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Join me in my attempt to be less certain, more curious & humble as I interview authors, scientists, academics, and entrepreneurs to help me learn more about the world and existing beliefs.

The more I learn, the more I realize I know nothing.
-Aristotle

Know More Know Less Michael Cecchin

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Join me in my attempt to be less certain, more curious & humble as I interview authors, scientists, academics, and entrepreneurs to help me learn more about the world and existing beliefs.

The more I learn, the more I realize I know nothing.
-Aristotle

    Modern Warfare & 100 Combat Missions w/ Cryptologist JL Hancock (#68)

    Modern Warfare & 100 Combat Missions w/ Cryptologist JL Hancock (#68)

    I have always been fascinated by how and why someone enlists in military service, and even more so by hearing the details of logistics and interpersonal dynamics in missions and training. There are an uncountable number of books and movies on the topic, but getting one-on-one time with someone as experienced as my guest is a first for me and it did not disappoint. 

    J.L. Hancock is the Former lead innovator for the U.S. Special Operations community, now turned thrilling fiction author of The Hawk Enigma. 

    It was in 2002, when JL enlisted in the Navy and spent twenty years as a cryptologist.

    During his military service, Jim toiled in the dark corners of the government intelligence communities, learned two Asian languages, and eventually conducted over one hundred combat operations with special operations forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines.

     Over the last six years of his career, JL worked as the senior enlisted advisor on future concepts and innovation for the Navy special operations community. He became a well-known subject matter expert in unmanned systems, 5G, and artificial intelligence.
    Today we will dive into all things military intelligence, how robotics might end us all, the growing problem with political misinformation and how JL came up with the plot for his book. 
    Takeaways
    The catalyst for J.L. Hancock's decision to enlist in the military was the 9/11 attacks.

    As a linguist and cryptologist, J.L. worked closely with special operations units and conducted over 100 combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines.

    J.L. emphasizes the importance of adaptability and trust in his role as a linguist, as well as the challenges of working with different personalities.
    He shares a mission example that highlights the stress of relying on technology and the need for quick thinking and problem-solving.

    In his role as an innovator, J.L. focused on seeking out emerging technologies and navigating the military's acquisition process. Funding for projects in the military often comes from combatant commands and is allocated by Congress.

    Artificially intelligent drones have the potential to mitigate risk in combat and civilian scenarios.

    Misinformation and the impact of social media on shaping ideologies are major concerns.

    AI and robotics have exciting potential but need to be used ethically and with consideration for human intuition and adaptability.  
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Unlocking the Power of the Sun w/ Dr. Motjaba Akhavan-Tafti

    Unlocking the Power of the Sun w/ Dr. Motjaba Akhavan-Tafti

    I reached out to my guest a couple of months ago, because solar flares were in the news again.  I became a little obsessed with solar flares about 10 years ago… to the point that I try not to think about them now because they freak me out. 
     So this was the perfect opportunity to dive deeper into something I know so little about. 
    Dr. Mojtaba Akhavan-Taftiis an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan, he’s also space scientist, inventor, and clean tech entrepreneur.

    He is the founder of Adaptable Powerful Transformative (APT) Solar Solutions, whose mission it is to unlock the power of the Sun by revolutionizing solar electricity generation and distribution.

    Mojtaba is also a space scientist, inventor and a part of the research faculty at the University of Michigan College of Engineering where he investigates the inner-workings of the Sun, Earth, and if that’s not enough, he teaches satellite mission design and analysis.  That last one seems like a fake job title from the Simpsons!
    Dr. Akhavan-Tafti was an amazing guest and I hope you enjoy all the knowledge he drops on me. 
     
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    • 1 hr
    The Miracle of Showing Up w/ Marcy Axelrod (#66)

    The Miracle of Showing Up w/ Marcy Axelrod (#66)

    In the zeitgeist today there's a concept used in therapy communities called "showing up" as it pertains to your relationships and how you support those closest to you. But my guest, Marcy Axelrod, has elevated Showing Up into a way of being that will forever change your life. 

    Marcy and I discuss how the act of showing up fully in our lives  hands us the keys to a happier, more effective and balanced life. Marcy has been a keynote speaker for over 25 years. She's the award -winning author of On Your Game and her new book How We Choose To Show Up 
    challenges all of us to live more intentionally.

