crave novelty and change.


Winifred Gallagher:
We are natures novelty specialists who are primed both biologically and psychologically to engage with the new and different and to adjust to change.

Winifred Gallagher

Weird & Unexplainable

April 15, 2016


Interview with Michael Brooks, author of the book 13 things that don't make sense




Mike Carruthers:
Could it be that we have actually received communication from aliens? You see there was a signal...


Michael Brooks:
This was a signal that was received by a telescope in Ohio in 1977 and it looks exactly like a signal that we were expecting from aliens.

Michael Brooks

Interesting Human Biology

April 13, 2016


Interview with Mark Changizi, author of the book Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man




Mike Carruthers:
Humans have excellent color vision and it’s long been thought that we have that to help us find food in the wild in order to survive.


Mark Changizi:
And I was able to provide evidence that “no” your color vision is in fact really peculiar and it’s turned out to be optimized for seeing blood in the skin.

Mark Changizi

How Accurate Are The Experts

January 20, 2016


Interview with Dan Gardner, author of the book Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Are Next to Worthless, and You Can Do Better




Mike Carruthers:
When you watch television, news and business shows there’s no shortage of experts predicting the future of politics, world events and the stock market. But just how accurate are those predictions?


Dan Gardner:
What you need of course to access expert prediction accuracy is a proper experiment unfortunately that experiment has been done.

Dan Gardner

Need For Human Attachment

December 4, 2015


Interview with Amir Levine, author of the book Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find—and Keep—Love




Mike Carruthers:
The science and psychology of human attachment it’s really remarkable because we’re probably more dependent than we realize.


Amir Levine:
We’re wired to be dependent on our partners that’s our biology, we can’t help that. But if the dependency is good then actually paradoxically we become more independent. Because we have that feeling of security and we can go out into the world and do more things.

Amir Levine

Fascinating Insects

September 4, 2015


Interview with Hugh Raffels, author of the book Insectopedia




Mike Carruthers:
You probably consider insects to be nothing more than a nuisance but they can actually be quite fascinating– take house flies.


Hugh Raffels:
And if you see slow motion film for instance at the ways that flies can huver and the ways that they can arrange their flights. They’re extraordinarily sophisticated fliers.


Hugh Raffels

How Food Can Change Your Genes

August 20, 2015


Interview with Dr. Mitch Gaynor, author of the book The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle




Mike Carruthers:
What science believes about how our genes work has changed.


Dr. Mitch Gaynor:
Because we used to think is that if we had a family history of people being overweight or a lot of cancer, diabetes, heart disease that, that was going to be our genetic destiny. And what we know now is we can change our gene expression depending on the foods we’re putting in our body.

Dr. Mitch Gaynor

Differences Between Male & Female Brains - Part 2

March 17, 2015


Interview with Michael Gurian, author of the book What Could He Be Thinking?: How a Man's Mind Really Works




Mike Carruthers:
When men and women are angry with each other and argue interesting things happen biologically.


Michael Gurian:
The part of the brain will swell up in both of them called the amygdala. Then the neuro center for the man the pathways for the man go more toward the brain stem and away from the verbal center so he’s not going to tend to be able to talk.


Michael Gurian

What Is The Universe?

February 20, 2015


Interview with Janna Levin, author of the book How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space




Mike Carruthers:
What exactly is the universe?


Janna Levin:
The universe in a sense is the whole thing. It's everything you could possibly think of and imagine. It's space, it's time, it's all the matter in the universe, all the galaxies. 

Janna Levin

Science Questions, Answered - Part 2

January 29, 2015


Interview with Kathy Wollard, author of the book How Come?: Every Kid's Science Questions Explained




Mike Carruthers:
Every time you touch metal it feels colder than everything else in the room. Why?

Kathy Wollard:

It’s not that things are at different temperatures. Metal is such a good conductor of heat that the minute your finger touches it, it starts siphoning heat away from your skin. So you sense that the metal is actually colder.

Kathy Wollard

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