Podcast

Ask Science Mike

A weekly podcast where Mike McHargue answers questions about science, faith, and life.

Episodes

  • Episode 177 - Ask Hillary McBride (Week 2)

    Apr 15 2019

    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 Ourselves as We Are has helped women all over the world learn to love their bodies and heal from past hurts. She's also a co-host of The Liturgists Podcast.

  • Episode 177 - Ask Hillary McBride (Week 1)

    Apr 08 2019

    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 Are has helped women all over the world learn to love their bodies and heal from past hurts. She's also a co-host of The Liturgists Podcast.This episode is sponsored by Kiwi Co. Give your kids the opportunity to explore STEAM (Science, Technolo...more

  • Episode 176 - Selection Strategies, Teleportation, and Libido During Grief

    Apr 01 2019

    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 ground of all being, Einstein's God, a reductionist left-hemisphere God. You've also expressed belief in a God of mysticism and subjective experience, a God of feeling and intuition, a holistic right-hemisphere God. Do you ever feel the need t...more

  • Episode 175 - Science

    Mar 26 2019

    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 Mike's Five Ingredients of an Anti-Science Worldview Confident Presentation of Non-Experts (Dunning Kruger Effect vs Imposter Syndrome) Imprecise Word Usage (Energy, Toxins, Chemicals) Over-generalization of Research (Science says pregnant wome...more

  • Episode 174 - THIS with Michael Gungor

    Mar 11 2019

    This week, Science Mike talks to Michael Gungor about his new podcast, THIS, as well as his upcoming book, also called THIS.

  • Episode 173 - Depression, a Loving God, and Jesus vs. Mithra

    Mar 04 2019

    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 of his same sex attraction? The Reformation Project   What should Christians make of the similarities between Jesus and other ancient religious figures like Mithra, Krishna, Dionysus, and Horus? Jesus in comparative mythology   Is there any r...more

  • Episode 172 - At the End of the Day

    Feb 26 2019

    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 32-year-old Dave Hopper has going for himself is his part-time professorship at his alma mater, a growing Christian college. And the only reason he even got that job was because his previous professor, now ambitious dean, pulled a few strings. The dean’s...more

  • Episode 171 - Meet the Honey Badger

    Feb 18 2019

    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.

  • Episode 170 - Social Media and Diagnosing Autism

    Jan 30 2019

    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 http://social.theliturgists.com

  • Epsiode 169: Talking with Rupert Sheldrake and Mike Morrell

    Jan 17 2019

    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 Set Free and Science and Spiritual Practices. He was among the top 100 Global Thought Leaders for 2013, as ranked by the Duttweiler Institute, Zurich, Switzerland's leading think tank.He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a Fra...more

  • Episode 168 - Merry Christmas 2018

    Dec 24 2018

    In this episode, Science Mike talks about where the heck Ask Science Mike has been lately.

  • Episode 167 - Prairies, Vegetarians, and Climate Deniers

    Nov 06 2018

    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 compared   How to fight desertification and reverse climate change Bringing back wolves partially revived Yellowstone 60% OF ALL MAMMALS ON EARTH ARE LIVESTOCK, SAYS NEW STUDY   THIS GASOLINE IS MADE OF CARBON SUCKED FROM THE AIR

  • Episode 166 - Ask Pastor Betsy

    Oct 29 2018

    This week Science Mike and Pastor Betsy answer questions.

  • Episode 165 - LIVE in Placentia, CA

    Oct 23 2018

    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 called the Cosmic Campfire about mysticism and science. It starts next week.

  • Episode 164 - How Screwed Are We?

    Oct 15 2018

    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

  • Episode 163 - Sexual Violence

    Sep 26 2018

    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 Affirmative Consent

  • Episode 162 - Is the Enneagram Bullshit?

    Sep 19 2018

    Science Mike and Annie Dimond talk about the popularity of the Ennegram from the perspective of skeptics.

  • Episode 161 - Confidence and Failure

    Sep 11 2018

    What does it take to build self-confidence?

