Modern Wisdom

By Chris Williamson

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Subscribers: 1043
Reviews: 3

Sremu
 Dec 19, 2022
One of the best podcasts out there

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, Balaji Srinivasan, Steven Pinker, Alex Hormozi, Douglas Murray, Michael Malice, James Smith, Dr David Sinclair, Mark Manson and more.

Episode Date
#585 - Adam Mastroianni - Are Smart People Actually Happier?
01:17:11

Adam Mastroianni is a postdoctoral research scholar at Columbia Business School and a writer whose research focuses on how people perceive and misperceive their social worlds.

Does being smart make you happy? Does being dumb make you miserable? Why did the guy who created eugenics also get published in Nature for a revolutionary way to cut a cake? Adam is one of my favourite writers so today I get to ask him all these things.

Expect to learn why super smart people can be so stupid, Adam's issue with the productivity approach of eating frogs, whether you can learn arithmetic by smell, why humans misjudge what other people want to talk about, why we forget so many of the things that we've learned, how come it's trendy to call the general public stupid and much more...

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Feb 04, 2023
#584 - Dr Gloria Mark - How To Take Control Of Your Attention
01:19:36

Dr Gloria Mark is the Chancellor's professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of California and an author whose research focuses on human-computer interaction.

Not being able to focus and suffering with distracted attention is one of the most common complaints amongst people in the modern world. The ability to stay focussed on a single task for a long period of time is hugely beneficial and yet has never been more difficult to achieve.

Expect to learn what attention actually is and how it works, the average amount of time that people spend on a single task in the modern world, why attention is so easy to distract, whether multitasking is actually a thing, how to take back control from your distractions, how to deal with guilt around being distracted, the best way to design your daily routine for maximum focus and much more...

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Feb 02, 2023
#583 - Stephen J. Shaw - Is Population Collapse A Real Risk?
01:31:15

Stephen J Shaw is a data scientist and filmmaker.

Over the last 7 years, Stephen has visited 24 countries and analysed millions of piece of data to work out what is happening with global birthrates and predict the earth's future population. The answer is shocking and literally every person needs to be aware of it.

Expect to learn how 70% of countries on earth are below the population tipping point, what the cause of such rapidly changing birthrates can be attributed to, why women seem to find motherhood less attractive in 2023, whether marriage rates need to be raised, if cost of living, hormonal birth control or environmentalism is to blame and much more...

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Jan 30, 2023
#582 - Zack Telander - TikTok Dancing Through The Apocalypse
01:18:41

Zack Telander is a weightlifter, coach & YouTuber.

TikTok may be a colossal waste of time, but at least most people consider it to be harmless. A recently blog post made me think differently and today we look at the world's first digital weapon of mass-destruction through pleasure rather than pain.

Expect to learn why Digital Dementia is a real phenomenon, how young girls are developing tourettes-like tics from watching videos, the dangers of atrophying focus through watching too much TikTok, why Grammarly and ChatGPT are no longer impartial, the awkwardness of vlogging a day in the life at Google when you get laid-off, whether calling a man bald is sexual harassment and much more...

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Jan 28, 2023
#581 - Neil deGrasse Tyson - Understanding The Wonders Of Science
01:10:10

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

The universe is filled with mystery. Science has answered a lot and yet there's still so many fundamental questions which we seem no closer to understanding. What is consciousness? Are we alone in the universe? And why do people argue so much on the internet?

Expect to learn what would happen if the moon disappeared, how Neil has dealt with the fallout from Patrick Bet David's podcast, why Sir Christopher Wren was an architect troll, Neil's best answer to the fermi paradox, why the world of astropolitics will be very complicated, why your colon bacteria doesn't think very highly of you and much more...

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Jan 26, 2023
#580 - Dr Tania Reynolds - What Use Are Female Friendships?
01:23:58

Dr Tania Reynolds is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of New Mexico whose research focuses on women's intrasexual competition, biases in moral evaluations and social and sexual selection.

Ancestrally, men needed to go to war and hunt. Given this, it would be rather useful to be friends with the spear-wielding bloke next to you so that you know he's got your back. Women's use case for friends is much more subtle and difficult to determine however, and today we try to decipher the underpinnings of female friendships.

Expect to learn why women dislike working underneath a female boss, the painful social existence that very attractive women have to endure, why both men and women bias seeing women as victims and men as perpetrators, why women develop opposite-sex friendships, the most common ways women derogate their rivals, why sexual gossip is a ruthless precision engineered tool and much more...

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Jan 23, 2023
#579 - Peter Diamandis - The Mindset Secrets Of Elite Performers
01:02:02

Peter Diamandis is an engineer, physician, founder of the X Prize Foundation and cofounder of Singularity University.

If you got rid of Elon Musk's money, or Steve Jobs' factories, they would likely still end up in a successful place because of their  mindset. Peter has incubated some of the fastest growing and most innovative CEOs, businesses and performers and developed a number of rules around how to optimise your mental state.

Expect to learn the practises that Peter teaches his students to maximise their mindset's effectiveness, the most important principles of developing a big vision for life, how to overcome negativity and limiting beliefs, whether Peter believes humans are going to be able to live to 120 soon, what's happening with space tourism and much more...

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Jan 21, 2023
#578 - Dr Robert Waldinger - Lessons From The World's Longest Study On Happiness
01:13:34

Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, Zen priest and Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest-running study of adult life ever conducted.

What makes for a good life? That was one of the main questions I asked myself when I began this podcast. A far easier solution would have been to speak to Dr Waldinger as his team has been researching thousands of the same individuals for 75 years to answer this question definitively.

Expect to learn how you operate a longitudinal study that spans more time than any researcher's career, just how in depth this study went with brain scans and blood tests, what the most important factors which determined life happiness were, how many friends people should have, whether being married makes you live longer, what role achievement has on happiness and much more...

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Jan 19, 2023
#577 - David Goggins - This Is How To Master Your Life
01:55:28

David Goggins is a retired United States Navy SEAL, ultramarathon runner, triathlete, public speaker and an author. 

The ability to overcome challenges in life is one we will all need sooner or later. Make no mistake, discomfort is coming for you whether you're ready or not. Goggins happens to be one of the best individuals on earth at dealing with hard things and after a long time without any podcast appearances, I met him in Vegas to find out what new insights he's uncovered.

Expect to learn what most people get wrong about motivation, Goggins' thoughts on claims that SEAL selection is too hard, what the most painful experience of his life was, the danger of success making you soft, why he ran the MOAB 240 twice with no knee cartilage, why he recorded a mixtape of insults from the internet, how to overcome laziness, what David's entire daily routine looks like and much more...

