Modern Wisdom

By Chris Williamson

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Subscribers: 805
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Claire
 Aug 18, 2021
the episode on breathing is so enlightening!

Marcus
 Jun 5, 2019
Discovered this podcast a few months back and is now my favourite to listen to. Some great guests from a variety of backgrounds. I really enjoy the life hacks episodes too. I highly recommend you give this podcast a listen.

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Life lessons from the smartest people on the planet. Including guests like Dr Jordan Peterson, Jocko Willink, Dr Andrew Huberman, Ryan Holiday, James Clear, Robert Greene, Alex Hormozi, Douglas Murray, Michael Malice, James Smith, Dr David Sinclair, Steven Pinker, Mark Manson and more.

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#510 - Zack Telander - Men Are Taking More Viagra Than Ever
01:12:56

Zack Telander is a weightlifter, coach & YouTuber.

More serious problems are afoot. The number of men using viagra is at al time highs, BatGirl has been cancelled, Beyonce has become an ableist abuser, a basketball star gets jailed in Russia and TikTokers are wearing blasphemous bikinis. Obviously, me and Zack must fix all of this.

Expect to learn how long you can flog a dead franchise before it stops making money, how men can think themselves into performance anxiety, whether a Russian arms dealer is worth a WNBA player, how many times Demi Lovato can announce a change of pronouns, whether Addison Rae would wear an Adidas Burqa and much more...

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Aug 08, 2022
#509 - Colin O'Brady - The Man Who Walked Across Antarctica
01:10:38

Colin O'Brady is a 10-time world record breaking explorer and one of the world's best endurance athletes.

The things we believe can act like a glass ceiling. It's an imaginary limit that we place on what we can achieve in life because of our age or experience or money or self trust. Colin is a man who has annihilated his way through that glass ceiling and is here to show us what's on the other side.

Expect to learn what it's like to have to drag a 375lb sled 1000 miles across the Antarctic, why having a British Special Forces Soldier breathing down your neck can help you move faster, why the chasm of comfortable complacency is a place we all can fall into, what it feels like to get third degree burns over a third over your body in Thailand, how to rid yourself of limiting beliefs and much more...

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Aug 06, 2022
#508 - Nate Hagens - The World's Coming Energy Catastrophe
01:21:35

Nate Hagens is the Director of The Institute for the Study of Energy & Our Future.

Energy drives our entire world. It keeps our GDPs growing, our cars moving and our hospital's working. If there was a shortage of energy, life would change very dramatically. Nate has spent 20 years researching the state of our current energy reliance and creating an assessment and philosophy for the future.

Expect to learn how energy is intrinsically linked to our economy,  why solar and wind are not a solution, why the things that humans value needs to change if we want to continue flourishing, what would happen if the price of energy went up by even a small margin, the real reason that the USA has a ton of bases in the Middle East and much more...

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Aug 04, 2022
#507 - Dr Julie Smith - Overcoming Stress And Anxiety
01:01:12

Dr Julie Smith is a Clinical Psychologist, online educator and an author.

Bad days will come. Stress and burnout and feeling down is always a potential threat. So, it's vital that you understand the right tools to recognise this, deal with it and bring yourself back to a balanced mindset.

Expect to learn whether depression is actually caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, what most people misunderstand about anxiety, the most important things to avoid when you're feeling down, how a bad morning can be turned around, how to improve from a place of growth not a place of fear and much more...

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Aug 01, 2022
#506 - Elizabeth Stokoe - The Science Of Analysing Conversations
01:21:09

Elizabeth Stokoe is a Professor of Social Interaction at Loughborough University studying conversation analysis.

The discussions we have usually seem to flow seamlessly. That's until you transcribe and scientifically analyse them to show up all the pauses, filler words, mistakes, stutters and half-finished sentences. Then, the fact that we can communicate at all seems to become a miracle.

Expect to learn what not to say on a first date, why the word like has taken such a hold over people's mouths, just how big of an impact language has on our behaviour, why the words that people say often are the most important contributor when determining of our opinion of them, what Elizabeth learned from hostage negotiations, whether our use of technology and smart speakers is changing our language and much more...

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Jul 30, 2022
#505 - James Smith - Can Men & Women Be Friends Again?
01:20:42

James Smith is an author, podcaster, online trainer and not a life coach.

Many men and women no longer see each other as on the same team with a common goal, and instead view them as adversaries who don't play well together. But given that humanity has continued successfully for hundreds of thousands of years, this can't be how it's always been, so why is it now?

Expect to learn why James got in trouble for saying "she's a 10 but...", how convenient activities often get mistaken for enjoyable activities, whether guys can look at girls in the gym or not, whether Elon Musk not buying Twitter is a huge win for him, whether TikTok is a dangerous influence, what you can learn about yourself from the tasks you're avoiding, why people fearing ignorance is making them stupid and much more...

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Jul 28, 2022
#504 - 400k Q&A - Andrew Tate, Liver King & Red Pill Debates
01:25:47

I hit 400k Subscribers on YouTube!!

To celebrate, I asked for questions and got hundreds and hundreds, so here's another 90 minutes of me trying to answer as many as possible. As always there's some amazingly insightful questions in here about my plans for the future, imposter syndrome worries and advice for young content creators.

Expect to learn whether I would have the Liver King on the podcast, why I moved to America, what I think about Andrew Tate's rise to fame, why I haven't gone vegan, whether I'm writing a book, my biggest takeaways from 500 days without caffeine, whether we've passed peak woke, if I own a gun yet, whether I keep in touch with anyone from Love Island and much more...

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Jul 25, 2022
#503 - Brett Johnson - The United States' Most Wanted Hacker
01:19:42

Brett Johnson is referred to by the United States Secret Service as "The Original Internet Godfather", he was the Founder and Leader of Counterfeit Library and Shadow Crew and has been a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years.

Brett has been a lifelong criminal, he was committing crimes from inside the Secret Service's own offices, then after being sent to prison he escaped from prison and went on the run to Disneyland, all while defrauding millions. This story is one of the wildest things I've ever heard.

Expect to learn what it feels like to be on the FBI's Most Wanted list, what actually happened with the Solar Winds hack, how Brett was involved in the origins of the darknet, his thoughts on Ross Ulbricht and Silk Road, the closest calls Brett had to being killed, how he evaded capture for so long, whether he thinks Julian Assange is a criminal or a hero and much more...

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Jul 23, 2022
#502 - Jocko Willink - Creating An Unbreakable Mindset
02:39:41

Jocko Willink is a retired United States Navy officer in SEAL Team 3, an author and a podcaster.

Finding discipline in the modern world is hard. A hyper convenient existence rarely encourages radical responsibility or extreme ownership. Thankfully Jocko has spent an entire life learning how to love discomfort, and also teaching others how to love it too. If discipline equals freedom then Jocko must be one of the freest men on the planet.

Expect to learn what Jocko thinks about the Detroit self-defence guy,  why discipline always beats motivation, the similarities between elite special forces and elite BJJ athletes, Jocko's opinion on Jordan Peterson, how to get over an ex, whether he regrets being famous after working in the shadows for so long, how he used a Jim Carrey impression to chat up his wife, whether he wants to try psychedelics and much more...

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Jul 21, 2022
#501 - Tiago Forte - Supercharged Effortless Productivity
01:08:38

Tiago Forte is a productivity coach, Founder of Forte Labs and an author.

The world has far, far too much information in it. Humans don't do well when they are overwhelmed with incoming signals and yet we can't stop ourselves from wanting to acquire more, interesting insights. Thankfully Tiago has created one of the world's most popular systems to Capture, Organise, Distill and Express pretty much anything.

Expect to learn the most important apps Tiago uses to enhance his productivity, why everyone needs to go through an insane efficiency stage in life, how he's moving beyond pure productivity and into something more holistic, why read later apps can save your life, how to use the relationship between productivity and creativity and much more...

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Jul 18, 2022
#500 - Special: 18 Lessons From 500 Episodes
01:14:48

To celebrate 500 episodes on Modern Wisdom, I broke down some of my favourite lessons, insights and quotes from the last 4 and a half years.

Expect to learn why having no role models can be an advantage, how discipline eats motivation for breakfast, why you should be training for the difficult, why success in pursuit of happiness can be self-defeating, why fame makes you weak, how an obsession with productivity is just immortality by another name, what I learned about negativity biases from Margaret Thatcher, the importance of letting go of successful habits for new ones and much more...

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Jul 16, 2022
#499 - Konstantin Kisin - The West Is Under Attack
01:06:34

Konstantin Kisin is a podcaster and an author.

The West has had a bad run over the last few years with accusations every ism and obia under the sun. Having grown up in the Soviet Union however, Konstantin has a unique perspective on just how bad a nation can be and has some home truths to remind everyone of.

Expect to learn whether we should be bothered that Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin are banned from Twitter, why the term Political Correctness has some very communist roots, how a Russian disinformation agent predicted everything we're seeing in 2022, whether we've passed peak woke, if both-sidesism is a grift and much more...

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Jul 14, 2022
#498 - Roy Baumeister - The Mystery Of Female Sex Drive
01:24:31

Roy Baumeister is a social psychologist at the University of Queensland and an author.

The social psychology of sexual interactions is fascinating. Sex is more than just a physical act, it has cultural, emotional, spiritual, psychological and social implications, many of which we are unaware of. Thankfully Roy has spent years studying the literature on why people have sex and what's going right and wrong with it.

Expect to learn why the female sex drive doesn't occur in the same way anywhere else in the animal kingdom, why women shape men more than men shape women, why more women have tried being bisexual but more men are gay, why there is very little evidence for a cultural suppression of female sexuality from men, why the male sex drive is a tragedy and much more...

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Jul 11, 2022
#497 - Donald Robertson - The Stoicism Secrets Of Marcus Aurelius
01:28:28

Donald Robertson is a stoicism historian, a psychotherapist and an author.

Marcus Aurelius has become one of the most quoted and most popular philosophers in history. His meditations have helped millions of people to find solace in hard times and deal with setbacks in life. But which elements of his life and philosophy have been hidden from the public and how many valuable insights are less widely known?

Expect to learn why many of Marcus' quotes might be plagiarising lost texts from other philosophers, whether Donald thinks that Marcus took psychedelics during a sacred ceremony, just how crazy Emperor Nero was, what Marcus learned about not being seduced by fame, how the Stoics would advise people to deal with depression and much more...

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Jul 09, 2022
#496 - Dr Andrew Huberman - The Science Of Peak Performance
02:46:14

Dr Andrew Huberman is a neuroscientist, Associate Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a podcaster.

The mind and the body are intimately linked. Trying to improve your mental outcomes without thinking of your physical inputs is a losing battle, but the question of which inputs to use, and when is a huge challenge. Thankfully, Dr Huberman is one of the best communicators of high performance advice on the planet and has a lot of answers.

Expect to learn the neuroscience of getting over your ex, how David Goggins trained himself to lean into fear, whether dopamine detoxing really works, the most important things to avoid doing during your morning routine, just how worried we should be about men's testosterone levels dropping, what everyone can learn about endurance from Lex Fridman, why Andrew doesn't show his tattoos and much more...

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Jul 07, 2022
#495 - Alex Epstein - The World Needs More Fossil Fuels, Not Less
01:26:00

Alex Epstein is an energy theorist, the Founder and President of the Center for Industrial Progress and an author.

Fossil fuels are a contentious topic. If you've currently got your hands glued to the surface of a road in England, you may not want any more being used. But if we follow an environmentalist approach, what impact will reducing fossil fuel use have on human flourishing in the future, especially in the poorest parts of the world?

Expect to learn why all our energy cost so much right now, why 2 billion people get their energy by burning wood and dung, how renewable sources are causing more problems not less, Alex's thoughts on the modern ESG movement, whether fossil fuels will create a climate apocalypse, why China tried to stop Alex from releasing his book and much more...

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Jul 04, 2022
#494 - Dr Martin Polanco & Michael Higgs - How Does Psychedelic Treatment Work For PTSD?
01:05:09

Martin Polanco is Founder of The Mission Within and a Veteran Mental Health Advocate and Michael Higgs was Command Master Chief of a Navy SEAL team and is Director of Operations at The Mission Within.

For a very long time, once soldiers have finished in war, their battles have often continued back home. Both active and retired veterans suffer with childhood traumas, life traumas, divorces, opioid addiction, family issues, Traumatic Brain Injuries, deaths of team members, chronic pain injuries and long term inflammation. Martin and Michael believe that psychedelics are an important potential solution to give suffering veterans another shot at a functional life.

Expect to learn how iboga rewires the brain in 12 hours, why Michael held a gun to his head after being out of the seals for two years, the insane pressure placed on Special Forces operators by themselves, what happened when Michael ate 20g of mushrooms on a Native Indian reservation, how to sign up to Martin's current studies which he needs volunteers for and much more...

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Jul 02, 2022
#493 - David McRaney - Where Do Our Beliefs Come From?
01:06:18

David McRaney is a psychologist, journalist and author.

Where do our beliefs come from? How do we form opinions? Why are we persuaded by some points of view but not by others? These are important to understand if we are to avoid developing a biased, unrepresentative worldview, they've also been the focus of the last few years of David's research.

Expect to learn how everybody in a group can believe something that nobody believes individually, why arguing online so rarely works, whether people really are becoming more ingrained into their beliefs, how the Westboro Baptist Church convinces its members, the best ways to persuade someone who disagrees with you and much more...

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Jun 30, 2022
#492 - Louise Perry - The Sexual Revolution Has Failed Everyone
01:38:19

Louise Perry is a writer, Press Officer for the campaign group We Can’t Consent To This and an author.

50 years ago there was a dream of women being released from the patriarchal shackles of stringent sexual norms. They should be able to sleep around like men, talk about sex like men and decouple their emotions from their bodies like men. Except it didn't quite work out, and now Louise thinks that both men and women are in a bad spot.

Expect to learn why trying to not catch feelings when sleeping with someone is very dangerous, how TikTok is encouraging young girls into rough sex, whether sex work is real work, why men's porn addictions are ruining their sex lives, how the washing machine is more useful than most feminists, whether inventing the pill was an error and much more...

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Jun 27, 2022
#491 - Chase Reeves - The Spirituality Of White Feral Girl Privilege
01:16:37

Chase Reeves is the founder of Matterful and Fizzle, a YouTuber and a brand strategy consultant.

White Gay Privilege is now a thing. Feral girl summer is upon us. And Chase nearly got on the wrong side of a rhinoceros in South Africa. It's time to work out what's going on in the world.

Expect to learn how to stop relying on your thinking so much, why intersectionality is creating hierarchies of dominance that no one can climb, how gay people are the straight people of queer people, why doing anything for a summer is only important when you're a teenager, why the only authenticity is authenticity about your inauthenticity and much more...

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Jun 25, 2022
#490 - Alex & Leila Hormozi - Building A $100m Marriage
01:35:59

Alex and Leila Hormozi are founders of Acquisition.com, entrepreneurs, podcasters and authors.

The last 18 months has seen Alex & Leila burst onto the business advice scene like pretty much no one else. Alex's book has been one of the wildest successes of the last decade and yet they made $100m before having any social media presence. Getting to dig into their philosophies around life, business, dating and productivity makes for a very interesting story.

Expect to learn what drives you to keep going once you're worth $100m, why Alex refuses to rely on a daily routine, Leila's most important tasks to outsource in your life and business, whether Grant Cardone is a hero or a villain, how to avoid getting distracted by good opportunities, whether they want to have kids, how to avoid becoming bros with your business partner wife and much more...