  • Episode 160 - Parenting, Bubble Wrap, and the Perfect Diet

    Aug 20 2018

    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 to say about how parenting changes people’s personalities?   You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question on asksciencemike.com.   Why do people love to pop bubble wrap? The science behind why popping bubble wrap is...more

  • Episode 159: The Art and Science of Changing Minds

    Aug 06 2018

    This week is s special episode looking at the techniques and strategies for changing people's minds.

  • Episode 158 - LIVE from Paris, Ontario, Canada

    Jul 31 2018

    This episode was recorded live at the Skylight Festival in Paris, ON.

  • Episode 157 - Outside the Lines with Mihee Kim-Kort

    Jul 02 2018

    This week I'm talking with Mihee Kim-Kort about her new book, Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith.

  • Episode 156 - Homebrewed Christianity Team-up

    Jun 26 2018

    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.

  • Episode 155 - Terror Management, EMPs, and Gay Conversion Therapy

    Jun 22 2018

    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?   Doomsday Fear: Could an EMP Throw World into Chaos?   What are your thoughts on Terror Management Theory as the root of beliefs about God?   Fear, Death and Politics: What Your Mortality Has to Do with the Upcoming Election

  • Episode 154 - Male Violence, Toxic Oxygen, and Personality Tests

    Jun 13 2018

    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.

  • Episode 153 - Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Jun 05 2018

    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.

  • Episode 152 - LIVE on the Internet

    May 21 2018

    It's a strange, new thing: Ask Science Mike LIVE on the Internet.

  • Episode 151 - Incels and Masculinity in the 21st Century

    Apr 16 2018

    This week we're talking about the crisis in masculinity--and new ways to imagine what being a man looks like.

  • Episode 150 - Terraforming, White Noise, and Science Party Tricks

    Apr 09 2018

    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 dig deeper:   Can you blow our minds with science? CRISPR–Cas encoding of a digital movie into the genomes of a population of living bacteria An extra-uterine system to physiologically support the extreme premature lamb Lunar volcanism produce...more

  • Episode 149 - Ask Pastor Sarah

    Apr 02 2018

    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.

  • Episode 148 - Prayer

    Mar 26 2018

    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

  • Episode 147 - Plastics, Affairs, and Concerts for Jesus

    Mar 19 2018

    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 having an extramarital affair?   Here’s some resources if you’d like to dig deeper.   How do you reconcile the impersonal god of physics with a god of love? Finding God in the Waves   Is cooking with plastic safe? Microwaving food in plastic: D...more

  • Episode 146 - A Pastor for Atheists (Bart Campolo)

    Mar 12 2018

    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.

  • Episode 145 - Social Media and Mental Health

    Mar 07 2018

    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: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

  • Episode 144 - LIVE in Cincinnati, OH

    Feb 19 2018

    This epsiode was recorded at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, OH. The questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed.

  • Episode 143 - LIVE in Orange, CA

    Feb 13 2018

    This epsiode was recorded at Chapman University in Orange, CA. The questions are unscreened and the answers are unrehearsed.

  • Episode 142 - Quantum Computers, Past Lives, and Transgender Brains

    Jan 30 2018

    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 way?   Here are resources for people who want to dig deeper:   What are quantum computers? How Google’s Quantum Computer Could Change the World How Does a Quantum Computer Work? Michio Kaku: How to Program a Quantum Computer What do you make of c...more

  • Episode 141 - Ask Bible Pete

    Jan 23 2018

    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 Bible for Normal People (with a new season coming next week!).   Click here to check out Pete’s podcast, The Bible for Normal People.