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Jan 16, 2023
#576 - Dr John Barry - Does Psychology Have A Negative View Of Masculinity?
01:12:53

Dr John Barry is a Chartered Psychologist and Professional Researcher, Co-Founder of The Centre for Male Psychology and a leading expert in men’s mental health.

Men and women both need help with their mental wellbeing, now more than ever. Yet there seems to be a particular blindness when it comes to men's psychology and how to treat it, plus how to effectively communicate with men about their issues.

Expect to learn why traditional masculinity is seen as problematic by the American Psychological Association, the most important factors that impact the wellbeing of a sample of over 4,000 men, the unique challenges that male psychology poses, how important it is for men to have a partner in life, whether men staring at women should be made illegal and much more...

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Jan 14, 2023
#575 - Michael Malice - Why You Should Take The White Pill
02:15:32

Michael Malice is an author, political commentator & podcaster.

The 1900s saw some of the worst atrocities in human history. Evil was abound and the bad guys were on top a lot, with the Soviet Union being one of the most brutal examples. Given this, what reason do we have for any hope in the modern world?

Expect to learn just how brutal the Soviet jails and gulags were, the torture methods used to extract confessions, how the Western Press were complicit in covering up Russian crimes, the incredible heroism and ingenuity used by people to get through the Berlin wall, why the bad guys don't have to win, Michael's justification for there always being hope and much more...

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Jan 12, 2023
#574 - 600k Q&A - Masculinity Crisis, Overrated Thinkers & Lex Fridman
01:29:34

I hit 600k Subscribers on YouTube!!

To celebrate, I asked for questions from YouTube, Twitter, Locals and Instagram, so here's another 90 minutes of me trying to answer as many as possible. As always there's some great questions in here about whether Lex Fridman is coming on the podcast, who the most overrated thinker is and my plans for 2023.

Expect to learn what my thoughts are on masculinity being in a crisis, my best advice for men in their 20's, whether it's possible to have a well meaning conversation about the Left without calling everyone woke, where I buy my t-shirts from, who I want to bring on the show in 2023, my biggest tips for starting a YouTube channel, why it's a good thing that Newton didn't have Twitter and much more...

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Jan 09, 2023
#573 - Dr Victor Kumar - How Did Human Morality Evolve?
01:19:39

Dr Victor Kumar is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Boston University, part of the Mind & Morality Lab's Moral Psychology Research Group and an author.

Morality might seem like something that exists independently of humans. Things are either good or bad, the current evolutionary state humans in in should not impact this judgement. Yet it seems that culture and evolution heavily influenced each other, and they influenced morality too.

Expect to learn why Asian people get red faces when they drink alcohol, which moral emotions can be detected in chimpanzees,  why sympathy can be seen as investment advice, how come some people can consume milk and others can't, whether moral grandstanding and performative empathy on Twitter can be explained by evolution, the reason for altruism existing and much more...

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Jan 07, 2023
#572 - Life Hacks 210
01:49:28

Jonny & Yusef from Propane Fitness join me for a new year's 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 the best sleep supplements we've found, how to get served faster at every restaurant, how to fix tennis elbow, why you need multiple gym memberships, a fix for caffeine dependency, Jonny's best new app for tracking your diet, how to beat procrastination, where to find the secret Pret a Manger in Heathrow Terminal 5, how to never lose your way during a speech again and much more...

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Jan 05, 2023
#571 - Joyce Benenson - How Do Women Compete For Partners?
01:17:03

Joyce Benenson is a lecturer of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University whose research focuses on human social structures and sex differences in competition and cooperation.

We're often told that men are more competitive, more status-driven and more ruthless with rivals for potential mates. In reality doesn't seem to be true, the difference is that women's competition takes a more subtle, cynical and sophisticated route to drive away their competitors.

Expect to learn how women compete for status, why women exclude more than men, why women who promote an egalitarian world are less charitable than you might think, how you can interfere with a rivals' relationship without getting caught, the usefulness of gossip as an enforcement mechanism and much more...

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Jan 02, 2023
#570 - Helen Lewis - Investigating The World Of Modern Gurus
01:31:19

Helen Lewis is a journalist at The Atlantic and an author

Humanity has become much less religious and in the ruins of this fresh, listless world, bereft of traditional insight, a cadre of new gurus have risen to take the high priests' place of dispensing insights about how to live. Helen's new BBC Sounds documentary series delves into this world of secular gurus.

Expect to learn why a Canadian man has started drinking his own urine, why Steve Jobs was much more than just a tech inventor, how much it costs to be accused of racism over dinner while being banned from crying, why so many people are turning away from mainstream media, Helen's post-mortem on the IDW, the mortal problem that productivity gurus are helping address and much more...

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Dec 29, 2022
#569 - Chris Bailey - How To Stop Feeling So Burned Out
01:15:12

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

Being productive is great. Everyone wants to get more done in less time and achieve their goals. But overshooting your tolerance for work can result in misery, fatigue, loss of creativity and days in bed. Finding a balance between the grind and being calm is vital.

Expect to learn the scientific theory explaining why burnout exists, why calmness and productivity are intrinsically linked, how being dopamine-driven is a dangerous motivator, how to slow down without feeling idle and lazy, the science of savouring life, why people who watch the news get more PTSD than people who experienced a bombing attack and much more...

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Dec 26, 2022
#568 - Dean Rickles - How To Deal With The Shortness Of Life
01:05:20

Dean Rickles is Professor of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics at the University of Sydney and a Director of the Sydney Centre for Time.

Life doesn't last that long. The ever present spectre of death looms large, even if you life to be 100. This can feel like a tragedy in many ways. What use are our efforts if they'll all be turned to dust eventually? A philosopher is needed here, to give us a fresh perspective.

Expect to learn why keeping your options open is a path to an early grave, how you can remind yourself of the miracle that you're alive at all, the solution to living a listless, unintentional life, whether death is actually the only thing that gives life any meaning, the danger of being a sailor without a journey or a route and much more...

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Dec 22, 2022
#567 - Dr Jonathan Shedler - 14 Psychoanalytical Concepts To Understand Yourself
01:22:42

Dr Jonathan Shedler is a psychologist, author, master clinician and clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California.

We do not understand ourselves. Almost all of what is inside of our minds is obscured from us. We don't need to exclusively despair though. With a little work and some good insights from psychoanalysis, the view can be made a little clearer.

