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Mind Under Matter

64 EpisodesProduced by Shane Mauss and Ramin NazerWebsite

Two comedians explore their favorite big ideas with absurdity and openness to unravel the meanings of life.Shane Mauss is an adventurer and award-winning stand-up who interviews scientists about the workings of life for The Here We Are Podcast.Ramin Nazer is a multi-talented artist and viral illustr… read more

64 Episodes | 2021 - 2022

The Tentacles of Life

June 21st, 2022


Do you ever wonder what alien consciousness could be like?

The Oceanic Exploring Boys of Comedy™ take a deep dive under the surface and through …

How We Roll

June 14th, 2022


What does your car say about you?

The Inclusive Biological Fitness Flaunting Boys of Comedy™ make it rain conspicuous consumption knowledge and fancy …

Light Triad

June 7th, 2022


The Angelic Boys of Comedy™ explore the light side of MUM Town.

Last month people really liked our Dark Triad episode exploring Narcissism, Psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.

So, we decided to make a two-part episode on …

Fun By Nature

May 31st, 2022


The World Building Boys of Comedy™ are finalizing the plans for the physical manifestation of Mind Under Matter at their Campout Festival.

Shane went to a second and final event at Lake Side Retreats in Raleigh.  This …

Campout Updates

May 24th, 2022


This place is insanely awesome!

Shane traveled to Raleigh to see where The Campout Festival Boys of Comedy™ will be hosting the Mind Under Matter Campout Festival Sep 8 – 11th.

After checking out a different campout …


May 17th, 2022


The Mailbag Opening Boys of Comedy™ take another round of listener questions.

How did Shand and Ramin meet?  Why does life keep getting weirder? Does a higher self choose to experience trauma?  We are all stars, but …

Campout Festival

May 10th, 2022


The Excited Boys of Comedy™ are officially launching The Mind Under Matter Campout Festival

Raleigh, NC

Sep 9-12 (Patreon Day on the 8th)

Lakeside Retreats (20 minutes from downtown)

Camping is included in the ticket, …

Dark Triad

May 3rd, 2022


Psycho, Con, or Egomaniac?

The Dark Boys of Darkness™ take a Dark Triad survey to find out how that rate on psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and narcissism.

You can take the survey along with Shane and Ramin here:

Advice Column

April 26th, 2022


How do you decide what to do with your life?

The Guidance Counseling Boys of Comedy™ answer your questions for their first Advice Column episode.

Bicycle Day

April 19th, 2022


Come celebrate the discovery of LSD with The Kaleidoscopic Boys of Comedy™

On April 19th 79 years ago, Albert Hofmann had the first semi-intentional dose of Lysergic acid diethylamide. He then famously hopped on a …

Easter Egg Hunt

April 12th, 2022


The Literally Resurrecting Literal Bunnies of Literal Comedy™ literally spring from their literal nests to literally celebrate literal Easter.

After some fun updates about our MUF, we send you on an Easter egg hunt! …

Meet The MUM Family!

April 7th, 2022


The Kids Of The Boys Of Comedy™ join Shane and Ramin for the first team episode!

Matt McCool (real last name) is the amazing editor of both Mind …

Season 2

April 5th, 2022


The Upgraded Boys of Comedy™ reflect on completing their first year of the show.

We bring in the new season with new cameras, lighting, studio upgrades, and new features!

The UBC™ generally think it’s unrealistic to …


March 29th, 2022


The Starstruck Boys of Comedy™ welcome the legend as their very first guest on the show.

It’s the last episode of the first season of Mind Under Matter and we wanted to go out with one of the last of a dying breed.

Doug …

Question Everything?

March 21st, 2022


What would you do if you met your younger self?  If you had to eat the same meal every day, what would it be?  Do you prefer to have more or less …

Paddy’s NOT Patty’s

March 15th, 2022


Shane and Ramin have TWO tremendous pieces of news.  Don’t miss this episode as it involves some plans you are going to want to make!

The Charmed …

The Conspiracy Survey

March 7th, 2022


The Necromancers of Comedy™ use modern alchemy to determine how conspiratorial they are. 

This week Shane and Ramin take the 15 question ‘Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale’

The scale breaks the score down into five …

International MUM Day

February 21st, 2022


The New Tradition Starting Boys of Comedy™ bring in the first inaugural International Mind Under Matter Day on 2/22/22!

What is International MUM Day?  For the first year, we are going to hash it out together.

If you …

Erupting with Life

February 14th, 2022


The Sexually Selected Valentines of Comedy™ release their second episode on mating behavior.

