Live at the Bell House: “The Space Between Your Ears” (Part 2)

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In the second half of our live Bell House show about the brain, recorded on February 17, 2012, professor of psychiatry Heather Berlin, science blogger Cara Santa Maria, and comedians Eugene Mirman and Wyatt Cenac explore the altered psychology humans might experience during long space voyages, and commit themselves to a conversation about the chemistry of love.

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  • Ryan Haight

    The military discussion was shameful. As an Iraq and 7-year veteran, I haven’t heard anything more distorted or ignorant. This is basic stuff we’re talking about here, not the Hollywood portrayal of soldiers.

  • dgtlmeatloaf

    Not it is not shameful, what is shameful is for you to dismiss a statement by experts completely and to try to evoke an apology with some excuse for national pride. You did a job, that many didn’t want done, and you were payed for it. If you want to argue specific points with evidence that is fine, but to discredit some one by just attacking character is what many baptist priest in Texas do.
    Fact is that there is an abnormally high amount of sexual assaults in the military and I will listen (this doesn’t mean agree with) the theories of experts talking about a topic related to their field over some one who tries to guilt someone out of discussing a topic by appealing to idiotic national pride.

  • Michael

    Ryan, i see nothing shameful about talking about real statistics, especially when asked about it by somebody else. rape occurs more in the military, and boot camp is entirely about turning people into trained killers. what in there is false? thanks for serving for 7 years, but if you’ve served for that long you know that you were trained to kill people correct? they didnt take you to boot camp and train you to weave or make bookshelves or something mundane like that right?

  • Barney

    First Q and A’er sounded like Chris Griffin. Around 38 mins in.

  • Baran Aslım

    I fall in love with the music choices of this programme every time I listen to it. Sound of silence in the end was just awesome.

    • Jeff

      We’ll pass on your comments to our music gurus, Baran. Thank you.

  • Bianca

    I don’t think the idea of shipping a breeding colony of individuals through space is possible right now. Beyond the psychology, I keep thinking of the technological/physical capabilities we would have to achieve/overcome. With the information I’ve been looking through regarding child development and the affect of space-time on the human body, having children in space is very dangerous. Unless we could simulate gravity, it’s probably not a good idea for people to grow up in space or really live in space for years on end. Perhaps, a better idea might be to send a ship of frozen cells (sperm, egg) and have them fertilized upon arrival. Then, either have robots raise them, or (technology willing) “wake” a frozen crew to raise babies (may not need frozen cells, except as a precaution in this case) and colonize.

    • Jeff

      Robot nannies? Hmmmm.

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