172 episodes

David Olney's blind insights include complex problem solving, applied philosophy, and politics, and Tim Whiffen's curiosity on the matters has opened up plenty of conversations between the two. Join the teacher and student on journeys of deep discussions about life's many curiosities, this is a podcast for thinkers and doers. There's much to learn and plenty to discuss. Agree? Disagree? Questions? Contact us!

Blind Insights Auscast Network

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

David Olney's blind insights include complex problem solving, applied philosophy, and politics, and Tim Whiffen's curiosity on the matters has opened up plenty of conversations between the two. Join the teacher and student on journeys of deep discussions about life's many curiosities, this is a podcast for thinkers and doers. There's much to learn and plenty to discuss. Agree? Disagree? Questions? Contact us!

    Blind Insights - Mitigating Risk (Special Guest Luke)

    Blind Insights - Mitigating Risk (Special Guest Luke)

    While individuals and organisations are paralysed by the fear of things going wrong, what can be done to reduce collateral when problems inevitably arise? As Tim and David recommend books from time to time, when a new Stan McChrystal book comes out, we have to review it, and returning guest Luke brings lived experience to the discussion.

    If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to how to best manifest destiny and contribute to your community, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

    Want to work with David? Get in contact on his website.

    Need help with your podcast project? Ask Tim of Whimsy Productions.
    Support the show: https://auscast-network.myshopify.com/collections/blind-insights
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    • 50 min
    Blind Insights - Choosing your Life Path; It isn't all or nothing

    Blind Insights - Choosing your Life Path; It isn't all or nothing

    David helps Tim reconcile his passions with his perception of self.

    • 19 min
    Blind Insights - Changing Life Direction and the Power of a Skills Audit

    Blind Insights - Changing Life Direction and the Power of a Skills Audit

    Following a frank conversation about quarter-life crises, Tim draws inspiration from the serendipity of unwelcome life changes. David gives insightful anecdotes to assist Tim in coming to terms with his new career trajectory, noting that there are actionable reflections to change perspectives and that this new chapter is not only defined by loss. This is a dialogue that explores the process of finding a path and making oneself and self-actualising despite the challenges of modern living.This podcast draws inspiration from David's Blog; Why do Millennials experience quarter-life crises?

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    If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to how to best manifest destiny and contribute to your community, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

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    • 34 min
    Blind Insights - David Makes a Commitment...

    Blind Insights - David Makes a Commitment...

    If you're a keen follower of the podcast, you may have read David's blogs available on his website; https://davidolney.com.au/. David is an excellent writer, and you even be left wanting more of his writing than is currently available. Well, David has good news for you in this announcement, and it is your job to keep him accountable!

    If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to how to best manifest destiny and contribute to your community, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

    Want to work with David? Get in contact on his website.

    Need help with your podcast project? Ask Tim of Whimsy Productions.
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    • 31 min
    Blind Insights - Thinking Better (Special guest Marcus du Sautoy)

    Blind Insights - Thinking Better (Special guest Marcus du Sautoy)

    When you think of shortcuts, what comes to mind? Cheating? Or the premise of working smarter, not harder? Tim and David stumbled on a fascinating book by Oxford Professor of Mathematics Marcus du Sautoy called "Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut" which provides insight into the practice of using and finding shortcuts. In this episode David and Tim reminisce with Marcus about how Mathematics became a daunting subject they disconnected from for various reasons. But Marcus proves that mathematics is a wonderful thinking language and provides the shortcuts to get excited about it.

    You can find more of Marcus's work in mathematics here, and follow his newest book on bookshelves and Audible.

    This episode references the AI Agents Podcast featuring Marcus talking about his previous book The Creativity Code.

    If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to how to best manifest destiny and contribute to your community, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

    Want to work with David? Get in contact on his website.

    Need help with your podcast project? Ask Tim of Whimsy Productions.
    Support the show: https://auscast-network.myshopify.com/collections/blind-insights
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 49 min
    Bonus Insights - A Parcel from Ireland!

    Bonus Insights - A Parcel from Ireland!

    We have some fantastic fans who email us or on this special occasion, send us a gift! Scott Murphy who reached out to us via email and then spoke to us on this podcast later sent us a rather unique and special present that has earned its rightful place in the studio!

    If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to how to best manifest destiny and contribute to your community, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

    Want to work with David? Get in contact on his website.

    Need help with your podcast project? Ask Tim of Whimsy Productions.
    Support the show: https://auscast-network.myshopify.com/collections/blind-insights
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Noel_pat ,

Informative and insightful

I came across this gem of a podcast after listening to David Olney on Unforgiving60. I didn’t expect answer to the big questions but got perspectives and tools to look, question and comprehend the world we live in. The discussions are thought provoking and honest. Glad I have a fair few episodes to binge and digest. Keep up the awesome work it’s quite engaging.

SmallCog ,

Exquisite Conversations

These gentlemen (and they really are gentlemen) have the most exquisite conversations with each other and their guests. It’s obvious David and Tim are both highly intelligent and knowledgeable - admirable traits but not exactly uncommon. What sets them apart is that they’re respectful considerate and receptive to others thoughts whilst obviously having their own highly developed and well thought out opinions. They’re obviously their own people but if you enjoy the thoughts of people like Richard Fiedler, James May, or Louie Theroux it might be up your alley.

quayofsea ,

Enjoyable

I came to this via Ben & Tim at U60. The thinking is great. The episode on Eastern & Western thought to a degree however conflates Christianity the religion with the Christianity of Jesus direct teachings. The teachings are to be anything but compliant - in fact always be counter-cultural, seek equally for others as for yourself, whereas modern Christianity can easily fall into the trap of being a good little democratic capitalist, or close to. Jesus taught that self-gain is a razors edge. Dr N.T. Wright has done some excellent work in Christianity, Epicureanism & Stoicism. Cheers 🤙🏽

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