Last week we went through a bit of the early history of …

Darwinian Beauty

February 8th, 2022


This week The Sexually Selected Boys of Comedy™ get into some of the basics of the evolution of mating.

Charles Darwin’s birthday is just before …

Press Conference

January 31st, 2022


The Amenable Boys of Comedy™ take questions from the listeners and wow did the MUMies come through with some good ones!

How many hot dogs have you eaten in your life?  Have you ever picked up a hitchhiker?  Do you …

Behavior’s Past

January 24th, 2022


This week The Interdisciplinary Boys of Comedy™ explore the interconnectedness of the many areas of research needed to understand the puzzling number of factors that lead to any single behavior.

How do we go about …


January 17th, 2022


The Multitude Containing Boys of Comedy™ discuss the idea of our subselves.

This week we consider the idea that who we are is made up of several …

Musical Discoveries

January 10th, 2022


The Music Explorers of Comedy™ share their favorite bands.

At the frequent request of fans, we dedicated a whole episode to talking about some of our …

So Many Hats

January 4th, 2022


The Working Boys of Comedy™ go job hunting!

We thought we would kick the year off with a job placement survey and explore the paths we may have been …

Happy New MUM

December 28th, 2021


The Resolute Boys of Comedy™ bring in the New Year and give birth to a new character.

We both appreciate the opportunities for reflection and …

Pandemic History

December 14th, 2021


The Infectious of Boys of Comedy™ dig into the history of pandemics.

Life on earth started billions of years ago.  Life parasitizing other life, …

Christmas Origins

December 7th, 2021


The Festive Boys Of Comedy™ get all dressed up in top-of-the-line Christmas outfits to explore the history of the winter solstice.

This holiday …

Evolution‘s Treadmill

November 29th, 2021


The Constantly Adapting Boys of Comedy™ discuss the endless race of life.

In Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking Glass’, The Red Queen explains to …

Ruminating on Rumination

November 22nd, 2021


The Looping Thought Boys of Comedy™ ruminate on why we dwell on the past.

Shane had an embarrassing little incident recently and wanted to share how dumb he feels about it while it’s still fresh.

What are the things …

Attitude of Gratitude

November 15th, 2021


The Thankful Boys of Comedy™ devote an episode to appreciating gratitude.

In the first half, we talk generally about gratitude.  We touch on some …

Universal Consciousness?

November 9th, 2021


The Universal Boys of Comedy™ explore consciousness.

In this episode, Shane and Ramin debate the idea of universal consciousness.  Is consciousness a product of the brain, a fundamental aspect of the universe, both, or …

Sharing Believies

November 1st, 2021


The Cordial Discourse Boys of Comedy™ continue the third part of the Political Compass survey.

What if instead of thinking about politics as …

Morbid Curiosities

October 25th, 2021


The Slightly Morbid and Extremely Curious Boys of Comedy™ new costumes for a second Halloween episode.

This week, we talk about the psychology of …

Origins of Halloween

October 18th, 2021


The Spooky Voids and Visionaries of Comedy™ release the first of two Halloween episodes.

This week Shane and Ramin get dressed up in their finest …

Wishing Everyone Well

October 11th, 2021


The Mindful Boys of Comedy™ meditate on meditation.

Shane recently had a wonderful mushroom trip that he was trying to use as a reset before Sober …


October 4th, 2021


The Mindful Boys of Comedy™ meditate on meditation.

Shane recently had a wonderful mushroom trip that he was trying to use as a reset before Sober …

Political Attitudes Test Pt 1

September 27th, 2021


The Self-Described Objective Boys of Comedy™ take a political attitudes test to see if they are truly as impartial as we like to think of ourselves …


September 20th, 2021


The Scatterbrained Boys of Comedy™ attempt to focus on an ADHD test.

In a heroic display of attention, Shane and Ramin somehow made it through an extremely short survey with only going off on 14,000 tangents.

Tune in …

My Big Break

September 13th, 2021


The Broken Boys of Comedy™ compare non-war wounds.

Years ago Shane broke both of his feet while hiking. He made an entire comedy album about it called ‘My Big Break’. At the time Shane went on a bunch of podcasts to …

Out Of Disorder

September 6th, 2021


The Nonspecific Amplifiers Of Comedy™ do their second psychedelic episode.

The first time Shane and Ramin did an episode about everyone’s favorite subject, they went off on so many tangents and down so many rabbit …


August 30th, 2021


The High Culture Aficionados of Comedy™ share the movies they have enjoyed from childhood to present.

