Robert Lamb

Robert Lamb

Contributing Writer and Co-host of Stuff to Blow Your Mind

Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada, and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a contributing writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.

Recent Contributions

The question of exactly what is human consciousness and how it came to be in the human mind has raged forever between philosophers, religious scholars and scientists, but does the theory of the bicameral mind explain it?

By Robert Lamb

Do we owe the emergence of language and self-reflection to the ancient and sustained consumption of psilocybin mushrooms?

By Robert Lamb

Does everyone's favorite Wookiee call Bigfoot family?

By Robert Lamb

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Half man, half bull, this raging hybrid could be a perfect symbol of the oft-pondered dual nature of man.

By Robert Lamb

Skinwalkers blur the line between human and beast. They're shape-shifting magical beings that belong to the Navaho spirit world.

By Robert Lamb

"The 26th century" doesn't roll off the tongue as easily as "the 21st century" does. But that hasn't stopped us from imagining what our hometown planet will be like in a few hundred years. Any guesses?

By Robert Lamb

Scientist Sebastian Alvarado talks about his new book exploring the scientific underpinnings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

By Robert Lamb

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Sure, he could pummel all his fellow beasts in a brawl, but could he stand the test of time?

By Robert Lamb

So much of our cosmological history starts with the much-discussed Big Bang, but what led up to that cataclysmic moment? And did time even exist back then?

By Robert Lamb & Patrick J. Kiger

Humans routinely break the sound barrier in supersonic aircraft. Could everyone's favorite hedgehog do it, too?

By Robert Lamb

Well, heck yeah, we can, and we have. Let's take a look.

By Robert Lamb

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It's oddly comforting and intuitive to think things happen for a reason. And it's something that both creationists and conspiracy theory enthusiasts do.

By Robert Lamb

Turns out that evolutionary advantages can come with a price.

By Robert Lamb

Spanish researchers recently uncovered a new geometric shape that allows human tissue to curve. But how?

By Robert Lamb

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Fire will turn a human's teeth to dust. But what about a dragon's?

By Robert Lamb

Your adult mind could keep developing in the future, if current research with psychedelics bears out.

By Robert Lamb

Goddesses once reigned supreme across many cultures. So what happened, and did written language hasten their fall?

By Robert Lamb

Would they be a mating display? A fierce weapon to defend against lions?

By Robert Lamb

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Enter the Fartonomicon with the guys from Stuff to Blow Your Mind. You're guaranteed to have a gas.

By Robert Lamb