Author: Hunter Maats

It’s Time to Reclassify Humanity: We’re not Homo Sapiens; We’re Homo Socialis

At the very core of science lies a simple principle: when new evidence emerges we should change our minds. In theory, the scientific establishment’s record on this is perfect. In practice, scientists are humans whose whole living rests on their ideas. The destruction of their ideas is the destruction of their life’s work. Scientists defend their pet theories tooth and nail because that is what their livelihood, their identity, their status and their legacy depends on. Early in their careers scientists build their careers on pioneering new thoughts. Later in their careers scientists defend their careers by quashing new...

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Dumb-Barring: Humans Stereotype. Let’s Stereotype Better.

While Mixed Mental Arts teaches you about humanity’s cognitive biases one at a time, that’s just our way of making it easier to learn how you and your fellow humans think. In practice, the glorious thing about fast thinking is that it all happens at once, combining to create convincing beliefs that are not only bad at approximating reality, but inspire the worst behavior. Take, for example, the glorious cognitive crapfest that Mixed Mental Artist Adam Hansen calls Dumb-barring. If you’re an orange belt, then you already know about The Dunbar Number, or the inability of every human brain...

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The Path to Ikigai: Solving Society’s Many Dysfunctions By Designing for Humans as They Actually Are

Hunter-gatherers don’t have a problem helping everyone find their place in society. The older members of the tribe mentor the younger members of the tribe and find great satisfaction in passing on their knowledge. Some people are shamans. Some people are hunters. Some gather. Some cook. Some make pots. Some fish. In short, humans in small tribes kick ass at finding what the Japanese call ikigai. On the other hand, most large-scale societies suck at ikigai. A lot of people simply fall through the cracks and can’t find their place in society. On the surface, finding ikigai can seem...

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The Aristocracy of Citizenship: How Different is the Nation State System from Apartheid?

It’s now been a little over 20 years since the end of apartheid. From this distance and looking at South Africa from the United States, it’s a simple matter to understand. White South Africans were racist. They built a racist system. Racism is bad. Now, apartheid is gone. South Africa has a black President. Hurray! There is no more apartheid. And yet, it wasn’t until I went to South Africa these past two weeks that I even thought to ask WHY white South Africans built the apartheid system. As I found out at breakfast with Roman Cabanac, the co-host...

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Attention Economy: What Price Do We All Pay for Justin Bieber’s Cult of Personality?

Everyone wants attention.  The individual family provides a beautiful microcosm for thinking about the dynamics of the “Attention Economy.”  Kids compete for their parents’ attention, and video games, movies, music, and social media compete for the kids’ attention.  School books very often lose out in the competition for attention.  While mom is exhausted by having to give everyone else her complete attention, her needs (attention) often fall by the wayside.  She needs more of her attention for herself.  It’s an underappreciated fact that economics comes from the Greek words oikos (house) and nomos (managing).  Home economics is a redundant...

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  • Ep 327 - From the Shores of Barcelona: Raphael Minder March 16, 2018
    Raphael Minder is the Spain and Portugal correspondent for The New York Times. He schools Bryan and Hunter on the Catalonia situation, and other political tensions in the region. Of course, no discussion of Catalonia is complete without fútbol, either.Don’t forget to go to for all the updates of what we’re doing! Social media, […]
  • Idea Quickie 4: Naked (Repost) March 14, 2018
    Sometimes Bryan and Hunter like to get naked together...emotionally. It's time to bare all their thoughts and feelings!!! In this episode, they review everything they've learned and what the big take home lesson is. There's really only one! Tune in to find out what it is. Tweet Hunter, if there are any books or topics […]
  • Ep 325 - Problem Solving Through Empathy: Roman Krznaric March 11, 2018
    Roman Krznaric teaches philosophy at Oxford. He studies empathy and how it can be applied to everyday life. Sunzi says “Know the other and know yourself, and you will not see peril in any battle.” Bryan and Hunter draw the connections between markets, soldiers, and the power of Bryan Callen to save the world. Roman's […]
  • Ep 324 - Knowing You're an Ape: Chris Ryan March 9, 2018
    Chris Ryan talks with Bryan and Hunter to talk about his book Sex At Dawn, the academic sexlessness, human capabilities vs. human tendencies, swingers' clubs, and how to collectively build the human version of the San Diego Zoo. Also, how much Bryan Callen fuuuucks. Visit our website at Use our Amazon affiliate! Use our […]
  • Idea Quickie 3: The Big Seven March 7, 2018
    Bryan and Hunter talk about Life, Death, and Human Nature so that we can detribalize and realize our shared humanity. The Big Seven:   Birth Death Societies Sex (Touch) Food (Nutrition) Sleep (Security)   Play  And the rituals therein. Support us on Patreon, use our Amazon Affiliate, sign up for a free audiobook at and go […]

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