Mind Under Matter
A Brief History Of Human Fictions

A Brief History Of Human Fictions

June 14, 2021

The Fictitious Fictional Fictions of Funny™ explore the way that imagination and storytelling have shaped human evolution.

This week Ramin reveals his latest impression as we pay tribute to author, historian, and YouTube neighbor Yuval Noah Harari.

We tend to think the objective realities such as accumulating resources and the use of tools have put humans at the top of the food chain, but those abilities aren’t exactly novel in the animal kingdom.  Perhaps what sets humans apart is our ability to communicate, organize, and cooperate around subjective realities.
No other species has built and destroyed entire civilizations over stories that are no more real or even entertaining as an average modern movie.

Objectively, what even is Mind Under Matter?  Is it the equipment we use to record?  Is it the YouTube Channel you can subscribe to?  Is it the server it is stored on?  Is it the podcast you can download on your favorite app?  Is it the internet that delivers it?  Is it Shane and/or Ramin?  Is it the editor Matt and/or producer Rhianna who are paid by your Patreon support?  Is it our website?  Is it the merch you could buy on the website?  OR is Mind Under Matter an agreed upon fiction that only exists in our collective imagination?  

Listen to an impression of someone else’s imagination to find out the true nature of reality!

MUMento

MUMento

June 7, 2021

This week The Space Cadets of Comedy™ try to recall what they know about memory.

You can’t remember EVERYTHING, but would you really want to even if you could? How about some appreciation for forgetting? Without that unsung hero of memory, consciousness would have a lot harder time knowing what is worth holding on to.

What makes the cut in each of our autobiographical memories? How is the brain deciding what makes the highlight reel? Memory might seem like a recorder, but it’s also the editor and the PR person. That can make recounting experiences and eyewitness testimony as deceptive as a magic show.

Listen to get some science history lessons from The SCC™ as we explore the most memorable neuroscience patients. You don’t need to be a brain surgeon to advance science... all you really need is to get yourself some abnormal neural functioning, and spice that up with a heaping scoop of cognitive dissonance. It's so easy you might not even remember it happening no matter if it's happening again and again.

You could pay a therapist or hypnotist to implant the memory of listening to this episode, or do it the old-fashioned way and subscribe on YouTube or your favorite podcast app

Open Mic Knights

Open Mic Knights

May 31, 2021

The Reminiscing Boys of Comedy™ share stories of the teachers who inspired them as well as what prompted them to start comedy about 15 years ago.

Why did it take going to jail to follow a dream? What is it about hitting rock bottom that can prompt one to shoot for the stars? What’s scarier: Your first open mic or getting mugged?

And what happens when The RBC™ finds out that following dreams can also become its own prison? GETTING to do something vs HAVING to do something can completely change the subject experience of what is objectively the same act. When you turn the thing you love into your career, it can make what you love feel like a job... just ask Genghis Khan.

Finally, we consider the hedonic treadmill of modernity. Technology has in some ways allowed many of us the opportunity to live better than medieval kings, but we’re also our own servants.

“I Know a Crazy!”

“I Know a Crazy!”

May 24, 2021

The Middle-Aged Super Mature Grown-Up Men of Comedy™ celebrate Shane’s 41st birthday the only way they know how… by dissecting it tirelessly!

Shane metaphorically jumps out of his own birthday cake to share some birthday memories.
 
Pro-tip:  If you want to make a birthday memorable, get the police involved.

Being over the hill might remind some of mortality, but knowing you probably have to grind out another 40+ years of existence can drive a person insane.  Sometimes it feels like you’re aging like fine wine, other times life feels like an LSD trip that has gone on a bit too long.  Life is truly bizarre.

 

Wondering what to get a podcaster for their birthday?  Easy!!!  The same gift every podcaster wants… a thoughtful review of the show on your favorite app.  

 

Lastly, if the birthday boy can get a little sentimental in a typically goofy podcast description:  Finding an audience of people who get me in a world I don’t always get, makes me grateful to exist.

Thank you for listening to The MASMGUMC™!

Level 7

Level 7

May 17, 2021

This week The Existential Boys of Comedy™ will be your Sherpas as we descend into the abyss.

What happens when you just don’t want to exist anymore? Is that even an option? Can anything ever stop existing? Does life die or does it just eat itself? Is this even our body that we are in or are we just renting it?

There are no vacancies in nothingness, so have a seat at the something table as the EBC™ stick their necks out to consider the timeless philosophical puzzle: What happens if tomorrow you and everyone you know wake up as a giraffe?

