Episode 35: Evolution's Treadmill

Episode 35: Evolution's Treadmill

The Constantly Adapting Boys of Comedy™ discuss the endless race of life.

In Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking Glass’, The Red Queen explains to Alice that in her world “it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.”  This week we look through this lens to see why completion and exploitation create seemingly endless evolutionary arms races common to most life on earth.


Episode 34: Ruminating on Rumination

Episode 34: Ruminating on Rumination

The Looping Thought Boys of Comedy™ ruminate on why we dwell on the past.

Shane had an embarrassing little incident recently and wanted to share how dumb he feels about it while it’s still fresh.

What are the things that we continue to ruminate on and why?  What are the factors the brain is using when determining what past events are worth holding onto and reminding you of? Are those embarrassing thoughts we kick ourselves for useful?  Even if they are useful, do they really need to be so painful or cringy?


Episode 33: Attitude of Gratitude

Episode 33: Attitude of Gratitude

The Thankful Boys of Comedy™ devote an episode to appreciating gratitude.

In the first half, we talk generally about gratitude.  We touch on some science of gratitude and positive psychology.  We explore using gratitude journals and accomplishment lists to alter our conscious experience.  Perhaps most importantly, we take time to appreciate the insane odds that any of us even find ourselves existing let alone having the great privilege of butchering some poorly remembered science abstracts for a fun podcast between two great friends.


Episode 32: Universal Consciousness?

Episode 32: Universal Consciousness?

The Universal Boys of Comedy™ explore consciousness.

In this episode, Shane and Ramin debate the idea of universal consciousness.  Is consciousness a product of the brain, a fundamental aspect of the universe, both, or somewhere in-between?

Every month we let Patreon suggest the subject for one of our public episodes. This month Patron Stuart Brazewell’s suggested we get down to the bottom of one of the biggest philosophical questions in human history.  Challenge accepted!


Episode 31: Sharing Believies

Episode 31: Sharing Believies

The Cordial Discourse Boys of Comedy™ continue the third part of the Political Compass survey.

What if instead of thinking about politics as two-sided, we considered where we might fall within four quadrants of a political compass?  Sometimes we might be surprised where we fall on a given issue when we actually talk through each one.  Even when people always vote one way, it is often the case that their views on a specific issue are less one-sided than we assume.