Episode 72 - Cynicism, Beauty, and a Simulated Universe

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For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Could our Universe be a simulation? Why is human beauty rare? What’s the science behind cynicism? How can I have a powerful, spiritual experience?

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Here are some resources on each answer if you'd like to dig deeper.

Could our Universe be a simulation?

Simulation hypothesis

ARE YOU LIVING IN A COMPUTER SIMULATION?

We talked to the Oxford philosopher who gave Elon Musk the theory that we are all computer simulations

Why is human beauty rare?

The Strange Science Of Sexual Attraction

Beauty: Culture-Specific or Universally Defined?

What’s the science behind cynicism?

Cynical? You may be hurting your brain health

Burnout and the Brain

A Field Guide to the Cynic

How can I have a powerful, spiritual experience?

Finding God in the Waves

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