Episode 150 - Terraforming, White Noise, and Science Party Tricks

Here’s the questions on this week’s show: Can you blow our minds with science? What are your thoughts on terraforming? Does white noise help or harm human sleep cycles? How do you cope with religious guilt?

Here are some resources for anyone who wants to dig deeper:

Can you blow our minds with science?

CRISPR–Cas encoding of a digital movie into the genomes of a population of living bacteria

An extra-uterine system to physiologically support the extreme premature lamb

Lunar volcanism produced a transient atmosphere around the ancient Moon

Bees are first insects shown to understand the concept of zero

Does white noise help or harm human sleep cycles?

The influence of white noise on sleep in subjects exposed to ICU noise

Spontaneous brain rhythms predict sleep stability in the face of noise

How do you cope with religious guilt?

Finding God in the Waves

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Episode 147 - Plastics, Affairs, and Concerts for Jesus

This week we answered these questions on Ask Science Mike: Do faith conversations that happen at large events last? How do you reconcile the impersonal god of physics with a god of love? Is cooking with plastic safe? What happens in your brain when you’re having an extramarital affair?

Here’s some resources if you’d like to dig deeper.

How do you reconcile the impersonal god of physics with a god of love?

Finding God in the Waves

Is cooking with plastic safe?

Microwaving food in plastic: Dangerous or not?

The Oceans Are Drowning In Plastic — And No One’s Paying Attention

Report Finds Microplastic in 93% of Bottled Water Tested, But Don't Freak Out Yet

What happens in your brain when you’re having an extramarital affair?

10 facts about infidelity

CAN RELATIONSHIPS THAT START AS AFFAIRS SUCCEED…REVISITED

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Episode 146 - A Pastor for Atheists (Bart Campolo)

This week Science Mike has a wide-ranging conversation with Bart Campolo. If this conversation interests you, make sure you check out the new film Leaving My Father's Faith.

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Episode 145 - Social Media and Mental Health

On this week’s Ask Science Mike, we talk about the relationship between social media and mental health. Here’s a few resources if you want to explore more.

Mike’s social media suggestions.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

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Episode 142 - Quantum Computers, Past Lives, and Transgender Brains

This week on Ask Science Mike, we covered these questions: What are quantum computers? What do you make of children who remember details from a “past life?” Is there a link between suicide and religiosity? Are the brains of trans people different in any way?

Here are resources for people who want to dig deeper:

What are quantum computers?

How Google’s Quantum Computer Could Change the World

How Does a Quantum Computer Work?

Michio Kaku: How to Program a Quantum Computer

What do you make of children who remember details from a “past life?”

Parents Think Boy Is Reincarnated Pilot

Expert Investigates 10-Year-Old’s ‘Reincarnation’ Claims

Is there a link between suicide and religiosity?

Episode 126 - Suicide, New Earth, and the Flat Earth Society

Religion and Completed Suicide: a Meta-Analysis

NEW STUDY SUGGESTS RELIGION AFFECTS SUICIDE RATES DIFFERENTLY AROUND THE WORLD

The Surge in Suicides Has Nothing to Do With Marriage or Religion

Are the brains of trans people different in any way?

Is There Something Unique about the Transgender Brain?

How Science Is Helping Us Understand Gender

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Episode 141 - Ask Bible Pete

It’s finally here! This week is the long awaited #AskBiblePete episode. All the questions are about scripture and our guest host is the one and only Pete Enns. Pete is the author of The Bible Tells Me So and The Sin of Certainty, and hosts the podcast The Bible for Normal People (with a new season coming next week!).

 

Click here to check out Pete’s podcast, The Bible for Normal People.

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Episode 140 - Boredom, Antipsychotics, and Proof of God

We covered these questions on Ask Science Mike this week: Can antipsychotic medications impact how we experience God? Is there any scientific evidence for God? Why am I bored with I’m not intellectually stimulated? If “love is love,” how can we say that pedophilia is immoral?

Here’s some resources for anyone wanting to dig deeper into the questions covered in this episode:

Can antipsychotic medications impact how we experience God?

Is Mania A Spiritual Experience?

Is there any scientific evidence for God?

Finding God in the Waves

 

Listen to “We Dreamed in Monochrome” by The1Harris here.

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Episode 139 - The Holiday Hangover

This week we're talking about why we often feel like different people when we visit home, as well as talking about what it's like to question your faith for the first time.

Here's a few resources mentioned in this episode:

Why social media is terrible for multiethnic democracies

The Power of Habit

The Happiness Hypothesis

Finding God in the Waves

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Episode 138 - Frustration, Animal Guilt, and Getting Set in Our Ways

For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Do other animals feel guilt? What happens in our brains when we get frustrated? Is there an age when we get set in our ways? What does a “call from God” mean when you don’t believe that way anymore?

You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.

 

Do other animals feel guilt?

Do animals feel guilt?

Chimps don't just get mad, they get even

Other Minds

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

 

What happens in our brains when we get frustrated?

Effect of Frustration on Brain Activation Pattern in Subjects with Different Temperament

NEUROSCIENTISTS CONDUCT THE MOST FRUSTRATING BRAIN SCANNING STUDY EVER

4 Tips to Deal With Frustrating People

 

Is there an age when we get set in our ways?

What It Takes To Change Your Brain’s Patterns After Age 25

 

What does a “call from God” mean when you don’t believe that way anymore?

When God Talks Back

 

Preproduction by Andrew Galucki.

Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin.

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You've got problems, he won't solve them,

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Episode 132 - LIVE in Edinburgh, Scotland

This episode was recorded live at Greyfriar's Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland. The questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed.

This tour is to support the paperback release of my book, Finding God in the Waves in the UK.

Join us for The Liturgists Gathering in London in 2018!

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