Expect to learn why people believe that their suffering makes them more moral than others, how you can create a false identity without realising, the ruthless danger of projective identification, how come it's easier for us to see people as either good or bad, how extreme envy can manifest, the manipulative strategies we all enact without thinking and much more...

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Dec 19, 2022
#566 - David Senra - Insights From History's Greatest Thinkers
01:52:37

David Senra is a podcaster and a writer.

Many of the most important insights you need to learn to improve your life have already been discovered in the past. Thankfully David spends all his time reading biographies of the greatest thinkers, founders, entrepreneurs and inventors from history and has synthesised those lessons so you can remember them too.

Expect to learn how Steve Jobs came to think about time, what Kobe Bryant believed about the dangers of success making you soft, how the Rockefellers created their fortune, why crossing the Vanderbilts may result in you being very dead, whether anyone with extreme success managed to master a work-life balance, why you have to start reading Paul Graham's work, David's most recommended books and much more...

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Dec 17, 2022
#565 - 16 Lessons From 2022 - Joe Rogan, Jordan Peterson & Jocko Willink
01:09:39

It's the end of 2022 and to celebrate I thought I'd run through some of the best lessons I've picked up over the last 12 months.

This year has had over 10,000 minutes of episodes produced so there was a lot to choose from but I ended up settling on 16 insights from some of my favourite conversations, articles and books, both inside and outside of the podcast.

Expect to learn why Jocko Willink thinks that most people overcomplicate motivation, what Joe Rogan taught me about difficult and valuable things, why Douglas Murray makes a mean manhattan cocktail, how Jordan Peterson highlighted the price you pay for inaction, how Rob Henderson predicts the news cycle with amazing accuracy, how Rick from Rick & Morty can help you be more confident and much more...

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Dec 15, 2022
#564 - Andrew Schulz - Surviving The Cancellation Apocalypse
02:13:04

Andrew Schulz is an actor, comedian and a podcaster.

The world seems to be losing its mind. No one is sure what the rules for acceptable conduct are any more. From virtue signalling to moral grandstanding, the incentives to take down others are stronger than ever. So why are some people immune to these laws of cancellation and is it a solution that the rest of us can steal for ourselves?

Expect to learn whether Elon Musk is a hero or a villain, whether True Geordie's cancellation was appropriate, why Schulz thinks that a marriage with a prenup is not a real marriage, how come people don't sleep with their sisters, why the word "uncircumcised" is totally pointless, why the body positivity movement might just be girls reducing their competition from the dating market, what Schulz learned from Mr Beast and much more...

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Dec 12, 2022
#563 - Dr Russell Kennedy - Why You Feel So Anxious All The Time
01:13:20

Dr Russell Kennedy is an MD, Neuroscientist, author and an anxiety specialist.

Anxiety is one of the most common challenges faced by people in 2022. In small doses it makes sense evolutionarily, but why is it running so rampant in the modern world, where does it come from and what methods can limit its impact on our lives?

Expect to learn what most people misunderstand about anxiety, the relationship between anxiety and trauma, why most existing treatments don't create lasting improvements to anxiety, the relationship between anxiety and a victim mindset, whether it's possible to have an anxious body as well as an anxious mind and much more...

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Dec 10, 2022
#562 - Mark Normand - How To Offend Everyone
01:10:35

Mark Normand is a podcaster, an actor and a comedian.

Mark grew up in a rundown New Orleans bed & breakfast with a cross-dressing manager. Fertile ground for becoming one of the most popular, hardest working and fastest growing comics in America then. But why is it so important to have a pursuit that you care about if you're going to do other, seemingly unrelated hard things?

Expect to learn the price that you pay for being a famous comedian, why Mark's life would fall apart if he didn't have a passion to care about, whatever happened to that lady who tweeted about AIDs, whether Cocaine Bear will be given the Oscar nomination it deserves, whether bombing on stage changes your personality and much more...

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Dec 08, 2022
#561 - More Plates More Dates - Inside The Liver King's Lie
01:50:21

Derek is a YouTuber, founder of Gorilla Mind and a fitness expert.

The Liver King has seen one of the fastest rises to internet fame ever. Documenting his ancestral lifestyle generated millions of followers and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for his businesses, but it turns out that the physique he displayed in his content was built on massive amounts of performance enhancing drugs, despite him denying it on many occasions.

Expect to learn what Derek thinks of the Liver King's apology video, just how extreme the number of drugs he was talking were, whether there is more information still to come out, the risks for anyone of taking TRT, Derek's thoughts on NoFap, how to develop confidence when approaching someone you like and much more...

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Dec 05, 2022
#560 - Max Lugavere - How To Optimise Human Nutrition
01:41:54

Max Lugavere is a health and wellness expert, author and a diet advocate.

Working out what to eat is hard. Which is odd because everybody does it. You'd think that the science of nutrition, a thing the entire human race relies on multiple times per day, would have some definitive answers. Thankfully Max can explain why it's such a mess and give some solid principles we can all use.

Expect to learn whether carnivore is an optimal diet for us all to follow, whether organic and non-GMO actually makes that much of a difference, what to look for in a magnesium supplement, the actual science of seed oils, whether sunscreen is a danger, why nutrition science is so contested, why calories matter but they aren't all that matter and much more...

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Dec 03, 2022
#559 - David Puts - What Use Is The Female Orgasm?
01:24:19

David Puts is a Professor of Anthropology at Penn State whose research focuses on the evolution and development of human sexuality and sex differences.

Apparently women orgasm. Why they do it however, has been a mystery for a long time. They don't need to in order to get pregnant. And sometimes they don't do it at all, for ages. So what use is the female orgasm, and what predicts the sort of partner who'll make it happen?

Expect to learn if the female orgasm is just a gatekeeper for oxytocin, whether more dominant male faces predicted earlier orgasm, why men competed for women through contests rather than sexual selection, how male-male aggression, not female selection drove the evolved differences between men and women, whether you can tell a person's personality from their voice pitch and much more...

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Dec 01, 2022
#558 - Tim Urban - How To Take Charge Of Your Life's Direction
01:08:28

Tim Urban is one of the internet's most popular writers and the founder of Wait But Why.

When we look to our past, many of us believe that we could have behaved differently, perhaps that we should have behaved differently. Yet when we look to the future we believe that our path is locked in and genuine change is difficult, this couldn't be more backward and Tim explains it in a number of obvious, face-palm-inducing ways.

Expect to learn what Tim thinks about Elon's takeover of Twitter, why leisure time when you're not supposed to be having leisure time is a curse, why you should absolutely not marry the wrong person, Tim's best advice for dealing with procrastination, how he copes with criticism from strangers and peers, how to avoid dwelling on decisions you didn't make and much more...

