Month: April 2018

Introducing the Mixed Mental Art’s Series on IQ

Photo by on Unsplash Humans are the most adaptable species on the planet. We’ve evolved cultures that have allowed us to adapt to every environment from the scorching desert to the frozen arctic to the humid rainforest and even the urban jungle. Humanity’s superpower, our ability to learn efficiently from those around us, means that figuring out how to adapt and survive rests on us coming together. As we all head into the unfamiliar environment of the #jobocalypse, our mutual survival depends on our collaboration in order to release the potential of every individual on the planet.   Photo by NASA on Unsplash An important part of that process is discarding the outdated cultural beliefs that hold everyone back. Humans tell stories in order to understand the world in which we live. Very often these stories don’t fit well with reality. The scientific method is the best attempt so far to evaluate the validity of human stories. A model is proposed and then it is tested and retested by as many people as possible. Unfortunately, some terrible stories never face the rigor of the scientific method before they are accepted as “truth.”   “This shit is bananas!”  Photo by Ben White on Unsplash This series is dedicated to undoing a particularly damaging narrative: the idea that somehow race and intelligence are linked. As we’ve covered elsewhere, racism evolved in response to the introduction of diseases like the falciparum...

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Our Natural Disaster: A Beautiful Side Effect

Our Natural Disaster: A Beautiful Side Effect Jenni Aguilar, California Just as our community (Santa Barbara, CA-area of SoCal) was coming back from the havoc wreaked by the largest fire in California history, just as we thought the worst had come and gone…rain.  A lot of rain. A ‘200-year rain event’, which means inches of rain in minutes. The rain, which was nowhere to be found while the flames ripped through our hills (thanks Mother Nature!), made a short but devastating appearance on January 9th. We have no words for the horror and the loss (23 lives, more injured, hundreds...

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The Legacy of Vance Music and Beal’s Law

The Legacy of Vance Music and Beal’s Law Adam Hansen, New York While working on my MBA at Indiana University back in the Cambrian Period (vertebrates had just emerged – wild times!), I was fortunate to be a manager at Vance music store, headquartered in Bloomington. A second store 30 minutes south of the Bloomington flagship, in Bedford, was the site of perhaps more impromptu jams than big-ticket sales, as weeknights in Bedford, Indiana were, y’know, slow. One of our sales guys was a wonderful, kind-hearted cat named Tug Beal, native son of Bedford proper and about 15 years...

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  • 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, […]
  • 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. 

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