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An InExact Science is a podcast about our human experience and the research that explains it.
An InExact Science is a podcast about our human experience and the research that explains it.
90 backers pledged $2,981 to help bring this project to life.

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Why do we experience happiness? How do we learn our first language and why is learning a second sometimes hard? Under what circumstances do we feel regret? Why do we remember certain events but not others? Why do we sometimes mis-remember? Why does co-operative living sometimes work and sometimes not? What makes people creative? How does religious belief persist?  Where does musical ability come from? An entire scientific community of psychologists and cognitive scientists have been investigating these topics for the past 100 years. The masses deserve to know what science has uncovered.

An InExact Science is a podcast that stands at the junction of story-telling (from real-life people) and the research that explains the experiences that drive those stories in us.  It will be creative, musical, and will feature our own stories, from the mouths of people like you (and maybe YOU yourself). It will feature leading researchers explaining many of our most human phenomena.  It will be a podcast about us, FOR us, and will invite science to pull up a chair, stay a while, have a cup of coffee, heck! stay for dinner! And explain at least a little of why we experience the things we experience.

The podcast is also a driving force of support for local artists and musicians.  AnInExact Science is dedicated to giving exposure to musicians in the area who deserve to be heard, and the promo materials are commissioned to local artists.  Yep. That's right. The InExact Science T-shirt you buy or receive as a gift will be made by a local screen-printer.  The buttons and stickers bearing the logo-- yep, also made by an artist in the area for a fair price deserving of a skilled artist. Same is true for the mugs-- all of the promotional and cool material that you get in your hands is made through an exchange with skilled artisans-- in a giving, receiving, and sustainable "science-art-what-up!" cycle. What this all means is that in supporting An InExact Science, you are supporting whole-heartedly the scientific community-- you are saying "yeah, im totally into filling my knowledge hole (that's your skull) with science, and I believe in the dissemination of information" AND you  are simultaneously supporting the art community... and along the way, you will laugh a bit, possibly see a different perspective, learn something you can say at a dinner party in that awkward silence, or on a date, or maybe it will give you an idea for your own project... thus in supporting this kinetic force you are making yourself AND the world a tiny bit better, wiser, more creative, and happier.

The podcast will be an ongoing series of episodes posted online that are each 15-60 mins long.  They will be posted on monthly basis to start with... but hopefully on a weekly basis once things get going on this end (this will depend on your support!)! If all goes well, these episodes will also be aired on California and Indiana Public Radio stations starting in the late Fall!

Making it means investment of blood, sweat, time and passion-- and there is a start-up cost!  I need funds for software and equipment to make this happen.  Although some of the first episodes are already in the works using low-end software and equipment, I want to make this high quality with the best sound and design possible.  The money will go directly to buying better equipment, to creating a website that can host the large audiofiles, and to paying artists for their skills.  I need a minimum amount to get it off the ground, but if we raise more money, it will mean an even better design, a better website to host it, promotional material, and funding to travel to different cities to interview people (people like you) and to different labs to talk to the researchers (the top scientists and psychologists) for the shows.

The minimum to get this going is $1380; but if we raise just a bit more ($2000) we can make this great.  And if we raise more than $4000, we will make this absolutely OUTSTANDING.  Here is what that looks like:

A "pretty good" podcast: $1,380

  • LogicPro audio editing software- $250 
  • microphone (1) - $80
  • cables - $50
  • small recorder for "on the go" recording - $80
  • pretty good quality headphones - $60
  • audio interface unit - $120
  • pretty good website hosting - $40 a year
  • promo materials (t-shirts, buttons, and stickers made by local artists) - $400
  • small start-up travel fund for visiting laboratories and scientists in the Northern California area the first year- $300

A really GREAT podcast: $2,300

  • Pro Tools editing software (academic version)- $350 
  • microphones (2, better quality) - $250
  • cables - $50
  • small recorder for "on the go" recording - $80
  • noise canceling headphones - $300
  • audio interface unit - $120
  • quality website hosting with more flexibility and space - $50 a year
  • more and better promo materials (t-shirts, buttons, and stickers to give you) - $500 a year
  • start-up travel fund for going to labs in all of the west coast to interview scientists the first year- $600

An OUTSTANDING KICK-TAIL podcast: $4,550

  • Pro Tools editing software (academic version)- $350 
  • microphones (2, better quality) - $250
  • cables - $50
  • small recorder for "on the go" recording - $80
  • noise canceling headphones - $300
  • audio interface unit - $120
  • quality website custom created with interactive design so that more people can contribute, post, and listen-- and do it more easily-- created by a local freelance website designer - $700
  • more and better promo materials (t-shirts, buttons, and stickers to give you) and more money going to skilled artists- $700 
  • travel funding to go to the laboratories all over the country (which means in-person interviews, better quality recording, and more time spent there to get the most information possible to report) - $2000 for a year

Risks and challenges

Yes, it's true, there are obstacles. I am still learning how to edit audio and create outstanding-sounding clips. But I am a fast learner with a PhD. And, as everyone knows, that stands for Ph(at) D(etermination).

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    Are you crazy?! No. You are awesome and clearly love science and good artistic form. You get all the goodies and I will recognize you on the podcast as a special contributor that has made the show possible.

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