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Every sincere question deserves a nonjudgmental, supportive response. Mike McHargue (aka Science Mike) will answer your question, too. Visit asksciencemike.com to send in a question.


237 - 5G, Solar Lockdown, and Why Dogs Fear Lightning
Aug 12 • 52 min
This week features the following questions:How does 5G work? I hear a lot of conspiracies around it, but what science is there behind the health risks (or lack thereof)? We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe Don’t Fall Prey to Scaremongering about 5G…
236 - Making It to the Other Side
Aug 3 • 48 min
In this episode, Mike discusses the most current scientific understanding of COVID-19, how we got here, and what could come next.Make sure you read the sources referenced in this episode—they’re crucial. How the Pandemic Defeated America New Evidence…
235 - Casper ter Kuile on The Power of Ritual
Jul 27 • 45 min
This week, Mike talks with Casper ter Kuile (of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text) about his new book, The Power of Ritual and how we can all start to establish a sense of sacred and worth during a pandemic where our routines are disrupted. This episode…
234 - Weighted Blankets, Asexuality, and Science
Jul 20 • 63 min
This week Mike responds to the following questions: What is the science behind weighted blankets? Weighted Blankets: How They Work Is it ok for me to identify as asexual? What are the limitations of science? Science has limits: A few things that science…
233 - How do we do this?
Jul 14 • 33 min
Mike talks about strategies for protecting and preserving mental health during the pandemic and associate periods of quarantine.
232 - The Second Wave
Jul 6 • 54 min
Mike talks about the “second wave” of COVID-19: how we got here, and what we can do about it. The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus Thousands Who Got COVID-19 in March Are Still Sick Understanding SARS-CoV-2-related multisystem…
231 - I Feel Sad
Jun 22 • 26 min
This week, Mike reflects on the response to a tweet he sent on Father’s Day about feeling depressed.
230 - This Feel Hard
Jun 15 • 41 min
This week, Mike talks about the feelings that come up when a pandemic and mass protests intersect.
229 - White Homework with Tori Williams Douglass
Jun 8 • 91 min
This week, Science Mike talks with Tori Williams Douglass about, well, your questions from Twitter! Betterhelp - Get 10% your first month of mental health support by visiting https://betterhelp.com/sciencemike KiwiCo - Make learning about STEAM fun for…
228 - Compulsions, Gender, and Evolution
Jun 1 • 54 min
This week on Ask Science Mike, we explore the following questions today. How do we overcome unhealthy, escapist behaviors? You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) Do post-gender binary labels reinforce the gender binary? How sex and gender — which are…
227 - Time, Reconstructing Sex, and Being Healthy at Every Size
May 18 • 63 min
This week, Mike offers honest, non-judgemental responses to the following questions. What happens in the brain that makes it feel as though time is moving faster as you get older? Why Does Time Seem to Speed Up with Age? What do you think about the…
226 - Why Did I Do That?
May 11 • 40 min
This week, Mike shares a chapter from his new audiobook You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass). Tap here to get the book on Audible.
225 - Living with Brain Injury with Christy Neal
May 4 • 62 min
This episode is a re-release from last spring—and one of Mike’s all-time favorite episodes.This week Science Mike talks with his friend Christy Neal about what it’s like to live with a brain injury. Christy Neal is a stay-at-home mom and former homeschool…
223 - You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) | Part 2
Apr 29 • 40 min
This week Dr. Hillary McBride interviews Mike about his brand-new book You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) which came out THIS WEEK! You can learn more about the book by tapping here, or Mike’s In-Home book tour by tapping here.
223 - You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) | Part 1
Apr 27 • 48 min
This week Dr. Hillary McBride interviews Mike about his brand-new book You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) which comes out TOMORROW, April 28. You can learn more about the book by tapping here, or Mike’s In-Home book tour by tapping here.
222 - Leaving Behind Brokenness with Ruthie Lindsey
Apr 20 • 52 min
This week, Mike talks with Ruthie Lindsey about ner new book There I Am: The Journey from Hopelessness to Healing.
221
Apr 12 • 46 min
Mike’s new book right is nearly here! Learn all about the preorder bonuses, in-home tour, and other exciting news by visiting asksciencemike.com/newbook. This week Mike responds to the following questions: How much of different chronotypes is based in…
220 - Feminism, Sugar, and EMDR
Apr 6 • 49 min
Woah! Mike’s going on tour in the middle of a pandemic—and he’s coming to your living room. Learn more by tapping here. This week, Mike responds to the following questions: What drew you toward feminism as a southern, white man? You’re a Miracle (and a…
219 - Neurotheology with Andrew Newberg
Mar 30 • 51 min
This week, Mike has a conversation with one of his favorite scientists: Dr. Andrew Newberg. They talk about life from a brain-centered perspective, as well as talking about what habits and beliefs are most beneficial in our daily lives.
218 - Adoption, Witchcraft, and Manifesting with your Mind
Mar 23 • 48 min
Returning to the question and response format, this week Mike responds to these questions: Can trauma caused in infancy impact how adults engage in relationships? You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass) Can you “manifest” a new reality with your mind?…
217 - How long will this last?
Mar 18 • 59 min
In this special, mid-week release Mike discusses the findings of the Imperial College Report on COVID-19, and what it may mean for our “new normal.” This episode discusses the most recent data we have on this global pandemic in an emotionally-focused,…
216: COVID-19
Mar 16 • 55 min
In this episode, Science Mike talks about the facts about COVID-19 and the science verified ways to best respond in a way that protects human lives. If you want to dig deeper, Mike recommends these resources: CDC COVID-19 Guide Don’t Panic: The…
215 - The Fight to Stop Sexual Slavery with Jeremy Vallerand
Mar 10 • 53 min
In this episode, Mike talks with his friend Jeremy Vallerand about Rescue: Freedom and they work they’re doing to end sexual slavery.
214 - Emotional Mindfulness with Ron Frederick
Mar 2 • 60 min
This week, we continue the “Books Behind the Book” series leading into the release of Mike’s next book, You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass). In this episode, Mike talks with Ronald J. Frederick, PhD. Ronald J. Frederick, PhD, is a clinical…
213 - The Power of Meaning with Emily Esfahani Smith
Feb 24 • 55 min
This week Science Mike talks with Emily Esfahani Smith about her research and work on the power of meaning and how it can transform our lives as reported in her bestselling book The Power of Meaning. Mike also shares an exciting announcement about his…
212 - Electric Cars, the Placebo Effect, and Nonreligious Brains
Feb 17 • 54 min
Mike’s got a new book coming in April—but you can preorder it now. Just go to asksciencemike.com/newbook This week, Mike responded to the following questions: Are some brains naturally wired to not believe in the supernatural? How God Changes Your Brain…
211 -Nutritional Labels, Epigenetics and Environmental Burials
Feb 10 • 45 min
This week, Mike responded to the following questions: Can trauma be passed on through epigenetic information? Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything | Cath Ennis Can Trauma Be Inherited Between Generations? Can We Really Inherit…
210 - Tori Douglass Returns!