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Nov 28, 2022
#557 - Douglas Rushkoff - How Billionaires Are Preparing For Doomsday
01:06:40

Douglas Rushkoff is a media theorist, futurist, writer and documentarian.

The world's richest people are preparing for the end. They're buying up farming land and below-ground bunkers in New Zealand. What catastrophe is it that they think is about to happen? And what happens if technology creates a techno-hell instead of a techno-utopia?

Expect to learn what happens when you're invited to brief billionaires on the future downfall of the earth, whether having your own sovereign nation at sea is a realistic idea, whether it's possible to live in an underground missile silo with an indoor infinity pool, what mindset is driving this techno-paranoia and much more...

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Nov 26, 2022
#556 - Rob Henderson - How Men Compete For Status
01:26:29

Rob Henderson is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge and a US Air Force Veteran.

Men fight. Sometimes they look silly when they fight. But they also collaborate and team up to take on common enemies. Women fight in very different ways that are less obvious, but no less vicious, and they sometimes try to even scupper their own teammates.

Expect to learn how men's judgements of formidability are better at predicting future sexual partners than women's judgements of attractiveness, why male intrasexual competition is so much more obvious, my theory around why men hate to hear that women like dad bods, why there are rules in a "no rules" street fight, what happens if you get kidnapped by an Amazonian tribe and much more...

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Nov 24, 2022
#555 - Dr Sarah Hill - The Psychological Impact Of Hormonal Birth Control
01:16:29

Dr Sarah Hill is a psychologist and professor at TCU whose research focusses on women, health, and sexual psychology.

Women ovulate, and this changes their behaviour across their cycle. Unless they take hormonal birth control that is, in which case their behaviour changes even more dramatically in ways that no one anticipated and there is evidence to suggest that this might not just be temporary.

Expect to learn why hormonal birth control can make women prioritise wealth in men, why women who come off are less sexually satisfied with partners they chose when they were on birth control, the relationship between taking the pill with anxiety, depression, bisexuality and stress, whether it's a good thing for women to have sex with men who they wouldn't marry and much more...

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Nov 21, 2022
#554 - Laura Vanderkam - 9 Strategies To Better Control Your Time
01:05:55

Laura Vanderkam is a time management expert and an author.

Time is non-renewable. It's the single most important asset we have, and yet almost everyone wishes they spent their time differently. Thankfully Laura has distilled 9 of her best strategies from years of coaching people on how to control their time more effectively.

Expect to learn what everyone is getting wrong when it comes to writing their to-do lists, why intentionality is such a crucial skill to develop, how having a bedtime can fix your daytime schedule issues, how to make boring routine tasks suck less, a simple solution to ensure you do hard things and much more...

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Nov 19, 2022
#553 - Dr Jaimie Krems - The Evolutionary Psychology Of Friendship
01:35:18

Dr Jaimie Krems is an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University and a social psychologist whose research explores human social cognition, emotions, and behaviour.

Evolution has shaped the way that men and women make and break friendships. It's made us into life-saving, caring, aggressive, jealous, friend-guarding, backbiting, gossiping animals, but why is it that male and female friendships are so different, plus a ton of other fascinating insights.

Expect to learn why a woman's body shape is so important to her attractiveness, why venting is a manipulative social strategy, how men with dad bods are literally perceived as better dads, why women who have casual sex are seen as having lower self-esteem even though there's no data to back it up, how a pro-life stance on abortion might be less virtuous than people first think and much more...

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Nov 17, 2022
#552 - Dr Kevin Dutton - Understanding The Wisdom Of Psychopaths
01:17:56

Dr Kevin Dutton is a psychologist, author, and elite performance consultant whose research focuses on persuasion and social influence, psychopathic personality and elite cognition.

Psychopaths get a bad rap. Perhaps understandably. They have a branding problem to say the least. But there are some personality traits like emotional control, focus, drive and single-mindedness that elite performers can model off of psychopaths to improve their effectiveness.

Expect to learn how psychopathy exists at all, why teams kicking second in a penalty shootout have a 30% greater chance of missing, why psychopath pilots in world war 2 didn't make it home even though they won their fights, how different accents can be more prejudiced against than different races, why splitting the world into categories creates a foundation for huge biases to occur and much more...

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Nov 14, 2022
#551 - Patrick House - How Much Do We Actually Know About Consciousness?
01:26:07

Patrick House is a neuroscientist and writer whose research focuses on free will and how mind-control parasites alter their host's behaviour.

If it wasn't for us experiencing it, the universe would give us no indication that consciousness even exists. The most fundamental part of human experience has many proposed explanations, but just how well-grounded are these, and what are we missing?

Expect to learn why removing parts of the brain change some aspects of the self but not all of them, what it's like for animals who can put half of their brain to sleep at once, how the brain is intimately linked with timekeeping, why almost all explanations of consciousness are unsatisfactory, what the future of brain-research looks like and much more...

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Nov 12, 2022
#550 - Dr James Cantor - The World Of Unusual Sexual Orientations
01:53:37

Dr James Cantor is a clinical psychologist and sexologist specialising in hypersexuality and paraphilias.

There are a broad range of things that turn humans on. Some are common, some are uncommon and some are very illegal. James' study of paraphilias exposes him to some of the world's most interesting and unusual sexual desires with the goal of working out why they exist.

Expect to learn how asexuality could evolve at all, why some able-bodied people feel that they should be amputees, why adults like to be dressed up as babies, the link between left-handedness and child abuse, what James thinks about depression in the trans community, why it's become increasingly impossible to have conversations about dangerous sexual desires and much more...

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Nov 10, 2022
#549 - Mark Bell - Stop Being Shamed Out Of Your Competitive Edge
01:22:04

Mark Bell is a world record-breaking powerlifter, owner of Super Training Gym and inventor of the Sling Shot.

A lack of support killed more dreams than a lack of competence ever did. There's a modern trend that trying hard at things and taking them seriously is uncool. Disincentivising excellence is one of the worst habits a society can have and it's time to put a stop to it.

Expect to learn why taking a compliment is a skill that many of us don't have, why there is no growth without having a goal you're working toward, why Mark has never had a bad day, what it was like to train under the legendary Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell, how crucial the story you tell yourself about life is and much more...

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Nov 07, 2022
#548 - Tim Harford - Why Is Thinking Clearly So Difficult?
01:16:58

Tim Harford is an economist, associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a journalist and an author.