This was originally recorded as a monthly …

Top Shelf

August 23rd, 2021


The Lushes of Comedy™ have some drinks while talking about drinking for the 21st episode.

Is there any scientific validity to the health benefits of having one glass of wine per day?  Shane’s never tried it, but he …


August 16th, 2021


One episode per month The Mixed Bags Of Comedy™ take suggestions from Patreon fans for the subjects of a public episode.

In the past we have taken …


August 9th, 2021


The Battling The Gradually Declining Into Disorder Boys of Comedy™ have their first episode discussing psychedelics.

Psychedelics are sometimes referred to as nonspecific amplifiers because of the random ways certain …


August 4th, 2021


The Adult Men of Comedy™ continue the conversation of development across lifespans by discussing becoming an adult not just in humans but other …


July 26th, 2021


The Reluctant Astronauts Of Comedy™ celebrate Ramin’s birthday!  

This is the first podcast we recorded with no plan in mind, so we decided to keep things light by talking about uploading our consciousness into …

Sweet 16

July 19th, 2021


The Coming of Age Boys Of Comedy™ celebrate their Sweet 16th episode.

Our Mind Under Matter baby is growing up so fast!

To celebrate, we talk about …

Free Will

July 12th, 2021


The Deterministic Choosers of Comedy™ contemplate free will.

Have we been stuck in an infinite loop since the beginning of time?  If we 

restarted …

Emotional Trials

July 5th, 2021


The State-Dependent Boys of Comedy™ talk about the impermanence of emotions.

Emotions often prime us toward action. Sometimes they are an imperfect best guess with utility and other times they're completely random. …

Personality Tests

June 28th, 2021


The Guinea Pigs of Comedy™ take a personality test!

Shane and Ramin go through the Big 5 Personality Indicator questionnaire so you can hear how we rate on various traits. Along the way, we explore why the 'Big 5' uses …

Books Reports

June 21st, 2021


This week The Semi-Semiliterate Boys of Comedy™ riff on some of their favorite books!

Think book clubs are boring?  Have you ever been to a book …

A Brief History Of Human Fictions

June 14th, 2021


The Fictitious Fictional Fictions of Funny™ explore the way that imagination and storytelling have shaped human evolution.

This week Ramin reveals …


June 7th, 2021


This week The Space Cadets of Comedy™ try to recall what they know about memory.

You can’t remember EVERYTHING, but would you really want to even if …

Open Mic Knights

May 31st, 2021


The Reminiscing Boys of Comedy™ share stories of the teachers who inspired them as well as what prompted them to start comedy about 15 years ago.

"I Know a Crazy!"

May 24th, 2021


The Middle-Aged Super Mature Grown-Up Men of Comedy™ celebrate Shane’s 41st birthday the only way they know how… by dissecting it tirelessly!

Shane metaphorically jumps out of his own birthday cake to share some …

Level 7

May 17th, 2021


This week The Existential Boys of Comedy™ will be your Sherpas as we descend into the abyss.

What happens when you just don’t want to exist anymore?  Is that even an option?  Can anything ever stop existing?  Does life …

Slumbering on a Knife's Edge

May 10th, 2021


The week is all about the stress response, confirmation bias, and the theatrics of consciousness

The Chronically Stressed Boys of Comedy™ discuss why hippos don’t get mortgages, how nuanced hormonal interactions can …

The Idea Olympics

May 3rd, 2021



How hard is it to smuggle psychedelics through an airport while on 2CB for your first time?  Apparently, it’s somehow less complicated than beard maintenance.

During a manic episode, Shane was once banned …

Funhouse Mirrors of Consciousness

April 26th, 2021


This week we start out with what our minds have led us to believe is a 120% accurate exploration of the evolution of self-deception.

Your MUMsters …

Planet of the Indecisive Apes

April 19th, 2021


The Sad Boys of Comedy Podcasting™ capture the moment they came up with the show title while discussing the evolution of depression.

Anxiety can keep …

Summiting Mt. Nowhere

April 12th, 2021


As social animals, we tend to overemphasize the strength of someone’s beliefs more than the substance of the actual belief itself.

Ramin talks about the two extreme sides of the motivational coin… carrots and sticks… …

Episode 1

April 1st, 2021


Ramin and Shane have been collaborating and having hilarious philosophical conversations about art, comedy, meaning, existentialism, drive, and the …

Episode 0

April 1st, 2021


This episode captured the wonderfully serendipitous and organic beginning of the Mind Under Matter Podcast.

Originally, Ramin Nazer invited Shane …

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