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The best podcasts for nuanced thinkers interested in social sciences and mental health

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Who am I?

My name is Benoit Kim, a US army veteran, Penn-educated former policymaker turned psychotherapist, and host of Discover More- an Apple Podcasts Top U.S. 100 podcast. Discover More is a show for independent thinkers by independent thinkers, with an emphasis on mental health. The topics include cognitive psychology and mental health, the power of hypnosis, why spirituality and science are related, exorcism and psychology, and more. Looking for practical mental health insights? Notable guests include Fr. Vincent Lampert, Brothers Green, David Rudd Ph.D., Austin Chiang M.D., Anthony Kaveh M.D., Zach Pincince, Pain Academy, and more. I pivoted early into the non-profit and policy sector from management consulting upon graduation, then committed to Teach for America (AmeriCorps program) teaching in inner-city Philadelphia before taking a military leave from this commitment and graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania due to a 2017 near-deployment. In this 2017 near-deployment to the North-South Korean border, I experienced my first major depression and had to acknowledge that perseverance does not always prevail, which catalyzed my venture into the realm of mental health. Then, I worked in the policy sector for a few years after becoming the youngest policymaker in the agency's 100-year history and, then pivoted recently into the clinical field as an aspirational psychedelic-assisted psychotherapist. Lastly, I started the podcast in 2019 as a passion project which has turned into a growing business with an expanding team, and the show has been recently featured on Apple Podcasts Top U.S. 100 in 2023, Apple Podcasts Top 200 Global Chart in 2022, and is a top 2% globally ranked podcast in all categories. I invite you to seek curiosity over fear by joining us in our collective journey of Discovering More. Let's get this started. As a U.S. Army veteran, former policymaker, and psychedelic psychotherapist, I am passionate about further exploring wide-ranging domains of knowledge and applying them beyond their operational contexts to gain a deeper understanding of the subject at hand. In 2017, the U.S. Army unexpectedly announced my deployment, forcing me to take a leave of absence from the University of Pennsylvania and Teach for America. The fear of deploying to the North-South Korea border catalyzed my first major depression. It revealed unparalleled hopelessness, which significantly impacted my ADL. Through the bleakness, unattended childhood traumas and the sexual trauma from college surfaced. My deployment taught me the power of vulnerability. Until this, I believed that mental fortitude would always prevail. Therefore, I had to accept that compartmentalization of one’s emotions, often expressed as “just don’t think about it,” is a scant approach to combat the complexities of one’s inner realities. Similarly, one must extrapolate beyond the provided context to understand the multidimensional aspects of social sciences (i.e., psychology and mental health) and their impact on individuals and society. I believe mental health is a throughline for everyone, no matter what stage of life we are in. Indeed, it is a universal thread that binds us all, weaving its way through the fabric of our existence. Ultimately, I tackle social science topics on the podcast because knowledge cannot be compartmentalized. Instead, all sects of knowledge must be integrated through a multidisciplinary approach.

What is my podcast playlist about?

My podcast playlist encompasses experts discussing social science topics, such as cognitive psychology, neuroscience, psychedelic science, emotionality and trauma, and more, in an intellectually and academically rigorous yet digestible format for independent thinkers and curious seekers alike.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. Discover More

Why this podcast?

Discover More is a show for independent thinkers by independent thinkers, with an emphasis on mental health. The topics include cognitive psychology and mental health, the power of hypnosis, why spirituality and science are related, exorcism and psychology, and more. Looking for practical mental health insights? Notable guests include Fr. Vincent Lampert, Brothers Green, David Rudd Ph.D., Austin Chiang M.D., Anthony Kaveh M.D., Zach Pincince, Pain Academy, and more. I started the podcast in 2019 as a passion project which has turned into a growing business with an expanding team, and the show has been recently featured on Apple Podcasts Top U.S. 100 in 2023, Apple Podcasts Top 200 Global Chart in 2022, and is a top 2% globally ranked podcast in all categories. Therefore, I believe this show will provide social science lovers with intellectually rigorous content that is pragmatically educational.

