The Prism Podcast – Episode 33


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In this episode, we interview Dr. Ginger Campbell, host of the popular Brain Science Podcast. We discuss her show as well as her other podcast, Books and Ideas. Brain plasticity, the role of exercise on brain health and function, and other fascinating topics are covered in this episode.

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Dr. Ginger Campbell

-Brain Science Podcast

Philosophy discussed (east, west, mind)

“Likeness of Being” discussed – physics.  Books and Ideas website (interviews and reviews).

Writing a book and communication skills.

Journal accessibility

Dr. Campbell has just started a fellowship in palliative care.  Briefly discussed.

Exercise and Neuroplasticity; interview with John Ratey, author of “Spark.”

Different intensity of exercise has different brain benefits.

Humans evolved to move…sea squirt example.

Find something you can enjoy and someone to do it with.

BDNF – Miracle Grow for the brain.  (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor).

Neurotrophin vs neurotransmitter

“Go Wild” by John Ratey mentioned.

“Play” by Stuart Brown discussed.

Kids spent most of their time playing which aids brain development.

Can apply to humans as well for mood and emotion.

Play teaches where the “edge” is…

“The unconscious origins of certainty” – an ebook by Dr. Campbell.

It is based upon an interview with Dr. Richard Burton about his book “on being certain.”

The feeling of knowing

The confidence of certainty has no bearing on the reality of the rightness we think.

The take home message is to be more tolerant of others.


Being human

“Mistakes were made, but not by me” –Carol Tavris


Coming up soon in Birmingham

The Dalai Lama

Dialogue in Birmingham, Alabama, USA on October 25: His Holiness will participate in a dialogue on Neuroplasticity and Healing organized by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Contact Website:

Brain Science Podcast information discussed.

Also, check out the Brain Science App.

Discount code for a monthly subscription:  BSP-500

Beer:  Michelob Ultra

WOD:  Palliative                is medical care that relieves pain, symptoms and stress caused by serious illnesses, improving patients’ quality of life.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 32

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Called by some “The Bill Nye of Australia,” Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki (Dr. Karl to his devotees) is a whirlwind of science knowledge and entertainment. Join us on an amazing, fun, and wild ride with Dr. Karl!

The Prism Podcast – Quickie 2

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Triclosan has been in the news lately and has been banned in some products in Minnesota. In question are some studies that suggest that the anti-bacterial agent may have negative health effects such as acting as endocrine disruptor, possible carcinogenic activity, and creating resistant strains of bacteria. Are these claims justified? If you are using a triclosan-containing product, should you be concerned? In this Quickie, Jason and Grant review the current status of triclosan and offer their opinions.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 31

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In this episode of The Prism, Jason and Grant chat with Mr. Paul Ingraham, former massage therapist and woo apostate. His Wikipedia-esque website Save Yourself (soon to become has a wealth of information about aches, pains, and injuries.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 30


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Jason is off running amok in the mountains, so Dr. Julie Frantsve-Hawley is filling in for him. In this episode, we are thrilled to interview Dr. Eugenie Scott, former Director of the National Center for Science Education.

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Dr. Eugenie Scott

former university professor, served as the executive director of NCSE from 1987 to 2014; she now serves as the chair of NCSE’s Advisory Council. She has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over twenty-five years, and can address many components of this controversy, including educational, legal, scientific, religious, and social issues. She has received national recognition for her NCSE activities, including awards from scientific societies, educational societies, skeptics groups, and humanist groups. She holds nine honorary degrees, from McGill, Rutgers, Mt. Holyoke, the University of New Mexico, Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Colorado College, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Chapman University. A dynamic speaker, she offers stimulating and thought-provoking as well as entertaining lectures and workshops. Scott is the author of Evolution vs Creationism and co-editor, with Glenn Branch, of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools.

Discussion about NCSE

Critical thinking taught in humanities.

Must invest in teaching critical thinking at younger ages.

Advice to parent/children/teachers.

My Little Pony

Intelligent Design/Creationsim/Evolution

“academic freedom act”

Climate Change discussion

In detail.  Listen to it twice!

False balance.

Science literacy

How can we have an impact:

Genie’s dissertation…on teeth!

no beer…two episodes in a row!

Chocolate?  Ghirardelli…

Grant rambles.

WOD:  epalpebrate