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Each week we bring you a new, in-depth exploration of the space where science and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We want to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters.
 
Donna Karlin and Steve Harper have spent over 15 years percolating about life, business, and the myriad of perspectives we have about ourselves within it all and now we’re inviting you to listen in. Inquiring Minds is about life and the conversations we have to navigate it —Conversations to help us learn, evolve and challenge how we think about ourselves and others so we make better, more informed choices.
 
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This quote from Tony Robbins says so much. Is the goal the desired end result or is it how it helps us grow, be better, stronger, better informed so we can be more and do more? Join Steve and Donna in conversation about what goals really do in our life or what they can do to help us become more of who we are. #goals #growth #viewpoint #coaching #in…
 
This week we talk to cognitive neuroscientist Chantel Prat about her new book The Neuroscience of You: How Every Brain is Different and How to Understand Yours. The book is the result of Prat’s decades of work on the biological basis of individual differences in cognition—what makes you you. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds …
 
Is our self talk helping move us closer to our dreams, success, growth? Or is it holding us back? Are you giving yourself permission to self-bash and limit what you even try to do just in case you might fail? Join Donna and Steve in conversation about how our thinking can be our worst enemy and how to turn that around. #negativity #coaching #selfta…
 
Are you so focused on getting that promotion or bonus that it's all about you? What if your impact could make a huge difference in someone else's life, to your team, the planet as a whole? Join Donna and Steve in conversation about finding that WHY. Looking at what has meaning to you but to so many others as well. When we look beyond ourselves, the…
 
f you strive for perfection and are so focused on that end state, it takes all the joy and magic of realizing your dreams. You're so busy beating yourself up that it's not good enough that you can't enjoy the realization of having embarked on achieving that dream. What's standing in your way of going after your dream? Do you feel it might not measu…
 
If you're going to be spending most of your waking hours at work, then why not on your dream? When you're doing what you love to do, want to do, and honor that which has the most meaning to you, it's not work at all. It truly is what we call, "Living the dream" Join Donna and Steve in conversation about what that looks like and how you can choose Y…
 
This week we talk to philosopher and animal ethicist David Peña-Guzmán about his new book When Animals Dream: The Hidden World of Animal Consciousness. David explores the idea that there really is a subjective world—a dream world—that lights up when animals sleep, what that actually looks like, and its moral implications. Support the show: https://…
 
If it's someone else's fault, then we don't own our contribution to what happened or desire to change to make things better in some way. Join Steve and Donna in conversation about what happens when it's everyone else's fault and how we can turn it around.Door Steve Harper
 
Laurie Wagner is a writing teacher + coach, author of 7 books, mixed-media artist, fervent collage-maker, mother of two, and one-time amateur racquetball champion. She's the author of Living Happily Ever After: Couples Talk about Long Term Love and Expectations: Women Talk about Becoming a Mother, as well as Holding the Dream – The Art of Marlene L…
 
We can rationalize what we did or change things for the better. We can strive for more and always measure ourselves against people and status or we can want less and be happier. We can compare ourselves against others or against who we were yesterday and stretch and grow today. Join Donna and Steve in conversation about how we think, what serves us…
 
This week we’re joined by podcaster, journalist, and author David McRaney to discuss his latest book How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion. It’s a deep look at what we know about what it takes to change someone’s mind and why it’s more complicated than you might think. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/…
 
This week we welcome back James Beard award winning food science writer J. Kenji López-Alt. He talks about growing up around science, studying architecture at MIT, and how, strangely enough, both subjects pertain to cooking. Kenji is the author of the bestselling The Food Lab and the recently released The Wok: Recipes and Techniques. Support the s…
 
You can believe that or you can approach life from a place of curiosity and inquisitiveness and then ACTUALLY be the smartest person in the room. Join Steve and Donna in conversation about what it looks like when you turn the camera back on yourself and truly look through an honest lens.Door Steve Harper
 
