Month: March 2017

#GrowthMindset

    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

  • Idea Quickie 2: Making Smart Funny February 18, 2018
    Bryan and Hunter are alone together agian for some nice idea sex. They discuss the recent descent of the Emperor on the Washington DC and how he's incorporating his Mixed Mental Arts into his new standup. He is a true master of his craft, as the elves will tell you. Don't forget to go to https://mixedmentalarts.online/ and […]
  • Ep 316 Mosaics of Reality Part 2: Spiros Michalakos and Ed Solomon February 16, 2018
    At the end of last week's podcast, a man named Spiros walked in. Then he blew everyone's mind. Spiros has been on the podcast before, and if you've listened to those episodes (129, 142, 236, 237, 247) you know what's in store. But the rabbit hole never ends when you're talking to a quantum mathematician […]
  • Special Release! The Drunken Taoist Practices Mixed Mental Arts February 15, 2018
    Daniele Bolelli and Rich Evirs again sat down with Hunter, and this time Michael Brooks tagged along. They talk about everything. Mentioned is Bolelli's book, "How to Create Your Own Religion."  Don't forget to support us on Patreon and use our Amazon Affiliate if you like our website. The Amazon money goes to support Bryan […]
  • Ep 315 Mosaics of Reality Part 1: Ed Solomon February 11, 2018
    Ed Solomon is a screenwriter. He worked on Lavern and Shirley, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, and his latest work is with Steven Soderbergh on a show called Mosaic. Ed discusses the creative process, how to go along to get along, and when that doesn’t cut it anymore. Go watch Mosaic on Amazon or HBO. […]
  • Ep 314 Saving the Republic: Lawrence Lessig February 8, 2018
    Lawrence Lessig ran for President of the United States in 2016. He lost, and we got Donald Trump instead. Lessig is a Harvard Law professor whose book, "Republic Lost" outlines exactly how the swamp in Washington DC got so swampy to begin with. Go to lessig.org for more information. Don’t forget to support us on […]

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