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Ep 265 – Jenni Aguilar: Evolution is Smarter Than You

Ever since we had Jon Aguilar on the show back in Episode 251, Jon has been telling me I had to have his very brilliant wife on. And so, while driving back from a friend’s...

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Gadfly: Why Are Great Teachers So ANNOYING?

I’ve had the privilege of having many great teachers and mentors. Some of the best teachers and mentors have had one unifying quality: they were super ANNOYING. They harped...

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Virtue Signaling: How Do the Posers in Your Culture Try and Fake Being the Coolest?

In any ecosystem, you’re going to get posers. And one of the best examples of a poser in a genetic context is the Scarlet King Snake. Why go to the trouble of making your...

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Ep 264 – Brett Veinotte: Why Does School Suck for So Many Kids?

They must put something in the water in New Hampshire because Brett Veinotte and Katie O’Brien reached very similar conclusions through tutoring: as an experience school...

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The Fundamental Attribution Error: It’s Why We Label Ourselves and Others Without Even Thinking About It

Unless you’re a major science nerd like me, you’ve likely never heard of the Fundamental Attribution Error. After naive realism, the F.A.E is probably the second...

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Optimism and Pessimism: The American Dream and The Russian Nightmare

In The World Until Yesterday, Jared Diamond describes one of the most striking features of Papua New Guinean hunter-gatherers: they are paranoid. While Americans tend to think of...

Why Train in Mixed Mental Arts? Because in an Ever-Changing World, We Need Minds Like Water.

After studying numerous fighting styles, Bruce Lee observed a problem with all of them. Fighting styles have a style. There’s an orthodoxy. There’s a way of doing...

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Why Doesn’t American Democracy Work Anymore? Because We Are a Nation of American Idiots…in the Ancient Greek sense of the word.

As the world looks at America’s massively dysfunctional democracy, humanity begins to wonder whether this democracy thing is a good idea or not. The assumption is that if...

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Ep 263 – It’s Big Mike’s Birthday!!! What should we get him for a gift?

When ordinary men have birthdays, they receive gifts. However, Big Mike knows it is better to give than to receive and so, on his birthday, Big Mike has gifted to the people of...

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The Blind Men and The Elephant: The Answer to Humanity’s Problem Is and Always Has Been Talking to People Who See The World Differently

For all the talk about innovation, very few people have much clarity on how it happens. And yet, when you comb through the innovations literature, you realize it comes down to one...