Discover More

Discover More

Benoit Kim

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Discover More is a top ten social sciences podcast for independent thinkers who appreciate the importance of mental health, psychology, and social sciences. Are you looking for deep thinking? Topics include exorcism and mental illness, cognitive psychology and psychedelics, criminal psychology and true crime, consumer psychology and well-being, and more. Notable guests include Dr. James Doty, Fr. Vincent Lampert, Trudy Goodman, The Truth Doctor, Andrew Bustamante, Zoe Chance, and more. Let’s get this started! Website: https://www.discovermorepodcast.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/discovermorepodcast

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2. Hidden Brain

Why this podcast?

Hidden Brain is consistently the number 1 podcast in the category of social sciences. The show is well-produced and highlights well-researched fascinating concepts beyond neurobiology and psychology. Hidden Brain explores the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior and questions that lie at the heart of our complex and changing world.

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Hidden Brain

Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam

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4.8

Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

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318 Listeners

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3. Modern Wisdom

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Modern Wisdom is one of the best podcasts in the category of society & culture. Chris Williamson is exceptionally inquisitive, curious, and well-versed in many intricate and complex topics. The show includes guests like David Goggins, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Jocko Willink, Dr. Andrew Huberman, Dr. Julie Smith, Steven Bartlett, Ryan Holiday, James Clear, Robert Greene, Balaji Srinivasan, Steven Pinker, Alex Hormozi, Douglas Murray, Michael Malice, James Smith, Dr. David Sinclair, Mark Manson and more. Similar to Discover More, this show unpacks intellectually rigorous topics in a digestible format for avid podcast listeners without losing the essence of complexity.

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Modern Wisdom

Chris Williamson

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4.6

Life lessons from the greatest thinkers on the planet with Chris Williamson. Including guests like David Goggins, Dr Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris, Jocko Willink, Dr Andrew Huberman, Dr Julie Smith, Steven Bartlett, Ryan Holiday, James Clear, Robert Greene, Balaji Srinivasan, Steven Pinker, Alex Hormozi, Douglas Murray, Chris Bumstead, James Smith, Dr David Sinclair, Mark Manson and more. Understanding the world is hard. This podcast will help.

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4. The Tim Ferriss Show

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The Tim Ferriss Show is one of the longest-standing podcasts with worldwide popularity featuring some of the most eminent thinkers and world-class experts. Tim Ferriss continues to be one of the most important thinkers and interviews of our generation beyond the podcasting realm.

The Tim Ferriss Show

The Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss: Bestselling Author, Human Guinea Pig

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Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him "the world's best human guinea pig," and The New York Times calls him "a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk." In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.

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5. Huberman Lab

Why this podcast?

Dr. Andrew Huberman took the world of podcasting by storm with his exceptional intellect and expertise in all things neuroscience. He has the ability to unpack deeply complex topics in a digestible format for average listeners without academic backgrounds. The Huberman Lab podcast discusses science and science-based tools for everyday life.

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Scicomm Media

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Huberman Lab discusses neuroscience — how our brain and its connections with the organs of our body control our perceptions, our behaviors, and our health. We also discuss existing and emerging tools for measuring and changing how our nervous system works. Andrew Huberman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and tenured professor in the department of neurobiology, and by courtesy, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. He has made numerous significant contributions to the fields of brain development, brain function and neural plasticity, which is the ability of our nervous system to rewire and learn new behaviors, skills and cognitive functioning. Huberman is a McKnight Foundation and Pew Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Cogan Award, given to the scientist making the most significant discoveries in the study of vision, in 2017. His lab’s most recent work focuses on the influence of vision and respiration on human performance and brain states such as fear and courage. He also works on neural regeneration and directs a clinical trial to promote visual restoration in diseases that cause blindness. Huberman is also actively involved in developing tools now in use by the elite military in the U.S. and Canada, athletes, and technology industries to optimize performance in high stress environments, enhance neural plasticity, mitigate stress and optimize sleep. Work from the Huberman Laboratory at Stanford School of Medicine has been published in top journals including Nature, Science and Cell and has been featured in TIME, BBC, Scientific American, Discover and other top media outlets. In 2021, Dr. Huberman launched the Huberman Lab podcast. The podcast is frequently ranked in the top 5 of all podcasts globally and is often ranked #1 in the categories of Science, Education, and Health & Fitness.

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