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Sure, we all know a pile of paperwork or a job interview is nothing like a bloody battle to the death with a saber toothed tiger — but do our bodies know that?

Is our brain still wired for fight or flight regardless of the modern stakes?

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss how and why our brains interpret minor annoyances as ancestral enemies.

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We live in a world of objects – objects we relegate with varying degrees of worth and importance, ranging from the pop tops and old newspaper pages beneath our feet to treasured collectable action figures, security blankets, family heirlooms, lucky amulets and golden idols.

What’s it all about?

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We chatted with him back in 2011, but now astrophysicist and general media champion of science Neil deGrasse Tyson joins us once again for a lengthy chat about the nature of U.S. space exploration, the threat of asteroids, mad science, philosophy, dark matter and humanity’s future amid the stars.

Really, the man is game to talk about nearly anything. But you knew that.

Extra cool is the fact that some of the questions we asked Dr. Tyson were actually submitted by YOU THE LISTENER on the Stuff to Blow Your Mind FaceBook page.

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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the history of SETI as well as what classic TV shows our alien neighbors might be listening to. Heck, why are radio signals such a choice communication method for alien civilizations? Surely it’s not all coming from TV shows and radio programs, right?

And what does it mean when radio signals reach our own planet, seemingly sent from somewhere deep in space?

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When the world skews out of the everyday and becomes something stranger, our brain is left to interpret the data in light of preexisting narratives: elves and goblins, angels and demons… And of course extraterrestrials. So here’s one of my favorite topics from the early days of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, all about the many reasons you might THINK an alien abducted you from your bed and put something up your bum.

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Can modern science give us the wings we’ve always envied in the birds of the air? Can modern plastic surgery elevate us to a higher human form? In what’s probably one of our stranger episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the post-human philosophy of leading plastic surgeon Joseph Rosen and the invisible line between surgical correction and surgical transformation.

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In anticipation of Saint Patrick’s Day, our minds inevitably turn the little people of Irish folklore.

But as Julie and I discuss in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, diminutive magical fairy folk pop up in folk traditions around the world – as do the Lilliputian hallucinations that produce such fantastic visions.

So listen in and I’ll help you bone up on Irish myth and then we’ll introduce you to the science behind those paranormal leprechaun encounters.

Blind men will see again.

Gaunt beings will gather around death beds.

Little people will frolic in the woods.

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Chances are you didn’t pack a mud pie or a brick of clay for lunch today, but humans – like many animals – are not above a little pica in their diet.

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the practice of dirt and mineral consumption and just what natural and unnatural impulses are at work.

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The thing about ubiquitous technology is that we rarely stop to consider their marvel and impact. But without elevators there would be no skyscrapers. There would be no daily session of tightly-packed stranger awkwardness, all with a light dusting of claustrophobic, shaft-plummeting fear. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and Robert discuss the psychology and science of elevators. Why do we behave the way we do inside them? Will we have Wonkavators in the future?

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While adult humans generally avoid puking as much as possible, a good upchuck is just another biological function for other creatures. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I present a vomitory smorgasbord of cud-chewing monkeys, acid-puking spiders, corpse-hurling vultures and even human mothers who chew food for their babies.

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