Something You Should Know about Science

Finding Success

March 13, 2014


Interview with David M. Howitt, author of the book Heed Your Call: Integrating Myth, Science, Spirituality, and Business




Mike Carruthers:
How do you feel about work and success?


David M. Howitt:
A lot of us are taught at the earliest ages you’ve got to put your shoulder into the plow and you’ve got to work a 12 hour day and the more tired you are when you come home the more successful you are. My experience that’s just not true.

David M. Howitt

Science Of The Kitchen

February 5, 2013


Interview with Jack Bishop Editorial Director at America’s Test Kitchen and contributor to the book The Science of Good Cooking (Cook's Illustrated Cookbooks)




Mike Carruthers:
Cooking whether you realize it or not is actually science – for example when you brown meat on the grill or in a skillet…


Jack Bishop:
It is actually a reaction between the natural sugars and carbohydrates and the proteins. And so you are basically creating flavor when you brown something.

Jack Bishop

What You Don't Know About The Sun

October 9, 2012


Interview with Lawrence Joseph, author of the book Solar Cataclysm: How the Sun Shaped the Past and What We Can Do to Save Our Future




Mike Carruthers:
The sun is seemingly a constant in our lives but on closer examination it’s really anything but. In fact…


Lawrence Joseph:
The sun is good for us the sun is bad for us. The sun sustains us the sun destroys us.

Lawrence Joseph

Don't Get Struck By Lightning

June 1, 2012


Interview with John S. Friedman, author of Out of the Blue: A History of Lightning: Science, Superstition, and Amazing Stories of Survival




Mike Carruthers:
Your chances of being struck by lightning this year are one in seven hundred and fifty thousand.


John S. Friedman:
Height is very important; if you're the highest object in an area it's likely that you're going to be struck.

John S. Friedman

Science Behind Human Connection - Part 2

May 22, 2012


Interview with Paul J. Zak, author of the book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity




Mike Carruthers:
Oxytocin it’s a hormone released by the brain that promotes care and connection with others.


Paul J. Zak:
Turn up the oxytocin and all of a sudden I’m treating strangers like family and by and large they’re going to reciprocate with me - turn it down and all of a sudden I get a selfish behavior, aggressive behavior.

Paul J. Zak

Science Behind Human Connection

May 21, 2012


Interview with Paul J. Zak, author of the book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity




Mike Carruthers:
What is it that causes us to want to connect with other people it turns out to be something in the brain that’s been labeled the moral molecule.


Paul J. Zak:
The moral molecule is oxytocin which is, until 10 years ago, an underappreciated chemical in the brain only to be associated with childbirth.

Paul J. Zak

Why We Love Novelty & Change

January 30, 2012


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

What You Didn't Know About The Sun

September, 27, 2011


Interview with Richard Cohen, author of the book Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life




Mike Carruthers:
We’re discovering more and more about the sun, like the surface of the sun – actually there’s no such thing.


Richard Cohen:
It doesn’t actually have a surface there’s more gold in the sun than there is anywhere on earth there’s a huge amount. The sun’s core is 27 million degrees Fahrenheit.

Richard Cohen

Why Fingers Wrinkle When They Get Wet

August 16, 2011


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 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

Weird Things That Don't Make Sense

August 5, 2011


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




Mike Carruthers:
Might it just be that we have 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

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