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ML192: Iain McGilchrist on The Matter with Things, The 4 Paths to Understanding & Answering The Big Questions
Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and author of The Master and His Emissary and The Matter with Things. In the episode we discuss:
- The differences between the left and right brain hemispheres and how they shape your perspective
- The 4 pathways to understanding - science, reason, intuition & imagination
- How the big problems we face including the assault on Nature, destruction of Culture are all related
We also talk about the significance of morality and the intersection of science and religion.
ML191: Andrew Warner on Insights from 2000+ Interviews, How To Stop Asking Questions & Learning Anything from Anyone
Andrew Warner is an entrepreneur, author and the founder of Mixergy, a platform for interviewing the world’s top founders. In this episode we discuss:
- Andrew’s techniques for learning anything from anyone, based on 2000+ interviews
- How to interrupt someone, ask tough questions and rescue bad conversations
- Strategies for building a thriving content business around interviews
We also discuss how Andrew improved his interviewing over time, what he learned from some of his interviewing heroes like Charlie Rose and the key mistakes to avoid for new interviewers.
ML190: Demetri Kofinas on The Rise of Financial Nihilism, Understanding Narrative Investing & Building a Modern Media Business
Demetri Kofinas is a media entrepreneur, financial analyst and the host of the Hidden Forces Podcast. In this episode we discuss:
- The key events that shaped the modern world including 9/11 and the 2008 Financial Crisis
- The rise of ‘financial nihilism’ and how it’s playing out in asset markets including crypto
- How to build a profitable media business with integrity in a post truth world
We also talk about Demetri’s recovery from a brain tumour that almost completely wiped his memory, the pros and cons of the different forms of media & the power of memes in crypto.
ML189: Oliver Burkeman on Using Your 4000 Weeks, Time Management for Mortals & Overcoming Convenience Culture
Oliver Burkeman is a journalist and author of the book 4000 Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. In this episode we discuss:
- The time management myths that are holding you back
- Practical strategies that help you focus on what matters most
- The true cost of convenience culture and what you lose
We also talk about how writing the book changed Oliver’s relationship to time, the path to producing original creative work and the issues with self-help culture.
ML188: Armand D’Angour on How To Innovate, Lessons from the Ancient Greeks and The Philosophy of Change
Armand D’Angour is a professor of classics at the University of Oxford and the author of several books including Socrates in Love and his latest, How To Innovate.
In this episode we discuss:
- The 3 different types of innovation and how to use them to your advantage
- How the Greeks thought about change and what we can learn from them
- The relationship between innovation and ethics
We also cover the true story behind Archimedes’ famous “Eureka!” moment and Aristotle’s thoughts on political innovation.
ML187: Larry Grobel on The Art of the Interview, Lessons from Hollywood Stars and Writing Great Stories
Larry Grobel is a writer and interviewer who has interviewed every big name in Hollywood from Robert de Niro to Nicole Kidman, Al Pacino to Angelina Jolie. In this episode we discuss:
- The art of a great interview informed by Larry’ work with the world’s biggest stars
- Techniques for building rapport fast to make people feel comfortable and open up
- Larry’s principles for great storytelling that he’s used in his writing & interviewing
We also talk about Larry’s 10 days on Marlon Brando’s private island, his close 30 year friendship with Al Pacino and his controversial interview with former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight.
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Nasos hosts such a fun and educational podcast. Always finding great guests and giving me new ways to think about learning and improving myself. 🏋️♂️
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Entertaining, informative and through-provoking
I always enjoy listening to the varied topics covered in this podcast, and the conversations are invariably interesting and dynamic. As someone interested in education, it’s great to have this curated collection of perspectives and schools of thought. Thank you, Nasos!
Feel like I am in a gripping conversation
It’s like being at one of those dinner parties where fortune sits you next to interesting people that you could learn from, and there are plenty of times I’ve wanted to chip into the conversation.