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Jun 23, 2022
#489 - Jessica Baum - How To Deal With Being Anxiously Attached
01:30:37

Jessica Baum is a Licensed Mental Health Counsellor, Relationship Expert and an author.

Attachment styles have become a hot topic recently, they underpin much of why we behave the way we do in relationships. Anxious attachment can be a serious challenge to overcome and gets in the way of everything, so working out how to defeat these dating demons is an important insight to uncover.

Expect to learn what the science is behind attachment styles, why anxious attachment develops, whether you can fix your attachment style while you're single, how to communicate with an anxiously attached partner more effectively, how to control your body and mind if you feel anxious, why Love Island's promo photos aren't that bad and much more...

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Jun 20, 2022
#488 - Nick Bare - Consistently Good Not Occasionally Great
01:29:22

Nick Bare is the founder of Bare Performance Nutrition, an endurance racer, YouTuber and a podcaster.

Being consistently good will beat being occasionally great. But consistency is hard to find when life throws setbacks, business failures, injuries and babies at you. However, Nick has found a way to balance everything and today we get to discover how.

Expect to learn why doubters shouldn't affect your performance, why Go One More is a useful rule for everything in life, how Nick avoids burnout when juggling lots of projects, where the drive to get up at 5am every day comes from, how gut instinct can beat brain-power and much more...

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Jun 18, 2022
#487 - Corey Wilks - How To Identify Your Internal Fears
01:13:14

Corey Wilks is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Executive Coach.

Fears hold us back. They encourage us to shy away from challenges, they cause us to fall short of our potential and make life miserable while they’re at it. Corey has created a framework of identifying and overcoming our internal fears from a decade of clinical and coaching experience with some of the world’s highest performers.

Expect to learn why 76% of people talk about not facing their fears as a deathbed regret, the four categories of fears Corey has most commonly found with his clients, how self-sabotaging behaviour is driven by internal worries, how procrastination, perfectionism and complacency are all part of the same equation and much more…

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Jun 16, 2022
#486 - Gurwinder Bhogal - 14 Mental Models To Understand Human Nature
01:39:51

Gurwinder Bhogal is a programmer and a writer.

Gurwinder is one of my favourite Twitter follows. He’s written another monstrous thread exploring human nature, cognitive biases, mental models, status games, crowd behaviour and social media. It's one of the best things I've read this year, so I just had to bring him on.

Expect to learn why stupidity is more dangerous than evil, why most content has to appeal to midwits, why political debates are essentially mass-scaled ventriloquizism, how lower stakes lead to more vicious arguments, why the word retard is a strange choice as an unspeakable slur, why being a mess is more likeable than being perfect and much more…

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Jun 13, 2022
#485 - Susan Cain - Why Sensitive People Enjoy Feeling Sad
01:14:14

Susan Cain is a best-selling author and speaker.

There’s a tyranny of positivity in the modern world. Talking about emotions like longing and sorrow are not usually encouraged. And yet tons of people feel like this and hearing others tell us about their melancholy brings us closer to them, so how can we integrate bittersweet emotions into our lives and what can they teach us about ourselves?

Expect to learn whether the world has become better for introverts, why sad music seems to make us happy, whether people are genetically predisposed to feeling bittersweet emotions, how to deal with impermanence in life when everyone we love is going to die, why I felt sad after looking at the moon and much more…

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Jun 11, 2022
#484 - Cosmic Skeptic - 8 Impossible Thought Experiments
01:42:09

Alex O'Connor is a philosopher, podcaster & a YouTuber.

Philosophy is hard. Ethics are hard. Working out what is moral is hard. Today we get to put our mental muscles to the test with some of the most challenging thought experiments in moral philosophy.

Expect to learn why brain tumours might be a good way to learn what is actually moral, whether ethics is just an expression of emotion, whether we can kill someone to stop them nuking a city, why it might be best to just not have any more children, whether an expensive education is cheating, what it means to say that someone is morally responsible for their actions, why Alex wore a suit to a boat party and much more...

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Jun 09, 2022
#483 - Dr Joanna Williams - Has Woke Taken Over Everything?
01:20:37

Dr Joanna Williams is the Founder of Cieo, associate editor of Spiked and an author.

The last few years has seen progressive ideas capture institutions, academics and headlines. But how much has this ideology actually trickled down to making a real impact in the world? Is it just a moral panic about a moral panic or is there something to really be concerned about?

Expect to learn why police officers are being told to actively refer to themselves as woke, how 3 month old babies can be racist, why air conditioning is a tool of the patriarchy, whether the people pushing these narratives actually believe this stuff, what the future of progressive messaging has in store and much more...

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Jun 06, 2022
#482 - Tyler Cowen - The Secret To Finding Great Talent
01:08:54

Tyler Cowen is the Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University, a columnist, podcaster and an author.

Finding and recruiting the best talent is perhaps the most important job that an organisation has. Skilful, enthusiastic, keen staff can make or break a business, so why is it that most companies are mostly useless when it comes to discovering talent?

Expect to learn whether population collapse is coming very soon, whether talent is innate or developed, why there is a crisis of talent when we have more people on earth than ever before, whether you should look at someone's parents before hiring them, the best questions to ask in an interview, what SpaceX's hiring strategy teaches us about thoroughness, how Tyler screens young staff for the most original thinkers and much more...

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Jun 04, 2022
#481 - Tim Kennedy - Lessons Learned Through Pain
47:57

Tim Kennedy is a Green Beret, Special Forces Sniper, Army Ranger and Professional MMA Fighter.

Tim has spent most of his life fighting. Whether that's been against kids in kindergarten, Special Forces selection officers, UFC champions, enemy combatants, ISIS, or his own compulsion to make a mess of his life. He's seen his fair share of pain and discovered a lot of insights through it.

Expect to learn whether Tim has ever used BJJ in a combat situation, what motivates him to put himself through the discomfort he's endured, why he refused pain killers throughout his entire MMA career, why he swam a mile out to sea after getting two women pregnant and thinking he had AIDS and much more...

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Jun 02, 2022
#480 - Zack Telander - Men Aren't Having Enough Sex
01:21:01

Zack Telander is a weightlifter, coach & YouTuber.

Serious problems are afoot. The number of men reporting no sex in the last year has tripled since 2010, MonkeyPox is running rampant and Amber Heard is able to get into the bottom of a squat on an unstable surface but hasn't tried to take up the sport of olympic weightlifting.

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May 30, 2022
#479 - Johnathan Bi - Why Do Founders Love René Girard?
01:13:58

Johnathan Bi is a startup founder, philosopher and mathematician.

René Girard is one of the most popular philosophers in Silicon Valley. Why is it that an obscure French polymath from the 1900's would become one of the most influential and cited thinkers amongst founders, CEOs and leaders in high-growth companies? 

Expect to learn how Girard believes that mimetic desire drives almost all of our behaviour, why breaking out from the group to do your own thing doesn't mean you're an individual, how having sex can end up not being for the enjoyment of sex, why Peter Thiel and so many others love Girard's work, how understanding Girard can improve your daily life and much more...

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May 28, 2022
#478 - Kit Chellel - The Wild Hijacking Of A $100 Million Supertanker
01:05:03

Kit Chellel is a senior reporter at Bloomberg news, an investigative journalist and an author.

The Brilliante Virtuoso was a Suezmax Supertanker. The largest class of ship that can go through the Suez Canal. It had a million barrels of oil on it and was supposed to be escorted by a security team. It was hijacked and burned by Somali pirates, nothing was stolen and the owners claimed $100 million for insurance.

The British investigator is killed overseas, a Greek millionaire threatens people in court and no one can work out what's happened or how to discover who has committed the crimes. And that's just where the story starts...

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May 26, 2022
#477 - Ethan Kross - How To Improve Your Inner Voice
01:22:30

Ethan Kross is one of the world’s leading experts on controlling the conscious mind, a Professor at the University of Michigan’s Psychology Department and Director of the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory.

There will be one voice with us throughout our lives, the one that exists inside of our head. So we'd better make friends with it. Improving self-talk and creating a nicer inner-monologue is something that everyone could benefit from and thankfully that's been Ethan's life's work.

Expect to learn why we have an inner voice at all, how our age and gender influences mental chatter, whether it's possible to quieten the mind, the most effective strategies for dealing with negative self-talk, how to be more objective and less lost in thought, the relationship between language and quality of life and much more... 

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May 23, 2022
#476 - Mark Freestone - Why Do Psychopaths Exist?
01:04:10

Mark Freestone is Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, an author and an expert in psychopathology.

There's a modern fascination with psychopaths. True Crime is the most popular single podcast genre and Netflix documentaries about real life serial killers capture everyone's attention. But why are we so obsessed with dangerous individuals? And what is it that makes a psychopath who they are?

Expect to learn what the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath are, why having psychopaths in society was an advantage for a long time, why there are so few female psychopaths, what happens when a university lecturer discovers his own psychopathy in his 40's, the scariest criminals Mark has ever met and much more...

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May 21, 2022
#475 - Tim Clare - The Crippling World Of Modern Anxiety
01:30:36

Tim Clare is an author, poet and creative writing coach.

Anxiety rates have skyrocketed over the last decade. After spending hours every weekend wracked by crippling panic attacks, Tim decided to contact every anxiety expert he could to hear their suggestions for potential strategies to reduce it, and then he did all of them.

Expect to learn why people are turning up to A&E believing they're having a heart attack, how the gut-brain connection plays a role in mediating our mood, why exercise is as effective as an anti-anxiety drug, how early childhood can influence our anxiety levels, the most effective tactics Tim has implemented to improve his mental health and much more...

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May 19, 2022
#474 - Seth Stephens-Davidowitz - How To Live The Perfect Life, Using Data
01:12:27

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is a data scientist, economist and author.

Imagine if you had access to millions of data points which tell you exactly what makes people happy, or makes people attracted to you, or what actually influences your child's outcomes in life, or the most reliable way to become rich. Well Seth did, and he wrote a book with all his findings in it.

Expect to learn how you can conduct a survey to test different appearance styles to find out which is best for you, what personality traits result in the happiest relationships, which activities which make you most and least happy, the secret industries of people who become rich in America, how to hack luck using data and much more...

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May 16, 2022
#473 - Tom Van Der Linden - Finding Heroic Meaning In Modern Life
01:21:59

Tom Van Der Linden is a YouTuber, video essayist and Creator of Like Stories of Old.

Finding meaning in modern life is hard. What glory is there to achieve when all of your existence has already been made totally convenient by technology? Heroic narratives still exist in movies and books, but can we apply these lessons to the real world?

Expect to learn how to tell the difference between serving ourselves and serving others, why watching a heroic movie can skew our expectations of life, why it's difficult to ever truly know another person, what Albert Camus can teach us about enduring suffering, why David Foster-Wallace called adult life "the day to day trenches" and much more...

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May 14, 2022
#472 - Alan Stein Jr - Overcoming Stress, Stagnation & Burnout
01:13:05

Alan Stein Jr. is a high performance coach and speaker.

Alan spent 15 years working with the highest performing basketball players on the planet including NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Kobe Bryant. Lessons on how to overcome stress, stagnation & burnout are some of the most important insights which has helped them reach the top. 

Expect to learn what the common trait between all NBA Superstars is, why managing time and energy should take priority over everything else, how stress can be used to enhance performance, the quickest way to overcome stagnation, why burnout might not be due to how hard you're working, why Steph Currie is the greatest shot taker of all time, what Kevin Durrant's first ever strength session looked like and much more...

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May 12, 2022
#471 - Jim Al-Khalili - Physics Is Far Stranger Than You Think
01:07:51

Jim Al-Khalili is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Surrey, a broadcaster and an author.

Trying to describe reality in theoretical frameworks is no small task for physicists. But it also turns out that the implications of some theories suggests that reality might be even more bizarre than it seems. The universe is a scary, confusing place to exist, if we exist at all.

Expect to learn why you can't walk through brick walls, why a tiny imbalance in the matter and antimatter just after the big bang was very important, just how fine tuned for life our universe really is, where all the big discoveries in theoretical physics have gone, why faster-than-light neutrinos can't go faster than light, why you shouldn't value opinions over evidence and much more...

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May 09, 2022
#470 - Zach Bitter - The Mindset To Break A 100-Mile Record
01:02:45

Zach Bitter is an ultramarathon runner and coach who held world records for the 100-mile run and the 12-hour run.

Understanding what it takes to run an ultramarathon is one thing, but doing it at a world record pace is something else. I wanted to find out what the mindset of an ultra runner can teach the rest of us about resilience, dedication and commitment.

Expect to learn the biggest mistakes that runners make when taking on a long distance, how Zach copes with the pain when things get hard, the best intra-event nutrition he's found, how to deal with negative self-talk, whether he's tempted to do a Back Yard Ultra and much more...

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May 07, 2022
#469 - Dr Tracy Dennis-Tiwary - The Truth About How Anxiety Works
01:22:41

Dr Tracy Dennis-Tiwary is a professor of psychology and neuroscience, anxiety researcher, author and founder of Wise Therapeutics.

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders in 2022. Huge numbers of both adults and children are suffering, but just how natural is this? Is it normal for humans to be ambiently anxious for months on end or is our modern society causing this to occur?

Expect to learn why anxiety developed as a human emotion and how it helped us survive, why anxiety is a signal for your next move, the size of technology's influence on our mood, how to reframe anxiety so it becomes a competitive advantage, why your anxiety and creativity are intrinsically linked and much more...

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May 05, 2022
#468 - Neil deGrasse Tyson - Welcome To The Universe
55:22

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author and science communicator.

Elon Musk bought Twitter and I found out about a 300 million light year across supervoid out in space within the same week. Thankfully Neil is here to help me work out what is going on in this version of the simulation.

Expect to learn whether focussing on Mars as a backup planet is a smart idea, how big the universe is outside of the observable universe, how we could restart the sun when it begins to die, when time will end, the politics of who gets to claim different asteroids, Neil's favourite solution to the Fermi Paradox and much more...

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May 02, 2022
#467 - Knees Over Toes Guy - Building A Bulletproof Body
01:12:41

Ben Patrick (Knees Over Toes Guy) is an athletic coach and an author.

Keeping our bodies bulletproof is something everyone wants as they age. Bad knees, backs and shoulders not only stop you from doing the things you want in sport, but then begin to suck the enjoyment out of your life too. Ben has some solutions.

Expect to learn the 3 most important exercises to maximise your body's robustness, what Ben's biggest takeaways have been from Andrew Huberman, the relationship between flexibility and strength, how to make your shoulders more mobile and less painful, the optimal training frequency to see results and much more...

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Apr 30, 2022
#466 - Matthew Fray - How To Avoid Destroying Your Relationship
01:12:08

Matthew Fray is a relationship coach, blogger and an author. 

Matthew's marriage ended because he left a glass next to the sink. Well, not exactly, but near enough. He spent the next few years recovering, reflecting and writing about how a relationship can fall apart without anything catastrophic happening, and also working out how to stop it from happening again.

Expect to learn how even good people can be bad spouses, why men and women aren't speaking the same language in most relationships, why most divorces are initiated by women, why trust is even more important than love, why peace and contentment are better life goals than happiness, and much more...

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Apr 28, 2022
#465 - Douglas Murray - The Wild Hatred Of The West
02:18:18

Douglas Murray is a journalist, author and associate editor of The Spectator.

The last few years has seen a dramatic rise of anti-Westernism. But surprisingly, this movement hasn't come from overseas, the strongest anti-Western sentiment has come from the West itself. Whether it's demands for reparations, calls for the abolishment of white people, tearing down of statues or the rewriting of history, something is going on.

