#181: The Forbidden Experiment

01:55
Jun 11, 2019
A story about a boy who grew up without human contact

#180: Dylan Dropped By

03:22
Jun 11, 2019
Bob Dylan dropping by someone's house.

#179: Landed on the Dark Side of the Moon

01:16
Jun 07, 2019
...and no one noticed.

#178: The Throwing Animal

00:46
Jun 07, 2019
We learned to hunt at a distance by throwing things and we are fascinated by throwing to this day.

Bothering the Homo Sapiens

01:07
Jun 05, 2019
One of the polar bears at the Zoo was brought to the Zoo because in the wild it was bothering the homo sapiens.

#176: Humans in the Wild

01:32
Jun 04, 2019
Stole this title from Sam Harris, but anyway, just some thoughts about observing humans at the mall or anywhere.

#175: Computers at the Mall

01:43
Jun 04, 2019
Nerdy behaviour turned cool.

#174: Bob Dylan's Infidels

10:30
Jun 01, 2019
Reading Wikipedia to get excited about new music.

#173: Move These Color TVs

06:07
May 30, 2019
The exciting conclusion of a series about the inventions listed in Dire Straits' Money for Nothing.

#172: Move These Refrigerators

03:52
May 29, 2019
Part 2 of a series about the inventions listed in Dire Straits' Money for Nothing.

#171: Install Microwave Ovens

06:21
May 28, 2019
Part 1 of a series about the inventions listed in Dire Straits' Money for Nothing.

#170: Mountain Vistas

01:06
May 24, 2019

#169: Whiny Songwriters

00:19
May 23, 2019
Songwriters often seem so hard-done-by in their relationships.

#168: Reasons for Prohibition

00:44
May 22, 2019
Apparently 50% of all violent crime involves alcohol.

#167: Definitions

01:53
May 21, 2019
On today's episode of Definitions: "consciousness", "fascist" and "God".

#166: So

03:05
Apr 27, 2019
Time for another episode of Winning Arguments. On this episode, a one-word answer.

#165: Winning Arguments: Bandwagon

01:07
Apr 26, 2019
Time for another episode of Winning Arguments.

#164: I'm Too Smurfy

01:21
Apr 25, 2019
This Smurf song went to #1 in sixteen countries. It held the record for the most consecutive weeks at #2 on the UK charts for ~14 years, only to eventually be surpassed by "I'm Too Sexy".

#163: Even More Beginnings of Books

00:19
Apr 24, 2019
The title says it all.

#162: Sounds Fake

00:47
Apr 23, 2019
The premise of the world doesn't sounds made up.

#161: Reminders

01:34
Apr 20, 2019
Sometimes things that we think are beautiful just appeal to us because they remind us of things. Maybe.

#160: Looking Back It all Seemed so Strange

03:07
Apr 19, 2019
...but it's even weirder to look forward.

#159: Beginnings of Books

01:21
Apr 18, 2019
More beginnings of books.

#158: When You Can't Turn It Off

01:13
Apr 17, 2019
We get precious few reprieves from the churning of our minds.

#157: The Man in the Mirror

03:12
Apr 16, 2019
Who is it?

#156: Leaving the Shire

03:00
Apr 13, 2019
Do we have to leave the Shire? Do we really have to be on Life's Great Adventure?

#155: Closer

02:02
Apr 12, 2019
What we mean when we say we just about did something.

#153: That Was Curious

01:29
Apr 10, 2019
If you only had one dream it would really stick in your mind.

#152: The Social Hermit

01:17
Apr 09, 2019
All of our problems are interpersonal.

#151: The Wild Web

02:16
Apr 06, 2019
This year the web turned 30 years old.

#150: Time is What a Clock Reads

03:58
Apr 05, 2019
What is time?

#149: Trading Places with Luckiest Person

00:00
Apr 04, 2019
Maybe the only person you want to be is yourself anyway.

#148: The Times Regrets the Error

01:36
Apr 03, 2019
The time the NY Times said that it was impossible for rockets to work in space.

#147: Does This Selfie Make Me Look Narcissistic?

01:17
Apr 02, 2019
State of your hair vs. state of the world

#146: Winning Arguments: Burden of Proof

01:01
Mar 30, 2019
Another episode of Winning Arguments.

