You might know of Doruk Gundogan from his lawyering (word I just made up) after studying law at Cambridge, or you may know of him currently as an actor in the United States. Doruk joins us on episode 212 of the show to let us know about his story and perspective, and how an observational style gives a sense of self.
why observation is a big basis for how you understand others and develop your own style in response
how the small details of a person’s actions and behaviors can say a lot about who they are in a short period of time
how not being too concerned with your success in a category gives you a big advantage in the category
what kind of risk it is to change up your living situation or profession in a world where these things are commonly fixed in place
how the visceral response to the uncomfortable leads to the expression of our internal humanity that was there the whole time
why it is very valuable to question all that is around you
how Doruk had a long-term plan to shift to his current acting role that felt more appropriate as a thing
battle between me and Doruk inspired by no one else who was there
Nutrition and health are two cornerstones of a good existence. Episode 208 of the show comes with guest Erika Madison, who I have known for many years. Erika is a grad student in a Nutrition Masters program in Seattle, Washington.
We discussed many topics, including:
nutrition and the items that Erika is working on, including a community assessment project
some of the background behind how we know each other
vulnerability and the power of releasing your emotion or affected self out into the world, as similarly described by Brene Brown
stories from my recent happenings, as well as some local stories of note
snowmaggedon in Seattle, and snowboarding which was done by us
what it takes to reach the point where you are on the border of improving or upgrading your abilities
Glad to have Erika on the show, and let’s continue to more great material
Prolific science writing in the topics of evolution, parasites, and the brain is the domain of author and New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer, who joins us on episode 207 of the show.
Carl Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. Since 2004 he has written about science for the New York Times, where his column “Matter” has appeared weekly since 2013. He is a popular speaker at universities, medical schools, museums, and festivals, and he is also a frequent on radio programs such as Radiolab and This American Life.
The connection between the brain, body, and mind is the connection between the subunits of our living world. Professor Alan Jasanoff, director of the Center for Neurobiological Engineering at MIT, explored this topic in his book The Biological Mind.
Professor Jasanoff obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemical Sciences at Harvard College. After completing his Masters in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK, he returned to Harvard University to commit to his PhD studies in Biophysics. Jasanoff joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT in 2004.
In my episode with Professor Jasanoff, we discussed:
his career and the steps that led him to where he is
the philosophy of neuroscience, and the reductionist mindset
the use of fMRI for brain imaging and understanding of the pathways
some of the analogs between a brain and a computer
how the external world is linked to the internal
ways that imaging has changed in the field in recent years
how parts of the brain are activated by emotions, but are not the only regions involved in such activity
the way that emotions light up sensations throughout the body
how the processes performed by the brain are connected to stimuli
scientists keeping track of the current research in their industry
Biology will reach out to the endless openness, but it will be limited and managed by physics and the equations that govern our universe. In this episode, we discuss with Professor Charles S. Cockell of the University of Edinburgh about topics in his book The Equations of Life.
Before Professor Cockell taught in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, he was a Professor of Geomicrobiology and microbiologist with the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge. He got his doctorate in Molecular Biophysics at Oxford University, and has published over 300 scientific papers in the categories of astrobiology, geomicrobiology, and life in extreme environments. As well, he has contributed to plans for Mars exploration.
In my episode with Professor Cockell, we discussed:
Professor Cockell’s fascination with space and biology
the progression he made in his career to the University of Edinburgh
what kind of research he performed in his time at the Antarctic
examining life at the boundaries of what is physically viable
where in our solar system may have opportunity for viability
what kinds of studies Professor Cockell has been part of designing
involving incarcerated individuals in a moon-like confinement study
a ladybug physics project that the professor set for his students
predictability of biology and physics, and thoughts on free will
how the things around us are not so out of place based on the laws
Farming and ecology is the cornerstone of what we eat and how we live. Welcome to episode 204 with UC Santa Cruz student and educator Simone Albuquerque~.
Simone is a thoughtful individual who looks at and feels the interplay between the way that farming is done, from pesticides used to workers involved, and the end result of crops that are used for cooking and eating. This holistic view is a broad sense that is necessary to build toward sustainable long-term results for us as a people.