Expect to learn why Dumbledore can't be gay in China, why BLM bought a 6 million dollar mansion, what Douglas thinks about Libs Of TikTok being doxxed, why anti-white racism sounds so disgusting when you change the wording, why there's more slaves alive now than at any time in history but no one cares, Douglas' personal philosophy around working hard and much more...

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Apr 25, 2022
#464 - Dr Christian Busch - The Science Of Creating Good Luck
01:00:02

Dr. Christian Busch is the Director of the Global Economy program at New York University's Center for Global Affairs and an author.

The science of creating luck seems like an oxymoron. How is it possible to create more of something which is totally random? Dr Busch's lab has spend years looking at the habits and behaviours of people who have lots of luck to distill down how everyone can replicate this in their own lives.

Expect to learn why viagra wouldn't have happened without a good luck mentality, the best way to consciously cultivate more serendipity in your life, how to never feel anxious about approaching someone again, my Tim Ferriss-based regret, why our mindset around luck is more malleable than you might think and much more...

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Apr 23, 2022
#463 - General Robert Spalding - China's Secret Playbook For War
01:12:18

General Robert Spalding is a retired United States Air Force brigadier general after more than 25 years of service, a senior fellow at Hudson Institute and an author.

China has injected itself into pretty much every area of life we care about. From media to technology, energy, food, transportation and even culture. But this strategy wasn't random, it turns out that their entire plan was detailed in a book from 1999 which General Spalding is very familiar with.

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Apr 21, 2022
#462 - Nick Maggiulli - The Best Way To Build Your Personal Wealth
01:23:36

Nick Maggiulli is the Chief Operating Officer for Ritholtz Wealth Management and an expert in personal finance using data analysis.

Saving money and building wealth are some of the most popular content on the internet. But what are the absolute best ways to maximise your fortune? Nick has broken down the complex world of personal finance to find out what the data says about different strategies.

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Apr 18, 2022
#461 - Julien Smith - Learning From Elon Musk's Twitter Takeover
01:01:34

Julien Smith is the CEO of Breathe, a startup founder, investor, and an author.

Elon Musk is trying to buy Twitter so I wanted to ask someone with experience of the startup world to explain what this tells us about Silicon Valley's modern approach to business and their obsession with growth.

Expect to learn what is unique about the startup mindset, why Elon might be poison pilled by Twitter's legislative documents, the difference between founders in startups and regular businesses, how not getting discouraged and just keeping going can count for a lot, why being first is a disadvantage as well as an opportunity and much more...

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Apr 16, 2022
#460 - Paul Millerd - The Tension Between Success And Happiness
01:15:03

Paul Millerd is a strategy consultant, author and a podcaster.

The old stories we were told about success and happiness no longer apply. We don't have to wear a suit or go to an office or have job for life. But do we even need success? Is there a simpler route to being happy? Paul has spent the last 5 years trying to find out.

Expect to learn why the road between success and happiness might have a shortcut, how optimising for freedom gave Paul everything he wanted from his life, what the ancient Greek word for leisure tells us about the modern world, why following a "default path" is dangerous, why unplanning your work day might make you happier and much more...

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Apr 14, 2022
#459 - Life Hacks 208
01:35:49

Jonny & Yusef from Propane Fitness join me for another Life Hacks episode.

Sit back & enjoy as we run through our favourite tools, apps, websites, strategies & resources for a productive and efficient life.

Expect to learn Jonny's favourite new meditation app, how to stop yourself from sneezing, Yusef's new mobile game addiction, how to bypass any article paywall, how to get free book summaries, how to do Morning Pages in a frictionless way, why paying invoices early will benefit your life and much more...

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Apr 11, 2022
#458 - Phrost - Fighting The World Of Fake Martial Arts
01:05:26

Phrost is Editor at Bullshido and a podcaster.

The introduction of MMA and the UFC has been the ultimate stress test for fake martial arts. No-touch knockouts and chi-push energy blasts have been arm barred and head kicked out of existence. Yet the ability to detect and defeat BS, whether physical, martial or conceptual is no less useful.

Expect to learn whether Will Smith should have swung harder, Phrost's justification for why you should always get into online arguments, the most ridiculous martial arts which were disproved, what it was like to create a real life Fight Club, how hard Steven Seagal actually was, whether everyone should learn to fight and much more...

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Apr 09, 2022
#457 - Logan Ury - Hinge's Relationship Scientist Gives Dating Advice
01:19:17

Logan Ury is the Director of Relationship Science at Hinge, a Harvard-trained behavioural scientist and an author.

Modern dating is difficult. Thankfully Logan has access to all the data from Hinge and can conduct as many studies as she wants on trends and preferences from thousands of people in and out of relationships.

Expect to learn why an intentional approach to dating seems like a turn-off but is a very smart strategy, why you should start looking to settle down after dating 30% of your partners, what the data tells us are the most important rules for constructing a successful dating profile, why chasing The Spark is a recipe for disaster, how to break up with someone, how to get over heartbreak and much more...

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Apr 07, 2022
#456 - David Robson - The Psychological Power Of Expectations
01:12:39

David Robson is an award-winning science writer specialising in the extremes of the human brain, body and behaviour.

Our expectations have a profound effect on the outcomes we get in life. This isn't positive vibes from The Secret, this is one of the most replicable, robust effects that impacts pretty much everything we care about to do with our lives and health.

Expect to learn how people with no gluten intolerance can have a gluten reaction after eating a meal with no gluten in it, why the drones at Gatwick were probably imagined, why French people eat worse than Americans but live longer, how your thoughts are more important than your genes when it comes to athletic performance and much more...

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Apr 04, 2022
#455 - Iain McGilchrist - The Wisdom Of Intuition
01:07:17

Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist, author and a former Oxford literary scholar.

Modern society praises rationality as the pinnacle destination we should all aim for. Tradition and intuition are seen as a silly, inaccurate, hokey approach for which we have more precise solutions now. Iain has identified that neuroscience, philosophy, theology and psychology don't always agree with this though.

Expect to learn why the modern world is so obsessed with cognition, why deliberateness makes less sense the more experienced you are, what happens if someone loses one half of their brain, what horse racing experts and Isle of Man motorcyclists can teach us about intuition and much more...

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Apr 02, 2022
#454 - Dr Rangan Chatterjee - A Doctor's Prescription For Happiness
01:23:19

Dr Rangan Chatterjee is a physician, author, television presenter and a podcaster.

Working out what makes us happy in life is difficult. Distinguishing between our goals and the things that other people want us to have as goals is not easy. After seeing thousands of patients in the NHS and reflecting on his own journey into the public eye, Rangan has turned his attention on happiness and what genuinely fulfils us.

Expect to learn why your dreams won't make you happier, how the definition of happiness you use largely influences the way you pursue it, why external success can only go so far in filling internal problems, Rangan's lessons from a 96 year old holocaust survivor, my insight around why fame is a useless signal in 2022 and much more...

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Mar 31, 2022
#453 - Chris Bailey - The Most Important Principles Of Productivity
01:19:43

Chris Bailey is a productivity consultant, researcher and best selling author.

The world of productivity is messy. Overwhelming volumes of information and contradictory advice doesn't make the world any simpler. I brought Chris on to explain the most important, core principles that research-based studies and real-world practise says contributes to better productivity.

Expect to learn why time, attention and energy are your fundamental resources, how to maximise your deliberateness, why starting the day with specified intentions can change the way you work, Chris' nerdy advice for making green tea, why there's a tension between creativity and productivity and much more...

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Mar 28, 2022
#452 - Dr Michael Gervais - The Art Of High Performance Psychology
01:03:07

Michael Gervais is one of the world's leading high performance psychologists.

The Seattle Seahawks, Gold Medalist Kerry Jennings, Microsoft, AT&T, Amazon and Felix Baumgartner the guy who jumped from the edge of space all have one thing in common - they need a high performance mindset. Michael's job for over 20 years has been coaching the world's top musicians, athletes and executives to squeeze every last drop out of their potential.

Expect to learn how to cope with intense emotions during a Super Bowl Final, why your limits are so much further than you know, how Michael saved the RedBull Stratos mission from failure, how to deal with the pressure of others' opinions, the importance of having a personal philosophy and much more...

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Mar 26, 2022
#451 - Derek Beres - Conspiracy Theories In New Age Cults
01:20:00

Derek Beres is an author & media expert, the Senior Editor at Eco & co-host of the Conspirituality podcast.

Far left yoga mums and far right trolls aren't the most obvious pairing that you would put together, however these unlikely ideological allies have more in common than you might think. Much of the thinking within these groups has converged in recent years and Derek is here to explain how this happens.

Expect to learn how the term conspiracy has been diluted down to mean all manner of things now, the typical characteristics of a cult leader, why conspiracy theories are so seductive to the people tempted by them, how spirituality adds a different flavour to conspiratorial tropes, whether I need to stop saying hello cult members and much more...

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Mar 24, 2022
#450 - 350k Q&A - Dating Advice, Jordan Peterson & Internal Fears
01:42:35

I hit 350k Subscribers on YouTube!!

Technically I also hit 300k but we hit 350k before I had time to record anything so here we are. To celebrate, I asked for questions and got more than 1000 across all platforms so here's 90 minutes of me trying to answer as many as possible. There are legitimately some world-class questions here which I wish I'd come up with, including some really tough ones about my goals, fears and motivations,

Expect to learn whether I think calling everyone cult members is a clever idea, how a beef-fuelled Jordan Peterson annihilated me at Top Golf, my biggest internal challenges, why I haven't gone vegan, my best advice for incels, whether I believe in NoFap superpowers, why I don't use AirPods to podcast with, my thoughts on pegging and much more...

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Mar 21, 2022
#449 - Thatcher Wine - Multitasking Is Killing Your Productivity
01:04:52

Thatcher Wine is professional book curator, founder of Juniper Books and an author.

Multi-tasking will make you less effective, less productive, less happy and more prone to making errors in work and life. The question of why we're all so tempted to do it and how we can stop seems an obvious next step.

Expect to learn whether multi-tasking is just a modern phenomenon, how monotasking can result in more work being done at a higher quality, how technology has permanently changed the landscape for attention, the usefulness of walking between tasks, why tasks can get more difficult before they get easier again and much more...

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Mar 19, 2022
#448 - Jon Birger - Are Women In Charge Of The Dating Market?
01:27:15

Jon Birger is an award-winning magazine writer, a contributor to Fortune, a dating expert and an author.

Typically men are the sexual protagonists. They're the ones who make the first move, they're the ones who come up with cheesy chat-up lines and deal with approach anxiety and rejection. But in a world where women are struggling to find men they're attracted to, what happens if this role is reversed and women start to be more proactive?

Expect to learn why the changing sex ratios on university campuses is creating a problem for men and women's dating prospects, how an experiment on dating approach-strategies earned a Nobel Prize, why it is always statistically in your advantage to make the first move, whether we can fix the problem of raising up men's outcomes in life and much more...

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Mar 17, 2022
#447 - Ayelet Fishbach - The Psychology Of Human Motivation
01:11:07

Ayelet Fishbach is a Professor of Behavioural Science and Marketing at the University of Chicago and an author.

The ability to motivate ourselves to do the things we want to do and stop doing the things we don't would be a superpower. Sadly, motivation tends to be fleeting if it's not outright elusive and relying on YouTube motivational speeches can only help so much. 

Expect to learn why your goal setting is probably all wrong, why plans to not do something are much less likely to succeed, how to overcome motivation dips, how to deal with negative feedback, why you shouldn't rely on willpower and self-control, the solution to juggling multiple goals at once and much more...

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Mar 14, 2022
#446 - Dr Duncan French - The UFC's Cutting-Edge Training Protocols
01:05:41

Dr Duncan French is the Vice President of Performance at UFC's Performance Institute.

The UFC has some of the world's top athletes, now backed by cutting edge data-driven interventions from some of the most advanced protocols and coaches on the planet. Duncan is using everything from diagnostic tools to recovery, VR training, psychedelic supplementation, scientifically-backed rep range protocols and peri-training nutrition.

Expect to learn how Duncan navigates the politics between fighters' gyms and the UFC's central performance institute, how athletes manage the psychological strain of fight week, what key metrics Duncan's team analyse to judge athlete's health, how to maximise muscle growth from two sessions a week and much more...

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Mar 12, 2022
#445 - Matt Rudd - Does Anyone Care About Men's Mental Health?
01:17:23

Matt Rudd is Deputy Editor at The Sunday Times Magazine and an author.

Men between the ages of 45 and 49 are at the highest risk of attempting to take their own life. In a world filled with accusations of patriarchal overreach, it seems odd that men are suffering so much with their mental health. It's not good for them, or their wives, or their children. Matt researched men of all ages to work out why men are unhappy and what we can do about it.

Expect to learn why your 40's might be the weirdest period of your life, why men would rather be a workaholic than face their internal fears, the challenges with the male denial of mental health problems, why men feel indulgent shame if they're sad, why boys are trained to be competitive in school, how to tell if you're genuinely getting old and much more...

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Mar 10, 2022
#444 - Mary Harrington - Modern Society Is Failing Men & Women
01:16:10

Mary Harrington is a writer and contributing editor at UnHerd.

It's hard to say that either men or women have a firm place to stand right now. The age-old wisdom which both groups traditionally relied on is out of the window and we're now TikTok dancing our way through an existential apocalypse where Girlbosses and Men Going Their Own Way battle it out for nihilistic supremacy. I wanted Mary to help me conduct a post-mortem.

Expect to learn why the porn you start out watching is going to lead you down a dark rabbit hole, how the introduction of the pill lead to fewer weddings and more awkward situations for women, why men need their own spaces back, what Mary thinks about the pornification of everything, why young girls are developing tourettes from TikTok and much more...

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Mar 07, 2022
#443 - Tom Nash - The Financial Impact Of Russia's Invasion
01:32:43

Tom Nash is a financial analyst, investor and a YouTuber.

The stock market has had a wild couple of years. Rounding that off with a full scale Russian invasion makes understanding the current global financial situation and how to not end up on the receiving end of some market and currency movements even more complex. Thankfully Tom is Russian and he's here to help.

Expect to learn why Russia's economy has started struggling so quickly. just how big of a deal being taken off SWIFT is, what it's like to hear Vladimir Putin speak if you can understand Russian, Tom's advice on how not to invest your money over the coming months, whether crypto is the answer, what's happening with real estate and much more...

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Mar 05, 2022
#442 - Jake Hanrahan - What Is Life Like On The Ground In Ukraine?
01:26:46

Jake Hanrahan is a conflict journalist, documentary filmmaker and the founder of Popular Front.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been going for a week but it's felt like a year. Social media, YouTube and news channels have been awash with stories from on the ground and even the Wikipedia page has had over 500 contributors and is more than 20,000 words long. I wanted to find out what life is actually like on the ground in Ukraine from someone who's been there.

Expect to learn what protection the Ukrainian citizens have access to from bombings, where civilians are getting all their guns from, how you coordinate citizen-militias with zero military training, whether world champion boxers are are actually helping the effort, how skeptical Jake is of the press coverage, how many Russians actually want this war and much more...

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Mar 03, 2022
#441 - Anna Codrea-Rado - The Danger Of Obsessing Over Productivity
01:25:37

Anna Codrea-Rado is a productivity journalist, author and a podcaster.

Productivity Dysmorphia is the persistent feeling of dissatisfaction after working, no matter how much you've got done. It's the inability to see your own success, to acknowledge the volume of your own output. And it's everywhere. I wanted to ask Anna how we can deal with this modern malady.

