Month: July 2017

Role Models, Talent Clusters and Affirmative Action: What Have People Who Look Like You Done Before?

Although humans blindly copy success through the emotion of awe, they don’t just copy any old successful person. They blindly copy successful people they think they could become. And this is where identity comes in and role models become highly political. Because now who is successful says things about the fairness of our society and why we and our group do or do not succeed in certain areas. Before we wade into the question of affirmative action, let’s take a look at how awe and identity lead to a phenomena that Dan Coyle, the author of the superb book The...

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5 Podcasts That Get You Thinking

Hi, My name is Anthony and I am addicted to podcasts. I have been listening to podcasts for over eight years. The first ever podcast I listened to was This American Life and I have been hooked since. Though I can’t quite remember what the episode was, I distinctly remember thinking, “this feels like watching a movie using my ears.” Podcasts are great as they open the world up to me, I get to listen to fascinating conversations from all over the world and upgrade my cultural software in the process. The internet has democratized content and we no longer have to rely on traditional media and their gate keepers to access information by them decided on what to listen or watch. I clock in just over 5K hours of listening time, according to Gladwell (or by the 10000 rule), I’m at the halfway point to being a podcast listening genius. At the risk appealing to authority, trust me when I say, I know great content when I hear it. You already are a part of the Mixed Mental Arts community, the largest online mind sex orgy … If you are looking for even more idea sex, here are five more podcasts to try out:   The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) – No other podcaster has the influence and reach of Joe Rogan. He has the most subscribed podcast...

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Midwifing in a Global Village: The Baby is Coming; We Can Ease the Process

2016 was a major wakeup call for those of us who want a more closely integrated and prosperous world. Maybe you like other cultures and have learned to find them interesting. Maybe the practical concerns of terrorism, global warming and international criminal activity mean that you think great international cooperation is needed. Or maybe you believe that more trade is the path to greater prosperity for all. Whatever your reasons for liking globalization, it’s clear that some people don’t like it at all. With the election of President Trump, Brexit and similar movements across the world, they made very clear that they...

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Cross-Cultural Communication in Four, Easy Words: Don’t Mess With Texas

Right now, the good ol’ US of A is struggling with cross-cultural communication. America is having issues understanding and communicating with the Russians as optimists and pessimists so often do. They’re struggling to make sense of the behavior of the honor cultures of the Middle East. And red and blue states have no idea how to work out their differences and take productive action. And yet, the irony is that the solution to all these problems lies in four simple words: Don’t Mess With Texas. Outside of Texas, this phrase became famous when George W. Bush made it one of his...

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The “Flaws” in Human Psychology: The fault lies not in our stars but in our view of ourselves.

Recently, a fellow Mixed Mental Artist wrote a piece on The Dark Magic of Nuclear Weapons. I enjoyed it because as Andrew points out nuclear weapons are an amazing tool to reflect on the conflicting side of human nature. However, there was one word in his post that tripped me up, he described human psychology as “flawed.” And I think that’s a really problematic idea that is at the root of many of humanity’s problems. It’s the idea that somehow we’re broken or should be some other way. Reality is. It does it’s own thing. As a scientist, when...

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  • Ep 327 - From the Shores of Barcelona: Raphael Minder March 16, 2018
    Raphael Minder is the Spain and Portugal correspondent for The New York Times. He schools Bryan and Hunter on the Catalonia situation, and other political tensions in the region. Of course, no discussion of Catalonia is complete without fútbol, either.Don’t forget to go to for all the updates of what we’re doing! Social media, […]
  • Idea Quickie 4: Naked (Repost) March 14, 2018
    Sometimes Bryan and Hunter like to get naked together...emotionally. It's time to bare all their thoughts and feelings!!! In this episode, they review everything they've learned and what the big take home lesson is. There's really only one! Tune in to find out what it is. Tweet Hunter, if there are any books or topics […]
  • Ep 325 - Problem Solving Through Empathy: Roman Krznaric March 11, 2018
    Roman Krznaric teaches philosophy at Oxford. He studies empathy and how it can be applied to everyday life. Sunzi says “Know the other and know yourself, and you will not see peril in any battle.” Bryan and Hunter draw the connections between markets, soldiers, and the power of Bryan Callen to save the world. Roman's […]
  • Ep 324 - Knowing You're an Ape: Chris Ryan March 9, 2018
    Chris Ryan talks with Bryan and Hunter to talk about his book Sex At Dawn, the academic sexlessness, human capabilities vs. human tendencies, swingers' clubs, and how to collectively build the human version of the San Diego Zoo. Also, how much Bryan Callen fuuuucks. Visit our website at Use our Amazon affiliate! Use our […]
  • Idea Quickie 3: The Big Seven March 7, 2018
    Bryan and Hunter talk about Life, Death, and Human Nature so that we can detribalize and realize our shared humanity. The Big Seven:   Birth Death Societies Sex (Touch) Food (Nutrition) Sleep (Security)   Play  And the rituals therein. Support us on Patreon, use our Amazon Affiliate, sign up for a free audiobook at and go […]

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