Month: January 2018

The Orange Belt

There Is No Escape From Tribalism The Orange Belt At first glance, people from other tribes can seem so different. 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,...

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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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  • 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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