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Art is Human Nature is a podcast hosted by Toronto based visual artist Alexander Robinson where he speaks with people who know a lot about the ideas he tries to capture in his work. A podcast with the aim of redefining what an arts education can be. If you’d like to see the artwork shared in each episode visit artbyrobinson {.com}
 
Humanity is an evolved species whose behavior is shaped by factors ignored by the social sciences and by mainstream journalists. Culture and economics are important, but so are genes, brains, hormones, body language, reproductive strategies, life histories and human biodiversity. Human Nature News reports and interprets events from the perspective of human behavioral biology, presenting interviews with scientists and other observers.
 
Most challenges in our organisations and systems are human challenges at their core. Join Cathy Presland and Maren Enkelmann in conversation as they bring an unconventional perspective to human nature at work. Be more of who you are and achieve more of what you want.
 
This podcast explores the neuroscience of Hacking Human Nature to find better ways to make breakthroughs and unlock your true potential in life and work. UPWIRE is presented by Robert Cooper, Ph.D., a neuroscientist, leadership advisor, New York Times bestselling author (with over 4 million books sold), and founder of the acclaimed 12 Leaders® program. UPWIRE will feature stories and wisdom from Dr. Cooper, along with his latest thoughts and ideas, interviews, and newest research findings. C ...
 
This rousing collection of videos portray the vibrant global movement of movements devoted to environmental health, justice, dignity, diversity, and democracy – to human rights and the rights of nature. It opposes the concentration of wealth and distribution of poverty. It augurs an ecologically literate, just civilization where taking care of nature means taking care of people – and taking care of people means taking care of nature. Since 1990, Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social ...
 
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“You guys healed me in so many ways.” - My Mom In the final episode before the finale, Alexander speaks with his mother. They walk through the experiences that have led them to this moment, Alexander shares a piece of poetry and they discuss his painting "Momma." See the artwork for this episode: artbyrobinson.com/episode-9-momma All music used is …
 
“Education does not dictate talent.” - Stephanie Small In this episode, Alexander speaks with Stephanie Small (founder and director of BLACK Taxi - a creative & strategic division of the ad agency Taxi with the program mission of attracting, hiring, and retaining Black talent to lead change.) They discuss the origins of BLACK Taxi as well as the im…
 
What is Happiness? Is happiness more than just feeling good? What do different people mean when they use the word happiness? What did ancient philosophers like Aristotle mean when they used the word happiness? Joar Vittersø is a professor in Psychology and have spent many years studying and researching the ancient concept of Eudaimonia. He is also …
 
“It feels like protection to prevent yourself from knowing, but really you're preventing yourself from growing.” - Haviah Mighty In this episode, Alexander speaks with Polaris Music Prize recipient and 2022 Juno award winner Haviah Mighty (@haviahmighty). They discuss the difficult but important growth that has come out of the past year, Haviah's s…
 
“True authenticity, that’s what love is to me.” - Stephanie (@_steph.anya) See the artwork for this episode: artbyrobinson.com/episode-6-at-your-best-you-are-love Subscribe to Stephanie’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/stephanya In this episode, Alexander speaks with Stephanie Yates-Anyabwile (licensed associate marriage & family therapist). Stephani…
 
“Is it the sadness or the ashiness?” - Marlon Palmer (@thatdudemcfly) See the artwork for this episode: artbyrobinson.com/episode-5-ashy-seasonal-depression Check out Marlon's podcast Extra Gravy: https://linktr.ee/extragravyshow In this episode, Alexander speaks with Marlon Palmer (@thatdudemcfly). They discuss original thought, comedy, have some …
 
“In therapy, we cry, yes, but we also laugh together...” - Nicole Franklin (@livefreecs) See the artwork for this episode: https://www.artbyrobinson.com/episode-4-tetris-self-care Donate to the Black Mental Health Fund: https://gofund.me/6809e734 For part 2 of Tetris/Self-Care, Alexander speaks with Nicole Franklin (registered social worker). Build…
 
“Each of us is playing our own unique game of Tetris.” - Alexander Robinson See the artwork for this episode: https://www.artbyrobinson.com/episode-3-tetris-self-care Check out Megan's non-profit organization: https://www.twentytwentyarts.com/ In this episode, Alexander speaks with Megan Kee (mental health advocate and founder of @twentytwentyarts)…
 
“I think that there are a lot of things that are a part of activism that don’t always get categorized as such.” - Robyn Maynard (@policingblack) See the artwork for this episode: https://www.artbyrobinson.com/episode-2-matching-descriptions Robyn Maynard and Pascale Diverlus' Political Education Platform: https://www.buildingtheworldwewant.com/ For…
 
"The flowers that are dim or the ones that are falling, we end up asking what happened to them?" - Erick Bonilla See the artwork for this episode: https://www.artbyrobinson.com/episode-1-garden The artwork for the first episode of the podcast is titled 'Garden.' It is a painting based on Alexander's youth and teenage years. With this being the case…
 
My name is Alexander Robinson and I am a visual artist who decided to create a podcast called Art is Human Nature where I plan to redefine what an arts education can be. As an artist, whenever there’s a topic that interests me, I make a painting about it, but lately, I’ve been wanting to learn more about the topics that inspire my art; I want to re…
 
