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Life lessons from the smartest people on the planet.

Including guests like Dr Jordan Peterson, Ryan Holiday, James Clear, Robert Greene, Aubrey Marcus, Seth Godin, Douglas Murray, Michael Malice, James Smith, Dr David Sinclair, Mark Manson and more.

    #495 - Alex Epstein - The World Needs More Fossil Fuels, Not Less

    #495 - Alex Epstein - The World Needs More Fossil Fuels, Not Less

    Alex Epstein is an energy theorist, the Founder and President of the Center for Industrial Progress and an author.
    Fossil fuels are a contentious topic. If you've currently got your hands glued to the surface of a road in England, you may not want any more being used. But if we follow an environmentalist approach, what impact will reducing fossil fuel use have on human flourishing in the future, especially in the poorest parts of the world?
    Expect to learn why all our energy cost so much right now, why 2 billion people get their energy by burning wood and dung, how renewable sources are causing more problems not less, Alex's thoughts on the modern ESG movement, whether fossil fuels will create a climate apocalypse, why China tried to stop Alex from releasing his book and much more...
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    #494 - Dr Martin Polanco & Michael Higgs - How Does Psychedelic Treatment Work For PTSD?

    #494 - Dr Martin Polanco & Michael Higgs - How Does Psychedelic Treatment Work For PTSD?

    Martin Polanco is Founder of The Mission Within and a Veteran Mental Health Advocate and Michael Higgs was Command Master Chief of a Navy SEAL team and is Director of Operations at The Mission Within.
    For a very long time, once soldiers have finished in war, their battles have often continued back home. Both active and retired veterans suffer with childhood traumas, life traumas, divorces, opioid addiction, family issues, Traumatic Brain Injuries, deaths of team members, chronic pain injuries and long term inflammation. Martin and Michael believe that psychedelics are an important potential solution to give suffering veterans another shot at a functional life.
    Expect to learn how iboga rewires the brain in 12 hours, why Michael held a gun to his head after being out of the seals for two years, the insane pressure placed on Special Forces operators by themselves, what happened when Michael ate 20g of mushrooms on a Native Indian reservation, how to sign up to Martin's current studies which he needs volunteers for and much more...
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    #493 - David McRaney - Where Do Our Beliefs Come From?

    #493 - David McRaney - Where Do Our Beliefs Come From?

    David McRaney is a psychologist, journalist and author.
    Where do our beliefs come from? How do we form opinions? Why are we persuaded by some points of view but not by others? These are important to understand if we are to avoid developing a biased, unrepresentative worldview, they've also been the focus of the last few years of David's research.
    Expect to learn how everybody in a group can believe something that nobody believes individually, why arguing online so rarely works, whether people really are becoming more ingrained into their beliefs, how the Westboro Baptist Church convinces its members, the best ways to persuade someone who disagrees with you and much more...
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    #492 - Louise Perry - The Sexual Revolution Has Failed Everyone

    #492 - Louise Perry - The Sexual Revolution Has Failed Everyone

    Louise Perry is a writer, Press Officer for the campaign group We Can’t Consent To This and an author.
    50 years ago there was a dream of women being released from the patriarchal shackles of stringent sexual norms. They should be able to sleep around like men, talk about sex like men and decouple their emotions from their bodies like men. Except it didn't quite work out, and now Louise thinks that both men and women are in a bad spot.
    Expect to learn why trying to not catch feelings when sleeping with someone is very dangerous, how TikTok is encouraging young girls into rough sex, whether sex work is real work, why men's porn addictions are ruining their sex lives, how the washing machine is more useful than most feminists, whether inventing the pill was an error and much more...
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    #491 - Chase Reeves - The Spirituality Of White Feral Girl Privilege

    #491 - Chase Reeves - The Spirituality Of White Feral Girl Privilege

    Chase Reeves is the founder of Matterful and Fizzle, a YouTuber and a brand strategy consultant.
    White Gay Privilege is now a thing. Feral girl summer is upon us. And Chase nearly got on the wrong side of a rhinoceros in South Africa. It's time to work out what's going on in the world.
    Expect to learn how to stop relying on your thinking so much, why intersectionality is creating hierarchies of dominance that no one can climb, how gay people are the straight people of queer people, why doing anything for a summer is only important when you're a teenager, why the only authenticity is authenticity about your inauthenticity and much more...
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    #490 - Alex & Leila Hormozi - The Secrets Of A $100m Business

    #490 - Alex & Leila Hormozi - The Secrets Of A $100m Business

    Alex and Leila Hormozi are founders of Acquisition.com, entrepreneurs, podcasters and authors.
    The last 18 months has seen Alex & Leila burst onto the business advice scene like pretty much no one else. Alex's book has been one of the wildest successes of the last decade and yet they made $100m before having any social media presence. Getting to dig into their philosophies around life, business, dating and productivity makes for a very interesting story.
    Expect to learn what drives you to keep going once you're worth $100m, why Alex refuses to rely on a daily routine, Leila's most important tasks to outsource in your life and business, whether Grant Cardone is a hero or a villain, how to avoid getting distracted by good opportunities, whether they want to have kids, how to avoid becoming bros with your business partner wife and much more...
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    • 1 hr 35 min

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I’m a SAHM, I left my career to enhance my partners (which worked better than we could have hoped). This podcast is the intellectual stimulus I need whilst running a house of 3 boys, a dog and a weekend husband. It is mind broadening, informative, honest and incredibly helpful in parenting my children. Thank you Chris for doing all the reading and research then giving the headlines on all these fascinating subjects.

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