Feb 3 • 84 min
This week, Science Mike talks with Tori Williams Douglass about, well, your questions from Twitter! Betterhelp - Get 10% your first month of mental health support by visiting https://betterhelp.com/sciencemike KiwiCo - Make learning about STEAM fun for…
209 - Grounding, Friendship, and the Senses of Plants
Jan 20 • 63 min
This week, Mike responds to the following questions. Do plants have senses? Plants May Not Have Ears, But They Can ‘Hear’ Way Better Than We Thought Do plants feel pain? Do Plants Think? How can people have intimate friendships without becoming…
208 - Bad Theology Kills with Kevin Garcia
Jan 13 • 47 min
This week, Science Mike talks with his friend Kevin Garcia about their new book Bad Theology Kills. This episode was sponsored by Betterhelp. Get 10% your first month of mental health support by visiting https://betterhelp.com/sciencemike
207 - Crime, Cloning, and the Memory of Water
Dec 30, 2019 • 63 min
In this last episode of 2019, Science Mike responds to the following questions: Does water have memory? What Is ‘Water Memory’? Why This Homeopathy Claim Doesn’t Hold Water What has been scientifically demonstrated to reduce crime rates? Why education…
206 - Merry Mini
Dec 23, 2019 • 12 min
Science Mike talks about grief, gratitude, and how hard it is to change.
205 - Holiday Blues
Dec 16, 2019 • 38 min
By popular demand, this week Mike is talking about sadness during the holiday season. Here’s a few links with more information. It Is Alright To Be Sad During the Holidays The difference between depression and sadness Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)…
204 - Blue blockers, Germs on Mars, and the Science of Cults
Dec 10, 2019 • 43 min
This week on Ask Science Mike, we covered the following questions: 1. Is the soil on Mars sterile? 2. Do blue-blockers really work? Are Computer Glasses Worth It? The effect of blue-light blocking spectacle lenses on visual performance, macular health and…
Love Anyway with Jeremy Courtney
Dec 2, 2019 • 46 min
This week, Science Mike talks with Jeremy Courtney about his work with Preemptive Love. Betterhelp - Get 10% your first month of mental health support by visiting https://betterhelp.com/sciencemike
202 - Nosodes, Woo and Garbage in the Oceans
Nov 25, 2019 • 37 min
Here’s the questions on Ask Science Mike this week, along with resources where appropriate. What is the science behind nosodes? Randomized controlled trial of homeopathic nosodes finds, not surprisingly, that they are useless How do we balance looking for…
201 - Recycling, Shaming, and the Messiness of the Middle
Nov 18, 2019 • 49 min
This week on Ask Science Mike, Mike responds to the following questions: What’s the difference between shaming and condemning? How do I deal with the “both sides” position of a non-affirming church? How would Pale Blue Dot be different if it was written…
200!
Nov 11, 2019 • 70 min
WARNING: There’s a Santa Claus joke in this episode that may not be suitable for children. This episode was recorded live in Los Angeles. The questions were unscreened and the answers unrehearsed. Betterhelp - Get 10% your first month of mental health…
A Look Back
Oct 28, 2019 • 52 min
Headed toward the 200th episode of Ask Science Mike, we take a look back at some audience favorites so far.
199 - Fighting Climate Change with Mary Anne Hitt
Oct 21, 2019 • 52 min
This week Science Mike talks with Mary Anne Hitt about how to mitigate climate change caused by human activity. Mary Anne Hitt directs the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, which has been recognized as one of the most successful environmental campaigns…
198 - CBD, Ethical Marketing and Taking Cold Showers
Oct 14, 2019 • 33 min
Here’s the questions and additional resources for the questions on this week’s show. What’s the deal with adding CBD to everything? Cannabidiol confusion: lofty promises and barriers to research Cannabidiol (CBD) — what we know and what we don’t Is there…
197 - Going Small (Again)
Oct 7, 2019 • 87 min
This week, Science Mike goes back to where this podcast began: living rooms and lunch tables. If you’d like to join Science Mike to record the 200th episode of Ask Science Mike in Los Angeles, click here. If you work in media or have a public platform of…
196 - Aphantasia, Carbon Offsets and E-Readers
Sep 30, 2019 • 39 min
Here’s the questions from this week’s show, along with additional resources. What part of the brain controls the minds eye and what other functions are triggered by this same part of the brain? When the Mind’s Eye Is Blind Are “Carbon Offset” programs and…
195 - Activist Theology with Dr. Robyn
Sep 23, 2019 • 30 min
This week Science Mike talks with Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza about their new book Activist Theology. Listeners in the Nashville area can go to the launch party happening this weekend. This episode was made possible in part by the support of these…
194 - Taking Action on Climate Change with Anna Jane Joyner
Sep 16, 2019 • 52 min
This week, Science Mike talks with Anna Jane Joyner, Climate Activist and Educator from No Place Like Home. This episode was made possible in part by the support of these sponsors:Betterhelp - Get 10% your first month of mental health support by visiting…
193 - Suffering, Ableism, and the Prosperity Gospel with Stephanie Tait
Sep 9, 2019 • 56 min
This week Science Mike talks with Stephanie Tait about her new book, The View from Rock Bottom. This episode was made possible in part by the support of these sponsors: Betterhelp - Get 10% your first month of mental health support by visiting…
192 - Let’s Talk About (Non-Fiction) Books!
Sep 2, 2019 • 26 min
This week, Science Mike talks about some of his favorite fiction books he’s read recently. The Tao of Bill Murray Comedy Sex God Other Minds Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are Stamped from the Beginning God
191 - Let’s Talk About (Fiction) Books!
Aug 25, 2019 • 31 min
This week, Science Mike talks about some of his favorite fiction books he’s read recently. Washington Black Salvation A Darker Shade of Magic The Fifth Season Exhalation
190 - Humans in Space, Midnight Anxiety, Talking to Water
Aug 19, 2019 • 31 min
Here’s the questions on this week’s show, along with additional resources. Are humans fit for space? ARE HUMANS FIT FOR SPACE? A ‘HERCULEAN’ STUDY SAYS MAYBE NOT Does talking to plants or water crystals change their energy? How can I cope with night time…
189 - School Zones, Carbon Emissions, and When life Begins
Aug 5, 2019 • 43 min
Here’s the questions from this week’s show, along with additional resources. When does life begin according to science? WHY SCIENCE CAN’T SAY WHEN A BABY’S LIFE BEGINS Pro-life, Pro-choice (Re-Release) with Rachel Held Evans Will planting 1 trillion trees…
188 - Entropy, Animal Shame, and Christians Fighting Evolution
Jul 29, 2019 • 41 min
Here’s some additional resources for the questions asked this week: Do other animals experience shame?Animal Emotions: Exploring Passionate Natures How can autistic people overcome developmental delays? Can you debunk the top 5 arguments creationists make…
187 - LIVE at Wild Goose
Jul 15, 2019 • 39 min
This is a live episode recorded at the Wild Goose Festival 2019. This episode was brought to you by Kiwi Co. If you want to help your kids learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a hands-on and FUN way, grab a free crate at…
186 - Tori Williams Douglass
Jul 8, 2019 • 46 min
This week Science Mike Talks with Tori Williams Douglass about faith, science, and anti-racism. You can support Tori’s new project, White Homework, on right here on Patreon.
185 - William Matthews
Jul 1, 2019 • 63 min
In a special episode, Science Mike sits down with William Matthews to talk about art and advocacy. This episode was brought to you by Kiwi Co. If you want to help your kids learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a hands-on and FUN…
184 - Heartbreak
Jun 17, 2019 • 23 min
This week, Science Mike talks about his medical rest and recent struggle with heart disease. Science Mike and Michael Gungor are going on a The Liturgists tour called Tabs & Wafers. Tickets are on sale now.
