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Mind-Blowing Science: Season 2

Chock-full of even more astounding and mind-blowing moments, Mind-Blowing Science: Season 2 brings a new batch of Scientific American’s most popular articles to life.

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Overview

Mind-Blowing Science is BACK! Season 2 of our National Capital Emmy® Award-winning series has arrived and it is chock-full of even more astounding and mind-blowing moments as a new batch of Scientific American’s most intriguing articles are brought to life.

The first four episodes are now available on Wondrium. Examine the idea that we may all be living in a simulation, look at what studying the octopus can teach us about being human, get insights into how to better regulate your emotions, and discover how bird species have become so spectacularly varied.

New episodes coming monthly!

Do We Live in a Simulation?

01: Do We Live in a Simulation?

Is the world real, or could it—and you—just be a simulation? This episode of Mind-Blowing Science puts that question to the test. Pulling from philosophers, physicists, technologists, and even comedians, you’ll examine the evidence for and against one of our most basic assumptions about existence.

15 min
A Model Octopus

02: A Model Octopus

The human brain and the octopus brain are about as similar as the number of limbs each has—meaning they don’t have much in common, at least anatomically. Despite the differences, there are great opportunities to learn about complex brain functions when comparing the two systems. Dive into the mind of an octopus and see what we can learn about ourselves.

12 min
How to Control Your Feelings

03: How to Control Your Feelings

Iris Mauss, a psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, noted, “The learned set of emotion regulation behaviors is powerful and not easy to modify.” But research has shown that with training and awareness, we can regulate our emotions to make smarter choices in fraught situations. Discover the five stages of emotional regulation, and how you, too, can learn to control your feelings.

21 min
How Birds Branched Out

04: How Birds Branched Out

Birds are descended from dinosaurs, the only lineage to survive to the present day. With more than 10,000 species currently in existence, Kate Wong tackles the history, evolution, and anatomy of birds to show us how they diversified into the dazzling array of feathered wonders that share the planet with us today.

13 min