Humans need to be able to accurately judge the world around them. With more information than ever, this should be getting easier by the year and yet clear thinking seems to be ever more elusive. Why are we so prone to biases and what are some of the biggest rationality blunders from history?

Expect to learn why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle got obsessed with photos of fairies, what everyone misunderstands about inflation, the danger indiscriminate doubt and reflexive cynicism, the similarities between magic and misinformation, why smart people get hijacked by ideology and much more...

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Nov 05, 2022
#547 - Dr Cassie Holmes - How To Manage Your Time For A Happier Life
01:18:06

Dr Cassie Holmes is a Professor at UCLA's Anderson School of Management, an author and an award-winning researcher of time and happiness.

Time management in the modern world is hard. Many people don't feel like they have sufficient space to complete their to do list, let alone manifest their spare-time dreams. With some new strategies and a different mindset around time however, this problem might be fixed.

Expect to learn what time habits the happiest people all have, how to truly value things experiences you want to enjoy, the relationship between time and happiness, the best techniques for an efficient schedule, how science advises you to deepen friendships, how to make tasks you don't want to do suck less and much more...

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Nov 03, 2022
#546 - Baggage Claim - Modern Cinema Treats Women Like Idiots
01:20:05

Baggage Claim is a YouTuber and movie critic.

There have been a lot of female leads in TV and cinema over the last few years. She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, Dr Strange 2 and The Rings Of Power all showed women leading the charge, but just how aspirational and admirable are these role models for the women that watch them? Is it treating them like mature humans or patronising them like fragile idiots?

Expect to learn how cultural narcissism has taken hold of Hollywood, why perfect female characters teach women nothing about how to be a good person, why Hollywood relies on performative empathy to feel good, the problem with She-Hulk's dating life, why no one is going to be guilted into watching anything, the lessons to learn from Bros romcom failure and much more...

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Oct 31, 2022
#545 - Chris Von Rueden - How Did Human Leadership Evolve?
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Chris von Rueden is an anthropologist and Associate Professor at the University of Richmond who researches how humans form status hierarchies and the evolution of human cooperation.

We take it for granted that there are leaders in modern society. Presidents, prime ministers, kings and queens. Hierarchies are baked into our world, but what did leadership look like in an ancestral environment and why did it evolve in the first place?

Expect to learn the two ways that primitive leaders could command respect from a group, why followership evolved at all in humans, why the Female Leadership Paradox exists, how leadership and hierarchies change as group size increases, whether leaders are altruistic or selfish and much more...

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Oct 29, 2022
#544 - Dr Carole Hooven - What Makes Men And Women Different?
01:27:00

Dr Carole Hooven is Co-director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and an author.

Testosterone is a hell of a drug. It causes many things to happen in both men and women. But it's dividing opinion even more than it's dividing the sexes. This isn't great for calming conversations, bridging differences or finding common ground however it's a fascinating topic to dig into.

Expect to learn what it's like for women who go on testosterone to feel what male sex drive is like, why male deer in Scotland grow antlers and fight their best friends for a few months every year, whether maternal instinct is a myth, why testosterone even exists at all, the differences between male and female orgasms, whether sex is a spectrum and much more...

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Oct 27, 2022
#543 - Scott Galloway - Why Is This Generation Struggling So Much?
01:06:56

Scott Galloway is a clinical professor of marketing at the New York University Stern School of Business, a public speaker, entrepreneur and an author.

Millennials are the first generation who have not done better than their parents. Educational outcomes, finances, home ownership, mental health and marriage rates are all thrown up in the air. Why has this happened and what can we do about it?

Expect to learn why covid worsened the wealth gap more than it already was, why TikTok is a trojan stallion which should be banned, why news pundits suck so much, what makes a news story go viral, Scott's advice to young people on how to maximise effectiveness in life, the most important things to focus on in order to be happy and much more...

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Oct 24, 2022
#542 - Dr Randy Nesse - Evolutionary Psychiatry Can Explain Human Emotions
01:29:20

Randy Nesse is a physician, author and founder of the field of evolutionary medicine and evolutionary psychiatry.

Evolution created an odd creature in humans. We're able to fly to the moon and cure diseases. But we also get anxious in the supermarket or depressed if we have a bad week. Why would mother nature make us so fragile? If natural selection is powerful why are mental disorders so common?

Expect to learn why the capacity for low mood exists at all, how low mood and depression could be evolutionarily advantageous, what happens if someone has too little fear or anxiety, why bad feelings are useless but normal, how eating disorders could be an adaptive response to the local environment and much more...

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Oct 22, 2022
#541 - Ryan Holiday - Stoicism's Lessons For A Disciplined Life
01:43:56

Ryan Holiday is a podcaster, marketer and an author.

Discipline is one of the modern world's hot topics. Because it's become apparent that in order to achieve anything, you must be able to temper your desires and direct your efforts. The Stoics believed this 2000 years ago and between then and now there's been a plethora of historical examples which can teach us how to build and sustain discipline.

Expect to learn why sanity is your most precious resource, why discipline without an end goal is pointless, how to stay disciplined when success arrives, why Martin Luther King let a Nazi punch him in the face, how to enforce discipline without lambasting yourself for falling short, what Eisenhower's smoking habit can teach us about self control, why 75 hard might not build discipline long term and much more...

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Oct 20, 2022
#540 - Destiny - What Is The Manosphere Getting Wrong?
01:08:01

Destiny is a streamer and a YouTuber.

As the mainstream media abandons talking to anyone male in a reasonable manner, men's advice has been pushed underground. It's good to have someone helping men to become better people, friends and partners for women, but what are the errors in this new wave of advice?

Expect to learn whether cancellation actually makes creators grow  bigger or if that's just a cope, whether the Red Pill movement is a net benefit for men, why the Right seems to have dominated men's advice for the last few years, whether women and men can actually be compatriots instead of adversaries, why the Hasan Abi drama lore is lengthy and much more...

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Oct 17, 2022
#539 - Sam Tatam - Evolutionary Ideas For Modern Problems
01:12:57

Sam Tatam is the Head of Behavioural Science at Ogilvy Growth & Innovation and an author.

When it comes to solving modern problems, it turns out that evolution might have a lot of the answers. Rather than revolutionary ideas, evolutionary ideas and solutions that already exist in the animal kingdom can help us with all manner of challenges.

Expect to learn how the wings of an owl helped fix problems in the bullet train, how the ears of a hare assist wind turbines, why Google Glass failed, how come Airline Tickets are so confusing, why all my rich friends drink sparkling water, how companies can aid customer decision without limiting choice and much more...

