Month: February 2017

Want To Change Your Life? Forget about Silicon Valley’s Big Data and Focus on Evolution’s Small Data.

Humanity has been promised salvation many, many times. We’ve been told that the key to our salvation is Christianity, Communism, Trickle Down Economics and an endless variety of quack medicines and get-rich-quick schemes. For the last decade or so, we’ve been hearing all about how Big Data is going to solve all our problems for us. It’s going to fix medicine, education and terrorism. Yay!!! And yet…2016. How’s that Big Data working out for us? Not so hot, huh? Seems like cross-cultural relations still require people from different tribes leaving their echo chambers and taking the other person’s perspective....

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Ep233 – What Does Your Hinky Meter Tell You? Part 2

In Part 1 of “What Does Your Hinky Meter Tell You?”, Bryan and Hunter explored the controversy that the Frying Dutchman, Hunter Maats, had created in calling out Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. In Part 2, we look at why that behavior is so problematic: it creates an emotional climate that divides cultures rather than uniting them. At the end of a great stand-up comedy show, something truly wonderful happens. People’s differences fall away and people of all races, genders, colors and creeds come together. In that moment, there’s a possibility in the air. The possibility that people from...

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Ep232 – What Does Your Hinky Meter Tell You? Part 1

You know that feeling that something is off. It’s the feeling that things don’t quite add up. Something bugs you and you can’t quite put your finger on it. That is what detectives call your hinky meter. We all have a hinky meter. The only question is what has your hinky meter been trained to detect. Great auto mechanics can listen to a car and figure out what’s off. Doctors like House M.D. can suss out that a seemingly plausible diagnosis doesn’t quite make sense. And Hunter Maats a.k.a The Tutor of Death can quickly find holes in people’s...

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Cultural Software SDK Beta Version

For sometime, computer software engineers have been using a process known as agile development. The key idea is that you build the best version you can, send it out into the world, get feedback on what works and doesn’t work and then use that feedback to improve the software. Agile software development draws on the wisdom of the crowds and the benefit of real world feedback. I’ve been using this process for the last few months with cultural software. When you teach to children, you are engaging in agile development of your own culture software. You try and explain things and you get a blank stare in return. Failure. And if you believe that there are no bad students only bad teachers, then you blame yourself. You make it your personal responsibility to clarify, break down and explain things more and more clearly. How can you communicate more with less? Over time, you get pretty good. However, you’re never really done. What was great about my Joe Rogan appearance is that I found out the limits of my own cultural software. Put under pressure, I wasn’t able to succinctly explain my perspective to someone I’d just triggered. So, I iterated and after a month of engaging with a series of Atheist Fundamentalists, I now have what I think represents the beta version of the Mixed Mental Arts Cultural Software...

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  • Idea Quickie 7: Know Yourself, Train Yourself (Repost) April 18, 2018
    In this episode, Bryan and Hunter talk about Descartes Error and The Happiness Hypothesis. Humans are bound by their cognitive biases, their emotions, which color their reason. Knowing this aspect of human cognition is critical to better approaching life. From October, 2016. Be sure to go to, support us on Patreon, use our Amazon affiliate, and […]
  • Ep 339 - Write With Your Body: Ed Solomon and Alex Kurtzman April 16, 2018
    Ed Solomon is a friend of the show and the writer behind Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Men in Black, and Mosaic. He brought along Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of Star Trek, Transformers, and People Like Us. Bryan Callen shares his desire to be a great writer, and gets lessons. Hunter Maats giggles and adds the […]
  • Ep 338 - Innovative Metaphor: Ken Gordon April 13, 2018
    Ken Gordon's company helped invent the Swiffer, portable insulin pumps, and much much more. In this episode of Mixed Mental Arts, he shares how his innovation process is based so much on literature and metaphor. Don’t forget to go to for all the updates of what we’re doing! Social media, too! Give us money […]
  • Idea Quickie 6: Reflections (Repost) April 11, 2018
    From Oct 28, 2013 Bryan and Hunter take this episode to reflect on and synthesize everything they've learned over the course of the last dozen or so episodes recording the show together. From the philosophy of Professor Dan Robinson to understanding human memory with Josh Foer, it's been a wild ride. This was a much […]
  • Ep 336 - Figuring Out Your Own Mind: Kelly Brogan April 9, 2018
    Kelly Brogan is a psychiatrist from New York and author of A Mind of Your Own. She began questioning the veracity of Western Medicine after being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. Bryan and Hunter engage in heated debate over vaccines and science writ large, while remaining curious throughout. Don’t forget to go to for […]

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