Too much demand? Too little recovery? Stress is something that affects all of us to some degree. But what is Stress? How could a scenario look like from healthy to clinically burned out? Perhaps most importantly, what can you do about it? Giorgio Grossi is a licensed Psychotherapist and Head of Research at the special stress clinic Stressmottagning…
 
How do we sense if we have eaten or not and how is that linked to how long an organism lives? In today’s interesting episode David tells us about the mechanistic target of rapamycin, mTOR for short. Professor David Sabatini is a member of the Whitehead Institute at MIT and perhaps more importantly the person who discovered mTOR. Friends I really ho…
 
How does our Microbiome affect our health and how long we live? How does drugs like Metformin and others affect us through the Microbiome? In today's conversation Filipe shares his views on this and a lot more. Filipe Cabreiro is the Principal Investigator of the Cabreiro Lab which focus on how the Microbiome regulates the effect of Drugs and Diet …
 
Mitochondria are often referred to as the powerhouse of the cell. They are important as they create energy which enables us to live our daily lives. Mitochondria also seem to affect our health, aging, diabetes and more. How can we affect our Mitochondria? Exercise. Professor David Bishop is a world leader in muscle exercise physiology with more 250…
 
Making and maintaining a change can be hard. Thankfully something exists called Motivational Interviewing which is a powerful approach to facilitate change. In today’s episode me and Dawn talk about what Motivational Interviewing is and why it works. We also talk about dawns book: Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness. Dawn Clifford, P…
 
How does our beliefs affect us and our lives? Does it matter if we believe we can or can’t learn and grow? In today’s episode me and Kali talk about The Growth Mindset. What it is; how it affects us; tips on where to learn more about it and suggestions of how to internalizing it. Kali Trzesniewski have a Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Davis. She is a …
 
What role does Music play when it comes to Exercise? According to new fascinating research, music seems to be one important element of a good workout. Making it more enjoyable and can improve performance. Matthew Stork PhD have done several studies of how music affects exercise and have also worked as a strength and condition coach at McMaster Univ…
 
Can what we believe affect the outcome of a drug and change the neurochemistry of our brain? What happens when we connect with and believe in our doctors? The Placebo Effect is a powerful real thing which can have a big impact in treatments and everyday life. Today Karin explains what the placebo effect is, the biology of the placebo effect, the me…
 
How does our Life affect our genes and in turn our health? Can our wellbeing make us more resilient? How does threat and uncertainty affect our Health? In today’s episode Steve provides his thoughts on these questions and more. Steve Cole is a Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the UCLA School of Medicine. He studies…
 
How ought one to live? Epicureanism is a Philosophy created by Epicurus who lived 341-270 BC. It is famous for it’s thoughts about the meaning of life/how you should live your life. Epicureanism focus on reducing your mental and emotional pain and satisfying your basic needs such as food, shelter and connection with others. This is believed to crea…
 
Is it possible to affect how long we live and our long term health? Can you live until you become 100 with the health of a 60 year old? Luigi Fontana have a science based broad approach to both longevity and long term health(healthspan). He also shares his great thoughts about the good life and how we can affect the state of our planet. I highly en…
 
Can the adult brain change for the better? In todays episode the friendly and knowledgeable Michael Merzenich tells us all about Neuroplasticity (the brains ability to change), the physical underpinnings of the changing brain, what happens to the brain as it gets older, brain training and a lot more. Professor Emeritus Michael Merzenich have publis…
 
How does a week of exercise optimized for health and longevity look like? How does a one minute workout at high intensity compare to a 50 minute workout at moderate intensity? What is interval training and why is it important? Answers to these and many other questions will be given in todays episode by the pedagogical expert Martin Gibala. Martin G…
 
What are emotions? What problems can one get from emotions? How can you handle your emotions in a better way? These questions and other will be answered today by the Swedish clinician Kristoffer Pettersson. Kristoffers have specialized in experience-based methods, such as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Affect Focused Therapy. He is the c…
 
How does calorie restriction, intermittent fasting, exercise, stress, drugs and supplements affect our ageing and health? You’ll learn all about it in todays episode with professor Brian Kennedy. It is highly important to focus on ageing as it is a big risk factor when it comes to many chronic diseases such as Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes a…
 
Can we live longer due to a healthy microbiome? Dario have done some fascinating work when it comes to how fish age due to it’s microbiome. How much longer do they live and why? You’ll get the answers in todays episode. Dario Valenzano is a group leader at the Max Planck institute. He is interested in ageing, the microbiome, evolution and a lot mor…
 
Health really begins at the cellular level according to professor Terry Wahls. Terry is a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Although Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and is now able to pedals h…
 
Interested in improving your life? In todays Episode Massimo tells us about how to practice stoicism, a practical philosophy of life; how to improve upon yourself; How to Exercise the Dichotomy of Control which is the main concept in Stoicism; How to start our practice and a lot more. Professor Massimo Pigliucci is known for popularizing Stoicism w…
 
