Month: March 2017


    When you make a mistake do you get angry and blame others, acting like an obnoxious jerk?  Or do you feel defeated and berate yourself endlessly? Luckily, there’s another option: viewing mistakes as opportunities for improvement.   “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” –Aaliyah   Growth Mindset, a term coined by Dr. Carol Dweck, is the belief that intelligence and ability can be developed at any age, at any level, or in any situation. That’s right, Sparky, you can teach an old dog new tricks. You can also teach a *bad dog, an *untalented dog, and a *stupid dog. (*arbitrary judgements that mean absolutely nothing) #GrowthMindset is the belief in your own potential, rooted in neuroplasticity, a twenty-dollar word that means your brain has the ability to change both physically and functionally. It’s why people can recover from addictions or depression, learn to walk and talk after a stroke, and master new skills despite learning disabilities or other brain constraints. Every brain has the ability to grow. The limits of neuroplasticity are not yet known. It’s believed to have wide-reaching influence over every facet of human life, including how we develop good habits as well as crippling addictions. Neuroplasticity is like the force, it has a light side and a dark side. Which brings us back to how you deal with challenges, aka your Mindset. Science has shown...

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End Cultural Appropriation! Ban Banh Mi! End Pizza Now!

It is a sad fact that the white men of the world are not content to simply rape and pillage other cultures. They also want to appropriate the traditions of other cultures for themselves. Courageously, Lena Dunham has backed the students at Oberlin college in their fight against this grave social injustice. College kids have realized that when their $66,000 a year college served them sushi and banh mi in the dining hall that the thing to do was not to be grateful. It was to be incensed. Sushi is from Japan and the Banh Mi is from Vietnam....

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Tian Gao Huangdi Yuan.

 天高皇帝遠。Heaven is high, and the Emperor is far away. This phrase came about in China in the 14th century. Like most things during the period, it was related to the Mongols. The ruling Song Dynasty was conquered by Kublai Khan in 1260, and the Mongol Yuan dynasty ruled over China for the next 100 years. However, despite the removal of the ethnic Han rulers, life for most Chinese didn’t change. They lived, farmed, fucked, and died much the same as they had for centuries. Heaven was high, and the Emperor was far away. What wisdom can we glean from...

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Ep236 Supplemental – SPECIAL: PART 1 – The Theories of Everything

In an utterly pleasant surprise, Spiros Michalakis reached out to me and said he wanted to get lunch. Actually, he wanted to buy me lunch. The result was a three hour lunch conversation and a two-hour podcast during the course of which we covered everything from Spiros’ own work trying to unify quantum field theory and general relativity to everything that has been going on with Mixed Mental Arts. In short, we compared notes on the many kinds of idea sex that we’ve been having. You don’t get to hear what happened in that three-hour lunch which is probably...

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Ep237 Supplemental – SPECIAL: PART 2 – The Theories of Everything

Apparently, this whole merging of quantum field theory and general relativity business was a little more complicated than we initially thought and so we extended the podcast into a second hour. All of which is released on a single day! You’re welcome humanity. And don’t worry. We didn’t entirely solve the problem. We just warmed it up for you. Any listener who can unify the four major forces wins…a Nobel Prize! Congratulations!!! In practice, the most important takeaway of the second part of the conversation is how we think about truth–it’s about a series of practical tools that do...

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RSS Mixed Mental Arts

  • Ep 358 - Reporting on Palestine: Wajahat Ali July 30, 2018
    Stay tuned until the end for some information on the re-renaming of the show to the Bryan Callen Show.
  • Ep 357 - Ancient Chinese Secrets: Ted Slingerland July 22, 2018
  • Ep 356 - A Better Way To Help: Dambisa Moyo June 24, 2018
    Dambisa Moyo is from Zambia. She's studied the effect of foreign aid on the economies of developing nations. She finds it lacking in many respects. Her new book is Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth and How to Fix It. You can go to and click on our amazon link […]
  • Ep 355 - Learning Through Adversity: Howard Bloom June 18, 2018
    Howard Bloom developed chronic fatigue syndrome in 1988. That didn't stop him from writing a bunch of books. His most recent book is How I Accidentally Started the Sixties, which is a memoir. 
  • Ep 354 - Talking Creativity and Corgis with Allen Gannett June 11, 2018
    Allen Gannett is the author of The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time and he helps debunk genius myths. That's why Hunter likes him. That's why Bryan likes him. We hope you like him too. Also, Allen loves corgis. Be sure to go to, support us on Patreon, use our Amazon affiliate, […]

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