#145: High Res UFO Videos

00:14
Mar 28, 2019
Just wondering where all the UFO videos went -- everyone's ready with their iPhones.

#144: Ah, Camping in Vermont

03:36
Mar 28, 2019
Yet another episode of unpublished manuscripts from the Brautigan Library. Today, the "All the Rest" category of misfits.

#143: The One That Got Away

04:17
Mar 27, 2019
Even more random unpublished manuscripts from the Brautigan Library. This time, the humour category.

#142: A Life Without Porpoise

04:01
Mar 26, 2019
More random unpublished manuscripts from the Brautigan Library

#141: Dead Even to Himself

06:15
Mar 22, 2019
Some book summaries from the Brautigan Library of unpublished manuscripts.

#140: Writing for the Brautigan Library

01:53
Mar 22, 2019
What book would you write?

#139: Diversity in Aliens

01:29
Mar 21, 2019
Alien species add to regional biodiversity.

#138: Morning Song

01:20
Mar 20, 2019
Singing for mood augmentation.

#137: No True German

01:05
Mar 19, 2019
Time for another episode of Winning Arguments.

#136: Devil's Advocate in a Satanic World

02:30
Mar 15, 2019
Sometimes the only way to be a Devil's Advocate is to be positive a cheery and kind.

#135: Excellent Pornography

02:05
Mar 15, 2019
Learning from a beer commercial.

#134: Successful Theatre

00:35
Mar 14, 2019
Something to think about while watching movies.

#133: Toxic Avengers

02:02
Mar 12, 2019
When the nerds win.

#132: Fat Stacks

03:04
Mar 12, 2019
The difference between a million dollars and a billion dollars.

#131: The Life of "Pink" Mullaney

04:09
Mar 08, 2019
Continuing with our new series of great obits, this woman suggests never throwing out pantyhose.

#130: The Life of "Flathead" Blanchard

02:31
Mar 08, 2019
New series: great obits!

#129: Sparkling Water

02:03
Mar 07, 2019
Don't just cut things out, substitute.

#128: Eat Meat

01:26
Mar 06, 2019
The same things are funny everywhere.

#127: Centre of the Universe at the Vietnamese Restaurant

03:33
Mar 04, 2019
An episode about a man in the background of a photo.

#126: Your Turn

01:13
Mar 02, 2019
It's interesting being somewhere between your first day and your last.

#125: The Middle of Now Here

04:01
Mar 01, 2019
The on-going mission to understand where we are.

#124: Basics

02:52
Feb 28, 2019
Covering the basics.

#123: Predicting the Non-Existent Future

04:35
Feb 27, 2019
Dealing with people who hate on the scientific method.

#122: The Scientific Method

00:36
Feb 26, 2019
Test it and see.

#121: Trapped on the Moon in 1969

02:11
Feb 22, 2019
The plan in case Neil and Buzz got stranded on the Moon.

#120: Shiners

03:39
Feb 21, 2019
We are a species of light shiners.

#119: A Million Giant Leaps for Mankind

02:30
Feb 21, 2019
How many leaps would it take for the world to be unrecognizable?

#118: How Humans Sound

02:27
Feb 20, 2019
To other animals, it sound like we're just making random noises to each other.

#117: Free as a Bird

00:42
Feb 19, 2019
The trade-off that comes with consciousness.

#116: New Years Check In

00:10
Feb 16, 2019
Mid-February check in.

#115: Spring in Fialta

02:25
Feb 14, 2019
For Valentine's Day, a hot part of Nabokov's Spring in Fialta. Music by the Crooked Brothers.

#114: Monarch in a Salsa Jar

01:07
Feb 14, 2019
Dust to dust. Mexico to salsa jar.

#113: Feeling Groovy

02:02
Feb 13, 2019
Etymology of "groovy"

#112: A Prison of Bullshit

02:22
Feb 12, 2019
The entertaining first page of the infamous book Radical Honesty.

#111: Man Playing Accordion

04:51
Feb 09, 2019
Two middle-aged gentlemen from the United States came to the rural community where I live in Canada. They played a house concert and slept in the basement.

#110: One Thousand Pieces of Music

00:39
Feb 08, 2019
Bach may have been a genius, but he also put in the work.

#109: 2100

01:55
Feb 07, 2019
Some people alive today are definitely going to live in the year 2100.

