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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  • Idea Quickie 7: Know Yourself, Train Yourself (Repost) April 18, 2018
    In this episode, Bryan and Hunter talk about Descartes Error and The Happiness Hypothesis. Humans are bound by their cognitive biases, their emotions, which color their reason. Knowing this aspect of human cognition is critical to better approaching life. From October, 2016. Be sure to go to, support us on Patreon, use our Amazon affiliate, and […]
  • Ep 339 - Write With Your Body: Ed Solomon and Alex Kurtzman April 16, 2018
    Ed Solomon is a friend of the show and the writer behind Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Men in Black, and Mosaic. He brought along Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of Star Trek, Transformers, and People Like Us. Bryan Callen shares his desire to be a great writer, and gets lessons. Hunter Maats giggles and adds the […]
  • Ep 338 - Innovative Metaphor: Ken Gordon April 13, 2018
    Ken Gordon's company helped invent the Swiffer, portable insulin pumps, and much much more. In this episode of Mixed Mental Arts, he shares how his innovation process is based so much on literature and metaphor. Don’t forget to go to for all the updates of what we’re doing! Social media, too! Give us money […]
  • Idea Quickie 6: Reflections (Repost) April 11, 2018
    From Oct 28, 2013 Bryan and Hunter take this episode to reflect on and synthesize everything they've learned over the course of the last dozen or so episodes recording the show together. From the philosophy of Professor Dan Robinson to understanding human memory with Josh Foer, it's been a wild ride. This was a much […]
  • Ep 336 - Figuring Out Your Own Mind: Kelly Brogan April 9, 2018
    Kelly Brogan is a psychiatrist from New York and author of A Mind of Your Own. She began questioning the veracity of Western Medicine after being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. Bryan and Hunter engage in heated debate over vaccines and science writ large, while remaining curious throughout. Don’t forget to go to for […]

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