Expect to learn why you can't hack creativity, how Anna deals with her workaholism, what the AntiWork subreddit has got right, whether any social movement can avoid being coopted by communists, the dangers of admiring productivity gurus online, how to take pride in the work you've done and much more...

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Feb 28, 2022
#440 - Shane Benzie - Creating The Perfect Running Form
01:11:11

Shane Benzie is a running coach, movement specialist, researcher and the founder of Running Reborn.

Shane has travelled around the world to observe and analyse African tribes, Nepalese sherpas and Arctic Inuits in an effort to uncover the fundamentals of elite human movement. He's now applying what he learned to correct and enhance the form of the world's best runners.

Expect to learn how sherpas can be so strong, why changing your running cadence isn't a solution, whether minimalist running shoes help or hinder, what Shane learned about ancestral running patterns, plus his breakdown of the optimal head position, foot strike, hand and arm relationship, breathing pattern, stride length and much more...

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Feb 26, 2022
#439 - Glenn Geher - Positive Evolutionary Psychology
01:18:16

Glenn Geher is Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of Evolutionary Studies at the State University of New York and an author.

Ancestral lifestyles are a big trend at the moment. Taking influence from our paleolithic past to inform how we eat, train and move in the modern world. But taking an ancestral approach to our psychological wellbeing is much rarer and this is Glenn's work - what can insights about our past teach us about how to enjoy the present.

Expect to learn why depression and anxiety might actually be useful, why understanding the reason for emotions reduces their power over you, why it's miraculous that the education system has worked at all, why men are twice as likely to die in early adulthood than women, the danger of technology through an evolutionary lens and much more...

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Feb 24, 2022
#438 - Michael Easter - Learn To Embrace Discomfort
01:12:10

Michael Easter is a contributing editor at Men's Health magazine, columnist for Outside magazine and Professor at the University of Nevada.

The world is pretty comfortable right now. Between air conditioning, Amazon Prime, Deliveroo, Netflix, Google Maps, soft beds and automatic cars, you can get through big stretches of life without encountering any real discomfort. Michael has spent years researching why discomfort is so important to our health and fulfilment, and how to reintroduce it to your life.

Expect to learn why rites of passage no longer happening in modern life is a huge loss, how Michael survived an entire month in the Alaskan Arctic, how an annual challenge with a 50% chance of failure can change your life, what nosey airport security staff can teach us about human nature, why boredom is good for you, how to overcome trauma and much more...

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Feb 21, 2022
#437 - Daniel H. Pink - How To Overcome Regret
01:02:03

Daniel Pink is a psychologist, speaker and an author.

Regret is the most common negative emotion humans talk about. It's even the second most common overall emotion which we talk about after love. And yet our relationship with it is pretty terrible. Having no regrets is not only a bad tattoo from the 90's but also a philosophy that robs of us valuable insights from life.

Expect to learn the most common types of regrets people have in life, whether action or inaction is the cause of most suffering, how Daniel suggests we can grow past our regrets, why never looking backward is limiting our growth, how people believe in both free will and things happening for a reason and much more...

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Feb 19, 2022
#436 - Dr Jordan B. Peterson - Your Life Is Built For More
02:15:11

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist and an author.

Letting go of the good for the great is a terrifying prospect and most people fear risking what they have for what they want. I flew out to Texas to sit down with Jordan and discuss his principles for how to get past the things which keep us stuck in life.

Expect to learn how to deal with feelings of loneliness from thinking in a different way, which skin-colour emoji Jordan uses, what he meant by "enforced monogamy", how to deal with imposter syndrome, how to become more dangerous in life, Jordan's thoughts after meeting Elon Musk, whether there's a value in having an enemy in life and much more...

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Feb 17, 2022
#435 - Michael Malice - The Corporate Press Are Losing Control
01:12:42

Michael Malice is an author, political commentator & podcaster.

No matter what your political affiliation, the ferocity of the press's approach to any story right now is quite intense. The volume seems to only get louder and louder as they try to maintain the attention that 2020 gave them. I wanted to ask Michael just what is going on.

Expect to learn what Michael thinks about the Canadian truckers' protest, whether Whoopie Goldberg deserved cancelling, why ambient anxiety is the outcome that the media wants, what's happening with Ukraine and Russia, how Michael ended up in Tesla's Giga Factory at midnight, whether we're over wokeness and much more...

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Feb 14, 2022
#434 - Chris Sparks - The Mindset Rules Of A Poker Professional
01:17:03

Chris Sparks is the former #4 online poker player on the planet, a productivity coach and an investor.

Having a high performance mindset is something everyone wants. Being able to achieve without stress or anxiety, maximising output whilst minimising suffering. As someone who coaches both himself and some of the world's brightest on getting more out of their game, Chris has learned a lot about balancing growth, goals and internal peace.

Expect to learn what it feels like to play in an invite-only Bitcoin Poker Tournament, how Chris evens out his hard-charging nature to become more at ease, whether the outcomes you get in life are impacted by how neurotic you are, my theory around the Anxiety Cost of delayed actions, how to balance intuition with cognition and much more...

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Feb 12, 2022
#433 - Coleman Hughes - Joe Rogan & Spotify's Censorship Battle
01:26:38

Coleman Hughes is a writer, rapper, political commentator and a podcaster.

Joe Rogan has been in the eye of the storm over the last few weeks. I wanted Coleman to help me work out why the mainstream media has such a target on his back and whether this is going to be the standard operating procedure for anyone who gets this big again in future.

Expect to learn why a coordinated conspiracy is less likely than  jealous opportunism, what Coleman Hughes thinks about black people being protected from the N word, why taking Joe Rogan Experience clips out of context doesn't work when you've done 2000 episodes, whether Spotify should have responded the way they did and much more...

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Feb 10, 2022
#432 - Geoffrey Miller - An Evolutionary Psychologist's Dating Advice
01:47:29

Geoffrey Miller is an evolutionary psychologist, Associate Professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico and an author.

Geoffrey has been writing about sexual selection and dating dynamics for over 30 years. His work has provided the foundation which much of the modern Red Pill, Pink Pill and Manosphere dating advice has been based on. I wanted to find out how much of this guidance is accurate and how much has been lost in translation.

Expect to learn how evolutionary psychology can help marriages to be much happier, what Geoffrey thinks about the modern Manosphere, my hypothesis around the game theory of slut shaming, the fundamentals that everyone needs to know about how sexual selection works, how women can hack their own hypergamy, why me and Geoffrey are going to dedicate our lives to existential risk and much more...

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Feb 07, 2022
#431 - Bridget Phetasy - Are Women Being Lied To By Modern Culture?
01:27:51

Bridget Phetasy is a comedian, writer and a podcast host.

When California isn't on fire it's having Amazon trains looted and stores robbed without prosecution. Bridget and her new baby bump has managed to survive, but aside from the dangers of LA, what dangers does the culture hold for men's and women's roles in modern society?

Expect to learn whether Bridget looks back on her 20's and 30's differently now she's a mother, her thoughts on slut shaming, whether we need to have an opinion on everything, why American homeless people are so scary, why motherhood is so uncelebrated in modern culture, whether there's such a thing as too much freedom from norms for men & women and much more...

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Feb 05, 2022
#430 - Dr Nate Zinsser - A Battle-Tested Guide To Unshakable Confidence
01:05:37

Dr. Nate Zinsser is the Director of West Point's Performance Psychology Program, a Mental Performance Coach and an author.

Having genuine faith in our abilities is a trait all of us want. To be able to step into our chosen arena and not only perform well but to do it without dreading that we'll fail. Nate has coached some of the US Army's best and brightest for 3 decades alongside world champion NBA, NHL, NFL and track & field stars to fulfil their potential and create true confidence.

Expect to learn how to stop negative self talk, why self-deception is a tool you can use to enhance performance, what Dr Zinsser learned about confidence from Lady Gaga, how to break a negative performance cycle, how to overcome negative experiences, how to deal with imposter syndrome, Dr Zinsser's daily practices to tie everything together and much more...

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Feb 03, 2022
#429 - Nina Power - The Crisis Of Modern Masculinity
01:32:27

Nina Power is a social theorist, philosopher and an author.

Between incels and toxic masculinity, manspreading, mansplaining, MeToo, MGTOW, Red Pill and Mens Rights, working out what men want from life is a question that both men and women are struggling with. Nina is trying to work out whether men have a firm place to stand in the modern world any more, and why masculinity is under attack.

Expect to learn Nina's post-mortem on men's role in society, how masculinity's crisis hurts women and their future prospects, why Nina disagrees with modern feminism as a long-standing Second Wave Feminist philosopher, how we got to the stage where fear and mistrust of men is widespread, why NoFap ended up being called a hate group, whether the sexual revolution was a good thing and much more...

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Jan 31, 2022
#428 - James O'Keefe - The State Of Modern Journalism
56:05

James O'Keefe is an investigative journalist and the Founder of Project Veritas.

Faith in mainstream media is at an all-time low. At a time when we need better quality information, pretty much everything seems like it's been made with spin in mind. Creating an alternative type of journalism is filled with legal, ethical, organisational and personal dilemmas and today James explains some of the biggest ones he faces.

Expect to learn what it feels like to have Anthony Fauci call you out by name during a hearing, why James was raided by the FBI at 6am, James' response to criticisms about undercover reporting, how Project Veritas deals with the ethics of releasing undercover documents, whether James sees himself as impartial, how many times he's been sued and much more...

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Jan 29, 2022
#427 - Carl Benjamin - Surviving The Madness Of 2022
01:25:44

Carl Benjamin is the YouTuber formerly known as Sargon Of Akkad, a political commentator and host of The Lotus Eaters Podcast.

Every year we don't think the world can get any weirder and then every year, reality manages to exceed our expectations. I had to get Carl back on to try and make sense of what's happening.

Expect to learn Carl's thoughts on Jordan Peterson getting called out by Ethan Klein and HasanAbi, how society has lied to young girls, whether the pope should have told pet owners that they're selfish, what Carl predicts for the future of mainstream media, why family values are under attack and much more...

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Jan 27, 2022
#426 - Ben Bergeron - Stop Living A Life Of Complacency
01:55:03

Ben Bergeron is the Owner of CrossFit New England, Founder of CompTrain and an author.

Ben has tested his high-performance philosophy on the biggest stage in the world having been the coach behind 6 CrossFit Games Championships. Today we get to go through some great insights for how to take charge of your direction and reach full potential in work, sport, family and life.

Expect to learn Ben's process for deciding how to make changes in life, how to turn your inner critic into a coach, why trusting your gut is a superpower, what Ben thinks about Dave Castro's recent exit from CrossFit, how you get a team to respect their leader, how Ben dealt with recent big name exits from his gym and much more...

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Jan 24, 2022
#425 - Louisa Nicola - How To Maximise Your Brain's Performance
01:05:25

Louisa Nicola is a Clinical Neuroscientist, Neurophysiologist and high performance coach.

Maximising performance isn't just about being as physically fit possible, it's ensuring that your brain is operating at its peak condition all the time. Louisa works with NBA superstars and trading floor managers to refine and enhance their brain function using the latest research.

Expect to learn Louisa's non-negotiable supplements for brain health, how to get to sleep more quickly at night, why throwing a tennis ball at a wall is good for your mind, the impact of sleep on brain performance, Louisa's training protocol for maximising cognitive function, how to stay calm under pressure and much more...

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Jan 22, 2022
#424 - Steven Pinker - The Problem With Trying To Be Rational
46:55

Steven Pinker is a Cognitive Psychologist at Harvard University, a psycholinguist and a Best Selling Author.

It would be nice to always make the right decision. To escape the prison of human emotions and biases and operate from a purely rational place. Steven's new book breaks down rationality into it's components in an attempt to understand just what we're all missing from our mental makeup.

Expect to learn why betting websites are the most accurate forecasters of the future, why learning lists of cognitive biases won't always make you more effective, whether smart people are more or less rational on average, whether politics makes you dumber, how to balance rationality with a desire to be intuitive and present and much more...

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Jan 20, 2022
#423 - Life Hacks 207 - The Gym Edition
01:10:14

Jonny & Yusef from Propane Fitness join me for another Life Hacks episode.

It's the new year and everyone is back in the gym so I figured that we'd go through some of our favourite exercise variations and training hacks to add a bit of spice into whatever your new program is.

Expect to learn how to make bench press even more focussed on your chest, the ultimate skull crusher variation, Jonny's favourite Rep Scheme for muscle growth, how to get motivated if you're not feeling like training, what research shows as the most effective exercises for glute growth, how to make an even better pull-down machine and much more...

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Commit to some exercises for quality, rather than for load.

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Jan 17, 2022
#422 - Dr Joe Henrich - Evolution, Psychology, Monogamy & Culture
01:04:50

Joe Henrich is Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and an author.

Humans like to think that we're sovereign individuals with agency over our preferences and actions. But we are also a part of our social environment and Joe has teased apart some fascinating trends which explain how our location and culture have huge impacts on the way we behave, our preferences on everything from dating to work and family life to religion.

Expect to learn why the things we consider to be human nature could just be cultural conditioning, the dangerous future if there's lots of sexless men, how the choice between growing rice and wheat impacts family life, what having diplomatic immunity from parking tickets can teach us about human nature, how Joe's lab can use language to archaeologically tell us about social trends from history and much more...

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Jan 15, 2022
#421 - Hamza - How Men Can Survive The Modern Dating World
01:23:35

Hamza is a personal development coach and a YouTuber.

Many young guys would rather watch porn and play video games than connect with the real world. This creates swathes of lonely, disconnected men and leaves women with fewer and fewer good options in the dating market. Meanwhile, Red Pill YouTube and the Manosphere can be a negative influence which keeps men stuck and demonises women, rather than helping everyone become better, happier, more attractive people.

Expect to learn the biggest mistakes Hamza made when improving himself, why Fresh & Fit need to take food out of their mouth, Hamza's thoughts on Britney Spears getting naked on Instagram, how to avoid being Black Pilled with a growth mindset, if Hamza thinks the future of dating will be polygamous, why the manosphere sees women as the enemy, Hamza's reaction to Mikhaila Peterson and Rollo Tomassi's debate and much more...

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Jan 13, 2022
#420 - Charlie Houpert - How To Build Genuine Charisma And Confidence
01:50:17

Charlie Houpert is the Founder of Charisma on Command, a podcaster and a YouTuber.

Most people wish that they were better communicators. More engaging, more confident, and more charming. Charlie runs the biggest charisma channel on YouTube, Charisma on Command, with more than 5 million subscribers and has taught thousands of people how to be more attractive and compelling in their communication.

Expect to learn the 5 archetypes of charismatic communication, how to greet someone with genuine energy, how to overcome being shy, the principles of communicating attractively to women, how to be better at small talk, how to add more humour into your conversations, why Charlie got his entire family to take MDMA, who Charlie thinks is the most charming communicator on the planet and much more...

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Jan 10, 2022
#419 - Meghan Sullivan & Paul Blaschko - A Philosopher's Guide To The Good Life
01:13:55

Meghan Sullivan & Paul Blaschko are Philosophy Professors at the University of Notre Dame and authors.

How to lead a good life is one of the biggest quandaries that humans struggle with. How to think about status and money and love and death are huge challenges. Today we get to find out some of philosophy's answers to life's most fundamental questions.

Expect to learn the role of truth in leading a good life, what history has to teach us about responsibility and agency, why Socrates was the world's first troll, how generosity is linked to fulfilment, what Marcus Aurelius says about fears of the future, Paul & Meghan's issues with Stoicism and much more...

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Jan 08, 2022
#418 - Johann Hari - Why You Can't Pay Attention And Focus
01:59:15

Johann Hari is a writer & a journalist.