You can read as many books or take as many courses as you want but if you're unable to read yourself, you'll never learn a thing. Join Donna and Steve in conversation about what you really need to look at in order to learn and move forward in your life and your work.Door Steve Harper
 
You might not be aware of it, but the UK is experiencing a wildlife crisis. Ecologist Derek Gow joins us this week to talk about what we ought to do about it and how he’s trying to rewild the country with his farm-turned-wildlife breeding center. Gow wrote the bestselling Bringing Back the Beaver and will soon release his latest book Birds, Beasts …
 
Do you act out of obligation because you haven't set boundaries? Have a difficult time communicating no? Do others know that when you say yes, you're doing it by choice and respect the 'Nos' more because of that? Join Donna and Steve in conversation about how we approach life from this viewpoint and, in turn, strengthen relationships at the same ti…
 
On the show this week we’re joined by naturalist, author, and returning guest Sy Montgomery. Throughout her career, Montgomery has repeatedly shown an incredible ability to understand, befriend, and interact with animals. We last heard from her in episode #128 where she talked about her 2016 book The Soul of an Octopus, but she’s written about ever…
 
On the show this week we’re joined by Brian Butterworth, emeritus professor of cognitive neuropsychology and author of the new book Can Fish Count? What Animals Reveal About Our Uniquely Mathematical Minds. He’s spent his career looking at the genetics and neuroscience of mathematical ability—and not just in humans. Support the show: https://www.pa…
 
How do you feel fear and be creative anyway? How is letting your mind wander key to coming up with, and following through on, creative ideas? Returning to the show this week is journalist Matt Richtel, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series on distracted driving, and author of numerous books. His latest book, Inspired…
 
How do you see the world? The world as a whole and your place within it? Everything is about interpretation. What if things weren't exactly as you initially saw them? If you make decisions, judgments and take actions based on interpretations it can get you and so many others into trouble. Join Steve and Donna in conversation about our viewpoints an…
 
How do you define how painful something is? On the show this week we welcome back physician, writer, and clinical researcher Haider Warraich to talk about his new book The Song of Our Scars: The Untold Story of Pain. Warraich explores the idea that far from being something objective and easily defined, pain is complex, misunderstood, and culturally…
 
This week we’re joined by Benjamin Ehrlich, author of The Brain in Search of Itself: Santiago Ramón y Cajal and the Story of the Neuron. It’s a book about the discoveries and life of Spanish neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal, who has been called the ‘father of modern neuroscience.’ While today relatively unknown outside of his field, Cajal’s di…
 
This week, we examine a recent discovery that certain types of cancer cells may allow us to better understand how cells adapt to the intracellular environment (and explain what the intracellular environment is). Indre discusses how she and her students have recently been working on methods of measuring creativity. And we look at some new research f…
 
Your plan is affected by the inclinations, choices and actions of the other player. You must modify constantly But to what end? For you? For the greater good? Somewhere in-between? Join Donna and Steve in conversation about how one has to learn to dance in real time with whatever the moment brings.Door Steve Harper
 
During the pandemic, one thing we’ve had a little more of--at least sometimes--is time. Time to panic and stress and worry, but also time to think and reflect. This week, in the spirit of reflection, we’re revisiting a conversation with theoretical physicist Sean Carroll recorded back in 2016. At the time he had just written a book called The Big P…
 
Think of a moment when you had to make a tough decision. What might have happened if you made a different decision? What would the consequences have been? Who would you have become as a result? Donna and Steve discuss decision making and, in reflection, what did we learn about ourselves in making them? How can that guide us in making future critica…
 
We can never know what it’s like for a bat to be a bat. Or even if there is something that it is like for a bat to be a bat. But if there is something, we would speculate that the bat has some kind of consciousness or sentience. That’s the argument Jackie Higgins makes in her new book Sentient: How Animals Illuminate the Wonder of Our Human Senses,…
 
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