By Brad Barton
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If you had the choice, wouldn’t you rather know than not? If you could, would you improve your mind and intelligence? Given the opportunity, would you learn more to be able to do more to be able to learn more? Welcome to “The Lab.” This show is about science and philosophy—science, because our playground is all of time and space; philosophy, because sometimes science isn’t enough. Join us each week, Tuesday through Friday, as we examine the universe in its entirety and in detail, for its own sake, and to explore and cultivate the depth breath and potential of your mind. After all, if you want to learn something of the mind and how it works, shouldn’t you consider the cosmos it’s imbedded in?
||CleanEp 194: The lowly, yet complex, neuron||The lowly, yet complex, neuron - Finally done with natural history, today we start talking about the brain. It is extremely complicated. Even a single brain cell, one neuron, is an intricate little machine. Today we take a look at the neuron,||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 193: The Pleistocene Ice and rat poo||The Pleistocene Ice and rat poo - For our final episode on the topic of natural history, we take a look at the Pleistocene. This epoch was the most recent ice age, and toward the end of this time, lots of the largest land mammals went extinct,||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 192: The Pliocene: big bears, big cats, and a really big flood||The Pliocene: big bears, big cats, and a really big flood - I managed to talk Phil into co-hosting again, even though he’s far away. Thanks to the internet, we talked about the Pliocene. At the beginning of this time,||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 191: A few fragments||A few fragments - Though Phil is gone, his voice is not. Not quite yet. We spoke much more last time than made it in the episode. Some of what we talked about was interesting and/or amusing, so I stuck together another episode with it.||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 190: A farewell to Phil||A farewell to Phil - Sadly, my brother Phil is leaving the show. We spent this episode just chatting about the show and a number of other things. First off, here’s a link to the mud server, where you can play the rather slapdash game that we have...||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 189: The Miocene, the right teeth for the right job||The Miocene, the right teeth for the right job - Today we chat about the Miocene. During this epoch, kelp forest spread along the shoreline, creating habitat for otters and pinnipeds. The climate cooled and forest gave way to open grassland.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep 188: The Oligocene, getting cold and growing huge||The Oligocene, getting cold and growing huge - Today we talk about the Oligocene epoch, when the climate cooled and forest gave way to areas of open land. Grass spread beyond the lake shores and river sides where it had been living,||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 187: The Eocene, giant birds and proto-herds||The Eocene, giant birds and proto-herds - We cover the Eocene epoch, including early horses that lived in forests, but didn’t climb trees. We also had early forms of bores, rhinos, whales and primates.||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 186: Why would Paleocene males lay eggs?||Why would Paleocene males lay eggs? - Today, Phil and I get back to talking about the history of life and evolution, with the Paleocene epoch. During this time the birds spread out and diversify, along with the mammals.||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 185: More rocks||More rocks - After episode 184, phil and I were outside on the porch. We got to chatting about the bits and pieces about geology and rocks that hadn’t fit within the last couple of episodes. So, we setup the equipment,||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|