You probably struggle to focus on the task you're doing. You probably wish that you could pay attention for longer and that you were less easily distracted. Why is this such a common problem? Is this a byproduct of the modern era? Technology? Social Media? Johann has travelled the world trying to work out what is going on.

Expect to learn how your attention system works, whether attention loss is reversible, whether modern life is going to further decrease our productivity, the relationship between sleep and focus, what impact stress and diet has, whether phone addiction is to blame, the single biggest influence Johann found which no one is talking about, the strategies which help to regain focus and much more...

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Jan 06, 2022
#417 - 250k Q&A - Habits, Happiness & Red Pill
01:28:03

I hit 250k Subscribers on YouTube!!

To celebrate I asked for questions. Yet again I was blown away by how good the questions were so I tried to fit as many in as I could. This cult really is very insightful.

Expect to learn which 5 guests from the podcast I'd start a business with, my opinion on blending a desire for improvement with happiness, what belief I hold that most people disagree with, why thots are selling Bitcoin, my thoughts on the manosphere, how I limit phone use, why I'm ethically conflicted about growing a moustache, when me & Michael Malice will travel to Russia and much more...

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Jan 03, 2022
#416 - End Of Year Review: 2021's Lessons, Hacks & Fails
01:35:12

Jonny & Yusef join me to recap our favourite lessons, hacks and stories from 2021.

Expect to learn why Yusef spent Christmas praying to Hasbullah, Jonny's strategy for becoming more productive by taking things out of your life, the ultimate reason to do simple tasks as soon as they appear, why moral tastes explain the explosive reactions we've seen this year, how extracting yourself from your business might make it more effective and much more...

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Dec 30, 2021
#415 - Leo Kearse - JK Rowling, Trans Athletes & Blackfishing
01:11:21

Leo Kearse is a comedian, writer and a YouTuber.

I brought Leo on to discuss the most important news stories of the last few weeks. Real hard hitting stuff today like why JK Rowling has been written out of the new Fantastic Beasts trailer, how Sainsbury's are signalling their virtue by telling shoppers that they're racist on Twitter, why Jessie from Little Mix has been accused of appropriating black culture because she has ginger curly hair, how Nicki Minaj is rehabilitating people's personal brands over Instagram Live, why Leo got involved in a debate about censorship in comedy which descended into the historic oppression of women's football and much more...

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Dec 27, 2021
#414 - Aaron Alexander - Engineer Your Body To Improve Your Mind
01:19:11

Aaron Alexander is a manual therapist and movement coach, founder of the Align Method and an author.

Health & fitness has been broken down into a very compartmentalised, reductionist view. Muscles are trained in isolation, mindfulness practise doesn't occur in the gym, physicality isn't thought of when you sit down at your desk.

I wanted to speak to Aaron to explain how we can take a global, aligned, macro-view of our body's wellness to impact more than just how we look but how we feel, think, sit, sleep, have sex and everything else...

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Dec 23, 2021
#413 - Cory Allen - How To Use Mindfulness In Daily Life
01:07:33

Cory Allen is an audio engineer, meditation coach and author.

Mindfulness meditation is great. But it is supposed to be in service of a mindful life, rather than simply a way to spend 15 minutes of your day. I wanted to ask Cory about how he advises people to take their practise off the meditation cushion and into their daily life.

Expect to learn how to use touch to bring yourself back to the present moment, Cory's favourite cues for reinforcing daily mindfulness, why the clothes you're wearing offer endlessly interesting sensations to meditate on, how to recognise when you've become lost in thought, how to reframe unwanted emotions and much more...

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Dec 20, 2021
#412 - Zack Telander - Doping Scandals & Olympics Corruption
01:08:09

Zack Telander is a weightlifter, coach & YouTuber.

ZT joins me to discuss my recent trip to Nashville to see Mikhaila & Jordan Peterson, why I think Canada has committed an act of international sabotage by poisoning me, the International Olympic Committee's newest bombshell threat to the entire weightlifting world, why corruption is so rampant in weightlifting, what Zack thinks can be done about drugs in sports and much more...

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Dec 18, 2021
#411 - Eddie Jones - Lessons In Elite Leadership
01:07:27

Eddie Jones is the Head Coach of England Rugby Union Team.

Eddie has played for Australia and coached the South Africa, Australia, Japan and England national teams. And after decades at the peak of elite sport, he's picked up a tip or two about how to lead a team and deal with setbacks.

Expect to learn the 5 values that every leader needs to have, Eddie's non-negotiables for making him the best leader he can be, why he bought a samurai sword to attack some fruit with, his tips on how to make a good first impression, how to deal with pressure, how he copes with media scrutiny and much more...

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Dec 16, 2021
#410 - Vincent Harinam - Why Is The Modern Dating Market A Mess?
01:38:34

Vincent Harinam is a data scientist, law enforcement consultant and writer on social phenomenon and the dating market.

Between Tinder and OnlyFans, polyamory and Red Pill, incels, simps, sugar daddies and gold diggers, it's difficult to say that romance is alive and well in modern culture. Vincent has written some of the best articles and done huge deep data dives to uncover why the modern dating market is such a mess.

Expect to learn why smart women are less likely to get married, why simping is such an unsuccessful dating strategy, how women's modern dating advice is mostly total trash, what Vincent's data uncovered around what women and men look for in a partner, how asymmetries in the dating market can create men who are dangerous for public safety and much more...

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Dec 13, 2021
#409 - Andrew Chen - An Angel Investor's Secrets For Rapid Growth
01:05:20

Andrew Chen is a General Partner at Venture Capital Firm Andreessen Horowitz, an author and Board Member at Maven, Substack and Clubhouse.

Andrew has worked with some of the fastest growing companies on the planet. He was head of Global Driver Acquisitions at Uber and an early investor in Clubhouse, plus he's spent 3 years researching companies like Tinder and Substack to deconstruct how they use network effects to supercharge their growth.

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Dec 11, 2021
#408 - Jake Humphrey - How To Build A High Performance Mindset
58:03

Jake Humphrey is a television presenter, journalist and host of the High Performance Podcast.

Jake has spent a career talking to some of the highest performing humans on the planet, but it wasn't until he began his podcast that he really started to unpack their tools, tactics and mindsets. Today we get to hear some of the most important lessons he's uncovered.

Expect to learn why holistic high performance is so important, who Jake was most shocked by on the podcast, the most important insights Jake has applied to his own life, why taking responsibility for everything is the only strategy that matters, how to focus on being present, why Jake is leaving everything on the table and much more...

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Dec 09, 2021
#407 - Jamie Metzl - China's Plan For Global Domination
01:22:52

Jamie Metzl is a futurist, geopolitical expert and Founder and Chair of the global social movement OneSharedWorld.

The war between East and West is unfolding in front of our eyes. From Chinese land grabs in the South China Sea to bugged electronics and squeezed trade sanctions, tensions seem to be rising below the surface.

Expect to learn what China's anti-US propaganda looks like, why tennis star Peng Shuai's disappearance is so disturbing, why the CCP has stopped children from playing computer games for more than 3 hours per week, how much the civil discontent in the West is Chinese-created, Jamie's predictions for the next few decades of relations and much more...

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Dec 06, 2021
#406 - Rob Pope - The Man Who Ran 15,000 Miles Across America
01:41:28

Rob Pope is an ultra endurance runner and an author.

For 20 years, Forrest Gump's famous route across America 5 times has stood as pure fiction. Not only had no one completed it, but many runners claimed it would be physically impossible and that the punishing 15,000 miles would claim any athlete who attempted it. Then Rob came along.

Expect to learn why Rob committed to one of the toughest races of all time, how Twixes and Gas Station Sandwiches fuelled his performance, why he got chased down by a neo-Nazi, how it feels to watch a lorry jackknife in front of you as you're running toward it, the most brutal and most beautiful conditions Rob ran in and much more...

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Dec 04, 2021
#405 - Scott Capurro - How To Survive Thanksgiving & LGBT Politics
01:09:55

Scott Capurro is a comedian, writer and an actor.

I needed some advice for how to survive my first thanksgiving in America and also to try and make sense of what I've been seeing since I've been out here. Scott started shouting about the British but I think he tried his best to help.

Expect to learn why Scott got banned from Australian TV, why the Women's March sent out a problematic email, how the internal politics of the LGBT community are messed up, why a focus on race is causing people to ignore real issues of class, the best way to avoid causing a ruckus during the holidays and much more...

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Dec 02, 2021
#404 - Adam Lane Smith - 13 More Harsh Psychology Truths
01:27:46

Adam Lane Smith is a psychotherapist and an author.

Adam wrote one of the best threads on Twitter which I've seen this year, our first episode on this ended up being an absolute favourite so here we go again with some more uncomfortable psychology insights.

Expect to learn why RedPill alpha gurus are taking advantage of you, why "I love you but I'm not in love with you" is a red flag, how men & women bond differently during sex, why needing to be right will keep you friendless and stupid, why you should never tweet for midwits, how women in hookup culture don't realise they're being used and much more...

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Nov 29, 2021
#403 - Richard Betts - Why Is Climate Science So Disputed?
01:03:52

Richard Betts MBE is Head of the Climate Impacts strategic area at the MET Office, the lead author on several reports from the IPCC and a Professor at the University of Exeter.

There are few areas of science as contested as the climate. I wanted to speak to someone who has been researching this area for more than 3 decades to discover out why there is so much disagreement over fundamental questions like whether the earth's warming is actually caused by humans? Can we stop it? How accurate are climate models? Should we switch to renewables? What does Richard think of Extinction Rebellion? How much are China to blame? And much more...

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Nov 27, 2021
#402 - Paul Bloom - Why Pain & Suffering Are Necessary For A Good Life
01:24:01

Paul Bloom is Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Yale University and an author.

People do strange things to feel pleasure. Eating spicy food, having rough sex, watching scary movies. On top of that, they make huge sacrifices to find meaning, like having children or starting a business or training for a marathon. This suggests that perhaps there is more to living a good life than simple hedonistic pleasure.

Expect to learn the four ways that we enjoy suffering, how the sexual fantasies of men & women differ, the true red pill around whether more money will make you happier, what you can learn about mindfulness from a dominatrix, why people love to watch sad movies, how a life without discomfort will become hell and much more...

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Nov 25, 2021
#401 - Rory Sutherland - The Psychology Of Transport, Google Maps & Bear Attacks
01:35:26

Rory Sutherland is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy Advertising and an author.

Transportation is getting quicker. As we reach close to terminal velocity for getting from A to B, behavioural scientists should be looking at how journeys can be made more enjoyable, not quicker. Yet Google Maps and public transport never takes this into account.

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Nov 22, 2021
#400 - Special: 19 Lessons From 400 Episodes
01:13:14

To celebrate 400 episodes on Modern Wisdom, I broke down some of my favourite lessons, insights and quotes from the last 3 and a half years.

Expect to learn why perfectionism is procrastination masquerading as quality control, Seth Godin's best advice for beating imposter syndrome, the biggest lessons I took from Jordan Peterson, how Ryan Long can predict the future of the internet, why framing is everything, Morgan Housel's best investment advice, why I'm adamant that Jonny Wilkinson has taken ayahuasca, how to keep promises to yourself and much more...

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Nov 20, 2021
#399 - Rob Orchard - Terrible Journalism & Interesting Statistics
01:26:43

Rob Orchard is a journalist and the co-founder and editor of Delayed Gratification Magazine.

Journalism isn't working. Media outlets are more concerned with being first than being right and stories are built to create outrage rather than insight. Customers aren't happy with this setup, so Rob and his team began a Slow Journalism project which focuses on finding signal from the noise, rather than speedy delivery. Then he found a ton of fascinating statistics about the world.

Expect to learn what the most popular crossbreed of dog was in 2020, how the Amanda Knox story shows how modern journalism is totally broken, what you should statistically do if you want to win an Oscar, why the 2010's was a terrible year for original cinema, why there's 2 golf balls on the moon and much more...

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Nov 18, 2021
#398 - Life Hacks 206
01:45:45

Jonny & Yusef from Propane Fitness join me for another Life Hacks episode.

Sit back & enjoy as we run through our favourite tools, apps, websites, strategies & resources for a productive and efficient life.

Expect to learn why I'm moving to Texas, how to track your barbell speed, how to get free golf club trackers, why Yusef thinks that snidely charging VAT is reprehensible, how to hack ASOS sizing, how to stop yourself from buying junk in the supermarket, why you only need one foreign plug converter and much more...

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Nov 15, 2021
#397 - Dr Benjamin Hardy - A High Achievers' Guide To Happiness
01:06:29

Dr Benjamin Hardy is an organisational psychologist and an author.

Many high achievers are unhappy because the same motivation which drives exceptional performance often also leads to feelings of insufficiency, jealousy and comparison. So how can driven people reframe their worldview to come from a place of gratitude and happiness, whilst still keeping that competitive edge?

Expect to learn how comparing your performance to your potential is a recipe for disaster, why success without happiness is a pointless pursuit, Ben's best triggers for realising when you've fallen into The Gap, how to protect yourself against complacency when feeling happy with your performance and much more...

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Nov 13, 2021
#396 - Sebastian Junger - The Brutal History Of Freedom
01:19:20

Sebastian Junger is a journalist, author and filmmaker.

Throughout history, humans have been driven by the quest for two cherished ideals: community and freedom. The two don’t coexist easily: we value individuality and self-reliance, yet are utterly dependent on community for our most basic needs.

Expect to learn how having kids in your 50's can give you more freedom than you might think, what happens when you lose 10 pints of blood and have a near death experience, why fighting to the death was most common in free societies, how countries with freedom always get tempted toward tyranny and much more...

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Nov 11, 2021
#395 - Alfie Brown - Not Sucking At Fatherhood, DIY & Halloween
01:34:39

Alfie Brown is a comedian and a podcaster.

Adulting is hard. I had hoped to discover that Alfie, a dad of 3, would have worked out how to do it properly. But alas, no, it seems we are both condemned to flail around in the liminal purgatory of "just about getting by" for at least another few years.

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Nov 08, 2021
#394 - Carl Zimmer - What Are The Weirdest Types Of Life?
01:01:48

Carl Zimmer is a science writer, journalist and an author who specialises in evolution, parasites, and heredity.

Life is the thing which illuminates our corner of the universe. It gives colour to an otherwise cold, brutal void. But what is life? How is it defined? Despite seeming obvious at first glance, this question is one of the most contested in science.

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Nov 06, 2021
#393 - Ali Abdaal - 12 Simple Ideas To Earn Passive Income
01:08:54

Ali Abdaal is a Doctor and a YouTuber.

Money makes the world go round. After the last 12 months, everyone should have realised that relying on a single source of income is not a very antifragile way to construct a financial set up. Creating multiple revenue streams is a great way to de-risk yourself, and today we get to find out 12 of Ali's favourites.

Expect to learn why the S&P500 almost always beats expert hedge fund managers, how Ali makes his money on YouTube, why Coinbase is great for crypto investing, the easiest way to create an online course, why houses are still a great investment idea, how to automate a business, the best and worst ways to make affiliate marketing money and much more...

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Nov 04, 2021
#392 - Anna Lembke - How To Reset Your Brain's Dopamine Balance
01:08:26

Anna Lembke is a psychiatrist who is Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic at Stanford University and an author.

Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter in our reward pathway. It tells us when to feel pleasure and pain, it can cause depression and anxiety, and it's being hijacked by the modern world. Phones, video games, porn, food, our world is filled with cheap dopamine, which in turn is making us miserable.