#108: Mountain Picnic

05:19
Feb 06, 2019
Three ways to figure things out.

#107: Catching Up

00:00
Feb 05, 2019
How Richard Feynman caught up in biology class.

#106: Three Dog Night

01:55
Feb 01, 2019
How many Watts does a human heater throw?

#105: Death by Shooting Stars

02:41
Jan 30, 2019
The likelihood of dying by various things.

#104: Boiling

01:36
Jan 30, 2019
Defining boiling the easy way and the hard way.

#103: Whose Idea Was Dinner?

00:52
Jan 29, 2019
Can an idea be no one's idea?

#102: If I Were Them

00:32
Jan 26, 2019
More about freewill.

#101: Winning Arguments: Special Pleading

03:27
Jan 26, 2019
How some Mormons changed the game.

#100: Episode 100*

03:13
Jan 24, 2019
*If we're talking base-ten.

#99: Redshift/Blueshift

05:18
Jan 24, 2019
How we know Andromeda will collide with the Milky Way.

#98: Milkomeda

00:29
Jan 22, 2019
Interesting times ahead for residents of Milky Way and Andromeda.

#97: Convoluted Red Form with Linear Green Attachment

09:32
Jan 22, 2019
...is one way to look at a rose.

#96: Platonic Solids

02:55
Jan 18, 2019
Kind of weird that there are only five.

#95: Unhelpful Sayings and Mnemonic Devices

00:54
Jan 17, 2019
So much ambiguity. Such a difficult world.

#94: Music Ado about Nothing

04:37
Jan 16, 2019
Music seems to be about nothing and quite a lot at the same time.

#93: The Dimensions of Music

04:28
Jan 15, 2019
What is music?

#92: The Dinosaur Tapes

03:13
Jan 11, 2019
It's still possible to take video of life on Earth 66 million years ago.

#91: You Had a Bad Day

03:55
Jan 11, 2019
One particularly bad day.

#90: Vibrations

04:29
Jan 10, 2019
The journey from guitar to brain.

#89: Necessity is the Mother of Futile Dodges

02:41
Jan 08, 2019
"The basis of invention is science, and science is almost wholly the outgrowth of pleasurable intellectual curiosity."

#88: Beginnings of Books

01:37
Jan 08, 2019
Even more beginnings of books.

#87: Life Without Edges

01:57
Jan 05, 2019
Living without a core night's sleep or without a weekend.

#86: Edges

02:35
Jan 04, 2019
The arbitrarily New Year is a nice edge to work with.

#85: Lower the Bar

03:03
Jan 03, 2019
There's no fun in high jump if you never make it over the bar.

#84: Harder to Fail

04:04
Jan 02, 2019
New Year's resolutions

#83: AGM

02:27
Jan 01, 2019
Having an Annual General Meeting with yourself.

2018

#82: Beginnings of Books

01:29
Dec 28, 2018
Even more beginnings of books.

#81: Beginnings of Books

01:13
Dec 28, 2018
Even more beginnings of books

#80: Rationality Smells So Sweet

01:44
Dec 27, 2018
We become more judgemental when we smell farts.

#79: Christmas Out of Thin Air

03:11
Dec 25, 2018
It's a miracle.

#78: Ebenezer's Psychedelic Voyage

03:13
Dec 24, 2018
How Scrooge spent his evening.

#77: Lost

01:25
Dec 21, 2018
If you don't know where you're going, you aren't alone.

#76: You Can Always Tell if Someone's Had Kids

02:23
Dec 20, 2018
You can always tell.

#75: Chit Chat

03:21
Dec 20, 2018
Why do we get together and talk?

#74: Winning Arguments: Arm Yourself

00:00
Dec 18, 2018
Time for another episode of Winning Arguments.

#73: A Fine Loaf Sold a Better Way

03:03
Dec 18, 2018
The best idea since the best idea before sliced bread.

#72: Mystical Dream Interpretation for Dummies

03:18
Dec 14, 2018
Make dream conversations fun.

#71: The Sound of Mania

01:35
Dec 14, 2018
Apparently 80% of contemporary music is about romantic relationships.

#70: Super Boobies

02:16
Dec 13, 2018
It's not that easy to be super smart chimps. Give us a break, will ya!

#69: Isn't it Ironic?

05:24
Dec 12, 2018
Alanis raises a good question.