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Oct 15, 2022
#538 - Andrew Bustamante - CIA Spy Explains Nukes, Wars & Double Agents
01:57:35

Andrew Bustamante is a Former CIA Intelligence Officer and a Private Intelligence consultant.

The CIA is one of the world's most advanced, secretive, shadowy organisations. Only 10% of their officers are field agents and actually have spent time undercover, Andrew is one of those agents. He's also been in charge of nuclear missiles and been multiple cover stories.

Expect to learn why an alarm goes off at least once per hour at every nuclear missile silo across America, how the CIA protects itself from undercover agents being turned against them, what is actually in the President's nuclear football, the levels of clearance above Top Secret, what sort of personality traits the CIA look for, why Edward Snowden got Russian citizenship and much more...

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Oct 13, 2022
#537 - Richard Reeves - Does Anyone Care About Men's Struggles?
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Richard V. Reeves is a writer, scholar and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Men are falling behind in education, employment and family life. They're underachieving in school, dropping out of the labour market and being less useful around the house more than ever. And this isn't simply cultural as it's happening all over the world, the problem is deeper than that - it's structural.

Expect to learn why there are twice as many female fighter pilots compared with male kindergarten teachers, why a male needs to be 24 to have the same impulse control as a 10 year old girl, where the term toxic masculinity actually came from, whether a man's gain is actually woman's loss, the problem of promoting men's issues in the press and much more...

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Oct 10, 2022
#536 - Dr Becky Smethurst - The Secret World Of Black Holes
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Dr Becky Smethurst is an astrophysicist, author, YouTuber and a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Black holes are the weirdest, densest, most mysterious objects in the universe. However they're not black, and they're not holes. In fact pretty much everything you think you know about them is probably wrong.

Expect to learn why galaxies don't actually orbit black holes, why the biggest black hole in the universe needed an entirely different name, whether black holes can form without neutron stars, what happens when two black holes collide, why nothing can go faster than the speed of light and much more...

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Oct 08, 2022
#535 - James Smith - How Do You Develop Real Confidence?
01:43:02

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

Many people say that their number one personal development goal is to be more confident. But what if you don't have anything to be confident about? Is competence a required prerequisite to becoming confident or can you fake it until you make it?

Expect to learn why most entrepreneurs are miserable, how leaving unasked questions can eat up your mental energy, the relationship between anxiety and confidence, how to deal with fear and failures, the heritability of confidence, whether women are actually more confident than men, the simplest way to build genuine confidence and much more...

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Oct 06, 2022
#534 - Dr Stuart Ritchie - Why Is Behavioural Genetics Such A Hated Science?
01:23:46

Dr Stuart Ritchie is a psychologist and science communicator known for his research in human intelligence and an author.

The influence of our genes on the outcomes we get in life has been long established and replicated in science. However the public response to this has been very unhappy, making Behavioural Genetics one of the most heated areas of research there is.

Expect to learn why some people dislike behavioural genetics so much, what happened with the recent SSRI rug pull, whether Emotional Intelligence is an actual thing, how to be skeptical without becoming nihilistic, which psychological phenomenon were debunked during the replication crisis and much more...

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Oct 03, 2022
#533 - Matthew Cobb - Should We Genetically Edit Human Life?
01:25:55

Matthew Cobb is a zoologist, professor of zoology at the University of Manchester and an author.

Genetic engineering has given humans the ability to modify crops to be resistant to disease and synthesise insulin without needing to kill and extract it from animals. But what are its dangers? Especially in a world where CRISPR and human gene editing is just around the corner.

Expect to learn whether we can select and edit embryos to increase IQ or athletic abilities, the biggest close calls we've faced with bioweapon leaks from labs, why there has been 4 complete stops on genetic engineering worldwide when the research community has got scared at what they've discovered, the dark truth behind those two Chinese gene edited girls and much more...

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Oct 01, 2022
#532 - Catherine Salmon - Do We Know What Turns Women On?
01:09:41

Catherine Salmon is an evolutionary psychology researcher, professor of Psychology at the University of Redlands and an author.

Women can be a mystery, sometimes even to themselves. Modern culture is making many proclamations about what women like and why they should like it, but are these new headlines accurate, or even desirable?

Expect to learn why women love erotic stories so much, whether evolutionary psychology is sexist, why Catherine did a study where people rated the attractiveness of faces which had jizz on them, why feminine men are being pushed in media but don't feature in dark romance novels, the role of commitment in female attraction and much more...

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Sep 29, 2022
#531 - Russ Roberts - An Economist’s Guide To Life’s Big Decisions
01:06:19

Russ Roberts is an economist, a research fellow at Stanford University, an author and a podcaster.

Economics promised us a model which works for all of life's decisions. From what to buy for lunch to investing in a company. But when you're faced with decisions like where to live, how many children to have, whether to get married or what sort of person you want to be, it falls short. Thankfully Russ has a new toolkit.

Expect to learn why Charles Darwin made a checklist before marriage which said his wife was slightly better than a dog, why the decision about whether to have children is so difficult to predict, whether rationality is totally incompatible with the decisions that define us, why happiness is overrated as an optimising function, whether tradition is any use and much more...

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Sep 26, 2022
#530 - Shawn Ryan - Navy Seal To CIA Contractor
01:52:18

Shawn Ryan is a former US Navy SEAL, former contractor for the CIA and a podcaster.

The world's special operations are done in the darkness. If Navy SEALs are a spectre then CIA Contractors are their shadows. Shawn spent decades working behind enemy lines all over the world and has some crazy insights into that life, plus how it feels to re-integrate back into normal society.

Expect to learn what it's like to train Keanu Reeves for John Wick, why physical abuse from your fellow SEALs might be just what you need, the crazy breadth of tasks CIA contractors are asked to complete, why the establishment elite are losing touch with every day people, Shawn's reflections on sobriety after drinking to deal with his anger and much more...

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Sep 24, 2022
#529 - Life Hacks 209
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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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Sep 22, 2022
#528 - Kristina Durante - Can Women Have A Career And A Family?
01:29:46

Kristina Durante is a professor of marketing at Rutgers Business School and a social psychologist who studies the biology of decision-making and evolution of female psychology.

For the first time in history, many women have the opportunity to pursue a career as their primary life path. But does this prohibit them from also having a family? Do women actually want to be mothers or was it their only option? Do women actually want careers or is it just a shiny new opportunity?