  • Episode 140 - Boredom, Antipsychotics, and Proof of God

    Jan 15 2018

    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 pedophilia is immoral?   Here’s some resources for anyone wanting to dig deeper into the questions covered in this episode:   Can antipsychotic medications impact how we experience God? Is Mania A Spiritual Experience?   Is there any scientific e...more

  • Episode 139 - The Holiday Hangover

    Jan 08 2018

    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 multiethnic democracies The Power of Habit The Happiness Hypothesis Finding God in the Waves

  • Episode 138 - Frustration, Animal Guilt, and Getting Set in Our Ways

    Dec 18 2017

    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 way anymore?   You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.   Do other animals feel guilt? D...more

  • Episode 137 - It's a Patron Show (Part 5)

    Dec 08 2017

    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.

  • Episode 136 - It's a Patron Show (Part 4)

    Dec 06 2017

    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.

  • Episode 135 - It's a Patron Show (Part 3)

    Dec 04 2017

    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.

  • Episode 134 - It's a Patron Show (Part 2)

    Nov 21 2017

    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.

  • Episode 133 - It's a Patron Show (Part 1)

    Nov 20 2017

    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.

  • Episode 132 - LIVE in Edinburgh, Scotland

    Oct 30 2017

    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 Liturgists Gathering in London in 2018!

  • Episode 131 - LIVE in Birmingham, England

    Oct 23 2017

    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 Gathering in London in 2018!

  • Episode 130 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in London, England

    Oct 16 2017

    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 The Liturgists Gathering in London in 2018!

  • Episode 129 - Are We Going to Mars?

    Oct 02 2017

    This is a special edition discussing the BFR from SpaceX.

  • Episode 127 - Chlorophyll, Convergence, and a Crisis with Debt

    Sep 25 2017

    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 of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.   What is convergent evolution? Improbable Destinies Convergent...more

  • Episode 126 - Suicide, New Earth, and the Flat Earth Society

    Sep 13 2017

    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 does dinosaur DNA say about the age of Earth?   You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com....more

  • Episode 125 - Imagination, Circumcision, and Confederate Monuments

    Sep 07 2017

    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 Different in the Brain   Striking graphic reveals the construction of Confederate monuments peaked during the Jim Crow and civil rights eras   Why Fake News Targeted Trump Supporters Why conservatives might be more likely to fall for fake news Democ...more

  • Episode 124 - Protests, Autopilot, and Looking Outside of Time

    Aug 28 2017

    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 mental illness to only impact part of the brain?   You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. ...more

  • Episode 123 - Miracles, Abortion, and the Minimum Wage

    Aug 14 2017

    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 credible, secular challenges to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution via Natural Selection.   You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions...more

  • Episode 122 - A Total Eclipse of the Sun

    Aug 07 2017

    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

  • Episode 121 - "The Children of God" (Sermon)

    Jul 24 2017

    Here's the sermon I gave on my last Sunday in Tallahassee, FL before moving to Los Angeles, CA.

  • Episode 120 - Questions, Question, and Even More Questions (Part 2)

    Jul 17 2017

    A continuation of Episode 119.

  • Episode 119 - Questions, Questions, and Even More Questions (Part 1)

    Jul 10 2017

    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.

  • Episode 118 - Agree or Disagree

    Jul 03 2017

    A mini episode based on a theme from the mailbag.

  • Episode 117 - Punching Nazis Part II

    Jun 17 2017

    A mini episode to cover feedback from last week's question on punching neo-nazis.

  • Episode 116 - String Theory, Psychological Diversity, and Punching a Nazi

    Jun 05 2017

    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 of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.   Here are some resources if you’d like to dig deeper into top...more

  • Episode 115 - Exponential Grandparents, Evil, and the Spread of Christianity

    May 29 2017

    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 illness and evil?   You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.   Does “mitochondrial Eve” su...more

  • Episode 114 - Hypnosis, High-Roller Gals, and Humans Riding Dinosaurs

    May 22 2017

    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 when women are the primary breadwinner?   You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.   How doe...more

  • Episode 113 - Virtual Particles, Movie Fear, and Sneezing at the Sun

    May 15 2017

    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 have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.   What are virtual particles? A Children’s Picture-book Introduction to Quantum Field Theo...more