    Marcy asks her clients and all of us: Do we just show up, barely show up, or do we truly show up, living our most decisive moments with thoughtful intent?  Showing up is the invisible system all around us, connecting us to society, situations, ourselves, and each other. And drawing from psychology, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology, showing up is the crucial playbook for leading an impactful, high achieving life, while taking care of the world and each other. 
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    • 50 min
    The Science of Achieving Your Goals w/ Dr. Emily Balcetis (#65)

    The Science of Achieving Your Goals w/ Dr. Emily Balcetis (#65)

    We all have dreams and goals that live in our minds more then they live in the world.   It doesn't matter if those dreams are to compete in an IronMan, to quit smoking, or to read a little more. We all have the desire and the motivation to accomplish these things, but tragically what we often lack is the follow-up, the execution of the daily tasks, big and small, that us to accomplishing those goals. 
    My guest, Dr. Emily Balcetis, wanted to know why that is.  And in her research put herself in the role of guinea pig testing her ideas to successfully write her book and learning to play the drums, all while caring for her newborn!! 

    Emily and I discuss why some people accomplish their goals, throwing away their cigarettes packs or putting on their running shoes while others continue to fall short?   Today we dive straight into the science of turning dreams into reality. 

    Emily Balcetis is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the director of the New York University, Social Perception, Action and Motivation research lab where she leads an international team of scholars, writers, artists, and advocates. 

    In her research, Emily has uncovered previously unknown strategies that increase, sustain, and direct people's efforts to meet their goals. Her work has been supported by numerous national grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, and has also appeared in over 80 scientific publications.

    She is a two time TEDx speaker and author of the book Clearer Closer Better: How Successful People See the World.
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    • 58 min
    Exploring Male Suicide: Risks and Prevention w/ Dr. Susanna Bennett (#64)

    Exploring Male Suicide: Risks and Prevention w/ Dr. Susanna Bennett (#64)

    This episode is definitely in my top 3 most meaningful conversations in the short history of KMKL.  Few things leave an imprint more powerfully than speaking to someone with such a profound knowledge on a subject as well as a passion and dedication to help other. Dr. Bennett is one of those people.   

    If you have been affected by suicide or love someone who has, you know the deep treadmarks of pain that experience of excruciating grief can leave on those left behind. 

     What has come to light more publicly in recent years is the dramatic difference in the rate of suicide between genders.  The range can be between 3 and 7 to 1 - men to women.  Yet sadly, this news and the length of time it has been happening is leading some experts and researchers to acknowledge how much men are suffering, and how it appears much of society has decided to ignore their pain and deaths of despair as a price we are collectively willing to pay. 

     Enter Dr. Susanna Bennett and the Suicidal Research Lab at the University of Glasgow. 

    Through their research, they have discovered the deep pain and isolation that many men experience, as well as the barriers they face in seeking help both internally and externally.

    Susie has done studies synthesizing twenty years of male suicide research, explored help-seeking barriers for men, childhood challenges and developed an agenda of priorities for male suicide research. 

    Her work has been supported by thousands of men worldwide sharing their insights and experiences. Our conversation explores the 3D risk model which includes denial, disconnection, and dysregulation in the psychological domains of emotions, thoughts and feelings of self, and connections with others. Susie highlights the role of love and compassion in addressing male pain in an attempt to avoid escalating emotional factors that can lead to suicidial ideation.

    I hope more people with soon be having conversations like this, staying curious about the boys and men in their lives and how they can ensure they feel accepted and loved. 
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Memory Champion Who Banished His Anxiety & Panic Attacks w/ John Graham (ep#63)

    Memory Champion Who Banished His Anxiety & Panic Attacks w/ John Graham (ep#63)

    This conversation started as one thing and shape-shifted into something else completely.
    I originally reached out to John Graham to discuss his incredible feats of memory, performed around the world, but as we dove into that topic I began to sense there was something much deeper and profound that he wanted to share.

    It was a topic we only briefly touched upon during our pre-interview chat, his overcoming of his panic attacks after suffering through so many.  John's panic attacks started during a competition in China in front of 400 MILLION people.  The TV show changed the competition format on him at the last minute and his fight or flight mechanism went into Meltdown Mode!

    How he overcame his frequent panic attacks to banish them from his life is what we focused on at length and it turned into one of my favourite chats.  I hope you enjoy it!   

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    John Graham is a 3x USA Memory Champion, a Grandmaster of Memory, Entrepreneur, and mentors High Performers (including a World Record holder and National Memory Champion).
    He's performed insane mental feats on TV shows all over the world:
    - Super Brain (China) 400 Million Viewers
    - Xtra Ordinary (Indonesia) 20 Million Viewers
    - SuperHuman (USA) with Mike Tyson
    - Incredible People (Russia) 4th place finish

    OVERCOMING ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS: 

    John overcame daily panic attacks and decades of anxiety by using unconventional methods to release suppressed emotions and release the control conditioning of his mind.
    He mentors high achievers and helps them release their anxiety & panic attacks, for good at releasepanic.com


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    • 1 hr 15 min

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