Expect to learn if women have an impulse to actually have children or just to have sex, whether careers make women happy, whether the marriages of career women are more or less successful, whether women's ovulatory cycles change their preferences for badboy mates, what buying expensive bags and shoes signals and much more...

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Sep 19, 2022
#527 - Ben Greenfield - How To Biohack Your Sex Life
01:18:36

Ben Greenfield is a Biohacker, Coach, Author, Speaker and Ironman Triathlete.

Boosting your performance in the bedroom is a goal many people want. Thankfully Ben experimented with pretty much every strategy there is from gas station pills to penis stem cell injections, soundwave treatment and red light therapy so we don't have to.

Expect to learn why turning your penis black and blue might not be a bad thing long term, why Zevia is as healthy of a soda drink as you can get, how my friend decided he's a 95th percentile semen producer, whether I should get injected with loads of stem cells in Colombia, the most important diet and training protocols everyone is missing and much more...

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Sep 17, 2022
#526 - William Costello - Are Incels A Threat To Society?
01:32:07

William Costello is an evolutionary psychologist, writer and Ph.D. student at the University of Texas.

Men being hopeless with women is not a new phenomenon. But them self-identifying and creating a subculture around being "genetic dead ends" definitely is. William conducted some of the world's first research into the underlying psychological profile of incels to find out just what's going on.

Expect to learn why 45% of working age women will be single and childless by 2030, why many incels would rather bond over failure than over trying to improve, why women dating down is causing huge problems, whether Leonardo DiCaprio should date people his own age, whether incels are alt-right, why the claim that incels are all white men is superbly wrong and much more...

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Sep 15, 2022
#525 - 500k Q&A - Casual Sex, Political Idiots & Dealing With Depression
01:32:21

I hit 500k Subscribers on YouTube!!

To celebrate, I asked for questions from YouTube, Twitter, Locals and Instagram, so here's another 90 minutes of me trying to answer as many as possible. As always there's some great questions in here about whether Andrew Tate should have been banned, whether I'm autistic and my views on casual sex.

Expect to learn how long I spend reading each day, how rarely I drink alcohol and caffeine, whether I think the Red Pill is positive for young men, how to avoid the gravitational pull of mediocrity, how I dealt with depression in my 20's, whether I'll be writing a book and doing live events, whether I'd bring Peter Thiel on the show and much more...

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Sep 12, 2022
#524 - Charlie Walker - A Russian Adventure, During Wartime
01:05:50

Charlie Walker is an explorer, writer and public speaker.

What happens when the Russian government catch you taking photos and writing articles shortly after a war breaks out? Very little that is good. Unfortunately Charlie stumbled into precisely this situation, but thankfully he got out too so he can tell us what happened.

Expect to learn what it feels like to travel over 50,000 miles by bicycle, foot, horse, raft, ski and dugout canoe, how close Charlie came to spending his life in a Russian prison, how long a triathlon  needs to be in order for it to takes 4 months to complete, why distinctions between European and Asian people makes no difference to anyone on the border and much more...

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Sep 10, 2022
#523 - Dr Christian Jarrett - The Science Of Personality Change
01:19:35

Dr Christian Jarrett is deputy editor of Psyche and an author.

Most people believe that they are their personalities. That it's an immutable, unchanging, central part of them as a person. But psychologists and neuroscientists have been studying the science of personality change for many years and have uncovered strategies to nudge your personality in the direction you want.

Expect to learn why most personality tests are basically useless, how genetically heritable our personalities are, just how much of a change we can make from where we start off, how to stop being shy or introverted, the best strategies to become more ambitious and conscientious, the most effective ways to maintain personality change and much more...

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Sep 08, 2022
#522 - Andrew Doyle - Is Social Justice A Religion?
01:23:53

Andrew Doyle is Titania McGrath, host of GB News, a comedian and a writer.

There are some new puritans in town. They have their own sacred texts, their own high priests, blasphemy, unspeakable words, rites of passage, heathens and practises of sacrilege. So much so that the behaviour of many social justice activists in 2022 seems to echo very closely the behaviour of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.

Expect to learn why Ben Shapiro is a terrifying man, whether not calling me hot makes you a bigot, why social justice captures smart people just as much as stupid people, why tyrannies are particularly dangerous when they claim to help the oppressed, whether it's accurate to characterise the culture war as left vs right and much more...

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Sep 05, 2022
#521 - Sabine Hossenfelder - Life's Mysteries, Explained By Physics
59:23

Sabine Hossenfelder is a theoretical physicist, research fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, quantum gravity researcher and an author. 

There are a lot of big questions in the world, like does the past still exist? Do particles think? Was the universe fine tuned for us? Do we have free will? And are we living in a simulation? Given that we don't have answers yet, why not let a physicist have a crack at them?

Expect to learn why physicists who say they know how the universe started aren't telling the truth, whether we can compute a human brain, why no one gets any younger, if maths is the ultimate basis of reality, why there might be copies of all of us out there in the universe, how your entire life could be the imagined history of a brain floating in space and much more...

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Sep 03, 2022
#520 - Robin Dunbar - The Evolutionary Psychology Of Love
01:42:42

Robin Dunbar is an anthropologist, evolutionary psychologist, head of the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group at the University of Oxford and an author.

Love is something that people have been trying to describe for thousands of years. Beyond asking what love is, is the question of why humans feel something so strange in the first place. Why would evolution have exposed us to this extreme sensation with huge potential for catastrophe and pain?

Expect to learn how love is adaptive, why humans need to have more sex than almost all other animals to get pregnant, why ancestral men who hunted big animals were only doing it to get laid, how the length of your fingers can tell you how promiscuous you are, whether Robin thinks humans were ancestrally monogamous and much more...

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Sep 01, 2022
#519 - Balaji Srinivasan - Legacy Media Is Lying To You
01:53:16

Balaji Srinivasan is an entrepreneur and essayist, he was co-founder of Counsyl, former chief technology officer of Coinbase and former general partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

Our information diets are making us mentally fat. Whether it's fake news, mis or disinformation, state propaganda or conspiracy theories, the world is very difficult to navigate. Balaji also wants to start a new type of country, he has views on how to optimise your working day and he generates more new ideas than almost anyone. Today we get an insight into his thought process behind all of this.

Expect to learn why socialism always continues to arise across the world, how Balaji tracks all of the ideas he has in his head, why Singapore is a powerhouse of a new country, how immigration will deal with remote VR workers in India, why everyone should use a dashboard to track what's going on in their life, the key trick that the legacy media uses to manipulate you and much more...