183 - Time, Plastics, and Universal Basic Income
Jun 3, 2019 • 39 min
This episode was sponsored by Kiwico. Help your kids have fun learning about STEAM by ordering a FREE crate for Ask Science Mike listeners at https://kiwico.com/sciecne Here’s the questions covered on this week’s episode, along with additional resources:…
182 - Remembering Rachel Held Evans
May 12, 2019 • 25 min
This week Science Mike talks about memories of his friendship with Rachel Held Evans. Rachel passed away on May 4, 2019, and left a changed world in her wake. How Rachel Held Evans really should be remembered by Sarah Bessey and Jeff Chu Our Rachel by…
181 - Free Speech, Carbon Taxes, and Search Engine Control
May 6, 2019 • 43 min
This week we covered these questions on Ask Science Mike: Is there a way to escape the current monopolized control of “algorithms” when it comes to how we find and perceive information? Fake News & Media Literacy How can I be more gracious to my wife…
180 - Living with Brain Injury with Christy Neal
Apr 29, 2019 • 54 min
This week Science Mike talks with his friend Christy Neal about what it’s like to live with a brain injury. Christy Neal is a stay-at-home mom and former homeschool mom of 10 years. She enjoys entertaining, organizing, gardening, long walks with friends…
179 - Ask Hillary McBride (Week 3)
Apr 22, 2019 • 63 min
For the next three weeks, Hillary McBride is answering your questions about mental health. Hillary McBride is a therapist and researcher, and one of Science Mike’s best friends. Her book Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We…
177 - Ask Hillary McBride (Week 2)
Apr 15, 2019 • 54 min
In this second of three episodes, Hillary McBride is answering your questions about mental health. Hillary McBride is a therapist and researcher, and one of Science Mike’s best friends. Her book Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love…
177 - Ask Hillary McBride (Week 1)
Apr 8, 2019 • 61 min
For the next three weeks, Hillary McBride is answering your questions about mental health. Hillary McBride is a therapist and researcher, and one of Science Mike’s best friends. Her book Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We…
176 - Selection Strategies, Teleportation, and Libido During Grief
Apr 1, 2019 • 50 min
This week is a Patron special—every question was submitted by the Ask Science Mike Patreon community. If you’d like to join us, click here. Here’s the questions from this week’s show, plus additional resources. You’ve expressed belief in a God that is the…
175 - Science
Mar 26, 2019 • 36 min
This week is a special episode discussion science literacy in our society. Here’s a few resources mentioned in this episode. Last Week Tonight on Psychics Everything wrong with the young blood injection craze (The Verge) Behind the Curve (Netflix) Science…
174 - THIS with Michael Gungor
Mar 11, 2019 • 71 min
This week, Science Mike talks to Michael Gungor about his new podcast, THIS, as well as his upcoming book, also called THIS.
173 - Depression, a Loving God, and Jesus vs. Mithra
Mar 4, 2019 • 49 min
Here’s the questions we covered on this episode (as well as helpful links to resources): I am an affirming straight man with a Christian non-affirming friend who is gay. How do I have a conversation with him that helps take away the shame he feels because…
172 - At the End of the Day
Feb 26, 2019 • 37 min
This week Science Mike is talking with Kevin O’Brien about his new film, At the End of the Day. At the End of the Day is a feature-length comedy written and directed by Kevin O’Brien. After losing his wife and counseling practice, the only thing…
171 - Meet the Honey Badger
Feb 18, 2019 • 86 min
This week I’m talking with Jenny McHargue (aka The Honey Badger) about your questions. This episode was sponsored by Kiwico, a monthly STEAM project kit for kids. Visit kiwico.com/science for a chance to try them out FOR FREE.
170 - Social Media and Diagnosing Autism
Jan 30, 2019 • 45 min
This week Mike talks about why he’s concerned about social media and what the process he went through to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Want to join Mike in taking social media and the web back from giant corporations? Join him at…
Epsiode 169: Talking with Rupert Sheldrake and Mike Morrell
Jan 17, 2019 • 80 min
Science Mike talks with Rupert Sheldrake and Mike Morrell about science, theology, and panentheism. Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. is a biologist and author of more than eighty-five scientific papers and twelve books, including The Presence of the Past, Science…
168 - Merry Christmas 2018
Dec 24, 2018 • 17 min
In this episode, Science Mike talks about where the heck Ask Science Mike has been lately.
167 - Prairies, Vegetarians, and Climate Deniers
Nov 6, 2018 • 47 min
This week’s episode covers your questions on how to take action to mitigate climate change. Here’s some additional resources discussed this week: Global Warming’s Six Americas Animal Agriculture’s Impact on Climate Change The carbon foodprint of 5 diets…
166 - Ask Pastor Betsy
Oct 29, 2018 • 62 min
This week Science Mike and Pastor Betsy answer questions.
165 - LIVE in Placentia, CA
Oct 23, 2018 • 91 min
This week’s episode was recorded live at Placentia Presbyterian Church in Placentia, CA. The questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed—so fact check anything that sounds dubious to you. :) Science Mike is co-hosting an online book club…
164 - How Screwed Are We?
Oct 15, 2018 • 29 min
This week we’re talking about the most recent IPCC report on climate change. Learn More Skeptical Science How Climate Change Affects The Poor(video) Take Individual Action Top 50 Things To Do To Stop Global Warming What You Can Do About Climate Change
163 - Sexual Violence
Sep 26, 2018 • 28 min
I am a survior of sexual assault who has never come forward. On this episode, I discuss why, and what that means in how we respond to victims of sexual assault. 30 Alarming Statistics That Show The Reality Of Sexual Violence In America Definition of…
162 - Is the Enneagram Bullshit?
Sep 19, 2018 • 54 min
Science Mike and Annie Dimond talk about the popularity of the Ennegram from the perspective of skeptics.
161 - Confidence and Failure
Sep 11, 2018 • 32 min
What does it take to build self-confidence?
160 - Parenting, Bubble Wrap, and the Perfect Diet
Aug 20, 2018 • 40 min
Check out Queer Clergy Trading Cards! For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do people love to pop bubble wrap? What problematic beliefs are baked into secularism? What is the optimal human diet? What does science have…
159: The Art and Science of Changing Minds
Aug 6, 2018 • 47 min
This week is s special episode looking at the techniques and strategies for changing people’s minds.
158 - LIVE from Paris, Ontario, Canada
Jul 31, 2018 • 67 min
This episode was recorded live at the Skylight Festival in Paris, ON.
157 - Outside the Lines with Mihee Kim-Kort
Jul 2, 2018 • 29 min
This week I’m talking with Mihee Kim-Kort about her new book, Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith.
156 - Homebrewed Christianity Team-up
Jun 26, 2018 • 112 min
This is a special live episode with Tripp Fuller from Homebrewed Christianity. Join Tripp and I (along with scientiests and theologians) for Cosmic Campfire this November. Head to cosmiccampfire.party to learn more.
