Part 1: What do Nukes Say About Humanity? I’m not the first person to point this out, but it seems like nuclear weapons are the strongest representation of at least a few important philosophical concepts. They show both humanity’s incredible penchant for destructive power, and our profound desire for innovation. These ideas are interconnected, especially in terms of atomic and thermonuclear bombs. Innovation can feed the urge to devastate your enemy because the better your advancements are, the greater ability you have to inflict harm. By the same token, when you have a stronger desire to decimate, it can ignite a white hot fire of motivation to improve your technology. We saw this with World War Two and the Cold War, particularly the former. During the latter, weapons advancements significantly improved. But according to my amateur knowledge, they mostly built on technology that already existed. In terms of World War Two, as Joe Rogan likes to say, there was less than 50 years between when the airplane was invented, and when it was used to drop the atomic bomb! That’s insane! To me, it’s evidence of our desire to innovate to a fault, and of how homicidal urges can lead to greater advances. The time gap between when scientists first split the atom, and when the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki,...Read More
Month: July 2017
Posted by Hunter Maats | Jul 4, 2017
[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5460851/height/200/width/450/theme/standard/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”200″ width=”450″] Back in episode 257, you heard Christopher Leon Price’s #knowledgebomb on The Art of Losing. In this episode, we interview Christopher to understand how he came to appreciate the power of this lesson through a mixture of video gaming, appreciating Mixed Martial Arts, teaching children chess and having to try and teach Hunter Maats how to do audio. This last one, in particular, has proven to be particularly challenging. Fortunately, Christopher is a very patient and supportive teacher. There are lessons to be learned from every aspect of life. So far, because of my own biases,...Read More
Posted by Hunter Maats | Jul 2, 2017
Once upon a time, humans lived in hunter-gatherer tribes of about 150 people. We gathered around fires to tell stories. We progressed from birth to death through a series of phases. We were initiated into the tribe. We had children. We progressed into old age and became respected elders valued for our insight and wisdom. And then, we passed on. Sometimes because of a primitive form of euthanasia where someone in the tribe would bash us on the back of the head with a rock. Hunter-gatherer life wasn’t perfect but it certainly wasn’t “nasty, brutish and short” as Hobbes suggested....Read More
- 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, […]
- Ep 353 - A New Song and Dance: Ken Gordon and Adam Hansen June 4, 2018Adam Hansen and Ken Gordon are innovation guys. They also like to sing songs and enjoy the finer things in life. Their beards make the world a better place.
- Ep 352 - Real Science, Bro: Dr. Layne Norton May 28, 2018Layne Norton is an expert in nutrition. He's also an elite powerlifter and a professional body builder. In the continuing journey of sorting the wheat from the chaff, Bryan and Hunter learn about how to eat for performance.
- Ep 351 - Found in Translation: Magdalena Edwards May 21, 2018Magdalena Edwards is Bryan Callen's neighbor. She's also a translator.