The “Boxes” Being put into categories or “boxes” is a natural thing to do and everyone does it. In the age of social media, 24 news networks and the massive amount of information thrown at any one individual you can’t help but put people into these “boxes”. If you read or heard anything about the Dunbar number, you would understand why this can’t be avoided. You are put into a several boxes each day by a coworker, the individual serving you coffee, or the guy on the bus without even knowing it. In most cases, without saying a word to the person who puts you there. These “boxes” are absolutely necessary for your brain to handle all the inputs we get everyday. Some types of “Boxes” These “boxes” come in all shapes and sizes like real boxes. Conservative or Liberal, Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, Round Earth or Flat Earth, and so on. If you list your personal beliefs, you can probably put yourself in several “boxes” that you didn’t even realize you actually fit into. You might say “I didn’t fit into any of the traditional “boxes”, I am my own person, unique and above all this”. I believed that as well in my early 20’s, when I knew absolutely nothing about the world, like most people at that age. Some go their whole lives believing that, others search for answers. If you are reading this, congratulations, you...Read More
Month: June 2017
Posted by Hunter Maats | Jun 29, 2017
Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. Humans have always faced them. And since the human brain’s hardware hasn’t really changed in a very long time, it has been by upgrading our mental software that we’ve become more intelligent. In fact, the brain is so unchanged that people who haven’t had contact with writing or computers for 46,000 years, they can leapfrog that huge cultural software divide in a couple of generations. Jared Diamond is right. The amazing thing is that humans everywhere have pieced together that opportunity from nothing but what they found lying around. We have made mental tools the same way we...Read More
Posted by Hunter Maats | Jun 27, 2017
[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5435794/height/200/width/450/theme/standard/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”200″ width=”450″] 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 wedding, I stopped by Casa Aguilar in Santa Barbara and started a conversation with Jenni Aguilar. Hours later, I understood why Jon felt so strongly that that I should talk to Jenni. Coming from an entirely different angle, she had reached many of the same conclusions as I had. For me, the arrival at evolutionary thinking and a desire to...Read More
Posted by Hunter Maats | Jun 25, 2017
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 on and on about the same old things again and again. A lot of the time, quite honestly, I wanted to tell them to… And yet, although I wasn’t always receptive to what they had to say at the time, I now appreciate their willingness to persistently nag at me. They cared enough to keep bugging me until I took a hard look at myself. In that sense, they were...Read More
Posted by Hunter Maats | Jun 23, 2017
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 own venom when you can just look like a snake that does? The Scarlet King Snake fakes it with no intention of making it (venom). The same is true within the ecosystem of a culture. There are people in any community who are the coolest. They’re the best at whatever the culture respects. Take, for example, a tribe of hunter-gatherers. There are two guys named Og and Thrak and...Read More
- Ep 358 - Reporting on Palestine: Wajahat Ali July 30, 2018Stay 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, 2018Dambisa 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 mixedmentalarts.online and click on our amazon link […]
- Ep 355 - Learning Through Adversity: Howard Bloom June 18, 2018Howard 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, 2018Allen 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 https://mixedmentalarts.online/, support us on Patreon, use our Amazon affiliate, […]