155 - Terror Management, EMPs, and Gay Conversion Therapy
Jun 21, 2018 • 36 min
Here’s some resources for the questions covered on this episode of Ask Science Mike. How does Biblical marriage translate to our modern notions of marriage? The Ethics of F***ing - The Liturgists Podcast Can humanity to anything to prepare for an EMP?…
154 - Male Violence, Toxic Oxygen, and Personality Tests
Jun 13, 2018 • 39 min
This week we’re talking about personality tests, a 100% oxygen atmosphere, the biology of male violence and unrequited love. Anyone interested in doing public work (books, podcasts, speaking, etc) may be interested in my upcoming webinar.
153 - Autism Spectrum Disorder
Jun 5, 2018 • 33 min
On this week’s program, Science Mike talks about Autism Spectrum Disorder, and how discovering that he’s on the spectrum has impacted his life.
152 - LIVE on the Internet
May 21, 2018 • 78 min
It’s a strange, new thing: Ask Science Mike LIVE on the Internet.
151 - Incels and Masculinity in the 21st Century
Apr 16, 2018 • 28 min
This week we’re talking about the crisis in masculinity—and new ways to imagine what being a man looks like.
150 - Terraforming, White Noise, and Science Party Tricks
Apr 9, 2018 • 33 min
Here’s the questions on this week’s show: Can you blow our minds with science? What are your thoughts on terraforming? Does white noise help or harm human sleep cycles? How do you cope with religious guilt? Here are some resources for anyone who wants to…
149 - Ask Pastor Sarah
Apr 2, 2018 • 90 min
This week Science Mike talks with Rev. Sarah Heath about life as a woman in ministry. followed by listener questions. Check out Sarah’s podcast, Sonderlust.
148 - Prayer
Mar 26, 2018 • 30 min
This week we’re talking about prayer, and why it’s hard to pray after deconstruction. Looking for more? Try these resources: Finding God in the Waves How to Be Video Workshop
147 - Plastics, Affairs, and Concerts for Jesus
Mar 19, 2018 • 46 min
This week we answered these questions on Ask Science Mike: Do faith conversations that happen at large events last? How do you reconcile the impersonal god of physics with a god of love? Is cooking with plastic safe? What happens in your brain when you’re…
146 - A Pastor for Atheists (Bart Campolo)
Mar 12, 2018 • 150 min
This week Science Mike has a wide-ranging conversation with Bart Campolo. If this conversation interests you, make sure you check out the new film Leaving My Father’s Faith.
145 - Social Media and Mental Health
Mar 6, 2018 • 21 min
On this week’s Ask Science Mike, we talk about the relationship between social media and mental health. Here’s a few resources if you want to explore more. Mike’s social media suggestions. Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? Reclaiming Conversation:…
144 - LIVE in Cincinnati, OH
Feb 19, 2018 • 102 min
This epsiode was recorded at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, OH. The questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed.
143 - LIVE in Orange, CA
Feb 13, 2018 • 97 min
This epsiode was recorded at Chapman University in Orange, CA. The questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed.
142 - Quantum Computers, Past Lives, and Transgender Brains
Jan 29, 2018 • 46 min
This week on Ask Science Mike, we covered these questions: What are quantum computers? What do you make of children who remember details from a “past life?” Is there a link between suicide and religiosity? Are the brains of trans people different in any…
141 - Ask Bible Pete
Jan 23, 2018 • 80 min
It’s finally here! This week is the long awaited #AskBiblePete episode. All the questions are about scripture and our guest host is the one and only Pete Enns. Pete is the author of The Bible Tells Me So and The Sin of Certainty, and hosts the podcast The…
140 - Boredom, Antipsychotics, and Proof of God
Jan 15, 2018 • 42 min
We covered these questions on Ask Science Mike this week: Can antipsychotic medications impact how we experience God? Is there any scientific evidence for God? Why am I bored with I’m not intellectually stimulated? If “love is love,” how can we say that…
139 - The Holiday Hangover
Jan 8, 2018 • 33 min
This week we’re talking about why we often feel like different people when we visit home, as well as talking about what it’s like to question your faith for the first time. Here’s a few resources mentioned in this episode: Why social media is terrible for…
138 - Frustration, Animal Guilt, and Getting Set in Our Ways
Dec 18, 2017 • 32 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Do other animals feel guilt? What happens in our brains when we get frustrated? Is there an age when we get set in our ways? What does a “call from God” mean when you don’t believe that…
137 - It’s a Patron Show (Part 5)
Dec 8, 2017 • 20 min
This week, I’m doing daily episodes to answer questions from my crew on Patreon. Want to be a part of this? Learn more here.
136 - It’s a Patron Show (Part 4)
Dec 5, 2017 • 33 min
This week, I’m doing daily episodes to answer questions from my crew on Patreon. Want to be a part of this? Learn more here.
135 - It’s a Patron Show (Part 3)
Dec 4, 2017 • 47 min
This week, I’m doing daily episodes to answer questions from my crew on Patreon. Want to be a part of this? Learn more here.
134 - It’s a Patron Show (Part 2)
Nov 21, 2017 • 35 min
This week, I’m doing daily episodes to answer questions from my crew on Patreon. Want to be a part of this? Learn more here.
133 - It’s a Patron Show (Part 1)
Nov 20, 2017 • 31 min
This week, I’m doing daily episodes to answer questions from my crew on Patreon. Want to be a part of this? Learn more here.
132 - LIVE in Edinburgh, Scotland
Oct 30, 2017 • 120 min
This episode was recorded live at Greyfriar’s Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland. The questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. This tour is to support the paperback release of my book, Finding God in the Waves in the UK. Join us for The…
131 - LIVE in Birmingham, England
Oct 23, 2017 • 113 min
This episode was recorded live at Gallery Church in Birmingham, England. The questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. This tour is to support the paperback release of my book, Finding God in the Waves in the UK. Join us for The Liturgists…
130 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in London, England
Oct 16, 2017 • 112 min
This episode was recorded live at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London, England. The questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. This tour is to support the paperback release of my book, Finding God in the Waves in the UK. Join us for…
129 - Are We Going to Mars?
Oct 2, 2017 • 21 min
This is a special edition discussing the BFR from SpaceX.
127 - Chlorophyll, Convergence, and a Crisis with Debt
Sep 25, 2017 • 48 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What is convergent evolution? How does chlorophyll create food from light? Why doesn’t the national debt effect our daily lives? Do violent video games desensitize us? You’re in charge…
126 - Suicide, New Earth, and the Flat Earth Society
Sep 13, 2017 • 38 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do so many people believe Earth is flat? How do you understand the roles science and faith play in our lives? What happens in the brains of people who decide to commit suicide? What…
125 - Imagination, Circumcision, and Confederate Monuments
Sep 7, 2017 • 30 min
Sorry the show is late this week, Gregg’s laptop crashed. I’m posting this one from the road, so here’s the links for this episode, without the normal “show notes” trim. How and where imagination occurs in human brains Imagination and Reality Look…
124 - Protests, Autopilot, and Looking Outside of Time
Aug 27, 2017 • 40 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What would creation look like to an observer outside of time? What happens when people on on “auto pilot?” What happens in the brain of someone who is protesting? Is it possible for…
123 - Miracles, Abortion, and the Minimum Wage
Aug 14, 2017 • 43 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How would raising the minimum wage effect our economy? What do you think about miracles? When does a soul enter the body, and how does that inform a stance on abortion? Are there any…
122 - A Total Eclipse of the Sun
Aug 7, 2017 • 21 min
This week’s show is all about the eclipse happening in the continental USA on August 21, 2017. Here’s a few resources to go along with what you heard. Why a total solar eclipse is such a big deal NASA Eclipse Maps Solar Eclipse Glasses
121 - “The Children of God” (Sermon)
Jul 24, 2017 • 23 min
Here’s the sermon I gave on my last Sunday in Tallahassee, FL before moving to Los Angeles, CA.