#68: Seeds of Curiosity

02:29
Dec 11, 2018
Things that you don't know anything about are boring.

#67: Preparing for Bananagrams Arguments

02:20
Dec 07, 2018
Is it a proper noun?

#66: Beginnings of Books

00:00
Dec 07, 2018
More beginnings of books.

#65: The Other 45 Ways To Leave Your Lover

03:23
Dec 05, 2018
A creative way to leave your lover.

#64: The Beginning of Slaughterhouse Five

02:10
Dec 05, 2018
The beginnings of Slaughterhouse Five, Girl at War, 100 Years of Solitude, Pride and Prejudice and other beginnings.

#63: Chimpanbees

01:37
Dec 04, 2018
Chimpanzees don't work together. Chimpanbees do.

#62: Ignorance is Bliss

02:06
Dec 04, 2018
A reason to reconsider trying to understanding your own psyche.

#61: Your Shadow

02:46
Dec 04, 2018
Just the coolest sounding thing in psychology. No big deal.

#60: Everything Happens for a Reason

01:16
Dec 04, 2018
It really does.

#59: The Chicken and Egg Question

01:37
Dec 04, 2018
The answer is obvious.

#58: Humiliating Dating

01:32
Dec 04, 2018
If you don't feel like being humiliated for a time, try "Creating not Dating"

#57: How Fire Works

02:17
Nov 19, 2018
Maybe you were wondering.

#56: Aunty Fungal

00:20
Nov 19, 2018
Mushrooms are closer related to us than the vegetables they are put next to in our grocery stores.

#52: We're All Gonna Put on the 2000 Miles

01:44
Nov 06, 2018
...whether we're zig-zagging around, or doing a long haul in one direction.

#51: Dreaming of Tooth Rot

01:05
Nov 06, 2018
Sometimes it's better to just look into it.

#50: For a Dollar a Day...

02:22
Nov 06, 2018
Billionaires aren't the only ones who aren't willing to help.

#49: Living 0.5 Seconds in the Past

04:24
Nov 06, 2018
A Grade 6-level science fair project that can trick anyone into loosing their grip on what's them and what's the outside world.

#48: Winning Arguments: The Fallacy-Fallacy Logical Fallacy

00:00
Nov 06, 2018
Another episode about arguing.

#47: Flower People

07:18
Oct 25, 2018
Possibilities for the last billion years of life on Earth.

#46: Winning Arguments: Straw Men

01:25
Oct 24, 2018
When people argue against a fake version of your perspective.

#45: Winning Arguments: Ad Hominem Attacks

03:46
Oct 24, 2018
How to defend yourself when someone makes the argument about you instead of about what you say.

#44: Don't Worry, You'll Always Have Problems

05:15
Oct 18, 2018
So many problems. But it's okay.

#43: Zero Gravity Pen

00:13
Oct 18, 2018
The quest to make a writing utensil that works in space.

#42: Slow Smiles

01:48
Oct 17, 2018
A tip for fake smilers.

#41: Fairy Tales

02:55
Oct 15, 2018
They are apparently distillations of truths about our psyches?

#40: Rock Your Day with Dave Navarro

02:37
Oct 15, 2018
The best way to get over someone ... is the best way to win them back.

#39: Confusion in the Chicken Coop

04:28
Oct 15, 2018
A glimpse into how we explain our actions, even when we couldn't possibly know why we did it.

#38: Good Reason / Real Reason

03:41
Oct 15, 2018
When it comes to motivations, there's the good reason and the real reason.

#37: Naive Realists

01:00
Oct 10, 2018
Beware of realists!

#36: What an FBI Agent Thinks of Your Drinking Glass

02:24
Oct 10, 2018
People watching gets more and more fun the more you know about people.

#35: XYZ

03:04
Oct 06, 2018
Something is wrong. Piece of shaped metal lower than it should be.

#34: Carbon-Dioxide Is Not Just For Global Warming

02:08
Oct 05, 2018
... it's also handy for bubbles in your mouth.

#33: The Beginning of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

01:44
Oct 04, 2018
Literally the beginning of the book.

#32: Windows 95

02:14
Oct 02, 2018
Brian Eno wrote the music.

#31: The Ocean We Swim In

03:05
Oct 02, 2018
The question "What do you want?" asked repeatedly, brings people to tears.