Finally, we consider the beautiful tragedy that is Tetris and attempt to put all the pieces together before the end (if there is such a thing).

If you’ve listened to every episode so far, you have The High Score! If this is your first game, you might want to listen from episode 0 to build your skills and become a MUMaster.

Slumbering on a Knife’s Edge

Slumbering on a Knife’s Edge

May 10, 2021

The week is all about the stress response, confirmation bias, and the theatrics of consciousness

The Chronically Stressed Boys of Comedy™ discuss why hippos don’t get mortgages, how nuanced hormonal interactions can say the darndest things, and why evolution hasn’t equipped life to relax at the drop of a hat.

You’ve been called for jury duty in the courtroom of the mind.  The CSBC™ contemplate how the lawyers in our minds will keep searching for evidence even after the case has closed.

All reasons to delay listening on your favorite app or watching on YouTube are inadmissible and should be stricken from the record.
The Idea Olympics

The Idea Olympics

May 2, 2021
Storytime!
How hard is it to smuggle psychedelics through an airport while on 2CB for your first time?  Apparently, it’s somehow less complicated than beard maintenance.
 
During a manic episode, Shane was once banned from looking at Ramin’s art and/or anything related to time travel.  

 

After storytelling hour, we dive into the subconscious mind and consider what selection criteria the brain is using when deciding which ideas are worth putting in the big game of consciousness and which should stay in the locker room.  For every idea you consciously experience, how many ideas almost made the cut that you'll never even be aware of?  And what was so special about the idea that did win a place in your consciousness?
Funhouse Mirrors of Consciousness

Funhouse Mirrors of Consciousness

April 25, 2021
This week we start out with what our minds have led us to believe is a 120% accurate exploration of the evolution of self-deception.
 
Your MUMsters of Ceremony™ consider how the ability to deceive and detect deception in others has shaped how we systematically deceive ourselves in testable ways.

 

They laugh about how new insights can unlock an embarrassing cascade of memories that lead to beautifully cringey epiphanies. Crying can feel like a drug, but don't get hooked... forcing that much-needed cry is perhaps the second most awkward therapeutic release.

 

Ramin informs Shane that not everyone naps in a terrifying fractal swamp of rejuvenation. And finally, the MUMsters™ hope that going to see Tony Robbins while on acid will help build their MUMpire.
 
Planet of the Indecisive Apes

Planet of the Indecisive Apes

April 19, 2021

The Sad Boys of Comedy Podcasting™ capture the moment they came up with the show title while discussing the evolution of depression.

Anxiety can keep us out of danger, but what utility might depression have? If it doesn’t have utility, why is it pervasive in so many species? If it is so bad for us, why hasn’t evolution gotten rid of it? If it’s good for us, why does it suck so much?

Sometimes other primates experience depression after losing a fight and that might keep them from making the same mistake. Sometimes the best strategy is to pause and reflect.

While Shane and Ramin are only three episodes in, it’s pretty obvious that Mind Under Matter is the podcast that will be the dawn of a new era. But what's the point of world domination anyway? Does all this incredible content that enriches people’s lives make a difference in the end? And if so, should two people even wield such great power? Even though rumination can feel like sinking, sometimes what might feel like heading toward the bottom is actually mining for gold.

 

(Non-Fungible Moment ALERT: In this episode the SBCP™ decide on the name Mind Under Matter and consider how indecisiveness can sometimes be an exploratory tool in the creative process. We recorded a ton of content and experimented for months before releasing the podcast for just this reason. It would have been a very different show if we would have committed to our first ideas released the show right away.) 

 

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Summiting Mt. Nowhere

Summiting Mt. Nowhere

April 12, 2021

As social animals, we tend to overemphasize the strength of someone’s beliefs more than the substance of the actual belief itself.

 

Ramin talks about the two extreme sides of the motivational coin… carrots and sticks… bootstrappers and manifestors.  We explore how dogma gets in the way of otherwise useful tips.

Shane shares some basics of what he has learned about habit forming from scientists and why spring is such a better time for resolutions than New Year’s Eve.

 

Watch to learn how you two can buy a yacht with a firmly held series of misunderstandings.

 

Salivating for more?

Check out Patreon where you can get the weekly series Mind Under ART, a monthly bonus MUM, a comedy special from each of us, a custom straight jacket, group Zoom hangs and more.  

https://www.patreon.com/MindUnderPod 

 

MuM social accounts

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Shane Mauss:

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Here We Are Podcast https://www.herewearepodcast.com 

Documentary Psychonautics: https://www.psychonauticsfilm.com 

 

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