Expect to learn how dopamine creates a see-saw balance of pleasure and pain, why cravings to use your phone are driven by dopamine, the truth about dopamine detoxing, how to reset your brain's dopamine balance, the most successful interventions for changing your relationship to dopamine long term and much more...

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Nov 01, 2021
#391 - Tim Stanley - Why Are We Yearning For Tradition In 2021?
01:11:26

Tim Stanley is a historian, author and leader writer for the Daily Telegraph.

The modern world has given us a lot. Safety and warmth, lighting at night, medicine, new age religions, Deliveroo and OnlyFans, but a lot of people feel unhappy with the life that modernity has handed them and are pulled toward a different style of living, one where they embrace values of the past rather than the future.

Expect to learn why The West is as war with its own history, how Notre Dam nearly became a swimming pool, why Liberalism is the primary villain, why conservatives are terrible at conserving things, how men's roles in society have been eroded, why all revolutions look the same and much more.

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Oct 30, 2021
#390 - John McWhorter - How Does Anti-Racism Hurt Black People?
56:37

John McWhorter is a linguist, associate professor of linguistics at Columbia University and an author.

The last 5 years has seen race become a primary flash point for culture, news, protests, social justice, hiring, firing, media and politics. But why have race relations come back to the forefront and who is driving this new religion of Woke Racism forward?

Expect to learn what John McWhorter thinks of White Fragility and How To Be An Anti-Racist, whether cultural appropriation is an actual thing, how anti-racism actually hurts black people, why black people are attracted to a movement that treats them like simpletons, the problem with the concept of "whiteness" and much more...

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Oct 28, 2021
#389 - Joe Navarro - An FBI Agent's Guide To Body Language
01:19:49

Joe Navarro is a former FBI agent, author and a world expert on body language.

Becoming an exceptional communicator is a superpower. No matter your job or goals in life, the better you are at communicating, the better your outcomes will be. Joe led the FBI's non-verbal communication division and SWAT operations whilst catching and turning spies for 25 years, today we get to hear his best advice.

Expect to learn the biggest mistakes people make when setting up to talk to someone in a room, why self-awareness can save lives, how to control your emotions more effectively, how to de-escalate an intense confrontation, how to be better at small-talk and much more...

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Oct 25, 2021
#388 - David Pakman - Moving Politics Past Identity
01:07:45

David Pakman is a political commentator and host of The David Pakman Show.

The Left and The Right really aren't talking very well at the moment. It feels like if people don't have the same political leaning, they see the world in an entirely different way, whether that's disagreements on identity, health, policy, priorities or babymaking.

Expect to learn David Pakman's explanation for why communication from Left to Right seems so strained, whether identity politics really takes up as much focus among the Left as it seems, whether Donald Trump is an own goal for Conservatives, the biggest problems with political commentators refusing to communicate and much more...

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Oct 23, 2021
#387 - Paige Harden - Are Human Genetics An Unfair Lottery?
01:13:37

Kathryn Paige Harden is a psychologist and behavioural geneticist, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas and an author.

The goal of social equality is to give everyone a fair opportunity to achieve in life. But even if advantages and disadvantages in the environment are equalised, all of us are starting at different positions genetically because we get far more than just environment from our parents. Paige is trying to work out how DNA can be integrated into social equality.

Expect to learn why people are so uncomfortable talking about behavioural genetics, why your failures might be less of your fault than you think, why hitting puberty early makes girls bad at maths, whether genetic markers for working hard should be accounted for when evening out the playing field and much more...

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Oct 21, 2021
#386 - Daniel Sloss - How To Stop Hating Your Love Life
01:13:28

Daniel Sloss is a comedian, podcaster & now an author.

Everyone you hate is going to die. But so is everyone you love. And so are you. Before that happens, you need to live and breathe and make some friends and hopefully find a partner and start a family and have fun. Today we get to hear Daniel's best advice for how to avoid total failure at this.

Expect to learn why boomers would probably get rekt on Tinder, what Daniel's thoughts are on his Netflix Special Jigsaw now as a happily engaged man, how you should break up with someone, why Dave Chappelle's controversy should surprise nobody, whether leaving a relationship because you want to sleep around is a good reason and much more...

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Oct 18, 2021
#385 - Gurwinder Bhogal - 15 Mental Models To Understand Psychology
01:33:45

Gurwinder Bhogal is a programmer and a writer.

I got tagged in a monstrous thread of Gurwinder's on Twitter exploring human nature, cognitive biases, mental models, status games, crowd behaviour and social media. It's one of the best things I've read this year, so I just had to bring him on.

Expect to learn how saying ridiculous things can be a test of loyalty, why people can be too stupid to know that they're stupid, why million-to-one odds happen 8 times a day in New York City, why The Bullshit Principle is actually a thing, why everyone is seeing racism everywhere and much more... 

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Oct 16, 2021
#384 - Zack Telander - The Female Orgasm, CrossFit & Vasectomies
01:21:43

Zack Telander is a weightlifter, coach & YouTuber.

ZT joins me to talk about the world's most pressing issues like whether men should be forced to get vasectomies at age 40, if Jon Jones can ever find redemption, why New Zealand's football team name is problematic, why the female orgasm is so elusive, how Zack got involved in internet beef with a big Texan man, whether CrossFit has rampant steroid use and much more...

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Oct 14, 2021
#383 - Robert Greene - 12 Laws Of Power & Human Nature
01:11:42

Robert Greene is an author and historian.

Many people want and need power in life, but almost none of us admit it. Robert's new book compiles 366 of his best lessons on power, seduction, human nature and mastery, and today we get to go through my favourites.

Expect to learn how remaining absent can increase respect, why you should suffer fools gladly, why focussing on actions not words is the best way to judge someone's character, how to avoid losing your sanity in a group and much more...

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Oct 11, 2021
#382 - Charles Eisenstein - Why Is The Climate Debate Such A Mess?
59:09

Charles Eisenstein is a public speaker and author specialising in the ecology movement.

The climate debate is chaos. Activists and skeptics can't talk to each other and for every article suggesting one point of view there's another refuting it. People are either malicious world-killers or useful idiot dupes.

Expect to learn why the climate change debate is so difficult to navigate, why it's supposedly impossible to find an impartial climate scientist, Charles' suggestions for how to navigate this conversation while not losing your mind and much more...

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Oct 09, 2021
#381 - General Stanley McChrystal - Military Strategies For Dealing With Risk
01:04:49

Stanley McChrystal is a retired four-star general, the former commander of the US and International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan, a CEO and an author.

Risk is a constant throughout life. It's permanently shaping our individual and organisational behaviour but humans are inherently bad at judging and adapting to risk. After 34 years of dealing with mortal risk in the field of combat, Stanley has a good insight into a better approach.

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Oct 07, 2021
#380 - Dan Jones - Is Genghis Khan Harder Than Jocko Willink?
01:16:29

Dan Jones is a historian, TV presenter and an author.

Dan took a break from walking about great British castles to write a book about the 1000 years of the Middle Ages. Knights and Templars and Monks and Mongols and Barbarians.

Expect to learn why Genghis Khan was harder than Jocko Willink, Dan's best ever finish in Peloton, why I won't be allowed to go as a wizard to his imaginary medieval fancy dress party, just how bad a pandemic in the Middle Ages was, why Rome got rekt by climate change and much more...

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Oct 04, 2021
#379 - Rupert Sheldrake - Does Nature Have A Hidden Memory?
01:10:26

Rupert Sheldrake PhD is a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of Morphic Resonance.

Morphic Resonance is the idea of mysterious telepathy-type connections between organisms and of collective memories within species. Rupert has spent 30 years investigating and researching this phenomenon, much to the annoyance of the scientific community.

Expect to learn why it is that rats who are taught to escape from a maze have children who are able to escape it more quickly and why rats in other areas of the world learn to escape more quickly as well, why are dogs able to predict when their owner is coming home 15 minutes before they arrive at the house, how blue tits drowning in milk can be explained by Morphic Resonance and much more...

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Oct 02, 2021
#378 - Ryan Holiday - Finding Courage & Overcoming Fear
01:12:26

Ryan Holiday is a podcaster, marketer and an author.

Ryan's next series of books are on the four cardinal virtues of the Stoics with courage being the first and most fundamental. Courage isn't the sort of trait you consider as modern or sexy or massively advantageous when the world isn't at war. But having the ability to overcome your fears is a superpower no matter who you are.

Expect to learn how to deal with self doubt in the face of fear, how to overcome social pressure, why Winston Churchill showed the courage of both restraint and aggression during World War 2, how to deal with deliberating about a decision, why the most repeated phrase in the bible should comfort everyone and much more...

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Sep 30, 2021
#377 - Brad Stulberg - 6 Principles To Stop Feeling So Frantic
01:17:03

Brad Stulberg is an expert in peak performance, a coach and an author.

The pressure we put on ourselves to achieve can be intense. But what is the point of success if it crushes your spirit while you're doing it? Brad has coached some of the world's top performers and come up with 6 principles for groundedness - a path to flourishing which feeds rather than crushes your soul.

Expect to learn why your performance will improve if you come from a place of enoughness, the crucial difference between playing to win and playing to not lose, Brad's framework to ground yourself in your life, why you shouldn't be ashamed by taking things seriously and much more...

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Sep 27, 2021
#376 - Beau Lotto - The Neuroscience Of Awe, Distraction and Anxiety
01:23:03

Beau Lotto is is a professor of Neuroscience at the University of London and an author.

Beau is the founder of the Lab Of Misfits which he describes as "lunatic fringe neuroscience". He's created nightclubs in his lab where every action people take is measured, he's locked people in dark rooms and waited to see what happens and he's got actors to have a fit on the floor to observe how people respond.

Expect to learn the neuroscience of why awe makes us feel so connected to the world around us, how donating a lot of money to charity can turn off that girl you're trying to impress, why unanswered questions cause so much anxiety, how distraction occurs in our brains and much more...

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Sep 25, 2021
#375 - Aubrey Marcus - Succeeding In Life, Business & Marriage
01:18:32

Aubrey Marcus is a podcaster, author and founder.

Aubrey just sold his company Onnit to Unilever for a huge undisclosed amount and he just got married after years of polyamory. How do you find fulfilment in life when all the pursuits which used to give you meaning are now completed?

Expect to learn what it feels like to wake up with millions and millions of dollars in your bank account one day, the dangers of constantly desiring validation, how Aubrey would suggest someone get into psychedelic therapy, his opinion on polyamory as a newly married man and much more...

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Sep 23, 2021
#374 - Will Storr - How To Play The Status Game
01:20:38

Will Storr is an award winning author and journalist.

Status is the original human currency. Prestige, renown, respect and admiration are all sought after because it gave our ancestors better access to mates, safety and resources. Now the modern era has arrived, the lions are no longer chasing us but our desire for status is a strong as ever.

Expect to learn why growing a huge yam can make you the favourite in your tribe, why tall poppy syndrome exists, the reason for our conscience, the risks of radically gaining or losing status, the winning qualities to develop if you want to enhance your status, how the status game relates to cancel culture and much more...

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Sep 20, 2021
#373 - Patrick Moore - Greenpeace's Ex-President - Is Climate Change A Hoax?
01:40:48

Patrick Moore is the Co-Founder & Ex-President of Greenpeace and an author.

Climate change has been at the forefront of political, cultural and social battles for the last 40 years. Patrick had a front-row seat as he organised the environmental movement's first ever major demonstration, but now he has some real problems with the direction it's heading in.

Expect to learn Patrick's thoughts on humanity's impact on global warming temperatures, his opinion on Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg, what people mean when they say we've only got 50 harvests left, whether we should be worried about rising sea levels and much more...

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Sep 18, 2021
#372 - Zack Telander - Elon Musk, Texas & Men Leaving College
01:14:41

Zack Telander is a weightlifter, coach & YouTuber.

ZT joins me to talk about the world's most pressing issues like why Elon Musk's silence is violence, why The Satanic Temple is stepping into Texas' abortion debate, why I got involved in TikTok drama, the implications of men leaving college at record rates, whether Joe Rogan will sue CNN, why the new Matrix trailer is so good, my new obsession with AirSoft YouTube and much more...

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Sep 16, 2021
#371 - Ollie Marchon - Identity Change & Personal Growth
01:10:52

Ollie Marchon is a coach, Nike Master Trainer and business owner.

The last year has caused everyone to ask some big questions about life direction. Change is often good but always scary and learning to find your place in a new world takes a lot of work, so how has Ollie managed to balance his family, work, business, coaching and training with finding a new identity.

Expect to learn what happens when you've outgrown an old version of you but don't know who you are next, how to ruthlessly chase down goals when the pressure is on, why a support system is crucial if you're driven, where Ollie's confidence comes from and much more...

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Sep 13, 2021
#370 - James Bloodworth - Understanding The Modern Dating Economy
01:20:24

James Bloodworth is a journalist, podcaster and an author.

The modern dating market is a mess. From polyamory to OnlyFans, Tinder to Trad Wives. No one really knows the best approach for navigating these waters, and the lessons from our parents no longer apply. James has dedicated an entire podcast series to the most interesting parts of the dating economy and today we're going through them.

Expect to learn whether porn addiction is really a thing, why sexual inequality is the only inequality no one wants to campaign for, James' insights around what Tinder is doing to dating, why 17% of people think that approaching anyone is harassment and much more...

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Sep 11, 2021
#369 - Mark Williams-Thomas - The Story Of Exposing Jimmy Savile
01:06:17

Mark Williams-Thomas is an investigative journalist, an author and former police detective.

True crime documentaries are everywhere, and you've probably seen Mark in many of them. He was the man responsible for investigating and exposing Jimmy Savile which then lead to an avalanche of other abusers being arrested. Today we get an insight into what it's like to be a real life Sherlock Holmes.

Expect to learn who are the most disturbing criminals that Mark Williams-Thomas has ever met, what the biggest difficulties were when investigating Jimmy Savile, how Jimmy Savile got away with abuse for so long, what it was like interviewing Oscar Pistorious, how accurate life in Line Of Duty actually is, what Mark thinks about Making A Murderer and much more...

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Sep 09, 2021
#368 - Unjaded Jade - How To Study For Any Exam
01:04:00

Jade Bowler is a YouTuber and an author.

It's weird that we spend the first 18 years of our lives desperately trying to study and revise for exams, but no one ever actually teaches us how to study or revise. Thankfully Jade is kind of a professional nerd and StudyTuber, and today she breaks down exactly what science says are the best ways to own an exam.

Expect to learn the fundamental principles for remembering anything, Jade's most effective strategies for revision, how to prepare for the final 24 hours before an exam, the biggest productivity mistakes which pretty much everyone makes and much more...

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Sep 06, 2021
#367 - Dr Dan Engle - How MDMA Is Transforming Mental Health
01:37:57

Dr. Dan Engle is an MD, the Founder and Medical Director of Kuya Institute for Transformational Medicine and an author.

For the last 50 years, MDMA has been illegal whilst psychological trauma and depression has mostly been treated by trying to negate their symptoms through medication. After decades of research and lobbying, we are finally on the verge of being able to treat the root causes of psychological pain, by using the very same drug which has been around since 1912.

Expect to learn what an MDMA-assisted psychotherapy session is actually like, what makes MDMA such a useful therapeutic tool, the difference in effectiveness between MDMA and current psyche-meds, what the future of its availability looks like and much more...

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Sep 04, 2021
#366 - Dr Clay Routledge - A Psychologist's Tips To Find Meaning
01:19:35

Dr Clay Routledge is a Professor of Management at North Dakota State University and an author.