120 - Questions, Question, and Even More Questions (Part 2)
Jul 16, 2017 • 47 min
A continuation of Episode 119.
119 - Questions, Questions, and Even More Questions (Part 1)
Jul 10, 2017 • 51 min
It’s move week–this is my last week in Tallahassee, Florida, so I’m basically a full time mover. So, for this week’s show I answer as many Patron questions as I can from the top of my head.
118 - Agree or Disagree
Jul 3, 2017 • 14 min
A mini episode based on a theme from the mailbag.
117 - Punching Nazis Part II
Jun 17, 2017 • 11 min
A mini episode to cover feedback from last week’s question on punching neo-nazis.
116 - String Theory, Psychological Diversity, and Punching a Nazi
Jun 5, 2017 • 51 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How much does watching TV influence young children? What could happen when we start editing human DNA? Why is String Theory called a “theory?” Is it ok to punch a Nazi? You’re in charge…
115 - Exponential Grandparents, Evil, and the Spread of Christianity
May 29, 2017 • 52 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Would you still be an atheist without your mystical experience? Does “mitochondrial Eve” support creationism? Why did Christianity spread so fast? What’s the difference between mental…
114 - Hypnosis, High-Roller Gals, and Humans Riding Dinosaurs
May 22, 2017 • 38 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How does science explain fossilized human footprints alongside dinosaur tracks? Is radiometric dating accurate? What’s the science behind hypnosis? Are marriages more likely to fail…
113 - Virtual Particles, Movie Fear, and Sneezing at the Sun
May 15, 2017 • 37 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What are virtual particles? Why do horror movies stick in my head? What do blind people see in their minds? Why does the sun make me sneeze? You’re in charge of this program. All you…
112 - Shacking Up, Climate Change, and Spiritual Waves
May 8, 2017 • 39 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why is singing in worship more powerful than study? What is the science of cohabitation? Would sound exist if we couldn’t hear it? How do we know human activity effects climate? You’re…
111 - Addiction, Pushy Parents, and Why Time Flies
May 1, 2017 • 53 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How does addiction effect the brain? Why does time fly as we age? How can I keep my parents from indoctrinating my children? How can I convince people racism is still a problem? You’re…
110 - Secular Fundamentalism, Bye Bye Bees, and Jesus in Space
Apr 24, 2017 • 48 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: If Jesus was resurrected physically, where is his body now? Are bees dying out? How can I avoid becoming a “secular fundamentalist?” Why do I feel nothing? Here’s more resources about…
109 - Exoplanets, Itches, and Bovine Polarity
Apr 17, 2017 • 39 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do we get random itches? Can cows sense magnetic north? How can we tell if an exoplanet is habitable? Why do you believe in Jesus instead of a less-religion specific deity? You’re…
108 - Gay Parents, Foster Care, and Death by Machete or Chimpanzee
Mar 19, 2017 • 53 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What makes a good radio voice? How do you research questions? Is God involved with creation? Would you rather fight a chimpanzee or a human with a machete to the death? Are kids harmed…
107 - Two Months with President Trump
Mar 13, 2017 • 26 min
This week’s show is a special edition, dealing with the deluge of emails asking about what to do next in this fractious political age. Make sure to check out the show notes on asksciencemike.com for videos explaining other voting systems.
106 - Intelligent Women, Laboratory Black Holes, and Jesus Drinking Wine
Mar 6, 2017 • 41 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What’s the deal with laboratory black holes? Does a full moon make people more creative? Why are men intimidated by intelligent women? What does Jesus mean when he says he won’t drink…
105 - LIVE in Chapel Hill, NC
Mar 1, 2017 • 112 min
It’s Ask Science Mike LIVE this week. This episode was recorded in Chapel Hill, NC with a live audience. The questions are unscreened, and the answers are unrehearsed. If you’d like to bring Ask Science Mike to your town, head over to asksciencemike.com…
104 - On the Road Again
Feb 20, 2017 • 12 min
Mike checks in during a busy week of touring with a mini episode.
103 - LIVE in Ft. Smith, AR
Feb 13, 2017 • 112 min
It’s Ask Science Mike LIVE this week. This episode was recorded at First Presbyterian Church in Ft. Smith, AR with a live audience. The questions are unscreened, and the answers are unrehearsed. If you’d like to bring Ask Science Mike to your town, head…
102 - Racial Bias, Suffering, and Evangelical Sex
Feb 6, 2017 • 36 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why can’t my husband tell when I’m not wearing makeup? How can I get over feeling shame about my sexuality? Why is there a global preference toward lighter skin color? What is the point…
101 - LIVE in Grand Haven, MI
Jan 30, 2017 • 116 min
This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. I’m traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I’m coming to a city near you.
100 - Windmills, Angry Atheists, and Why the Big Bang is Just Marketing
Jan 23, 2017 • 46 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Are windmills actually good for the environment? Did the Big Bang happen everywhere? Why are the “New Atheists” mean? How can I help my family understand the plight of Muslim Americans?…
99 - Questions, Questions, and More Questions
Jan 16, 2017 • 151 min
This week is a TWO AND A HALF HOUR show where I answer questions from the folks who support this program on Patreon as we ramp up for the 100th episode of Ask Science Mike.
98 - Books, Books, and More Books
Jan 9, 2017 • 27 min
Visit asksciencemike.com to see the full list of books mentioned on this week’s show.
97 - Merry Christmas
Dec 26, 2016 • 19 min
A brief reflection on Advent and Christmas.
96 - LIVE in Boston, MA
Dec 19, 2016 • 115 min
This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. I’m traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I’m coming to a city near you.
95 - LIVE in Tacoma, WA
Dec 12, 2016 • 115 min
This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. I’m traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I’m coming to a city near you.
FundaMENTALIST with Joey from BadChristian Podcast
Dec 8, 2016 • 30 min
Here’s a bonus show this week for my listeners who love the BadChristian Podcast. Joey joins me for a conversation about his new book and mental illness. You can learn more about FundaMENTAList here.
94 - LIVE in Portland, OR
Dec 5, 2016 • 126 min
This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. I’m traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I’m coming to a city near you.
93 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Mission Hills, CA
Nov 28, 2016 • 106 min
This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. I’m traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I’m coming to a city near you.
92 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Los Angeles, CA
Nov 21, 2016 • 101 min
This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. I’m traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I’m coming to a city near you.
91 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Costa Mesa, CA
Nov 15, 2016 • 122 min
This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. I’m traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I’m coming to a city near you.
90 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Kansas City
Nov 7, 2016 • 89 min
This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. I’m traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I’m coming to a city near you.
89 - Ask BioLogos
Oct 31, 2016 • 37 min
In this special episode, the scientists and scholars of BioLogos take your questions about the evolution and Christian theology. You can learn more about Biologos at biologos.org. You’re in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question…
88 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Atlanta, GA
Oct 24, 2016 • 97 min
This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. I’m traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I’m coming to a city near you.
