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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...

DMT with Dr. Rick Strassman

Dr. Rick Strassman is something of a legend in the psychedelic research community. His studies in the early 1990s re-opened a door which had been securely bolted for almost three decades: a prohibition against testing psychedelics on human research subjects.

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Ketamine has quite the reputation as a club drug. But research is showing its promising potential as a treatment for severe cases of depression.

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Jesse talks with Dr. Carhart-Harris about the prototypical psychedelic, LSD, how it changes the brain in long-lasting ways, and why you’ll never look at bicycles the same way again.

cannabidiol, CBD, smart drugs, nootropics, marijuana

Compounds in the hemp plant are so potent within the human body that an entire class of naturally-occurring molecules inside humans (the “endocannabinoids”) are named after the plant — ​not the other way around! In Episode 124, Jesse interviews athlete, author and fitness trainer Ben Greenfield about Cannabidiol (CBD), the most medically versatile of the cannabinoids.

Attention-Schema Theory, consciousness, awareness, smart drugs, nootropics, neuroscience

In his book “Consciousness and the Social Brain,” Princeton neuroscientist Dr. Michael Graziano lays out his compelling Attention-Schema Theory. Has he solved the “Hard Problem” of Consciousness?

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Dr. Andreet Mankala is the creator and leading advocate for one of the most cutting-edge medical procedures being performed today. At least, that’s what her proponents say. Others are not so sure, pointing out that her experimental chakra transplantation may not yet ready for human testing.

technology, prosthetics, biohacking, nootropics, smart drugs

“Grinders” take their stylistic queues from piercing shops, tattoo parlors and custom auto mechanics — combining skills in electrical circuitry and biology to leap past “wearable” technology straight into integrated doodads like an LED compass that lives in your hand, or under-the-skin magnets (which some claim allow them to “feel” magnetic fields after a few months of brain plasticity and practice).

porn, dopamine, porn addiction, brain

The fallout from porn addiction goes beyond sexual dysfunction — way beyond. The brain’s dopamine system is the major motivational system for everything we do. Desensitizing it with surging arousal from porn can cause the brain to lower its overall sensitivity in all areas of life.

orthodontic-neurology

Anthony Sims and Gary Demerjian are probably the two leading practicioners of the treatment of neurological conditions with mouth-worn orthodontic appliances — based on soothing irritated nerves in the jaw to alleviate symptoms throughout the body.

artificial-intelligence

Jesse speaks with futurist and author Calum Chase about his book Surviving AI, and the increasing impacts of artificial intelligence on business, society, and humanity itself.

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