#30: Downstream, Upstream

02:18
Sep 29, 2018
A canoeing miracle.

#29: Beginnings of Books: Mrs. Bridge

00:31
Sep 28, 2018
The beginning of Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell.

#28: No Wimps on Neptune

01:06
Sep 27, 2018
Apparently, Generation Y is inheriting a horrific world. But it's hard to think of a better place to be.

#27: Monologue or Dialogue

03:13
Sep 25, 2018
Who are we talking to when we think our inner thoughts?

#26: Carrying Furniture Up Mountains

01:45
Sep 25, 2018
If you want to be tough, be tough.

#25: Enjoy Your Spreadsheets

01:47
Sep 21, 2018
One more thought about budgeting. If you can make it a game, it takes little willpower.

#24: The Invention of Gun Powder

00:05
Sep 21, 2018
Sometimes when you lose, you win!

#23: Radical Budgeting

12:23
Sep 20, 2018
A story about escaping from North Korea and then onto dissolving financial worries without any willpower.

#22: Smiling is a Funny Thing to Do

00:31
Sep 19, 2018
Have fun by smiling where no one else is: at the grocery store.

#21: Fluorescent Orange

01:35
Sep 19, 2018
Why fluorescent colors are weirdly bright and never made it into the rainbow.

#20: Color is a Hallucination

04:17
Sep 19, 2018
Color confused me until I realized it was fake. But it's a really interesting hallucination.

#19: (All We Are Is) Garbage in the Wind

02:00
Sep 13, 2018
Things to think about whilst eating lunch in a Walmart parking lot.

#18: What It's Like Being a 2D Object in a 3D World

02:18
Sep 12, 2018
The world is so confusing for a 2D object :(

#17: Freewill Pt 3: Rewinding the Tape

02:49
Sep 12, 2018
If you put your brain and the rest of the universe into the exact state it was before you made your last decision, can you make a different choice? If so, if it's not the things in your brain making the decision, what made the decision?

#16: Freewill Pt 2: Illusions

02:28
Sep 11, 2018
And... we're back with another episode about freewill.

#15: Feel Free to Skip This Episode About Mustaches

05:02
Sep 08, 2018
Moe told me that Burt Reynolds past away yesterday and so I should do an episode about what it's like to have a mustache.

#14: Freewill Pt 1: In the Beginning

01:22
Sep 07, 2018
Tugging at the table cloth under our most precious belief... for fun and sport!

#15: $0.50 Meal

03:22
Sep 07, 2018
I've eaten this every day for months and months on end. I'm still not bored of it.

#12: Basic Electricity: Current

02:49
Sep 05, 2018
The final episode (for now) of our riveting series about electricity.

#11: Basic Electricity: Resistance

01:52
Sep 04, 2018
Continuing with our completely engrossing series about electricity.

#10: Basic Electricity: Voltage

02:17
Aug 31, 2018
One time I was in discussion with a garbage man and we disagreed on something regarding batteries. He said "Do you even know what electricity is?" As a matter of fact, I did not. I hope this first episode of a mini-series about electricity of will help you avoid a similar fate.

#9: Rating Yourself and Others Out of Ten

04:38
Aug 31, 2018
A novel "out of 10" scale.

#8: The Simple Life Ain't So Simple

00:43
Aug 30, 2018
On minimalism.

#7: Teeny Tiny Humans

02:29
Aug 29, 2018
The first episode of an on-going series we're going to have here on the show all about funny animals and plants that used to exist on Earth.

#6: Prince Charming and Economic Collapse

03:00
Aug 29, 2018
A cautionary tale about statistics before you try to be so smart, like I was trying to be in the previous episode.

#5: The Odds of a Glass Slipper Fit

03:51
Aug 28, 2018
Calculating the probability that the romantic partner of your dreams is actually in your city.

#4: Mysterious Pounding in Your Chest

01:06
Aug 28, 2018
It's weird to live in a body not knowing how it even works.

#3: Make The Birdies Easier to Hear Again

01:22
Aug 28, 2018
What would you even ask of a genie, given a wish?

#2: Feels Like Another Friday

01:07
Aug 28, 2018
A few more ideas on how to reply to this challenging question.

#1: Feels Like A Friday!

02:30
Aug 28, 2018
Answering one of the tough questions of life: "Hey, how are you?"