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Ginger Campbell, MD host of the highly rated Brain Science Podcast, uses this podcast to explore her love of reading and ideas, including science, philosophy, history, and what ever else she is reading. This podcast comes out about once a month and often contains interviews of authors and scientists. Check http://booksandideas.com for details.
 
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This month's episode of Graying Rainbows features Nick McKenney from the Gay Coaches Alliance. Nick came out 10 years ago when he was 63 years old and his first words for those of you who are struggling is that "it will get better." Email Dr. Campbell at grayingrainbows@gmail.com if you want to learn more about Nick's coaching. Announcements: Sign …
 
It's time for our 14th Annual Review Episode! Despite the challenges of 2020, it has been an outstanding year for Brain Science: the show passed 11 million downloads and Dr. Campbell released of second edition of Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty. This episode is also a great introduction for new listeners. It can be enjoyed even i…
 
This month's episode of Graying Rainbows features retired UK physician Tony Kaye. He shares his journey including some of the new challenges created by the COVID 19 pandemic. Announcements: Sign up for the FREE Graying Rainbows Newsletter Or Text GRAYINGRAINBOWS to 33777 Send email to grayingrainbows@gmail.com or post voice feedback at http://speak…
 
This month's episode of Brain Science features neuroscientist Peter Sterling sharing the key ideas for his new book What Is Health? Allostasis and the Evolution of Human Design. In recent years neuroscientists have developed a growing appreciation of the predictive functions of the brain. Sterling takes this principle to the next level by asking wh…
 
This episode of Graying Rainbows features Angela Williams who shares her story of breaking free from toxic religious teachings. Her story also reminds us that coming out LGBT+ later in life is about much more than sex. Links and References: Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free by Linda K…
 
Bernard Baars is a pioneer in the neuroscience of consciousness. He first proposed Global Workspace Theory back in 1980, which was before consciousness was considered an acceptable topic of scientific research. His approach inspired others including the current Global Neuronal Workspace Theory, which I discussed briefly in episode 160. This episode…
 
In this month's episode of Graying Rainbows listener Lou Poulain shares his story of coming out in his sixties. Books and Episodes Mentioned: GR 31 with Kristin Kalbli of the Straight Spouses Network The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman (2016). Faderman was interviewed in GR 1. Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQI…
 
This is my fifth interview with molecular biologist and neuroscientist Dr. Seth Grant from The University of Edinburgh. Dr. Grant was recently recognized for his pioneering work by the Federation of European Neuroscientists. He continues to make fundamental discoveries about the structure and function of the synapse and this month we discuss the di…
 
This episode of Graying Rainbows features my friend and fellow physician Lorena de Idiáquez Bakula. Lorena shares her story of growing up as a boy in Puru, where she attended university and medical school before moving to the United States to complete her training. It was not until she had been a successful physician for several years that she was …
 
This extremely timely episode of Brain Science features an interview with Dr. Carol Tavris, co-author of the newly released third edition of Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts. Cognitive Dissonance was actually discovered back in 1956 and it is one of the most well-replicated phenomen…
 
This month's episode of Graying Rainbows features Reverend Michael Crumpler who is the Director for LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). He shares the story of how he was able to realize his dream of being a Christian minister AFTER coming out as LGBT+. We also discuss some of the unique challenges he f…
 
BS 174 is an interview with neuroscientist and philosopher Georg Northoff about his fascinating book "The Spontaneous Brain: From the Mind–Body to the World–Brain Problem." We explore the significance of the growing evidence that most of the brain's activity occurs independently of external stimuli with a focus on the implications of this finding f…
 
This extra episode of Graying Rainbows is an interview with author and entrepreneur Jenn T Grace. Jenn is the founder of Publish Your Purpose Press and her latest book is called "House on Fire: Finding Resilience, Hope, and Purpose in the Ashes." If you have ever wanted to write a book, you won't want to miss this episode. Links and References: Jen…
 
GR 38 features educator Tress Ahles who courageously shares her ongoing coming out journey, including the tension between the joys of embracing her true identity and guilt about the impact on those she loves. Links and References: To get the free Graying Rainbows Newsletter click here or text grayingrainbows to 33777. Are You Sure? The Unconscious …
 
In this special episode of Brain Science host Dr Ginger Campbell reads an excerpt from her bestseller "Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origin of Certainty." While it might seem ironic to talk about certainty during these extremely uncertain times, understanding how our brain generates the feeling of knowing or certainty is actually more relevant than…
 
This month's guest William Smith founded the long-running website gaylifeafter40.com and several related groups on Facebook. We go beyond his personal coming out story as he shares the lessons he has learned from helping other gay men come out "later in life." Although his work focuses on gay men, these lessons can remind us all of the power of hel…
 
