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:
welcome guest Farnoosh to episode 188 of the show~
I met Farnoosh early on in the blogging days, with her site Prolific Living
From her bio, “Farnoosh Brock went from electrical engineer and rising leader at a Fortune 100 to business coach, entrepreneur and CEO of her company, which she runs today with her husband. In her coaching work, she shows business owners, professionals, entreprenuers and leaders to choose serving over selling in order to build deep trust with their customers and profitable sustainable businesses for their employees and the future. In addition to her latest book, The Serving Mindset: Stop Selling and Grow Your Business (2018), she is the creator of Crack the Code to Get Promoted, an advancement leadership course for corporate professionals as well as the author of The Healthy Juicer’s Bible (2013), The Healthy Smoothie Bible (2014), and The Big Book of Healing Drinks (2019). Find out more at www.farnooshbrock.com.”
we discussed her book that released November 6th, called The Serving Mindset, which is about being of service to build your business instead of attempting to sell to grow it
knowing about objections from customers, and your own pricing, is very important to maintaining and building your business
some topics about sales and value were included
we also covered bits on juicing and her yoga practice