Episode 15: Free Will

Episode 15: Free Will

The Deterministic Choosers of Comedy™ contemplate free will. Have we been stuck in an infinite loop since the beginning of time?  If we 
restarted the big bang would we still be here, in this very moment, 
questioning what would happen if we restarted the big bang?

Episode 14: Emotional Trials

Episode 14: Emotional Trials

The State-Dependent Boys of Comedy™ talk about the impermanence of emotions. Emotions often prime us toward action. Sometimes they are an imperfect best guess with utility and other times they're completely random. Regardless we usually find ourselves justifying them to ourselves anyway. Our emotions have been shaped by our past, but we also use our past as evidence for our current emotional state. This feedback loop can make a fluid state feel like it is a stable part of our identity that has always been and will always be. Listen to The SDBC™ on Episode 14 to find out what...


Episode 13: Personality Tests

Episode 13: Personality Tests

Shane and Ramin go through the Big 5 Personality Indicator questionnaire so you can hear how we rate on various traits. Along the way, we explore why the 'Big 5' uses extraversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism as the umbrella terms that all other traits fall under.

Episode 12: Books Reports

Episode 12: Books Reports

This week The Semi-Semiliterate Boys of Comedy™ riff on some of their favorite books! Think book clubs are boring?  Have you ever been to a book club where the ghost of Terrance McKenna makes a cameo for a good ole’ bro hang with mushrooms, kratom, DMT, crying, grunts, and The World’s Greatest Fake Dad??


Episode 11: A Brief History of Human Fictions

Episode 11: A Brief History of Human Fictions

We tend to think the objective realities such as accumulating resources and the use of tools have put humans at the top of the food chain, but those abilities aren’t exactly novel in the animal kingdom.  Perhaps what sets humans apart is our ability to communicate, organize, and cooperate around subjective realities.