In this episode I talk with neuroscientist György Buzsáki about his new book The Brain from Inside Out. We explore how abandoning what he calls the "Outside In" approach to understanding the brain can lead to surprising new insights. Links and References: Buzsaki's Lab The Brain from Inside Out by György Buzsáki MD PhD Rhythms of the Brain by Györg…
 
What do you do when you love your spouse, but you discover that you are gay? In this episode of Graying Rainbows Rosemary Cianfarani shares how after struggling with anxiety and depression for decades she was able to find a place of self acceptance. Announcements: Email Dr. Campbell for an invitation to our new group on MeWe. Send email to grayingr…
 
This episode of Brain Science is an interview with neuroscientist Matthew Cobb author of "The Idea of the Brain: The Past and Future of Neuroscience." Cobb approaches the history of neuroscience from a different perspective than previous writers. He writes from the perspective of a working scientist with a deep interest in the history of ideas and …
 
This episode of Books and Ideas is an interview with David Shariatmadari author of "Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language." We explore some of the common myths about language. This includes a follow up of our recent discussion on Brain Science about the evidence against the assumption that language is an instinctive. Links and R…
 
In this month's episode of Graying Rainbows transformation coach Brian Gorman share the story of how he helped a younger man come out under very difficult circumstances. More about Brian Gorman: His website: https://TransformingLives.Coach The Ten Most ImportantThings I have learned about change in 50 Years by Brian Gorman (video) Facebook Live vid…
 
BS 170 is an interview with Andreas Nieder, author of "A Brain for Numbers: The Biology of the Number Instinct." We talk about the surprising discovery that a wide variety of animals have a number instinct, which is called the approximate number system. This appears to provide the basis for the more abstract mathematical abilities that are seen in …
 
Several years ago I interviewed Terrence Deacon about his fascinating book Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter. His goal was to propose a theory of how purpose evolved in a universe without purpose. His argument was persuasive, but highly technical. In this month’s episode of Books and Ideas I interview his longtime colleague Jeremy She…
 
This episode is an exploration of glial cells with R Douglas Fields, author of "The Other Brain: The Scientific and Medical Breakthroughs That Will Heal Our Brains and Revolutionize Our Health." Glial Cells outnumber the neurons in our nervous system, but until the last few years they were thought to merely support cells. Dr. Fields takes us throug…
 
I really appreciate that Graying Rainbows listener Elana Knoppvolunteered to share her story with us this month. It is a fascinating tale self-discovery from within an orthodox Jewish Community. You will be both amazed and inspired. Announcements: Please complete a brief audience survey. Send email to grayingrainbows@gmail.com or post voice feedbac…
 
BS 168 is an interview with psychologist Cecilia Heyes from Oxford University in the UK. We talk about her fascinating book "Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking." Our focus is on exploring the evidence that several cognitive skills that appear to be unique to humans are learned from other people rather than being inherited genetic…
 
This episode of Books and Ideas is a follow up of my previous interview of Becky Hale, past-president of the American Humanist Association (AHA). I am fascinated by the relationship between modern Humanism and Unitarian Universalism. Listen to my interview with Amanda Poppei from the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association (UUHA) to learn why. …
 
This is an interview with Stanislas Dehaene about his new book How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine . . . for Now. According to neuroscientist Dehaene neuroscience has revealed that human babies are incredible "learning machines" whose abilities exceed those of the best current artificial intelligence. We explore why this is so an…
 
Brain Science 166 features the return of neuroscientist Stephen Macknik. We talk about his recent work that is focused on developing a new visual prosthesis based on recent discoveries and techniques like optogenetics. This episode is more technical than usual but Dr. Macknik makes the material accessible to all listeners. Links and References: htt…
 
This month's episode of Books and Ideas is an interview with astronomer Brian Keating about his memoir Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor. His book is a first hand look at the hard work behind the scientific effort to determine how the universe really began, but as the title implies, it…
 
This episode is an encore presentation of an interview with neuroscientists Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde. We talk about their international bestseller "Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions." Macknik and Martinez-Conde are neuroscientists who study vision, but several years ago they h…
 
I am including the transcript of this episode for free because it is an encore presentation of an interview that originally aired as BSP 72. It features Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, authors of Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions.By Ginger Campbell, MD
 
Brain Science is entering its 14th year and for the first time since 2008 I will be producing two episodes a month. They will come out on the 2nd and 4th Friday every month. This trailer provides a brief introduction to new listeners and a few announcements. The next full episode will be released on January 10, 2020.…
 
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