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 The Seven Deadlies: Sloth

Here we are at last! Ironically, the last deadly sin we've gotten around to covering is good old sloth. Also known as acedia, this sin is deceptively difficult to define. When does mere laziness become moral failure? When does apathy descend into sloth?And is it all a slippery slope to worse temptations? I this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I tackle one final deadly sin, traveling through both Dante's purgatory and the neural pathways of the human mind. The seven deadly sins series is complete! Please make sure you've erased all the P's from your forehead. See more »

The Seven Deadlies: Sloth

 The Seven Deadlies: Sloth

When does mere laziness become moral failure? When does apathy descend into sloth? In this episode, Julie and Robert tackle one final deadly sin, traveling through both Dante’s purgatory and the neural pathways of the human mind. See more »

 The Seven Deadlies: Wrath

Where does wrath arise from in the human brain and why do we malign it as one of the seven deadly sins? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I continue the buffet of vice in an examination of human anger. We'll travel through the muddy and violent swamps of the river Styx in Dante's "Inferno," through the Nakara and Asura realms of Buddhism and up through the ratlike hind-brain of human evolution. See more »

The Seven Deadlies: Wrath

 The Seven Deadlies: Wrath

Where does wrath arise from in the human brain and why do we malign it as one of the seven deadly sins? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie continue the buffet of vice in an examination of human anger. See more »

The Seven Deadlies: Lust!

 The Seven Deadlies: Lust!

Are we slaves to our desire? Can we resist our passions, or should we go full-satyr and embrace the inner goat? Join Robert and Julie as they journey through the maelstroms of Dante’s Inferno and into a scientific discussion of the ""sin"" called lust. See more »

 The Seven Deadlies: Lust!

As humans, are we mere slaves to our desire? Can we use our minds against our fleshly passions, or should we just go full-satyr and embrace the inner goat? Yes, this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind centers around the "sin" of lust. Join Robert and Julie as they journey through the maelstroms of Dante's Inferno and into a scientific and psychological discussion of human desire. See more »

 The Seven Deadlies: Grasping Greed

Would you like more money? Sure, we all would. But how does greed breakdown in the human mind? Why does money feel so right and where's the line between reasonable appreciation for the power of wealth and complete corruption? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I dive into the world of Gordon Gekko, Scrooge McDuck and King Midas. See more »

The Seven Deadlies: Grasping Greed

 The Seven Deadlies: Grasping Greed

Would you like more money? Sure, we all would. But how does greed break down in the mind? Where’s the line between appreciating wealth and complete corruption? In this episode, Julie and Robert dive into the world of Scrooge McDuck, King Midas and more. See more »

 The Seven Deadlies: Glutton Chops

When does mere appetite transform into disorder? And what are we to make of the monstrous "sport" of competitive eating? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I continue their science-guided tour of hell. Join us as we chat with the gluttons of the Inferno's third circle and consider modern forms of gluttony unimagined in Dante's time. See more »

The Seven Deadlies: Glutton Chops

 The Seven Deadlies: Glutton Chops

When does appetite transform into disorder? What are we to make of competitive eating? Join Robert and Julie as they continue their science-guided tour of hell, chatting with gluttons in the Inferno’s third circle and considering modern forms of gluttony. See more »