87 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Columbus, OH
Oct 17, 2016 • 77 min
This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. I’m traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I’m coming to a city near you.
86 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Nashville, TN
Oct 10, 2016 • 87 min
This week is a live episode: the questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed. I’m traveling around the country on tour to promote my new book, Finding God in the Waves. Click here to see if I’m coming to a city near you.
85 - Conversation with Peter Enns
Oct 3, 2016 • 15 min
This week, I sit down with Pete Enns to talk about the role certainty plays in our faith. Come see me on tour!
84 - Purity Culture, Parenting, and Fear in the Media
Sep 26, 2016 • 39 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why does media focus on fear-based stories? How did you learn to love the Bible again? How do you keep your kid safe while giving them freedom to learn? How can I feel close to God…
83 - Mailbag
Sep 19, 2016 • 29 min
It’s a heavy travel week, so this week’s show is conversational around the tension between skeptics and atheists. See full notes on asksciencemike.com
82 - Focus, Driving, and the End of the World
Sep 12, 2016 • 40 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How can humans handle driving when evolution didn’t prepare us for speed? How can I learn to focus in an age of smartphones? What does science say about the end of the Universe? Are…
81 - Hurricanes, Fear, and My First Book
Sep 6, 2016 • 21 min
Every sincere question deserves a nonjudgmental, supportive response. Mike McHargue (aka Science Mike) will answer your question, too. Visit asksciencemike.com to send in a question.
80 - Apologetics, Personality, and a One Track Mind
Aug 29, 2016 • 41 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Are personalities real? Why don’t you like apologetics? How can I learn to be present with those around me? Should I avoid dating people who have been married before? You’re in charge…
79 - Falling Asleep, Micro-biomes, and Alchemist Bacteria
Aug 22, 2016 • 37 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Can this bacteria make gold from toxic waste? What’s your trick to falling asleep so fast? What’s the science of the human micro-biome? How can I feel close to God following spiritual…
78 - Sunscreen, Breaking Up, and Making Changes that Last
Aug 15, 2016 • 58 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Does the Enneagram determine sense of humor? Is sunscreen dangerous? How does the Electoral College work? How do you create lasting change? What’s the science of heartbreak? You’re in…
77 - Instinct, Reincarnation, and God in Our Brains
Aug 8, 2016 • 38 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Where does instinct come from? Is reincarnation possible? Can God be good? Are there any real spiritual experiences? You’re in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a…
76 - Pokemon, Persuasion, and Parents of Gay Teens
Aug 1, 2016 • 42 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How can you use verbal persuasion to help others conquer fear? What’s the science behind the popularity of Pokemon Go? What happens in our brains as we die? How can I challenge my…
75 - Anxiety, Demon Possession, and Righteous Anger
Jul 25, 2016 • 58 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How does righteous anger affect the brain? What’s your take on demon possession? How can you recover from a fundamentalist view of sexuality? What’s the science behind anxiety…
74 - Gluten, Guns, & Un-Christian Love
Jul 18, 2016 • 50 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Are gluten allergies on the rise? How do I handle my church teaching my children things I don’t believe? Can non-Christians really love? Do more guns lead to more deaths in America?…
73 - Ask Science Mike LIVE at Wild Goose 2016
Jul 14, 2016 • 52 min
This week’s episode is a live Q&R at the Wild Goose Festival 2016. The questions are unscreened, the answers unrehearsed, and the figures un-fact-checked.
72 - Cynicism, Beauty, and a Simulated Universe
Jul 4, 2016 • 50 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Could our Universe be a simulation? Why is human beauty rare? What’s the science behind cynicism? How can I have a powerful, spiritual experience? You’re in charge of this program. All…
71 - Chiropractors, Exodus, and The Great Commission
Jun 13, 2016 • 47 min
Connect with other people in your city in our new Together groups. For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Are chiropractors helpful or harmful? What does the Great Commission mean today? Did the Exodus really happen? What’s…
70 - Humanism, Harmony, and Spontaneous Human Combustion
Jun 6, 2016 • 91 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Does spontaneous human combustion actually occur? Why do you like humanism? How can we be gracious with people we disagree with? How can we relate to Jesus if Jesus was non-sexual?…
69 - God’s Will, Racist Grandparents, and Historical Christianity
May 30, 2016 • 50 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What philosophies shaped early Christianity? How do you know what is or is not “God’s will?” What is God’s mechanism of action? How do we deal with racism from friends and family?…
68 - Conspiracy Theories, OCD, and Healthier Divorces
May 23, 2016 • 44 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do people accept conspiracy theories? What happens in the brains of people struggling with OCD? Why do we fall into old beliefs in time of stress? How can you end a marriage well?…
67 - Waking Up, Pronouns for God, and Abiogenesis
May 16, 2016 • 29 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How do we balance God’s reconciliation and entropy? How can I wake up better? What gender pronouns do you use for God? What do you make of Jeremy England’s work? You’re in charge of…
66 - Violence, Pessimism, and Music in Your Brain
May 9, 2016 • 38 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Are different types of music better for your brain? Are pessimism and optimism hardwired? Why do we enjoy violent vindication? Where did all your questions go when you came back to God?…
65 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Portland, OR
Apr 25, 2016 • 75 min
LIVE from Cascade Church in Portland, OR.
64 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Ventura, CA
Apr 11, 2016 • 65 min
It’s a live episode of the program this week coming from the LIMINAL Conference hosted by Ventura Vineyard.Here’s the article I referenced in Wait But Why.You can host Ask Science Mike LIVE! Click here to find out how.
63 - Love, Authoritarianism, and Breaking Down Space
Apr 4, 2016 • 32 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why does it feel better when someone else scratches you? Can you explain quantized space? How does authoritarianism affect the brain? Is it bad to fall in love? You’re in charge of this…
62 - Dogs, Hell, and the Top of a Planet
Mar 28, 2016 • 28 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do humans and dogs get along so well? Do planets have a top? Are intellectual people less likely to experience God? What if I’m wrong about Hell? You’re in charge of this program.…
61 - Relativity, Social Media, and Calm Controversy
Mar 14, 2016 • 31 min
You can learn more about The Liturgists Gathering here. I’m on the road with Gungor for the One Wild Life Tour, so the show notes are short. You’re in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter,…
60 - Codependency, Processed Foods, and the Value of Life
Mar 7, 2016 • 34 min
You can learn more about The Liturgists Gathering here. For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do we value human life? Why are processed foods bad? Why do we use passive aggressive or cutting humor in conflict? What’s…
59 - Healing Frequencies, Photonic Propulsion, and the Favor of God
Feb 29, 2016 • 42 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How do you explain God’s favor? Can we travel to Mars in 3 days with photons? Is 432 Hz a healing frequency? What causes cancer? You’re in charge of this program. All you have to do is…
58 - Chivalry, Singleness, and the Science of Grief
Feb 22, 2016 • 34 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Are there any scientific benefits to remaining single? Is chivalry compatible with feminism? How can God be loving and powerful when there is evil in the world? Why did evolution create…
57 - Special Edition: Gravity Waves
Feb 14, 2016 • 38 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, it’s a special edition covering last week’s announcement from the LIGO team about gravity waves. You’re in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or…
56 - Repentance, Climate Change, and Living in a Fish
Feb 8, 2016 • 43 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How much impact to cows have on climate change? How far into the past could we go before genetic shift would make it impossible to reproduce with ancient humans? What are the scientific…
55 - Tithing, Creativity, and Tip Of Tongue Syndrome
Feb 1, 2016 • 32 min
This episode was sponsored by Sanebox. Get $25 off any subscription and a 14 day free trial by visiting sanebox.com/sciencemikeFor this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What does science say about tithing? What happens in your…
54 - Self-worth, Universalism, and Other Holy Books
Jan 25, 2016 • 47 min
This episode was sponsored by Sanebox. Get $25 off any subscription and a 14 day free trial by visiting sanebox.com/sciencemike For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What does science have to say about self worth? On what…
53 - Getting Chills, Proof of God, and Why Jesus Had to Die
Jan 18, 2016 • 34 min
This episode was sponsored by Sanebox. Get $25 off any subscription and a 14 day free trial by visiting sanebox.com/sciencemike For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do we get chills when we listen to music? Why did…
52 - Empaths, Genesis, and Life in Space
Jan 11, 2016 • 31 min
This episode was sponsored by Sanebox. Get $25 off any subscription and a 14 day free trial by visiting sanebox.com/sciencemike For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Where do you draw the line a mythic vs historic in the…
51 - Ask Science Mike Mini: Doubt at Christmas
Dec 24, 2015 • 16 min
Ask Science Mike Mini is a special, one-question version of the show. Here’s the question addressed in this episode: What do you do when you are a minister who doesn’t believe in God anymore?
