Month: August 2017

Ep 267 – Ricky Varandas Of The Ripple Effect Podcast: An Age Of Opinion and The Internet’s Painful Adolescence

Ricky Varandas is the host of The Ripple Effect Podcast. Recently, Hunter and Ricky met up in Dartmouth, MA. As they looked out over Buzzard’s Bay, they chatted about what it means to live in an age when everyone gets a voice. Right now, we’re in what Joe Rogan calls the internet’s painful adolescence. There’s turmoil, uncertainty and blindly clinging to simplistic ideologies that give us a feeling of certainty. But just like Middle School, this too shall pass 🙂 You can check out more of Ricky’s awesome convos at The Ripple Effect Podcast and find him on Twitter at @rvtheory6 Love to all humanity –...

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Face It! Evolution Is Smarter Than You!

F.E.I.S.T.Y Face it! Evolution is Smarter Than You It’s time to get F.E.I.S.T.Y. by recognizing that evolution can help you be healthier, smarter, happier, and more successful if you just align with it. Leslie Orgel, an evolutionary biologist, observed that the products of evolution are ingenious. The whole planet is full of innovative inventions that are a genetic response to evolutionary pressure. Mice and deer have very large ears, the better to hear a predator approaching. Genius! Geckos have a removable tail. The tail resembles their head, so if a predator bites it, the tail falls off and they...

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Why did humans evolve to be so defensive of our beliefs?

Working with teenagers, you get used to seeing a very particular and charming side of the human animal: defensive behavior. A simple suggestion that students might want to ask their teacher for help or actually open their textbook can lead to them quickly adopting the policy that “a strong offense is the best defense.” Of course, you don’t have to be a teenager to act this way. We all do it sometimes and right now a lot of people are doing it. Why is this behavior come out so strongly in teenagers/21st Century humans? Because of insecurity. Teenagers are...

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Truncate and Renormalize: Do Scientists Actually Think of the Earth as Round?

The wonderful thing about living in the age of the internet is things people long thought but never dared say have come bursting out on the world. As someone who loves science, I’m glad that all the anti-vaxxers, flat earthers, creationists, global warming deniers and more have come bursting out of the wood work. You have to get these ideas out in the open so you can actually find people who believe these things and help them test their ideas. And while science lovers generally focus on the problem of people who believe things that are a bad fit for...

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The Orange Belt – The Tribe

By achieving the first two belts in this series you have learned: you’re in a cult(ure) that’s adapted to environment, you downloaded your culture through awe, and that culture binds and blinds. The orange belt is about understanding The Tribe. Facebook has revealed that even though computers allow us to accumulate thousands and thousands of “friends” our brains can’t care about all of them. In fact, thanks to the work of a scientist named Robin Dunbar, we know there’s a limit to how many meaningful relationships the human brain can maintain. The Dunbar Number(s) is a cognitive limit on relationships...

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