Jan 20 • 33M

Dr Jesse Bering on suicide, sex & fetishes

The taboo trifecta you never imagined

Daniel Ross
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This week I'm sharing the second part of my conversation with experimental psychologist Dr Jesse Bering, an American but Director of the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Since we did the formal credits last time, here’s something a bit more personal about Jesse. He lives in beautiful Dunedin with his partner Juan, and their two cheeky border terriers, Hanno and Kora.

Last week, we discussed the science of the afterlife, out of body experiences and Jesse's experience of his own mother's death.

This time we venture into the no less complicated and controversial subjects of suicide, sexuality and fetishes; not your normal weekly grocery bag, but all topics which demand significant airtime in their own rights, as I repeat in the podcast itself.

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But by presenting the big questions and challenges, I hope at a minimum this pricks your interest.

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Next week on A Load of BS

Next time, following on neatly from taboos, I welcome rituals expert Dr Dimitris Xygalatas, talking low key, repetitive rituals, arousing ones and the collective ones which tend towards pain and the extreme.

So if you’re into body piercing, fire walking and a dose of religion, then tune in.

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