50 - Ask Science Mike Mini: Christmas Blues
Dec 23, 2015 • 10 min
Ask Science Mike Mini is a special, one-question edition of the show. Today we’re talking about how to deal with the Christmas Blues.
49 - Ask Science Mike Mini: The Meaning of Christmas
Dec 22, 2015 • 8 min
Ask Science Mike Mini is a special, one-question edition of the show. Today we’re talking about the meaning of Christmas.
48 - Christmas Lights, Santa Claus, and the Dangers of Science Mike
Dec 21, 2015 • 47 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How could Santa visit every house in one night? How much energy would Clark Griswold’s lights consume? Is there harm in teaching kids about Santa? Is immaculate conception…
47 - Ask Science Mike Mini: Lightsabers
Dec 18, 2015 • 9 min
The Force Awakens today, so we’re talking the science of lightsabers in a special mini edition of the show.
46 - Radiation, The Birth of Christ, and the War on Christmas
Dec 14, 2015 • 34 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What kind of motorcycle do you ride? Are cell phones actually dangerous to our bodies because of radiation? When was Jesus actually born? Can you explain the war on Christmas? You’re in…
45 - EMDR, The Cosmic Christ, and Psychopathic Pastors
Dec 7, 2015 • 37 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Does science support the effectiveness of EMDR? What is panentheism and the Cosmic Christ? Where does intuition come from? How do you handle psychopathic clergy? You’re in charge of…
44 - Listening to God, Axioms, and Dinosaur Intelligence
Nov 30, 2015 • 32 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why didn’t dinosaurs evolve into intelligent beings? How do I listen to God? Do you have an axiom for spiritual warfare? Why do you use male pronouns for mixed-gender groups? You’re in…
43 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Lakeville, MN
Nov 23, 2015 • 33 min
It’s Ask Science Mike LIVE! this week–this episode was recorded at Catalyst Student Ministries Retreat with a live audience. If you’d like to bring Ask Science Mike to your town, head over to asksciencemike.com and fill out a contact form. You’re in…
42 - Tiny Humans, Depression, and Predicting the Stock Market
Nov 10, 2015 • 35 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why can’t we predict the stock market? What would happen if you shrunk a human? Why should anyone listen to you? What’s the best way to deal with anxiety? You’re in charge of this…
41 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Denver, CO
Nov 2, 2015 • 45 min
It’s Ask Science Mike LIVE! this week–this episode was recorded at St. Andrew UMC in Denver, CO with a live audience. If you’d like to bring Ask Science Mike to your town, head over to asksciencemike.com and fill out a contact form. You’re in charge of…
40 - Ask Rob Bell
Oct 26, 2015 • 47 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What do you do when you have lost your faith forever and how do you find community? How do you believe in the bible and be inspired by it when you view the Bible as a library of books…
39 - Memory, Digital Souls, and Trumping Science with God
Oct 12, 2015 • 36 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What happens to someone’s soul if their consciousness it transferred to a computer? How do I coexist with friends from my LDS past? How does human memory work? Why should science apply…
38 - Picky Eaters, Fossil Fuels, and Why Siblings Fight
Oct 5, 2015 • 30 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do siblings fight so often? Where do fossil fuels come from? What’s the science behind picky eaters? Why are women usually colder than men? You’re in charge of this program. All you…
37 - Blowing on Video Games and Garbage In Space
Sep 28, 2015 • 9 min
Due to a family emergency, this week’s episode is half-sized and recorded on my iPhone.
36 - Super Continents, Tiny Black Holes, and Water Older than the Sun
Sep 21, 2015 • 34 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Were there supercontinents before Pangea? Will the Earth go dark for 15 days this November? Is the water on Earth older than the sun? Could the Large Hadron Collider create a black…
35 - ADD, Hell, and Why Babies Are Cute
Sep 14, 2015 • 31 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Is ADD a real, neurological condition? Does “sugar feed cancer?” Why do we think babies are cute? Do you believe in Hell? You’re in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit…
34 - Mutation, Natural Selection, and Evolution
Sep 7, 2015 • 45 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How many humans are needed to populate the Earth? How can random mutation create diverse species? How could evolution create an eye? How do we know macroevolution occurs? Does evolution…
33 - Blood Moons, Handedness, and Disproving God
Aug 31, 2015 • 33 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What’s the science behind handedness? Is there any scientific disc overy or revelation that could disprove God’s existence? How can we convince others to engage in thoughtful dialog?…
32 - Déjà Vu, Coconut Oil, and the Science of the Sorting Hat
Aug 24, 2015 • 35 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do we get Déjà Vu? Shouldn’t evolution weed out Jesus-like behavior? Is coconut oil a superfood? Which part of the brain does the Sorting Hat use to determine a Hogwarts House?…
31 - Ask Science Mike LIVE! in Ft. Worth, TX
Aug 17, 2015 • 76 min
It’s Ask Science Mike LIVE! this week–this episode was recorded at Collective Church in Ft. Worth, Texas with a live audience. If you’d like to bring Ask Science Mike to your town, head over to asksciencemike.com and fill out a contact form. You’re in…
30 - Dreams, God’s Gender, and the Vacuum of Space
Aug 9, 2015 • 36 min
Check out Jill and Kate!!! For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What would happen if you took of your helmet in space? What’s the purpose of dreams and nightmares? Why do you always refer to God as “he?” Why did God choose…
29 - Porn, HIV, and Even More on Masturbation
Aug 3, 2015 • 43 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Is porn really bad for your brain? Is AIDS God’s punishment for gay men according to Romans 1:27? Is it wrong to masturbate while thinking about my ex? Is my wife’s desire for…
28 - Evolution, Mysticism, and the Power of Sunset
Jul 27, 2015 • 30 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How does evolution work? Why are dawn and dusk beautiful to humans? How can one build foundational, rational certainty that the story of the Christian God represents reality? You’re in…
27 - Night Terrors, Near Death Experiences, and the Burden of Proof
Jul 20, 2015 • 34 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How do we know we all see colors the same way? What would it take for you to walk away from faith? What happens in our brains during near-death experiences? Are night terrors…
26 - The Supreme Court, Same Sex Marriage, and What Happens Next
Jul 13, 2015 • 34 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we answer questions from listeners regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage. This weeks programs features guest answers from Ryan Kenji Kuramitsu, Broderick Greer, and Amaryah Armstrong. You’re in…
25 - Fractals, War, and the Science of Inside Out
Jul 6, 2015 • 37 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What’s the science behind being “unequally yolked?” What do fibonacci numbers tell us about God and the Universe? Is world peace possible? How would faith change Riley’s brain from…
24 - Hypnosis, Nervous Habits, and the Inter-dimensional Trinity
