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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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>

Read More

RSS Mixed Mental Arts

  • Idea Quickie 2: Making Smart Funny February 18, 2018
    Bryan and Hunter are alone together agian for some nice idea sex. They discuss the recent descent of the Emperor on the Washington DC and how he's incorporating his Mixed Mental Arts into his new standup. He is a true master of his craft, as the elves will tell you. Don't forget to go to and […]
  • Ep 316 Mosaics of Reality Part 2: Spiros Michalakos and Ed Solomon February 16, 2018
    At the end of last week's podcast, a man named Spiros walked in. Then he blew everyone's mind. Spiros has been on the podcast before, and if you've listened to those episodes (129, 142, 236, 237, 247) you know what's in store. But the rabbit hole never ends when you're talking to a quantum mathematician […]
  • Special Release! The Drunken Taoist Practices Mixed Mental Arts February 15, 2018
    Daniele Bolelli and Rich Evirs again sat down with Hunter, and this time Michael Brooks tagged along. They talk about everything. Mentioned is Bolelli's book, "How to Create Your Own Religion."  Don't forget to support us on Patreon and use our Amazon Affiliate if you like our website. The Amazon money goes to support Bryan […]
  • Ep 315 Mosaics of Reality Part 1: Ed Solomon February 11, 2018
    Ed Solomon is a screenwriter. He worked on Lavern and Shirley, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, and his latest work is with Steven Soderbergh on a show called Mosaic. Ed discusses the creative process, how to go along to get along, and when that doesn’t cut it anymore. Go watch Mosaic on Amazon or HBO. […]
  • Ep 314 Saving the Republic: Lawrence Lessig February 8, 2018
    Lawrence Lessig ran for President of the United States in 2016. He lost, and we got Donald Trump instead. Lessig is a Harvard Law professor whose book, "Republic Lost" outlines exactly how the swamp in Washington DC got so swampy to begin with. Go to for more information. Don’t forget to support us on […]

Mixed Mental Arts is Stephen Fry proof thanks to caching by WP Super Cache