  • Episode 112 - Shacking Up, Climate Change, and Spiritual Waves

    May 08 2017

    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 in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.   Why is singing in worship more powerful than study?...more

  • Episode 111 - Addiction, Pushy Parents, and Why Time Flies

    May 01 2017

    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 in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.   How does addiction effect the brain? The Power of H...more

  • Episode 110 - Secular Fundamentalism, Bye Bye Bees, and Jesus in Space

    Apr 24 2017

    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 bees:   Believe it or not, the bees are doing just fine The Bees Are All Right Beepocalypse Myth Handbook: Dissecting claims of pollinator collapse More than 700 North American Bee Species Are Headed Toward Extinction You’re Worrying About the ...more

  • Episode 109 - Exoplanets, Itches, and Bovine Polarity

    Apr 17 2017

    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 in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. Why do we get random itches? Why Do We Itch? When you ha...more

  • Episode 108 - Gay Parents, Foster Care, and Death by Machete or Chimpanzee

    Mar 20 2017

    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 by growing up with same-sex parents? Is foster care bad for children? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously o...more

  • Episode 107 - Two Months with President Trump

    Mar 13 2017

    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.

  • Episode 106 - Intelligent Women, Laboratory Black Holes, and Jesus Drinking Wine

    Mar 06 2017

    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 from the cup again until the Kingdom comes? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. Ask S...more

  • Episode 105 - LIVE in Chapel Hill, NC

    Mar 02 2017

    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 and fill out a contact form. Preproduction by Andrew Galucki. Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin. The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podcast music, he's your guy. Y...more

  • Episode 104 - On the Road Again

    Feb 20 2017

    Mike checks in during a busy week of touring with a mini episode.

  • Episode 103 - LIVE in Ft. Smith, AR

    Feb 13 2017

    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 over to asksciencemike.com and fill out a contact form. Preproduction by Andrew Galucki. Ask Science Mike is produced by Gregg Nordin. The Ask Science Mike theme song was written, performed, and recorded by Jeb Bodiford. If you need original podc...more

  • Episode 102 - Racial Bias, Suffering, and Evangelical Sex

    Feb 06 2017

    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 of life? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is...more

  • Episode 101 - LIVE in Grand Haven, MI

    Jan 30 2017

    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.

  • Episode 100 - Windmills, Angry Atheists, and Why the Big Bang is Just Marketing

    Jan 23 2017

    NEW DATES ADDED: The Finding God in the Waves Book Tour   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? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on askscienc...more

  • Episode 99 - Questions, Questions, and More Questions

    Jan 16 2017

    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.

  • Episode 98 - Books, Books, and More Books

    Jan 09 2017

    Here’s the books discussed on this episode, roughly in order of appearance.   Lab Girl Join Blood Brothers Saturn Run Out of Sorts A Dirty Job Secondhand Souls Dark Matter Diaspora Between the World and Me Searching for Sunday Thin Slices of Anxiety Swing Time Words Can Change Your Brain How to Not Be Wrong A Field to Lies The Body Keeps the Score Consciousness and the Social Brain Arrival The Bible Tells Me So Biblical Literalism, A Gentile Heresy Why Christianity Must Change or Die Zealot Grou...more

  • Episode 97 - Merry Christmas

    Dec 26 2016

    A brief reflection on Advent and Christmas.

  • Episode 96 - LIVE in Boston, MA

    Dec 19 2016

    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.

  • Episode 95 - LIVE in Tacoma, WA

    Dec 12 2016

    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 08 2016

    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.

  • Episode 94 - LIVE in Portland, OR

    Dec 05 2016

    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.

  • Episode 93 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Mission Hills, CA

    Nov 28 2016

    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.

  • Episode 92 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Los Angeles, CA

    Nov 21 2016

    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.

  • Episode 91 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Costa Mesa, CA

    Nov 15 2016

    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.

  • Episode 90 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Kansas City

    Nov 07 2016

    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.