How to find meaning in life is a question that's been grappled with for thousands of years. As an Existential Psychologist, Clay uses modern methods to answer these ancient questions and provides an awesome overview of our current understanding of what meaning is, why it's important and how to attain it.

Expect to learn why nature would design a creature that requires meaning to feel fulfilled, the most robust ways to add meaning to your life, why religion might have answered a lot of the questions we're now asking, Clay's views on the importance of nostalgia and much more...

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Sep 02, 2021
#365 - Oliver Burkeman - How To Properly Manage Your Time
01:10:37

Oliver Burkeman is a journalist and an author.

Time is something we all wish we had more of and tons of productivity gurus have proposed strategies to stop it from slipping through our fingers. After years of investigating and reporting on cutting-edge productivity for The Guardian, Oliver has arrived at a slightly different worldview of time and how we should manage it.

Expect to learn why becoming more efficient often just leads to you getting more useless work done, the fundamental problems which all time management strategies fail to address, how deciding what you're going to fail at is a superpower, the danger of seeing your leisure time as an arena for self-improvement and much more...

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Aug 30, 2021
#364 - Stuart Russell - The Terrifying Problem Of AI Control
01:53:29

Stuart Russell is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California and an author.

Programming machines to do what we want them to is a challenge. The consequences of getting this wrong become very grave if that machine is superintelligent with essentially limitless resources and no regard for humanity's wellbeing. Stuart literally wrote the textbook on Artificial Intelligence which is now used in hundreds of countries, so hopefully he's got an answer to perhaps the most important question of this century.

Expect to learn how AI systems have already manipulated your preferences to make you more predictable, why social media companies genuinely don't know what their own algorithms are doing, why our reliance on machines can be a weakness, Stuart's better solution for giving machines goals and much more...

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Aug 28, 2021
#363 - Naama Kates - Investigating The Incel Community
01:18:26

Naama Kates is a writer, producer and creator of the Incel Podcast.

The world of involuntary celibates continues to be thrust into the public limelight with incidents in the United States and most recently in the UK with Jake Davison's shooting in Plymouth. Naama has spent years investigating incels so I figured she would be a good place to go to understand what's happening.

Expect to learn whether the incel community is a terrorist organisation, why the incel culture can trap members inside of it, how the incels relate to the Mens Rights Movement, the problems associated with driving these communities underground and much more...

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Aug 26, 2021
#362 - James Smith - Dating, Finances & Happiness
01:29:33

James Smith is a PT and not a life coach.

It's a weird time to be alive. The rules are completely out of the window for dating, finding a balance between socialising and work is basically impossible, there are a million different ways to organise your personal finances and that's before you even start to throw Tinder into the mix.

Expect to learn why James is actually glad to be back from Australia, the optimal approach for getting a kangaroo to tap out in BJJ, what's interesting about being a guy in your 30's without kids, why James doesn't want to invest his money into property and much more...

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Aug 23, 2021
#361 - Darren Grimes - What The Right Is Getting Wrong
01:27:12

Darren Grimes is a political commentator and a YouTuber.

Conservatism might be the least sexy political viewpoint there is. The righthand side of the aisle is hardly setting anyone's pants ablaze and almost of feels like a movement that should come wrapped in a flat cap and a smoking jacket. Is this just the way things are?

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Aug 21, 2021
#360 - Incels, Afghanistan & Apple's Privacy Blunder
01:20:08

Jonny & Yusef join me today as we discuss recent news stories including why breastfeeding now needs recategorising to be more inclusive, how being injected with the flu might improve your lifting numbers, whether the incel movement caused the Plymouth shooting, why Apple's new privacy updates are problematic for privacy and much more...

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Aug 19, 2021
#359 - Stephen Davis - The Secrets Of British Airways Flight 149
01:13:56

Stephen Davis is an investigative reporter and an author.

On August 1st 1990, a British Airways flight departed London for Kuwait, on board were nearly 400 passengers including 9 secret service operatives. They landed in a war zone as Sadam Hussein's army rolled into Kuwait and took them hostage.

For the next 5 months they were used as human shields, and for the last 30 years BA and the UK Government has covered up why they were really there and what happened. Stephen has been investigating this story since it happened and today we get to hear what 30 years of research has uncovered.

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Aug 16, 2021
#358 - Dr Samantha Boardman - Positive Psychology's Lessons For Coping With Stress
01:06:14

Dr Samantha Boardman is a psychiatrist and an author.

Divorces, bankruptcies and moving house are major stresses. But what about the micro-stressors we deal with every day, how much do they contribute to diminishing our wellbeing and what can we do to stop that from happening?

Expect to learn which activities studies say are most effective for making you resilient to stress, how to break a downward spiral in your growth, why discomfort is a feature not a bug, how creating a persona can give you confidence and much more...

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Aug 14, 2021
#357 - Christopher Mason - A 500-Year Plan To Reach Other Worlds
01:04:41

Christopher Mason is a Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, founding Directors of the WorldQuant Initiative for Quantitative Prediction and an author.

Eventually, the sun is going to engulf the earth. This means that if we want human and animal life to not be snuffed out within a billion years, we need to reach other worlds and Christopher has put together a 500-years roadmap for how we could do it.

Expect to learn why space flight is so harsh on the human body, how genetic manipulation could assist us with survival, whether locking generations of humans on a spaceship is ethical, if zero gravity birth is possible, whether anyone has had sex in space yet, why we should bathe in yoghurt and much more...

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Aug 12, 2021
#356 - Yeonmi Park - What It's Truly Like Living In North Korea
01:12:26

Yeonmi Park is a North Korean defector, an author and a YouTuber.

North Korea is the most shrouded, dictatorial and walled-off nation on earth. The only press who are permitted access are get shown a performance masquerading as real life and leaving the country is essentially impossible. At 13 years old, Yeonmi escaped along with her sister & mother.

Expect to learn how North Korea's citizens are conned into spying on each other, why it's better to die than go to prison, how the state has managed to get the total escapees down to 0 in the last few years, if Yeonmi is scared about retribution from Kim-Jong Un and much more...

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Aug 09, 2021
#355 - Andrew Gold - Exorcisms, Rockstar Priests & Dangerous Taboos
01:35:48

Andrew Gold is a documentary maker and podcaster.

In the depths of the Buenos Aires suburbs is a priest who is warding off vampires, levitating followers and battling demons. Or maybe he's kidnapping schizophrenic patients from a local psychiatric ward. Andrew traipsed through Argentina to find out.

Expect to learn what it's like to fear 5000 people are going to kill you in South America, how Andrew infiltrated an underground network in Germany, why the BBC's diversity quota might be protecting the top jobs, how brutal it is to work in Amazon's warehouse and much more...

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Aug 07, 2021
#354 - Rich Diviney - Perform Like A Navy Seal
01:22:17

Rich Diviney is a retired Navy SEAL Commander and an author.

The Navy Seals are one of the most hardened military groups in the world. During 13 tours and over a decade of service, Rich researched and tested his favourite ways to improve and enhance the mental and physical performance of himself and his unit.

Expect to learn how to immediately move your system from a sympathetic to parasympathetic state, why optimal performance is preferable to peak performance, why understanding the relationship between skills and attributes is crucial, how to cope with fear and much more...

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Aug 05, 2021
#353 - Robert Plomin - How Do Genes Influence Our Behaviour?
01:47:39

Robert Plomin, is a psychologist, geneticist and an author.

Separating the influence of nature and nurture is something everyone considers. Robert is the 71st most cited psychologist of the 20th century and has run the largest and most clinically detailed twin and adoption studies in history to finally provide definitive answers to these fundamental questions.

Expect to learn how much of who we are can be attributed to our environment and how much was predisposed by our genetics, why parenting doesn't make a difference, why the choice of school your child goes to only impacts 1% of their outcomes, whether penis size is heritable, if there is a gay gene or not and much more...

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Aug 02, 2021
#352 - Ben Aldridge - How To Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
56:45

Ben Aldridge is an author, musician and teacher.

After finding himself increasingly anxious and suffering regular panic attacks, Ben purposefully spent an entire year doing things which really pushed the limits of his comfort in an effort to regain control of his mindset.

Expect to learn what Ben's Mrs thought of him sleeping on the floor next to the bed, what he discovered when he climbed Everest up and down his house's stairs, why acupuncture in the face can be useful, how exposure therapy spills over into regulating your daily emotions and much more...

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Jul 31, 2021
#351 - Stephen McGinty - The World's Deepest Submarine Rescue
01:03:46

Stephen McGinty is an author, journalist and documentary producer.

In 1973, two British men, Roger Chapman & Roger Mallinson were 1500ft below the surface laying trans-Atlantic telephone cables in the Pisces III submarine.

What happened next is one of the longest, most dangerous, complex and daring rescues ever attempted as America, Canada, Ireland and Britain marshalled their forces in the air and beneath the sea to save the two men, all while their oxygen, food and power was rapidly running out.

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Jul 29, 2021
#350 - James Nestor - Change Your Breath, Change Your Life
01:20:45

James Nestor is a journalist and an author.

We get more energy from our breath than we do from food or hydration or sleep. And yet most people have never considered assessing how properly they breathe. Thankfully James has spent years speaking to the world's leading researchers, breathwork teachers, monks and free divers to find out exactly what we need to know.

Expect to learn why computer use is affecting your breath, how poor breathing can cause diabetes, why snoring is a dangerous habit, James' tips for optimising your daily breathing, the best strategies to use for athletic performance, how to improve your breathing while you sleep and much more...

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Jul 26, 2021
#349 - Rupert Spira - Enlightenment, Happiness & Non-Duality
01:04:18

Rupert Spira a teacher of the Non-Dualism Direct Path, an author and a potter.

Non-dualism is a state of consciousness that many contemplative practitioners aim to achieve. A dissolving of a barrier between the observer and the experience, it's incredibly complex but thankfully Rupert is one of the clearest and most direct teachers of non-duality.

Today we tackle some of the biggest questions in enlightenment practice, like what are we at our essence? What is consciousness? What does it mean to say that you are the same person that you were 20 years ago? What are we referring to when we say "I"? What happens if you take away everything that we identify with?

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Jul 24, 2021
#348 - Daniel Schmachtenberger - Building Better Sensemaking
02:09:52

Daniel Schmachtenberger is a founding member of The Consilience Project and works in preventing global catastrophic risk.

Having accurate sensemaking is a superpower in the 21st century. As the volume of information we need to sort through increases, the ability to distinguish signal from noise becomes ever more important. Given this, I wanted to ask Daniel exactly how he would advise someone to become an adept sensemaker.

Expect to learn the characteristics that a good sensemaking agent should have, why the relationship between sense, meaning and choice making is so crucial, whether Daniel thinks that humanity is too emotional to reach our full potential, at what stage of personal actualisation we should begin to help the world and much more...

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Jul 22, 2021
#347 - Danny Trejo - The Most Killed Man In Hollywood
01:04:27

Danny Trejo is an actor and restaurateur.

Danny is one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood history. He's just written a new memoir about his life and today we get to hear his craziest stories.

Expect to learn what it was like to meet Charles Manson in jail, who was the hardest guy on-set at Con Air, how Danny nearly ended up with the death penalty, whether he actually robbed Antonio Banderas, how he saved Keifer Sutherland from a psychopath and much more...

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Jul 19, 2021
#346 - Rob Reid - How To Avoid Destroying Humanity
02:16:29

Rob Reid is an entrepreneur, podcaster and an author.

The last 15 months have been a terrifying taster of just what a global crisis is like, except it wasn't lethal enough to be a threat to our long term survival - but just because this one wasn't, doesn't mean that more deadly existential risks aren't out there.

Expect to learn how synthetic biology might be the biggest risk to our survival, what we should have learned from 2020, whether Artificial General Intelligence is an immediate threat, Rob's opinion on my solution for saving civilisation, whether we should totally stop all technological development and much more...

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Jul 15, 2021
#345 - Ryan Long - Annihilating The Culture
01:17:40

Ryan Long is a comedian, director and podcaster.

What do Whiteclaw, Elon Musk, Andrew Cuomo's daughter's sexuality, Juule, OnlyFans, Dan Bilzarian, John McAfee, Winston from Mumford & Sons, Oli London and a kinky Thanksgiving Parade have in common?

Absolutely nothing but we talk about them all today. Enjoy.

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Jul 12, 2021
#344 - Luke Burgis - Mimetic Desire: Why Do We Want?
01:02:27

Luke Burgis is an entrepreneur and author.

We feel like we are in charge of our wants. Like we're the creator of our desires. But Rene Girard's theory of Mimetic Desire suggests an alternative - all we are doing is copying and modelling other people's wants, and then spitting them back out as our own.

Expect to learn why you're going to die of a Brazilian butt lift, why mimesis is a kind of alchemy, how mimetic desires cause people to become scapegoats, why Lamborghini's creation story is explained by Rene Girard and much more...

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Jul 08, 2021
#343 - Dr David Sinclair - Defeating Ageing & Living Longer
01:06:00

Dr David Sinclair is a Professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and co-Director of the Paul Glenn Centre for the Biological Mechanisms of Ageing.

The longevity movement is huge, people all around the globe are trying to discover how to live longer and slow down ageing. It's been 2 years since Dr Sinclair was last on the show, so I figured it was time to invite him back on and find out what he's been up to.

Expect to learn why having a dog can make you live longer, how fasting can slow down ageing, what the longevity research says about loneliness, what Dr Sinclair's new supplement regime looks like, whether he's worried about 5G phones or Bluetooth headphones and much more...

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Jul 05, 2021
#342 - Jim Poole - The Neuroscience Of Stress
01:27:19

Jim Poole is the President and CEO of Solace Lifesciences.

The last year has been one of the most stressful in memory, add on top our always-on technology, poor sleep schedules, alcohol, political tensions and it's no surprise that the second great wave of stress is upon us.

Expect to learn how the balance of your autonomous nervous system is constantly being hijacked, how the crazy technology underpinning Jim's flagship product NuCalm works, why the sleep industry is in such a mess, how manipulating your brainwaves can impact your mood and much more...

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Jul 03, 2021
#341 - Life Hacks 205
01:29:37

Jonny & Yusef from Propane Fitness join me for another Life Hacks episode.

Sit back & enjoy as we run through our favourite tools, apps, websites, strategies & resources for a productive and efficient life.

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Jul 01, 2021
#340 - Mark Manson - 11 Uncomfortable Truths About Life
01:15:53

Mark Manson is an author and blogger.

Mark is the king of telling people things they don't want to hear, but need to hear. I couldn't bring him on without using this as an opportunity to dig out some of his most insightful and painful lessons about life, so here we go - hold on tight.

Expect to learn why almost nothing is ever about you, why there's a fundamental selfishness attached to anxiety, how Mark transitioned from partyboy to fatherhood, why you're probably the problem in all your relationships, why contrarians aren't as smart as they think and much more...

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Jun 28, 2021
#339 - Jeremy McDermott - Hunting An Invisible Drug Lord
01:09:12

Jeremy McDermott is an investigative reporter and the Director of Insight Crime.

Modern drug lords in South America learned that anonymity is a better defence than a well armed militia. Jeremy has spent the last decade of his life chasing one of the most notorious members of The Invisibles, Memo Fantasma "The Ghost".

Expect to learn how the Vice President of Colombia was implicated in a drug lord's operations, how The Ghost deleted his entire identity, why Jeremy turned up on a kingpin's doorstep in Madrid, why the DEA probably had Memo on their payroll and much more...

