Month: December 2017

Eats Plants

I grew up in Maine, but half my family is from Northern Ipiros, or, the Greek part of Southern Albania. They are Greek-Albanians because somebody drew up the border wrong… I eat a plant-based diet, mostly whole foods. I have no customs, I am a wild gypsy. Education: great, religion: okay, science: better. My culture (Maine culture) is suited to the environment because we wear a lot of flannel. I just found your website through Adrian Bejan!!! Listening to the interview now. I’m obsessed with Constructal...

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It’s Grim Up North

To transmit just how lumpen my origins are an anecdote from my former English teacher will start the ball rolling. He began teaching at my comprehensive in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1984 and he left over a decade later, attempting to inspire some of the cracker kids to do something with their lives. Well, in 1994 and six years after leaving school, I had gone back to college and gotten myself a place at posh Edinburgh University. I visited my former teacher to give him the news and he told me that I was the only student he’d ever taught who’d...

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My Quest for Who I Am.

Hi, I’m Claudio Fernando Maciel. I’m from south east Brazil, it’s exactly where I grew up. My grandparents migrated from Portugal to Brazil back in the eighteen hundreds. I like to eat a varied plethora of foods. From traditional Brazilian food (beans on top of rice, with some beef, and salad on the side), to pizza, Mexican food; Chinese food. I don’t have any grudges towards any specific cuisine. I like to dress as dapper as the occasion allows me. Being in a home-office most of the time, I try to be as well dressed as if I wouldn’t...

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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

<p>Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In <i>The Righteous Mind, </i>social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. <br> <br>His starting point is moral intuition—the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right. He blends his own research findings with those of anthropologists, historians, and other psychologists to draw a map of the moral domain, and he explains why conservatives can navigate that map more skillfully than can liberals. He then examines the origins of morality, overturning the view that evolution made us fundamentally selfish creatures. But rather than arguing that we are innately altruistic, he makes a more subtle claim—that we are fundamentally <i>groupish. </i>It is our groupishness, he explains, that leads to our greatest joys, our religious divisions, and our political affiliations. In a stunning final chapter on ideology and civility, Haidt shows what each side is right about, and why we need the insights of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians to flourish as a nation.</p>

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RSS Mixed Mental Arts

  • Ep 358 - Reporting on Palestine: Wajahat Ali July 30, 2018
    Stay 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, 2018
    Dambisa 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 and click on our amazon link […]
  • Ep 355 - Learning Through Adversity: Howard Bloom June 18, 2018
    Howard 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, 2018
    Allen 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, support us on Patreon, use our Amazon affiliate, […]

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