  • Episode 89 - Ask BioLogos

    Oct 31 2016

    I’d love to see you on The Finding God in the Waves Book Tour We’re doing a giveaway! Every week for the next 8 weeks, someone’s going to win a personalized, signed copy of my book. Enter to win here. 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 using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTu...more

  • Episode 88 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Atlanta, GA

    Oct 24 2016

    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.

  • Episode 87 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Columbus, OH

    Oct 17 2016

    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.

  • Episode 86 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Nashville, TN

    Oct 10 2016

    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.

  • Episode 85 - Conversation with Peter Enns

    Oct 03 2016

    This week, I sit down with Pete Enns to talk about the role certainty plays in our faith. Come see me on tour!

  • Episode 84 - Purity Culture, Parenting, and Fear in the Media

    Sep 26 2016

    NEW DATES ADDED: The Finding God in the Waves Book Tour 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 after a sexual assault? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or S...more

  • Episode 83 - Mailbag

    Sep 19 2016

    It's a heavy travel week, so this week's show is conversational around the tension between skeptics and atheists. Come see me on tour! My piece in the Washington Post: I lost my faith in God. Then I found it. Now it’s complicated. My interview with Religious News Service: ‘Science Mike’ McHargue: ‘Christians aren’t stupid, and atheists aren’t evil’

  • Episode 82 - Focus, Driving, and the End of the World

    Sep 12 2016

    MY BOOK COMES OUT TOMORROW!!! Finding God in the Waves 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 standardized tests supported by science? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also subm...more

  • Episode 81 - Hurricanes, Fear, and My First Book

    Sep 06 2016

    Preorder Mike's Book, Finding God in the Waves. Watch the Finding God in the Waves video series. See if Mike is coming to your city on tour. In this week's episode, no questions get answered because Tallahassee was hit by a hurricane. Instead, Mike talks about how people respond to crisis situations and reads from his upcoming book, Finding God in the Waves.

  • Episode 80 - Apologetics, Personality, and a One Track Mind

    Aug 29 2016

    NEW DATES ADDED: The Finding God in the Waves Book Tour Check out Andrew Galecki’s FREE new single: I’m Not Going Anywhere 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 of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencem...more

  • Episode 79 - Falling Asleep, Micro-biomes, and Alchemist Bacteria

    Aug 22 2016

    NEW DATES ADDED: The Finding God in the Waves Book Tour 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 abuse?  You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You c...more

  • Episode 78 - Sunscreen, Breaking Up, and Making Changes that Last

    Aug 15 2016

    NEW DATES ADDED: The Finding God in the Waves Book Tour 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 charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questi...more

  • Episode 77 - Instinct, Reincarnation, and God in Our Brains

    Aug 08 2016

    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 question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask Scie...more

  • Episode 76 - Pokemon, Persuasion, and Parents of Gay Teens

    Aug 01 2016

    JUST ANNOUNCED: The Finding God in the Waves Book Tour PLUS: The Finding God in the Waves Blog & Podcast Tour 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 parents’ preconceptions about gay people? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is su...more

  • Episode 75 - Anxiety, Demon Possession, and Righteous Anger

    Jul 25 2016

    JUST ANNOUNCED: The Finding God in the Waves Book Tour PLUS: The Finding God in the Waves Blog & Podcast Tour 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 disorders? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTub...more

  • Episode 74 - Gluten, Guns, & Un-Christian Love

    Jul 18 2016

    We’re planning a special episode of Ask Science Mike with Biologos. Send in your evolution & Christianity questions using #AskBiologos. 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? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemik...more

  • Episode 73 - Ask Science Mike LIVE at Wild Goose 2016

    Jul 14 2016

    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.