Jun 29, 2015 • 32 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What do you think of hypnosis from a spiritual and scientific perspective and how can this relate to addictions? Can science help break nervous habits? What is the science behind the…
23 - Mental Illness, Gay Stereotypes, and Turning Birds Into Dinosaurs
Jun 22, 2015 • 34 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How much did God shape evolution? Can birds evolve back into dinosaurs? Can the mentally ill or disabled be saved? Why do gay men like Barbra Streisand? You’re in charge of this…
22 - The Enneagram, Daily Prayer, and Being Slain in the Spirit
Jun 15, 2015 • 33 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Is there any science to being slain in the spirit? Is the Enneagram scientifically accurate? What’s your daily prayer practice like? Is there a link between homosexuality and…
21 - Superheroes, Women in Church, and the Science of Intersex
Jun 8, 2015 • 41 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do we want to be superheroes? What’s the science of intersex? What should we teach our kids? What’s the role of women in the church? You’re in charge of this program. All you have…
20 - Telomeres, Dark Matter, and the Shroud of Turin
Jun 1, 2015 • 34 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How can an average person, who doesn’t have a science degree, tell when something is legitimate science or not? Can people live to be 200? What would happen if the super-massive…
19 – Clones, Artificial Intelligence, and the Science of Shame
May 25, 2015 • 37 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Do clones or AI have souls? Why are people so quick to judge, and what does that have to do with intuition? What’s the science behind shame? Can science offer insights on coping with…
18 – The Cambrian Explosion, The Miracles of Jesus, and The Limits of Human Knowledge
May 18, 2015 • 37 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Does the Cambrian Explosion undermine Evolution? Are we reaching the limits of human knowledge and what does that mean for theology? Did Jesus actually perform miracles? How do I deal…
17 – Essential Oils, Modesty and Talking to the Dead
May 11, 2015 • 33 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Is there any science behind essential oils or is it just placebo? Is there an scientific validity to modesty culture? Is there any science behind talking to the dead? Can science…
16 - Confession, Deconstruction, and Dealing with the Past
May 4, 2015 • 37 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Is deconstruction the only way to a renewed faith? What happens when we ask someone to “pray about it?” Is that just the power of suggestion? What’s the science behind confession? Why…
15 - Fasting, Nontheist Churches, and Dealing with Cynicism
Apr 27, 2015 • 36 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What is the science of fasting? How do you move beyond cynicism to have a healthy relationship with church? Can Christian communities accept nontheist or naturalistic people? How can a…
14 - The Anti-Vax Movement, Complementarianism, and the Science of Booze
Apr 20, 2015 • 39 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How are men and women different according to science? What are the scientific pro and cons for alcohol? What are your thoughts on the anti-vaccination movement and its connection to…
13 - Polyamory, Pedophilia, and Why We Say “OH GOD” During Sex
Apr 13, 2015 • 38 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Why do people–including atheists–say “Oh God” during sex? What’s the healthy way to masturbate? Does polyamory in a sense result in greater individual happiness? Is monogamy selfish?…
12 - Spanking, Deconstruction, and Agnostics Teaching Sunday School
Apr 6, 2015 • 32 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: How can a faith community rebuild after collective deconstruction? What’s the science around spanking and punishment vs the Bible teachings on those topics? What do I teach my kids when…
11 - The Apocrypha, Death, and The Day The Sun Stood Still
Mar 30, 2015 • 31 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What would happen is the sun stood still as depicted in Joshua? What is the Biblical Apocrypha, and how much should Christians value it? How can Christian evolutionists account for…
10 - Sanctification, Miracles, and the Science of Why Jesus Told Stories
Mar 23, 2015 • 31 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What’s your take on miracles? What’s the science behind storytelling and why did Jesus use storytelling in his teachings? Does modern cosmology and the Theory of Everything prove God…
9 - Climate Change, the Evolution of Religion, and Why Atheists Have Better Kids
Mar 16, 2015 • 30 min
We address the following questions this week: Is religion a cultural phenomenon or did it evolve? Is Climate change real and caused by humans? If the early parts of the Bible are mythic, how can we trust Jesus and the New Testament? You’re in charge of…
8 - Free Will, Attraction, and Does Jesus Save Aliens?
Mar 9, 2015 • 30 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: If aliens exist, does Jesus save them? Do we have free will? What does brain science teach us about salvation? Is there any science behind the law of attraction? You’re in charge of…
7 - The Devil, The Bible, and Healthy Fundamentalism
Mar 2, 2015 • 32 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What is healthy fundamentalism? How do you approach other religions? Why does the Bible have authority? Evil is everywhere, but is The Devil real? You’re in charge of this program. All…
6 - Monogamy, Marijuana, and Masturbation–Oh my!
Feb 23, 2015 • 45 min
Put the kids to bed, it’s time for Ask Science Mike After Dark. In this episode, we address the following questions: What does weed do to your brain? Do you “give a piece of yourself away” when you have sex with someone? How naturally promiscuous are…
5 - Chaos Theory, Disproving the Big Bang, and Why God is Such a Meanie
Feb 16, 2015 • 28 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: Was the Big Bang Just Disproven? What does Chaos Theory tell us about God? Why is God so different in the Old Testament? Is Christianity worth all the historical baggage? You’re in…
4 - Rising Waters, an Expanding Universe, and an Infinite Number of Hells
Feb 9, 2015 • 31 min
For this week’s Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What is the Universe expanding into? What implications does the multiverse have on Heaven and Hell? What’s the historical basis for Noah’s Flood? Is good and evil the result of…
3 - The Fastest Car in the Universe & What Happens When We Die
Feb 2, 2015 • 29 min
Welcome to Ask Science Mike, a weekly podcast where I answer your questions about science, faith, and life. A lot of people seem to think that science and faith are on opposite sides, but my experiences have shown me they work together just fine. This is…
2 - Pangea, Prayer, and Pretending God is Real
Jan 26, 2015 • 29 min
Welcome to Ask Science Mike, a weekly podcast where I answer your questions about science, faith, and life. A lot of people seem to think that science and faith are on opposite sides, but my experiences have shown me they work together just fine. This is…
1 - Animal souls, the power of uncertainty, and getting freaky with angels
Jan 19, 2015 • 29 min
Welcome to the first ever episode of Ask Science Mike, a weekly podcast where I answer your questions about science, faith, and life. A lot of people seem to think that science and faith are on opposite sides, but my experiences have shown me they work…