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Aug 29, 2022
#518 - Lee Cronin - What Will Alien Life Look Like?
59:04

Lee Cronin is the Regius Chair of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow, Head of the Cronin Group Lab and CEO of Chemify.

The job of deciding what life is, how it originates and the different forms it could take might sound like a task for UFO theorists but it's actually in the realm of chemists like Lee. This means that some of the biggest questions humanity has rest on his lab's shoulders.

Expect to learn why Lee believes that there is life everywhere in the universe, his theory on the origin of life here on earth, why we haven't seen any aliens yet, whether Robin Hanson's Great Filter hypothesis is true, what common traits all types of life will have, the most exotic types of life forms Lee has imagined and much more...

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Aug 27, 2022
#517 - Steve Magness - How Elite Performers Build Toughness
01:07:08

Steve Magness is a world-renowned expert on performance, an author and a consultant on mental skills development for professional sports teams.

All elite performers have the rage to master their chosen pursuit. But the difference between the ones who continue to succeed and those who fall away is their toughness and durability. Thankfully, Steve has spent his career deconstructing the mental habits of the world's best athletes and executives.

Expect to learn how to accept your achievements without believing your limitations, why Steve blew the whistle on Nike Oregon Project's unethical practises, why your emotions are messengers not masters, how obsession can be both a tragedy and a gift, the difference between responding and reacting to difficulties and much more...

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Aug 25, 2022
#516 - Gurwinder Bhogal - 16 Surprising Psychology Truths
01:52:37

Gurwinder Bhogal is a programmer and a writer.

Gurwinder is one of my favourite Twitter follows. He’s written yet another megathread 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 bad things can sometimes feel better than good things, why people die on the hill of opinions they've only just begun believing, why intelligence plus ideology is a nightmare, how comedy can be a troll's last line of defence, the biggest lesson I learned from Joe Rogan, why regret minimisation should be a priority, why authoritarians lose sight of rationality and much more...

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Aug 22, 2022
#515 - David & Douglas Kenrick - Evolved Psychology Vs The Modern World
01:30:00

David Lundberg Kenrick is the Psychology Program Manager at Arizona State University and Douglas Kenrick is a Professor of psychology at Arizona State University.

Our brains were designed to exist in a very different environment to the one they find themselves in. Managing modern problems with stone-age operating systems causes us to act in strange, suboptimal, silly ways. Which is why it's so important to understand how our minds developed.

Expect to learn just how violent humans were ancestrally, why more people die of obesity than starvation in 2022, whether dominance or prestige is more important at getting ahead, whether ancient humans felt love the same way we do now, why human females go through menopause, the relationship between dominance and attraction and much more...

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Aug 20, 2022
#514 - Peter Zeihan - The Old World Order Is About To Collapse
01:08:09

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical analyst, author and a speaker.

The world is changing faster than ever, and a lot of the countries, dynamics, peace treaties and structures we're familiar with may be about to come to an end. Peter's job consists of him analysing data from geography, demographics, and global politics to understand economic trends and make predictions. And if his predictions are correct, the next 50 years are going to look incredibly different.

Expect to learn why China will lose half of it's population by 2050, why globalisation is coming to an end even though we're more connected than ever, why population demographics are one of the most important factors in determining the future, whether automation will help or hinder us, whether food shortages are actually something to panic about and much more...

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Aug 18, 2022
#513 - 450k Q&A - Joe Rogan, NoFap & Andrew Tate vs Jordan Peterson
01:33:12

I hit 450k Subscribers on YouTube!!

To celebrate, I asked for questions and got nearly 1000 this time, so here's another 90 minutes of me trying to answer as many as possible. As usual there's some very cool questions in here about my experience on Joe Rogan's podcast, dating advice for young people and my thoughts on masculinity.

Expect to learn whether I think Jordan Peterson should debate Andrew Tate, how to become a better speaker, whether I would rather fight Joe Rogan or Mike Tyson in an MMA match, if TikTok is a harbinger of the apocalypse, whether I'm worried about too much fame, my favourite supplements to stay sharp, how to make friends when you're growing as a person, how to succeed in dating without using apps and much more...

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Aug 15, 2022
#512 - Will MacAskill - How Long Could Humanity Continue For?
01:39:33

Will MacAskill is a philosopher, ethicist, and one of the originators of the Effective Altruism movement.

Humans understand that long term thinking is a good idea, that we need to provide a good place for future generations to live. We try to leave the world better than when we arrived for this very reason. But what about the world in one hundred thousand years? Or 8 billion? If there's trillions of human lives still to come, how should that change the way we act right now?

Expect to learn why we're living through a particularly crucial time in the history of the future, the dangers of locking in any set of values, how to avoid the future being ruled by a malevolent dictator, whether the world has too many or too few people on it, how likely a global civilisational collapse is, why technological stagnation is a death sentence and much more...

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Aug 13, 2022
#511 - Max Dickins - Does Anyone Care About Male Loneliness?
01:23:15

Max Dickins is a comedian, writer and a mental health advocate.

Loneliness is as dangerous as smoking. And men are suffering worse than ever. This is bad for them, it's bad for their partners, it's bad for their employers, their children and society at large. Men are struggling to toe the line between manning up and opening up and many of them are doing neither.

Expect to learn what Max learned from having no best man to choose for his wedding, how men's loneliness differs from female loneliness, the evolutionary explanation for shallower male friendships, how being in a shed can help you bond, why contributing to a project and doing things is crucial for bonding amongst men, whether the manosphere is helping and much more...

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Aug 11, 2022
#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.

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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
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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.

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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.

Expect to learn what's actually happening with the Shanghai lockdowns, how facial recognition and drones are able to automatically fine citizens who break laws, why American companies can't stand up to Chinese demands, why China's recent increase in military spending should worry everyone and much more...

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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.

Expect to learn why earning more is better than spending less, why buying the dip is a losing strategy, the easiest way to invest in the stock market, how to spend money guilt-free, why almost everyone has a backward retirement strategy, how to tell when you should sell, what the Vanderbilt's lost fortune can teach us about spending money and much more...

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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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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.

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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.

Expect to learn why being a comedian doesn't mean that you can perform effectively as a compere for a 7 year old's birthday party, what it's like entering the world of fitness at 34, why my obsession with candles was cut short, at what point after becoming a father that your DIY skills improve and much more...

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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.

Expect to learn what are the most extreme forms of life which can live in the vacuum of space, how life might have begun in rock pools, why aliens might be so different to us that we don't even recognise them, how a slimemould that looks like dog vomit can learn its way through a maze and much more...

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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