  • Episode 72 - Cynicism, Beauty, and a Simulated Universe

    Jul 04 2016

    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 you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on ...more

  • Episode 71 - Chiropractors, Exodus, and The Great Commission

    Jun 13 2016

    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 the science if narcotics addiction? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on as...more

  • Episode 70 - Humanism, Harmony, and Spontaneous Human Combustion

    Jun 06 2016

    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? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get ne...more

  • Episode 69 - God’s Will, Racist Grandparents, and Historical Christianity

    May 30 2016

    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? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to...more

  • Episode 68 - Conspiracy Theories, OCD, and Healthier Divorces

    May 23 2016

    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? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscr...more

  • Episode 67 - Waking Up, Pronouns for God, and Abiogenesis

    May 16 2016

    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 this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. As...more

  • Episode 66 - Violence, Pessimism, and Music in Your Brain

    May 09 2016

    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? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subs...more

  • Episode 65 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Portland, OR

    Apr 25 2016

    LIVE from Cascade Church in Portland, OR.

  • Episode 64 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Ventura, CA

    Apr 11 2016

    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.

  • Episode 63 - Love, Authoritarianism, and Breaking Down Space

    Apr 04 2016

    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 program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask...more

  • Episode 62 - Dogs, Hell, and the Top of a Planet

    Mar 28 2016

    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. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask Science M...more

  • Episode 61 - Relativity, Social Media, and Calm Controversy

    Mar 14 2016

    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, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page.  Prep...more

  • Episode 60 - Codependency, Processed Foods, and the Value of Life

    Mar 07 2016

    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 the science behind codependency? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way ...more

  • Episode 59 - Healing Frequencies, Photonic Propulsion, and the Favor of God

    Feb 29 2016

    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 submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask Science Mike is made possible by...more

  • Episode 58 - Chivalry, Singleness, and the Science of Grief

    Feb 22 2016

    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 grief? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is t...more

  • Episode 57 - Special Edition: Gravity Waves

    Feb 14 2016

    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 Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask Science Mike is made possible by listeners like you. Learn more on our Patreon page.  Here are some ...more

  • Episode 56 - Repentance, Climate Change, and Living in a Fish

    Feb 08 2016

    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 benefits of repentance? Could a human service in the stomach of a fish? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymousl...more

  • Episode 55 - Tithing, Creativity, and Tip Of Tongue Syndrome

    Feb 01 2016

    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 brain when you can’t remember a word? Why is creativity linked with depression? How do I tell my wife about my deconstruction?You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or...more

  • Episode 54 - Self-worth, Universalism, and Other Holy Books

    Jan 25 2016

    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 level are you or aren't you a universalist? Do you feel it would be helpful or harmful to do "devotions" using other holy books? How do you avoid judging others? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #ask...more

  • Episode 53 - Getting Chills, Proof of God, and Why Jesus Had to Die

    Jan 18 2016

    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 Jesus have to die? Why doesn’t God offer scientific proof for his existence? How can God draw near to those whose brains are failing? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTub...more

  • Episode 52 - Empaths, Genesis, and Life in Space

    Jan 11 2016

    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 Bible? How can water bears survive in space? Why do all the planets orbit the sun in a flat plane? Whats the science of empaths? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, o...more

  • Episode 51 - Ask Science Mike Mini: Doubt at Christmas

    Dec 24 2015

    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?

  • Episode 50 - Ask Science Mike Mini: Christmas Blues

    Dec 23 2015

    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.

  • Episode 49 - Ask Science Mike Mini: The Meaning of Christmas

    Dec 22 2015

    Ask Science Mike Mini is a special, one-question edition of the show. Today we're talking about the meaning of Christmas.

  • Episode 48 - Christmas Lights, Santa Claus, and the Dangers of Science Mike

    Dec 21 2015

    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 scientifically plausible? Are people better off being atheists than Christians? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on a...more

  • Episode 47 - Ask Science Mike Mini: Lightsabers

    Dec 18 2015

    The Force Awakens today, so we're talking the science of lightsabers in a special mini edition of the show.

