Why Does This Thing Exist? (Podcast)


If you’re reading this, it suggests you have at least some vague interest in what prominent neuroscience author Dr Dean Burnett (i.e. me) is up to.

That’s very nice of you. With that in mind, I’d urge you to check out my new podcast, Why Does This Thing Exist?

It is me and my oldest friend Simon (who, despite me knowing him for almost 40 years and having worked with some of the world’s best comedians and writers, remains one of the funniest humans I’ve ever encountered), plus the occasional brilliant guest.

The conceit is simple. Every week, Simon and I bring something we’ve found, some bit of flotsam from the vast ocean of popular culture or modern society, that baffles us, to the extent that we are unsure as to why it exists. What’s the point of it? Who is this for? What was the thinking behind bringing this into being?

We present our ‘things’ to each other, and with a combination of ignorance and wild speculation, try to come up with some explanation as to the thing’s existence. With often hilarious results.

So yes, it’s another podcast by two middle-aged white guys. But instead of downplaying our general cluelessness, we put it front and centre, for the whole world to see.

As Simon so succinctly puts it in episode 3, “We are ignorant pigs. But, we want to be PRIZE pigs!”

Please listen/subscribe/review/share, to the extent that you see fit.

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Psycho-Logical, and Dean’s mental health focus

It is very exciting to announce that the *print* edition of Dean Burnett’s book, all about mental health and how it works in terms of the functioning of the brain, will be published on February 4th, 2021 (in the UK and the Netherlands, thus far)

You can pre-order from Amazon here.

There will be many talks and publicity pieces announced in due course, but in the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about the book’s content, Dean Burnett recently appeared on two episode of the Cosmic Shambles networks ‘Science Shambles Q&A’ , answering questions about mental health alongside other relevant experts.

I forgot I had this blog.

Hello. I don’t know if anyone will read this, but I do get enough enquiries that come via my website to suggest that somebody is accessing this on a semi-regular basis.

Thing is, I’m not the savviest person when it comes to the internet or technology (or anything else for that matter), so I honestly completely forgot this was here.

For what it’s worth, I vow to update this more often from now on. It’s a useful place to put all the thoughts and ideas I have that don’t seem to fit in any of the other platforms I have at my disposal.

So, don’t say you weren’t warned.

Psycho – Logical: Launch and publicity appearances

Dean Burnett’s new book, the print edition of Psycho-Logical, is published in the UK (and Netherlands) on February 4th.

In the run up to that, he will be doing as many talks, media appearances, articles and performances as possible. Pretty much all of these are guaranteed to be online, what with the pandemic still raging, so anyone should be able to view/read/experience them if they so wish.

In the meantime, pre-order your copies now, either from Amazon, Waterstones, Blackwells, or an independent retailer.

Book Jacket of Psycho-Logical (UK edition)
The UK print edition of Psycho-Logical