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Often, our curiosity pulls us into covering subjects that are interesting to brain aficionados, but don’t fit neatly into any one of our "normal" categories — things like futurism, bioethics and emotional intelligence.

Otherwise, scroll down and enjoy...

The Future of Education

Through the large-scale institutionalization of schooling, we’ve had a collective massive impact on our brains.


As the number of people addicted to opiates in the US continues to rise, we look at the physical cause of opiate addiction and what we can do to reverse the trend.

Virtual Reality

Can we get more out of virtual reality than just games? And what’s happening in our brains during a virtual experience?

Psychedelics are endlessly fascinating: the preliminary research shows so many therapeutic benefits — yet there’s so much we still don’t know.

sarcasm and creativity

Sarcasm can the foundation of misunderstanding but maybe there’s something about sarcasm that can connect us to the power of creativity.

Bad vision isn’t all in the eye of the beholder: Sometimes it’s in the brain. In this Overdose Edition, Helen Irlen describes the Meares-Irlen Syndrome, a neurological disorder she says makes visual processing unnecessarily difficult for millions of people.

Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness

Jesse talks to the authors of the new book “Stealing Fire” about the widespread use of altered states (achieved through many different means) to achieve heightened performance.

Marijuana isn’t the first thing you think of to fight off aging. But studies hint that low-dose cannabinoids might be just the thing to protect against brain inflammation.


What’s all the fuss about this Southeast Asian plant that is both a stimulant and an opioid?

Han Solo joked that Chewbacca was “always thinking with his stomach.”  Science has shown this to be truer than we ever suspected.

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