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Dan Quintana is a scientist trying to better understand how our physiology influences behaviour. On this show you'll find a mix of episodes on research that's catching Dan's eye in biological psychology, interviews with other scientists, and Dan sharing his daily research process. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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While the Indo-Pacific and the Middle East dominate our foreign policy debates, Latin America often seems to be an afterthought. The Heritage Foundation's Ana Quintana joins Dan for a look into the conflicts and geopolitics shaping modern Latin America, the symbiotic relationship between the cartels and the Mexican government, what's motivating Mex…
 
The woke mob currently running the Democrat Party can't directly censor conservative speech, but can they bully big tech into doing it for them? That was the question Dan focused on with witnesses Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey at a recent Energy & Commerce Committee hearing on social media and censorship. Dan expands on his conversation with the …
 
Dan and James discuss the recently proposed "transparency audit", why it received so much blowback, and the characteristics of successful reform schemes The specifics... The computational research integrity conference The transparancy leaderboard proposed by Curate Science Our episode with Chris Jackson, that James mentioned What about a transparen…
 
We take a deep dive into everything you need to know about housing policy in America - and we promise it's interesting. The San Francisco housing crisis, NYC rent controls, the COVID-era eviction moratoriums, lumber trade wars, millennials stuck in their parents' homes and so much more. We cover it all with urban housing policy expert Howard Husock…
 
A brief monologue / verbal essay on some interesting things I learned while reading about the evolution of human ageing. See https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00239-019-09896-2 For more information about Nice to Know, follow me on Twitter @RobynSciences, instagram @nicetoknowapodcast or email nicetoknowthepodcast@gmail.com…
 
The CLEAN Future Act, the Democrats' legislative agenda to implement the principles of the Green New Deal, which includes "net zero" emissions, "transitioning" energy jobs, and "temporarily" banning plastic production, would in reality make electricity more expensive, erase millions of American energy jobs, shift manufacturing of critical medical d…
 
How is it possible that simple infrastructure proposals, such as installing a telephone pole, can get blocked by five year long environmental impact studies? The answer goes way beyond "government bureaucrats." Radical environmental groups and trial lawyers have made a billion dollar industry out of weak science and questionable regulations which, …
 
The military, like everything else in society, is becoming politicized. Critical race theory, taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgeries, unconscious bias training, and more priorities of the far left are radically reshaping it. It's time for our leaders in the Armed Forces to push back against the wokeism, because America's national security de…
 
In the aftermath of February’s winter freeze, the big debate is whether or not the Texas energy grid would have been better off if it was federally regulated and connected to the national grid. We explore those questions and more with returning guest Neil Chatterjee, former Chairman and current Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissi…
 
Michael Borg (@dr_borg) is a developmental biologist and expert in the molecular workings of plant reproduction. In this episode, he tells me how different organisms reset their DNA in order to start again with the next generation. We also talk more broadly about why we should care about plants and study biology in general. For more information abo…
 
Dan and James chat about how they come up with new ideas, why everyone seems to be trying to monetise their hobbies, and why it's so hard for most labs to have a singular focus of research. We had some problems with James' mic so the quality of his audio wasn't up our usual standard. To make up for this we've added one of our older bonus episodes a…
 
Dr. Paul Kengor is the author of "The Devil and Karl Marx" and a professor of political science at Grove City College. He joined us to talk about the emergence of Marxism, how its "good" intentions inevitably lead to despotism, and the ways in which Marxism is woven into the ideology of the modern American left. Paul Kengor, Ph.D., is a bestselling…
 
Mark Morgan, former Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs & Border Protection under the Trump Administration, joins us to examine how Biden’s executive orders on immigration are causing the crisis at the border. Morgan previously served as the Acting Director of ICE and Chief of U.S. Border Patrol. His distinguished career includes service in the Mar…
 
Scott Newgent is a transgender man and the founder of TReVoices, an organization working with governments around the world to develop laws and guidelines which inform and protect individuals who are considering gender reassignment surgery. We talk about Scott's near-death experience with medically transitioning, the industry and ideology that is in…
 
Dan Quintana (@dsquintana) combines biology, neuroscience and endocrinology (the study of hormones) to study how the so-called "cuddle hormone" oxytocin influences behaviour. Turns out, it's more than just cuddling!! Dan is also co-host of the podcast Everything Hertz: https://everythinghertz.com/about You can also check out his blog (https://www.d…
 
We discuss when is the right time in your academic career to begin speaking up to critique your research field or whether the risk of retaliation means you should shut up and keep your head down. This was a recorded Clubhouse chat, which includes some audience interaction at the end. Links and details: Moin Syed's blogpost, which was the inspiratio…
 
Alex Epstein and Robert Bryce join us to examine the truth about what went wrong with the Texas power grid this week. Alex Epstein is the founder of Center for Industrial Progress, co-founder of Thoughtful.community, writer at EnergyTalkingPoints.com, and the author of "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels." Follow him on Twitter at @AlexEpstein. Robert…
 
We have a wide-ranging chat with Saloni Dattani (Kings College London and University of Hong Kong) about the benefits of dividing scientific labor, the magazine she co-founded (Works in Progress) that shares novel ideas and stories of progress, and fighting online misinformation Here are some links and other stuff we cover Follow Saloni on Twitter:…
 
Robert Bryce, host of The Power Hungry podcast and a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, joins us to discuss how progressive politics is shaping energy regulations across the country, and why it is ultimately an "energy" injustice to low and middle class Americans. We also cover California's grid problems, solar sub…
 
Mike Hayes is a former commander of SEAL Team Two and one of Dan's first mentors in the SEAL Teams. They talk battle stories, taking risks, coping with tragedy, and lessons from the SEAL ethos that everyone should know. Mike Hayes is the author of "Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility, and Meaning." He is the …
 
A selection of my favourite Nice to Know moments from Season 1, covering episodes 10 - 18. Timestamps: 01:26 Ep. 10: Proteins & PhD Life with Dr Rhiannon Morris 02:51 Ep.11: Cancer, COVID, and Childcare with Dr Margs Brennan 04:34 Ep. 12: Doing Tai Chi with Drones with Design Researcher Joseph La Delfa 06:35 Ep. 13: Negative Results to Positive Int…
 
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg returns! We examine the impractical realities of the Biden Administration's new energy mandates, how similar mandates have fared around the world, and a few simple policies that would have an enormous positive impact on Earth's ecosystem.. We also cover the bad second order effects of "renewable" energy on nature and developing co…
 
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