On this episode, we discussed:
how Simone looks at the complex interactions among species happening in farms and gardens
whether people in farm labor or related fields make a livable income, and its connection to the food that comes out
strawberries and a pesticide associated with it
crops that are endemic to an area, and the inefficiency associated with growing plants where they are not suited for
species that are at risk of disappearing around the world
some native nuts that grow in California
the systems in place to collect or manage water absorption in this drought-filled region of the world
how Simone speaks to/interviews people related to food justice and more
building riverbeds to allow for water flow/capture that waste less water
where Simone is on the here-and-now versus dopaminergic spectrum
Welcome to episode 203 of the show, where we have radio DJ, host, and personality Romeo from 93.5 KDAY, and previously Power 106 with Dejai of the Goodfellas, joining as a guest~.
From his public bio, “Growing up in the music business, Romeo always wanted to be a singer and a writer, but he never thought that his career and blessings would come through the radio. After meeting someone in his apartment complex, the conversation came up about radio and the rest is history.
Fifteen years later, Romeo has sung the National Anthem for the Lakers, Sparks, Dodgers, Kings, and LA Galaxy. He has also produced jingles for BET — all the while maintaining a great career in radio. He says waking up doing the Morning Show on 93.5 KDAY has been a longtime dream that has now come true.”
On this episode, we discussed:
how he started his career at Power 106, and how he got on to there with his friend Dejai
some of the individuals who Romeo has met along the way, like Aaliyah, Jennifer Lopez, or DJ Quik, and some stories related to them
information about the radio industry and about song selection
music and performing that Romeo has done in the past, and will do
how 93.5 KDAY and Power 106 are connected as radio networks
Romeo’s leadership ability and where it comes from
being heard, standing out, and being humble
how Romeo got back into radio after being off of it for some time
how hip hop has adjusted in form over the last decade or two
where to get fuel for the fire of your motivation
and did a paired freestyle to each other’s beats
You can check out Romeo on the radio in Los Angeles on 93.5 KDAY, see him at public events related to the radio station, or listen to him on the podcast “Tha Goodfellas and Porscha Coleman ‘UNCUT’.
Welcome to episode number 202, with Dr. Robin Hanson, co-author of The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life.
Robin Hanson is associate professor of economics at George Mason University, and research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He has a doctorate in social science from California Institute of Technology, master’s degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Chicago, and nine years experience as a research programmer, at Lockheed and NASA.
On my episode with Dr. Hanson, we discussed topics and tangents connecting off of his blog articles and book messages, including:
Dr. Daniel Z. Lieberman, co-author of The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity–And Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race, joins on episode 201 of the show~.
He divides his time between teaching, writing, and patient care. He is a clinical psychiatrist who received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, after undergraduate work at St John’s College. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University, and is also Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs.
In this episode, we discussed:
Dr. Lieberman’s career, and the steps he took to be where he is at
some of the nice features of the Great Books program at St. John’s College
the details of his co-written book that focuses on dopamine
anticipatory effects and the connection to the unexpected
how drugs give hits of dopamine, and the pull to return to them
percentages of rewards needed to keep people playing games or using social media
desire dopamine versus control dopamine, and how dopaminergic individuals can flourish
agentic and affiliative relationships, and the people who prefer each type
control dopamine’s importance inhibiting aggression driven by passion
7R variant of the D4 receptor gene for dopamine and its link to migration
conservative and liberal perspective, and their connection to a dopamine or H&N(here-and-now) based set of neurotransmitters
liability of dopaminergic individuals, and their elements of most success
how to take into account one’s state for balance purposes
Welcome psychologist Dr. Gail Brenner to episode 195 of the show~. She is a licensed Ph.D. psychologist with over 20 years of experience providing psychotherapy.
She received her B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University, Ph.D. from Temple University, post-doc from the University of Florida, and took part in a clinical internship at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. One specialty of hers is working with older adults during the transitions of the end of life period of aging.
Gail has worked with a variety of clients/patients, and speaking with her is a pleasure. We discussed a variety of topics, including: