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24
Feb

Episode 213 - The Power of Meaning with Emily Esfahani Smith

This week Science Mike talks with Emily Esfahani Smith about her research and work on the power of meaning and how it can transform our lives as reported in her bestselling book The Power of Meaning.

Mike also shares an exciting announcement about his upcoming book tour for You're a Miracle  (and a Pain in the Ass)--available in book stores on April 28, 2020.

17
Feb

Episode 212 - Electric Cars, the Placebo Effect, and Nonreligious Brains

Mike's got a new book coming in April--but you can preorder it now. Just go to asksciencemike.com/newbook

This week, Mike responded to the following questions:

Are some brains naturally wired to not believe in the supernatural?

How God Changes Your Brain

Finding God in the Waves

Are electric cars less "green" than gas-powered cars?

Factcheck: How electric vehicles help to tackle climate change

Gasoline vs Electric—Who Wins on Lifetime Global Warming Emissions? We Found Out

Does the placebo effect reveal the power of the mind to heal?

The power of the placebo effect

Placebos: The power of the placebo effect

Is the Nocebo Effect Hurting Your Health?

What scriptural arguments can be made to convince non-affirming Christians to change their minds?

You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass)

God and the Gay Christian

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10
Feb

Episode 211 -Nutritional Labels, Epigenetics and Environmental Burials

This week, Mike responded to the following questions:

Can trauma be passed on through epigenetic information?

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything | Cath Ennis

Can Trauma Be Inherited Between Generations?

Can We Really Inherit Trauma?

What are environmentally responsible to handle human burial?

Could the Funeral of the Future Help Heal the Environment?

Thinking About Having a ‘Green’ Funeral? Here’s What to Know

How accurate are nutritional labels?

When Nutrition Labels Lie | Eat + Run

[Infographic] The Surprising Problem With Calorie Counting -- The "Calories In" Edition.

Can you compare and contrast the policy platforms of the 2020 candidates for president in the USA?

2020 Presidential Quiz

2020 Candidates Views on the Issues: A Voter's Guide

2020 Candidates for President: A Guide

2020 Democratic Candidates: Where Do They Stand on Key Policy Issues?

2020 presidential campaign: How Democrats plan to fight climate change

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3
Feb

Episode 210 - Tori Douglass Returns!

This week, Science Mike talks with Tori Williams Douglass about, well, your questions from Twitter!

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20
Jan

Episode 209 - Grounding, Friendship, and the Senses of Plants

This week, Mike responds to the following questions.

Do plants have senses?

Plants May Not Have Ears, But They Can 'Hear' Way Better Than We Thought

Do plants feel pain?

Do Plants Think?

How can people have intimate friendships without becoming romantically involved?

If we encountered intelligent, alien life, what would it be like?

The Fermi Paradox - Wait But Why

Is there any scientific evidence to validate "grounding?"

This study was referenced in Mike's response.

13
Jan

Episode 208 - Bad Theology Kills with Kevin Garcia

This week, Science Mike talks with his friend Kevin Garcia about their new book Bad Theology Kills.

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30
Dec
23
Dec

Episode 206 - Merry Mini

Science Mike talks about grief, gratitude, and how hard it is to change.

16
Dec

Episode 205 - Holiday Blues

By popular demand, this week Mike is talking about sadness during the holiday season. Here's a few links with more information.

It Is Alright To Be Sad During the Holidays

The difference between depression and sadness

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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10
Dec

Episode 204 - Blue blockers, Germs on Mars, and the Science of Cults

This week on Ask Science Mike, we covered the following questions:

1. Is the soil on Mars sterile?

2. Do blue-blockers really work?

Are Computer Glasses Worth It?

The effect of blue-light blocking spectacle lenses on visual performance, macular health and the sleep-wake cycle: a systematic review of the literature.

3. What's the science behind cults?

Cult Education Institute FAQ

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