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The most profound questions are simple. In the spirit of communal curiosity ignited by Edge.org and the British Psychological Society, we invited former PsychTalk guests and insightful writers to reflect on this theme:

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You would not refer to any group as “you whiteys,” so why is “you guys” accepted? The same can be said for freshwhite and chairwhite; why would standardizing one gender

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Mind and matter collide in this rich discussion of consciousness with Craig Weinberg and Stephen P. King. We focus on two contrasting perspectives on the “stuff” outside of and responsible

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What’s it like to be a lobster, or a baby? Can non-living things like software and corporations have experiences or even self-awareness? These questions strike at the baffling issue of

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Democratic lobbyist Hilary Rosen struck a nerve when she accidentally insulted the nation’s stay-at-home moms by saying Ann Romney, mother of five, “never worked a day in her life”. Her ensuing apology,

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Josh Rivedal was starting to make it as a young actor and coming closer to his dad after his parents’ divorce; then his dad committed suicide. That was in 2009.

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What would it be like to always live fully in the present? There’s no need for thought experiments when we have real case studies to tell us.* Patient K.C.  (a.k.a. N.N.), who was

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Soldiers are rarely as open to sharing their private thoughts and feelings as in therapy. So in this show, we try to understand why soldiers choose to go to war

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The media ruckus over bullying has mobilized schools and governments, with bullying laws recently passed in 48 states. But schools are taking the wrong approach. That’s according to developmental psychologist Dr.

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Brain Byte #2–bringing you research reports and big ideas in 5 minutes or less. Conspiracy theories People who believe conspiracy theories are more inclined to believe contradictory theories about the

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Singers Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston both had serious alcohol problems. How do people we admire and care about get swallowed up by addiction? We go straight to the source

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Introducing the Brain Byte: bringing you something to think about in 5 minutes or less. For this first installment, we draw inspiration from the BPS Research Digest–check it out! Our

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Two accounts of brain injury and near-death experiences on this hour of PsychTalk. Find out what it is like to face death and come out the other side a different

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Psychedelic drugs and marijuana get a bad rap and deserve serious research, says Brad Burge of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Join us in exploring why these drugs

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Are you ready to change your reckless ways on the road? Or would you like to learn about people’s experience of driving? Join our conversation with Dr. Kenneth Mills of

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