Transcripts (72)

The Snowball Effect

Hidden Brain

  • 290 views
  • 7 days ago
  • 55:11

Why do some companies become household names, while others flame out? How do certain memes go viral? And why do some social movements take off and spread, while others fizzle? Today on the show, we talk with sociologist Damon Centola about social contagion, and how it can be harnessed to build a better world.

The Match

Hidden Brain

  • 130 views
  • 10 days ago
  • 19:25

We get messages all the time from listeners who say Hidden Brain has helped them to think differently about the world, and about themselves. As producers, nothing is more rewarding or gratifying. Today, we bring you a listener story that especially moved us. It’s a tale about two friends, and how our show played a small role in their dramatic story.

Creating God

Hidden Brain

  • 160 views
  • 14 days ago
  • 53:02

If you've taken part in a religious service, have you ever stopped to think about how people become believers? Where do the rituals come from? And what purpose does it all serve? This week, we bring you a 2018 episode with social psychologist Azim Shariff. He argues that we should consider religion from a Darwinian perspective, as an innovation that helped human societies to grow and flourish. 

Is It Better to Know?

Hidden Brain

  • 1.5K views
  • 20 days ago
  • 52:28

Being able to see what’s happening around us can help us make smart decisions. But knowledge — especially knowledge of how others perceive us — can also hold us back, mire us in needless worry, and keep us from achieving our potential. This week, we look at the paradox of knowledge. 

Love is Blind

Hidden Brain

  • 460 views
  • 23 days ago
  • 06:15

Why do some relationships last, while others falter? In this bonus episode, Shankar looks at one thing successful couples do well.