Month: January 2018

The Orange Belt

There Is No Escape From Tribalism The Orange Belt This is the Orange Belt of Mixed Mental Arts: Although our cultural software has evolved a lot over the last 10,000 years, our hardware has changed little. Our hardwired intuitions are those that allowed our hunter-gatherer ancestors to survive. We relied on tribes to survive and so got very good at tracking relationships within our tribes. All animals have a naturally stable group size. For humans, it’s about 150. This is known as the Dunbar Number. Go any higher, and relationships and communication start to disintegrate. The rise of agriculture...

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The Yellow Belt

Culture Binds and Blinds The Yellow Belt In the White Belt, you started to see the the interwoven cultures around you; the knowledge, beliefs, art, morals, laws, customs, and all other aspects and habits of a group. Culture isn’t a problem.  It’s the glue that allows human beings to survive in the world, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  What can be a problem as Thomas Sowell points out in Black Rednecks and White Liberals, is not understanding the cultures that affect you. “No one chooses which culture to be born into or can be blamed for how that culture evolved...

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The White Belt

What Is Your Culture? The White Belt This is the place to begin the journey: learn who you are, see what influences you, and grow. Just like entering a Mixed Martial Arts dojo, we enter knowing that we know nothing. Along our own path of Mixed Mental Arts, we have found mental tools to refine our thinking and improve our intelligence. The belt system is us sharing what we’ve found. These concepts work together, each building on the next.  Study and apply them; they are Mental Arts designed to help you when grappling with life’s complex problems. Come join...

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Ep 306 Supplement – Federalist No. 1: The Mother of All Podcasts

To the People: AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficiency of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the UNION, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world. It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the...

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  • 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, […]
  • Ep 353 - A New Song and Dance: Ken Gordon and Adam Hansen June 4, 2018
    Adam 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, 2018
    Layne 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, 2018
    Magdalena Edwards is Bryan Callen's neighbor. She's also a translator.  

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