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Jun 26, 2021
#338 - Robert Wright - Psychology, Aliens & Averting The Apocalypse
01:16:26

Robert Wright is President of the Nonzero Foundation, an author and Visiting Professor of Science and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Bob's book The Moral Animal has changed my thinking more than pretty much any other over the last few years, so naturally I wanted to bring him on to discuss whether aliens are real and how we can avoid existential risks.

For real though, expect to learn the role that evolutionary psychology plays in mindfulness practice, why Bob thinks that aliens are probably enlightened, how global coordination can be improved by everyone meditating, whether we're doomed for civilisational collapse and much more...

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Jun 24, 2021
#337 - 200k Q&A - Jordan Peterson, Bitcoin & Harsh Truths
01:19:55

I hit 200k Subscribers on YouTube!!

To celebrate I asked for questions on Instagram and YouTube. Yet again I was blown away by how interesting, challenging and insightful the questions were so I tried to fit as many in as I could. You guys really are incredibly smart and uncommonly reasonable on an internet of idiots mud slinging at each other.

Expect to learn who the hardest podcast guest to prepare for was, whether I'm worried about being over 30 and single, if I'll shave my head and wear a Tim Pool beanie for 300k, what 5 pieces of advice I'd give someone in their early 20's, what my Spotify looks like and much more...

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Jun 21, 2021
#336 - Richard Lang - What It Feels Like To Have No Head
55:09

Richard Lang is the Co-ordinator of the Shollond Trust, a UK charity focussed on sharing the Headless Way.

If you see a person from 6 feet away, they're a person. From 100,000 miles away they're a planet. From a few microns away they're cells. So what are they at their very centre? Who are we?

This is the central question of The Headless Way and today Richard takes us through Douglas Harding's work to answer it along with some meditations and experiments you can do to illuminate these insights for yourself.

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Jun 19, 2021
#335 - Nicole Arbour - Dating, Haters & Mental Health
01:07:42

Nicole Arbour is a comedian and YouTuber.

Nicole has been through her fair share of controversy, so what insights has she gained from a decade of public attention, haters, success and failure?

Expect to learn what Nicole discovered after 10 years of chronic pain, what Americans Canadians and Brits can learn from each other, why Canadian politeness has ben weaponised, what the right are getting wrong, how to deal with criticism, Nicole's dating advice to her younger self and much more...

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Jun 17, 2021
#334 - Shane Parrish - Mental Models, Good Decisions & Better Content
53:38

Shane Parrish is the Founder of Farnam Street, an ex-Canadian Intelligence Agency Operative and an author.

Farnam Street is one of the best blogs on the planet. Shane has been a huge contributor to increasing the popularity of mental models and effective decision making over the last few years, today we get to dig into some of his favourite insights.

Expect to learn how to pursue growth without feeling insufficient, why everyone in Shane's company gets august off work, how to know when your ego is deceiving you, why making a ton of money on Bitcoin doesn't make you a genius and much more...

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Jun 14, 2021
#333 - Chris Walsh - How Does The Cannabis Industry Work?
01:03:25

Chris Walsh is the CEO and President of Marijuana Business Daily and an industry trend analyst.

People are claiming that cannabis will be the next gold rush industry. After it grew by nearly 50% in 2020, that seems even more likely. Chris knows everything about the world of weed, so we get the inside scoop on this rapidly growing industry.

Expect to learn how weed is somehow illegal federally but legal at the state level, why THC suppositories are a thing, whether there will be a psychedelics industry, what to expect from the next few years of legalisation and much more...

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Jun 12, 2021
#332 - Julia Galef - Learn To Improve Your Decision Making
56:56

Julia Galef is the co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, a podcaster and an author.

Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings said that tens of thousands of Covid deaths could have been prevented if the Government had read Julia's book. Why is it that he swears by Julia's rationalist manifesto?

Expect to learn what most people get wrong about confidence, the difference between a solider and scout mindset, why attitude is more important than knowledge for effective judgement, how to avoid being self-deceptive, what the rationality movement has got most wrong and much more...

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Jun 10, 2021
#331 - Michael Knowles - The Problem With Political Correctness
01:32:10

Michael Knowles is a political commentator, podcaster, and an author.

Ostensibly, political correctness is the right thing to do if you're a  responsible human that is respectful of other people's emotions.

Encouraging people to be mindful and precise of the words they use makes sense. But demanding for tolerance becomes undermined when the people doing the demanding are overbearing and intolerant. It’s like punching people in the name of peace. Something is obviously amiss...

Expect to learn why people who respect free speech may need to restrict free speech, how political correctness lays a trap for everyone, whether Michael thinks we're closer to a Brave New World or 1984, his thoughts on Steven Crowder's situation and much more...

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Jun 07, 2021
#330 - Theo Priestley & Bronwyn Williams - What Will The Future Look Like?
01:16:38

Theo Priestley and Bronwyn Jones are futurists, trend analysts and authors.

The future is supposed to be ours to choose, but who is educated enough to tell us if we're going in the wrong direction?

Theo & Bronwyn brought together the world's leading futurists to articulate, clarify and predict the current trajectories in all the areas of life that you care about, like the future of warfare, education, transport, politics, economics, space travel, relationships and more.

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Jun 05, 2021
#329 - Michael Malice - Is Anarchy The Answer?
01:30:37

Michael Malice is an author, political commentator & podcaster.

No matter your perspective, politics isn't working very well at the moment. The world is divided along more lines than we can count and the powers that be don't seem to have the electorate's best interests at heart. Is the solution just to tear it all down?

Expect to learn why Michael refuses to vote, what the hardest question for anarchy to answer is, why a democracy doesn't give you choice, why I've been forgetting words recently, what we're going to do about our cancelled Russia trip and much more...

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Jun 03, 2021
#328 - Jack Butcher - Visualising Value & Constant Creativity
01:22:22

Jack Butcher is a designer, entrepreneur and the founder of Visualize Value.

Jack has gone from being a normal agency designer to becoming the one-man-army behind Visualize Value - a business that generates over $100,000 a month at a 99% profit margin.

Expect to learn how to avoid getting distracted by shiny object syndrome, how Jack prioritises creativity in a hectic business environment, what becoming a father teaches you about algorithms, how to sustain exponential growth and much more...

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May 31, 2021
#327 - Peter Crone - Defeat Your Limiting Beliefs
01:03:13

Peter Crone is a performance coach to athletes, professionals and celebrities.

The beliefs and subconscious narratives we hold shape our behaviour, health, relationships and performance. But by its very definition, the subconscious is difficult to tap in to.

Expect to learn how to step into the narrative loop of your self-image, why not feeling like you're enough is such a common occurrence, how to be less hard on yourself, what our most dangerous inner monologues are and much more...

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May 29, 2021
#326 - Jim O'Shaughnessy - Surviving The Great Reshuffle
01:27:03

Jim O'Shaughnessy is an investor and the founder, Chairman, and Chief Investment Officer of O'Shaughnessy Asset Management.

Time, space and geography are collapsing. The richest people on the planet are no longer in charge of labour or buildings, they're symbol manipulators. The skillsets we need today are completely different to what was needed 50 years ago, let alone 500. Jim is here to give us some advice on how we can survive this catastrophic reshuffling.

Expect to learn why 2020 was the best thing to happen to talented people in the developing world, the danger of grade-inflation in top flight universities, why we both have a man-crush on Rory Sutherland, why Isaac Newton was a dick and much more...

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May 27, 2021
#325 - Lauren Johnson - The Mindset Secrets Of Elite Athletes
01:12:57

Lauren Johnson is the New York Yankees ex-Performance Psychologist and a mental toughness expert.

We all have a lot to learn from people who are performing at the limits of their ability. As the person in charge of the New York Yankees' mindset for 4 years, Lauren has seen first hand just how important mindset and mental toughness are for enabling peak output.

Expect to learn how we can improve our self talk, how athletes deal with pain & discomfort, Lauren's best advice for dealing with criticism, what the difference is between a good and elite performer, how to avoid being too outcome-focussed and much more...

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May 24, 2021
#324 - Alex Epstein - Can Fossil Fuels Save The World?
01:29:39

Alex Epstein is an energy theorist, the founder and president of the Center for Industrial Progress and an author.

During any discussion about fossil fuels, the focus only ever seems to be on the negative side effects, but what about the positives? Alex believes that we need more, not less fossil fuels to improve global human flourishing, and today he makes his case.

Expect to learn why solar & wind energy can't fix our energy problems, how nuclear plants have become so demonised, why Alex thinks that climate change activists fundamentally hate humanity, his views on Extinction Rebellion, why fossil fuels reduce environmental catastrophes and much more...

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May 22, 2021
#323 - Michio Kaku - Black Holes, Big Bangs & Quantum Theory
01:04:04

Michio Kaku is the Professor of Theoretical Physics in the City College of New York, a futurist and an author.

What happened before the big bang? Is there a white hole on the other end of a black hole? Can time go backwards? Are there other dimensions? Are there other parallel universes? Is there a multiverse of universes?

These are all questions that are beyond our current understanding and can't be resolved using the Standard Model and General Relativity. Michio Kaku is on the quest for The God Equation - a theory of everything and today, we get to find out how close he is to discovering it.

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May 20, 2021
#322 - Mohamedou Ould Slahi - Surviving 14 Years In Guantanamo Bay
01:36:18

Mohamedou Ould Slahi is the subject of the film The Mauritanian and has been called "the most tortured man in Guantanamo Bay".

Mohamedou lived for 14 years in Guantanamo Bay, was subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques, otherwise known as torture, was sexually assaulted by prison officers, was force-fed food, water boarded, subjected to a mock-execution, and spent nearly 20 years away from his home country. Without being charged once.

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May 17, 2021
#321 - Dr Alexander Lee - The Story Behind Machiavelli's Philosophy
01:06:04

Alexander Lee is a renaissance historian at the University of Warwick and an author.

Niccolo Machiavelli is one of the most famous political philosophers of all time. His work is often considered ruthless, brutal and manipulative, but who was the man behind the words?

Alexander has just written one of the most insightful and comprehensive biographies of Machiavelli ever, so let's return to 15th century Florence and find out what Niccolo was really like, how he continually failed in his own political career, why he threw up on an old woman after having sex with her, the truth underpinning his views on human nature and much more...

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May 15, 2021
#320 - Robb Wolf - Eat, Sleep & Train Like Your Ancestors
01:12:39

Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist and one of the world’s leading experts in Paleolithic Nutrition and Ancestral Health.

The world which our genetics evolved in is very different to the one we exist in now. Rob's work tries to undo this by applying an evolutionary lens to our training, diet, recovery and socialisation.

Expect to learn why the Guinness book of world records has banned unbroken sleep challenges, Rob's best tips for easily getting more protein into your diet, how losing just 1 hour of sleep can ruin your relationship, how Rob approaches his training methodology after 20 years in the CrossFit world and much more...

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May 13, 2021
#319 - David Buss - The Hidden Psychology Of Sexual Conflict
01:16:14

David Buss is one of the founders of the field of Evolutionary Psychology, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas and an author.

The topic of sexual deception, harassment and assault are an emotive, highly charged conversation. Men are accused and women are afraid. But why do these conflicts even arise? Why is it that men and women's sexual desires diverge? David's new book opens Pandora's Box to this murky world.

Expect to learn the key differences to men & women's sexual desires, how the over-perception bias explains much of why we are confused, why women are attracted to bad boys, how men are mentally hardwired to objectify women, how mate-value discrepancy can cause all manner of catastrophes, whether all men are rapists and much more...

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May 10, 2021
#318 - Steven Laureys - The Neuroscience Of Meditation
01:03:59

Steven Laureys is a neurologist, Professor of Neurology & Director at Coma Science Group and an author.

Meditation and mindfulness practise has gained a lot of popularity over the last few decades. But the effects are inherently difficult to observe because they're internal, thankfully Steven is one of the leading clinicians and researchers in the field of neurology and has scanned the brains of some of the world's heavyweight meditators.

Expect to learn what structural changes occur in the brain after consistent meditation practise, why meditation impacts happiness, what Steven learned from "the happiest man alive", what neuroscience can tell us about happiness from deep sea divers and much more...

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May 08, 2021
#317 - Cal Newport - How To Master Your Email Overload
01:15:21

Cal Newport is an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and an author.

Email has changed the way we collaborate and work. Free, frictionless, instant communication sounds great, but many workers are tyrannised by their email inbox, no matter how many productivity tools they add in. Cal is proposing a new type of solution to this overload.

Expect to learn why workers checking their email every 6 minutes is neutering productivity, how reducing your email can improve how good you are at your job, why you need more than 5 email addresses, Cal's advice for changing your company culture around email and much more...

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May 06, 2021
#316 - Steven Dudley - MS-13: America's Most Notorious Gang
01:14:41

Steven Dudley is the Director of InSight Crime, a crime & public security reporter and an author.

MS-13 are one of the best known gangs in the world. President Trump declared war on them and called them a national security threat. Today we get to hear exactly how the gang works from the most informed MS-13 expert on the planet.

Expect to learn how MS-13 have become so dangerous without any single leader, how the gang initiates new members, the terrifyingly difficult prospect of trying to leave the organisation, how the gang are both victimisers and victims, the danger of them entering into politics and much more...

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May 03, 2021
#315 - Melody Wilding - Succeed If You're Empathetic & Driven
01:12:47

Melody Wilding is an executive coach and an author.

Being a driven but sensitive individual is a fairly interesting blend. You have all the desire for high achievement and go-getting but also overthink pretty much everything which slows you down. Thankfully, Melody is a specialist at coaching what she calls Sensitive Strivers.

Expect to learn how to channel your emotions into an advantage, why trusting your gut is a skill, how to let go of being a perfectionist, how to stop over-thinking, why empathy can help you to beat the competition and much more...

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May 01, 2021
#314 - Greg McKeown - How To Make Life Effortless
01:36:40

Greg McKeown is a public speaker, leadership & business strategist and an author.

Is the toughest path always the right one? Is the more important a thing is, the harder it has to be? Or is there a way to make the execution of what matters most in your life a little easier?

Expect to learn why the usefulness of working runs out more quickly than you might think, how Effortless relates to Essentialism, why burnout is not a badge of honour, how to decide what "done" looks like, how to build the courage to be rubbish, how to get the highest return on the least effort and much more...

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Apr 29, 2021
#313 - Cancel Culture, Sobriety & Identity Change
01:13:09

This episode was originally recorded on Sean Spooner's podcast Life and Lessons.

I enjoyed this discussion so much, I figured I'd put it on Modern Wisdom too. Lots more talking by me on this one, which you'd better enjoy, or else.

Expect to learn why identity change is so hard, what being club promoter without nightclubs for a year has been like, why going sober is still a red pill everyone needs to take, my thoughts on cancel culture, what chapters I would include in my book, why social justice warriors fundamentally hate themselves and much more...

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Apr 26, 2021
#312 - Gabrielle Bluestone - The World's Biggest Scammers
01:03:48

Gabrielle Bluestone is the Executive Producer of the FYRE Documentary, an author & journalist.

From failed festivals to fake blood tests, the grifters and scammers of the world seem to be having their time in the spotlight right now.

Expect to learn how Billy McFarland the founder of Fyre Festival has got himself into even more trouble since he's been in jail, why Elizabeth Holmes from Theranos made her voice lower, what we learned from Mike Bloomberg's Presidential Campaign, whether you can influence your way to a best selling product, why we're so obsessed with these car crash individuals and much more...

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Apr 24, 2021
#311 - Life Hacks 204
01:35:30

Jonny & Yusef from Propane Fitness join me for another Life Hacks episode.

Sit back & enjoy as we run through our favourite tools, apps, websites, strategies & resources for a productive and efficient life.

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Apr 22, 2021