  • Episode 46 - Radiation, The Birth of Christ, and the War on Christmas

    Dec 14 2015

    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 charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on...more

  • Episode 45 - EMDR, The Cosmic Christ, and Psychopathic Pastors

    Dec 07 2015

    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 this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask...more

  • Episode 44 - Listening to God, Axioms, and Dinosaur Intelligence

    Nov 30 2015

    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 charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTu...more

  • Episode 43 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Lakeville, MN

    Nov 23 2015

    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 charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes h...more

  • Episode 42 - Tiny Humans, Depression, and Predicting the Stock Market

    Nov 10 2015

    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 program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask Scien...more

  • Episode 41 - Ask Science Mike LIVE in Denver, CO

    Nov 02 2015

    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 this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. As...more

  • Episode 40 - Ask Rob Bell

    Oct 26 2015

    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 instead of one finite and divinely authored one? How can I help my Baptist friends see the common ground of all religious belief systems?  What would the world-wide reaction be to a clear sign of intelligent alien life? This episode of Ask Scien...more

  • Episode 39 - Memory, Digital Souls, and Trumping Science with God

    Oct 12 2015

    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 to God? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is t...more

  • Episode 38 - Picky Eaters, Fossil Fuels, and Why Siblings Fight

    Oct 05 2015

    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 have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask Science Mike is m...more

  • Episode 37 - Blowing on Video Games and Garbage In Space

    Sep 28 2015

    Due to a family emergency, this week's episode is half-sized and recorded on my iPhone.

  • Episode 36 - Super Continents, Tiny Black Holes, and Water Older than the Sun

    Sep 21 2015

    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 hole? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subs...more

  • Episode 35 - ADD, Hell, and Why Babies Are Cute

    Sep 14 2015

    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 a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask Science Mike is made possible by listen...more

  • Episode 34 - Mutation, Natural Selection, and Evolution

    Sep 07 2015

    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 have a goal? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episode...more

  • Episode 33 - Blood Moons, Handedness, and Disproving God

    Aug 31 2015

    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? Are “Blood Moons” a sign of the end times? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The eas...more

  • Episode 32 - Déjà Vu, Coconut Oil, and the Science of the Sorting Hat

    Aug 24 2015

    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? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe ...more

  • Episode 31 - Ask Science Mike LIVE! in Ft. Worth, TX

    Aug 17 2015

    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 charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes...more

  • Episode 30 - Dreams, God’s Gender, and the Vacuum of Space

    Aug 09 2015

    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 you for that moment on the Pacific? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest...more

  • Episode 29 - Porn, HIV, and Even More on Masturbation

    Aug 03 2015

    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 submissive sexual play a result of her being sexually abused? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike...more

  • Episode 28 - Evolution, Mysticism, and the Power of Sunset

    Jul 27 2015

    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 charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTu...more

  • Episode 27 - Night Terrors, Near Death Experiences, and the Burden of Proof

    Jul 20 2015

    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 neurological or demonic in origin? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get ...more

  • Episode 26 - The Supreme Court, Same Sex Marriage, and What Happens Next

    Jul 13 2015

    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 charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTune...more

  • Episode 25 - Fractals, War, and the Science of Inside Out

    Jul 06 2015

    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 Inside Out? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is t...more

  • Episode 24 - Hypnosis, Nervous Habits, and the Inter-dimensional Trinity

    Jun 29 2015

    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 love of money and how does tithing play into this? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com....more

  • Episode 23 - Mental Illness, Gay Stereotypes, and Turning Birds Into Dinosaurs

    Jun 22 2015

    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 program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask Science ...more

  • Episode 22 - The Enneagram, Daily Prayer, and Being Slain in the Spirit

    Jun 15 2015

    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 pedophilia? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subs...more

  • Episode 21 - Superheroes, Women in Church, and the Science of Intersex

    Jun 08 2015

    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 to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask Science Mike is made pos...more

  • Episode 20 - Telomeres, Dark Matter, and the Shroud of Turin

    Jun 01 2015

    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 blackhole at the center of our galaxy disappeared? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The ...more

  • Episode 19 – Clones, Artificial Intelligence, and the Science of Shame

    May 25 2015

    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 anxiety? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com.  The easiest way to get new episodes is t...more

