For the next three weeks, Hillary McBride is answering your questions about mental health. Hillary McBride is a therapist and researcher, and one of Science Mike's best friends. Her book Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are has helped women all over the world learn to love their bodies and heal from past hurts. She's also a co-host of The Liturgists Podcast.
This episode is sponsored by Kiwi Co. Give your kids the opportunity to explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) in a way that's fun and engaging with a subscription--your first box is free if you use this link: http://kiwico.com/science

In this second of three episodes, Hillary McBride is answering your questions about mental health. Hillary McBride is a therapist and researcher, and one of Science Mike's best friends. Her book Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are has helped women all over the world learn to love their bodies and heal from past hurts. She's also a co-host of The Liturgists Podcast.

For the next three weeks, Hillary McBride is answering your questions about mental health. Hillary McBride is a therapist and researcher, and one of Science Mike's best friends. Her book Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are has helped women all over the world learn to love their bodies and heal from past hurts. She's also a co-host of The Liturgists Podcast.

This episode is sponsored by Kiwi Co. Give your kids the opportunity to explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) in a way that's fun and engaging with a subscription--your first box is free if you use this link: http://kiwico.com/science

This week is a Patron special--every question was submitted by the Ask Science Mike Patreon community. If you'd like to join us, click here.

Here's the questions from this week's show, plus additional resources.

You've expressed belief in a God that is the ground of all being, Einstein's God, a reductionist left-hemisphere God. You've also expressed belief in a God of mysticism and subjective experience, a God of feeling and intuition, a holistic right-hemisphere God. Do you ever feel the need to bridge the gap between these two Gods? Can you say they are the same, or do we need a God for each cerebral hemisphere?

Finding God in the Waves

Hey Mike, I have a question for you. I'd love to know if there is a physiological link between grief and an increased sex drive? I can see that sex can be a temporary escape from pain, or a release of tension. And that the loneliness of grief could prompt a desire to connect physically with someone else. But is there anything science can shed light on, to further explain an increased sex drive at times of significant pain and loss, and whether its a coping mechanism or a way of the body seeking to heal? It seems incongruous in part. Asking for a friend...! Huge love to you. Come back to London soon X

5 Things They Don't Tell You About Grief

Can you talk about quantum teleportation? What has been demonstrated and what is theoretical sci-fi?

Quantum teleportation is real, but it's not what you think

How do you interact with friends or family members who are conservative fundamentalists and lovingly concerned that you are "sinning" by reading the Bible differently than they do? It's frustrating when they continue to want to discuss hot-button topics like homosexuality—never as a method of understanding my perspective, but instead with the purpose of changing my mind and helping me understand the "truth.”

Hi Mike! I asked this one a couple Thanksgivings ago when you answered all the patreon questions, but it was never on the show—perhaps it got lost in the patreon comment vortex. I'm curious how you, as a married enneagram 9, maintain your own identity? I'm 43, and have never been able to have a romantic relationship in which I didn't lose myself (I'm an introverted 9w1 sexual variant) (neutral good, haha), so I've shied away from them to maintain a sense of self. It seems to me like I might like to have a long-term partnership or marriage someday, so I'm curious what steps you take to keep your identity separate from Jenny & the girls. I've been in talk therapy, done programs, attended seminars, etc—but I tend to keep all interpersonal relationships at arm's length because I feel chaotic and like I can't find myself in the noisy din of other people's presence. Any advice from your experience would be appreciated. Peace, love, and entropy!

Why don't organisms with the shortest reproductive cycles rule the world? It seems to me that simple organisms with rapid reproduction should evolve more quickly than more complex organisms with longer lifespans. If that's the case, shouldn't those species have a wider range of adaptations to "select" from for suitability to their environments, giving them a serious evolutionary advantage over those of us that don't breed like rabbits? In other words, why isn't mosquitoes' ability to dodge evolving faster than my ability to swat them? (Sorry if this is Natural Selection 101 - my "Christian" education sadly excluded that course from its science curriculum).

r/K selection theory

March 26, 2019

Episode 175 - Science

This week is a special episode discussion science literacy in our society.

Here's a few resources mentioned in this episode.

Last Week Tonight on Psychics

Everything wrong with the young blood injection craze (The Verge)

Behind the Curve (Netflix)

Science Mike's Five Ingredients of an Anti-Science Worldview

  1. Confident Presentation of Non-Experts (Dunning Kruger Effect vs Imposter Syndrome)
  2. Imprecise Word Usage (Energy, Toxins, Chemicals)
  3. Over-generalization of Research (Science says pregnant women should eat more chocolate)
  4. Cognitive Bias
  5. The Politicalization of Scientific Ideas

This week, Science Mike talks to Michael Gungor about his new podcast, THIS, as well as his upcoming book, also called THIS.

Here’s the questions we covered on this episode (as well as helpful links to resources):
 
I am an affirming straight man with a Christian non-affirming friend who is gay. How do I have a conversation with him that helps take away the shame he feels because of his same sex attraction?
 
What should Christians make of the similarities between Jesus and other ancient religious figures like Mithra, Krishna, Dionysus, and Horus?
 
Is there any reason to believe that God is loving other than the Bible and personal experience?
 
How often do people recover from chronic depression?

This week Science Mike is talking with Kevin O'Brien about his new film, At the End of the Day.

At the End of the Day is a feature-length comedy written and directed by Kevin O’Brien.

After losing his wife and counseling practice, the only thing 32-year-old Dave Hopper has going for himself is his part-time professorship at his alma mater, a growing Christian college. And the only reason he even got that job was because his previous professor, now ambitious dean, pulled a few strings.

The dean’s plans for growth hit a snag when the property he wants to develop has been promised to a gay support group – which has plans to open an LGBT homeless teen shelter if they can raise the money in time. The Dean is forced to take drastic measures, offering Dave his dream job, but he only gets it if he goes undercover in the group as a gay man – the abomination he counsels against – and stops them from raising the funds needed to buy the property.Dave reluctantly agrees, and for the first time, is met face-to-face with the community he has been battling his entire career. The awkward and emotional experiences that follow lead Dave on a journey of truth, revealing that life and love are not as black and white as he first thought.

You can watch the film on these services:

iTunes

Amazon

Google Play

This week I'm talking with Jenny McHargue (aka The Honey Badger) about your questions.

This episode was sponsored by Kiwico, a monthly STEAM project kit for kids. Visit kiwico.com/science for a chance to try them out FOR FREE.

This week Mike talks about why he's concerned about social media and what the process he went through to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Want to join Mike in taking social media and the web back from giant corporations? Join him at http://social.theliturgists.com

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