Does brain training work? What can you do to improve your cognition and why do we have consciousness? In todays episode we get into all of this good stuff. Adjunct Research Professor Bobby Stojanoski is highly interested in both how the brain works and our experience and studies things like memory, attention and perception. He use advanced techniqu…
 
Learn a ton about Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) for children and adults. What it is, how you know if you or someone else have the diagnosis, what treatment options exist, how to get an evaluation, the stigma around it and so much more. Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psyc…
 
Only Tuesdays, no more Fridays. Once a week, not twice a week. The golden days of two episodes per week is up, at least for now. It was lovely, nice and fantastic, but some times some good things must come to an end, and that time is now for two episodes per week. From now on Health Psychology and Human Nature will only be released once a week on T…
 
How do species change over time and why are we attracted to certain things? Today I and Professor Richard Prum get into Natural Selection, Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Beauty. We also get into sexual stuff like why the penis is the way it is and orgasms. Richard is an evolutionary ornithologist, meaning he really know his birds and evoluti…
 
How did we get our brain and how is it different from other brains? The answer to those questions are given in todays episode by Associate Professor Suzana Herculano-Houzel. We also get into how many neurons we have, how many neurons we have in our cerebral cortex, how our brain compares to other brains, how we got our brain and how much energy our…
 
How does videogames affect our wellbeing? In todays episode Rachel Ph.D. tells us about how Video Games (on computer, console, phone etc.) affect our wellbeing and mental health; how it teaches us a variety of skills; how it gives us a pause from our problems and so much more. We also get into addiction; playing as a child and if if playing makes u…
 
Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Not so according to Professor Mark Mattson who is a leading expert when it comes to intermittent fasting. In todays episode you will learn what intermittent fasting is, what processes it starts within us and how it affects health and disease. Mark Mattson is one of the foremost experts in the world w…
 
Gentle touch is fundamental to human development and have a great effect on health according to Professor Francis McGlone. In today's episode discuss the underlying c-fibres that transmits the signal from gentle touch into our brain and awareness. Professor Francis McGlone is the head of the Somatosensory & Affective Neuroscience Group at the Schoo…
 
How should you live your life? Stoicism is a practically oriented philosophy which focus on how to live a good life and how to improve upon yourself. In today’s conversation Professor Massimo talks about what Stoicism is, the importance in what we can and can’t control, how to improve your character and tips for those that want to learn more. Profe…
 
A very interesting conversation about stress appraisals and mindsets. It is highly interesting how what we think and how we evaluate a situation can affect both our mind and body. It is also very interesting how our beliefs seem to be malleable, especially if we are motivated to change our beliefs. Jeremy Jamieson is an associate Professor in Psych…
 
Today we have an interesting conversation about personalised integrative therapy which is a holistic individualized approach to mental health. Including: Lifestyle, diet & nutrition, psychology, relationships and more. Dr. Adrian Lopresti is a Clinical Psychologist in a private practice, senior researcher at Murdoch University, Western Australia, a…
 
In todays episode you will learn a lot about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and the most effective treatment named Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Doing what you fear without the compulsion is the hallmark of ERP. We also get into toxifying and detoxifying ways to relate to thoughts. Dr. David A. Clark is a professor emeritus and a cli…
 
Do you lie often? Everything you need to know about lies and lie detection. How often we lie, why we lie, how good we are at telling if someone else is lying as well as technologies and techniques to find out if someone is lying or not. Erik Mac Giolla is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He h…
 
Friends. In todays episode Professor Vittorio Galese explains why we like to go to the movies, what happens with us when we look at a movie, what the differences are between the absorption of a movie and experiencing the real world and a lot more. Check out Vittorio’s book The Empathic Screen by clicking the link: http://bit.ly/theempathicscreen Vi…
 
Omega-3 seems to be one of most important supplements when it comes to health. It is also one of the most studied supplements. In todays episode we discuss how omega-3 affect the heart, mental health, babies and even sperm. We also discuss how much Omega-3 you need, supplements and dietary sources and how to measure your omega-3 levels. Today I tal…
 
What is physical intelligence? Sometimes, you need to do it to know it. Your hands have to be on the steering wheel to learn the feel of slipping tires. You need to be watching the traffic to judge the best moment to cross the road. Everything we do, from changing a lightbulb to navigating unknown terrain relies on physical intelligence, our oldest…
 
Does DNA affect who we become? If you have siblings or children you can probably tell that we as humans are both similar and dissimilar. In todays episode Robert Plomin tell us about how DNA affects who we become and stress the importance of both DNA and the environment. We also discuss the importance of DNA for preventing health problems and for h…
 
In today's interesting episode me and the great storyteller, professor emeritus Brian Fagan, do a deep dive into our history. We talked about the first modern Europeans, the Cro-Magnon. Who they were, how they lived, how they differed from the Neanderthals and us, their culture, what they ate and much more. A great conversation to better understand…
 
Looking at your smartphone too much? It is time to outsmart your smartphone. In todays episode Tchiki Davis Ph.D. tells us about how to decrease our screen time and increase the quality of our lives when we are not looking at out screens. We also get into gratitude interventions and talk about other interventions to increase wellbeing. Check out he…
 
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