  • Episode 18 – The Cambrian Explosion, The Miracles of Jesus, and The Limits of Human Knowledge

    May 18 2015

    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 with bitterness toward traditional Christians? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. Th...more

  • Episode 17 – Essential Oils, Modesty and Talking to the Dead

    May 11 2015

    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 critique the abuse of power or patriarchy? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest...more

  • Episode 16 - Confession, Deconstruction, and Dealing with the Past

    May 04 2015

    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 is it so hard to do, and yet offers so much relief when done? How do you process that pain of past traumas? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You ca...more

  • Episode 15 - Fasting, Nontheist Churches, and Dealing with Cynicism

    Apr 27 2015

    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 marriage cope with shame about sex? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest ...more

  • Episode 14 - The Anti-Vax Movement, Complementarianism, and the Science of Booze

    Apr 20 2015

    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 Christianity? How can we trust that we are having genuine spiritual experiences, and not merely making it up to make ourselves feel more connected to God? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemi...more

  • Episode 13 - Polyamory, Pedophilia, and Why We Say “OH GOD” During Sex

    Apr 13 2015

    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? How can I avoid acting on sexual attraction toward children? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on askscienc...more

  • Episode 12 - Spanking, Deconstruction, and Agnostics Teaching Sunday School

    Apr 06 2015

    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 I’m not sure what I believe anymore? How do I believe in a loving God instead of an angry one? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also subm...more

  • Episode 11 - The Apocrypha, Death, and The Day The Sun Stood Still

    Mar 30 2015

    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 death before the fall of Man? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get...more

  • Episode 10 - Sanctification, Miracles, and the Science of Why Jesus Told Stories

    Mar 23 2015

    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 exists? What are your thoughts on the process of sanctification? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksc...more

  • Episode 9 - Climate Change, the Evolution of Religion, and Why Atheists Have Better Kids

    Mar 16 2015

    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 this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. As...more

  • Episode 8 - Free Will, Attraction, and Does Jesus Save Aliens?

    Mar 09 2015

    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 this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask...more

  • Episode 7 - The Devil, The Bible, and Healthy Fundamentalism

    Mar 02 2015

    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 you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes here. Ask Science Mike i...more

  • Episode 6 - Monogamy, Marijuana, and Masturbation–Oh my!

    Feb 23 2015

    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 humans? What’s the healthiest way to leave a faith community? How will porn and lust effect my marriage? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also...more

  • Episode 5 - Chaos Theory, Disproving the Big Bang, and Why God is Such a Meanie

    Feb 16 2015

    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 charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe on iTunes ...more

  • Episode 4 - Rising Waters, an Expanding Universe, and an Infinite Number of Hells

    Feb 09 2015

    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 spiritual warfare? You're in charge of this program. All you have to do is submit a question using #asksciencemike on Twitter, YouTube, or Soundcloud. You can also submit questions anonymously on asksciencemike.com. The easiest way to get new episodes i...more

  • Episode 3 - The Fastest Car in the Universe & What Happens When We Die

    Feb 02 2015

    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 the place where no questions are out-of-bounds, and no ideas are too weird to discuss. If you'd like to submit a question, just tag a Twitter, Soundcloud or Youtube post with #asksciencemike. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe o...more

  • Episode 2 - Pangea, Prayer, and Pretending God is Real

    Jan 26 2015

    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 the place where no questions are out-of-bounds, and no ideas are too weird to discuss. If you'd like to submit a question, just tag a Twitter, Soundcloud or Youtube post with #asksciencemike. The easiest way to get new episodes is to subscribe o...more

  • Episode 1 - Animal souls, the power of uncertainty, and getting freaky with angels

    Jan 19 2015

    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 together just fine. This is the place where no questions are out-of-bounds, and no ideas are too weird to discuss. If you'd like to submit a question, just tag a Twitter, Soundcloud or Youtube post with #asksciencemike. I referenced The Future of ...more