Humanize Me 110: Into The Magic Shop

Here’s Bart’s interview with a renowned neuroscientist who has a fascinating personal journey and ended up caring deeply about things like the power of compassion and altruism. James Doty is the author of Into The Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. On this episode of Humanize Me, James and Bart talk about:

  • How loving and caring people who don’t believe in God are a challenge to some religious ideas
  • How a guy that was such a preternatural and unexpected success lost it all
  • What James learned that put a stop to the misery
  • How the benefits of giving only work when it’s done with truly good motivations
  • How much are we determined by our genes and how much can we choose our actions and motivations throughout our life?
  • Why heaping shame on people for thoughts over which they have no control is an unhelpful exercise
  • The capacity of humans to change their physiology mentally and how it’s a challenge to recognize the dark side of our humanity
  • Kindness and tribalism
  • How our brain is like a flip phone in an iPhone world, and needs help
  • An existential disagreement over whether society will collapse from lack of sustainability or whether optimism is more justified
  • Does the future of humanity matter, and how?

Enjoy! Get in touch with Bart! Grab a copy of James’s book HERE.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]


By | 2022-08-10T16:10:34+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Podcast|

About the Author:

Bart Campolo is a secular community builder, counselor and writer who currently serves as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Cincinnati. Listen to his podcast HERE!