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Life lessons from the smartest people on the planet.

Including guests like Dr Jordan Peterson, Jocko Willink, Dr Andrew Huberman, Ryan Holiday, James Clear, Robert Greene, Balaji Srinivasan, Steven Pinker, Alex Hormozi, Douglas Murray, Michael Malice, James Smith, Dr David Sinclair, Mark Manson and more.

Modern Wisdom Chris Williamson

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Life lessons from the smartest people on the planet.

Including guests like Dr Jordan Peterson, Jocko Willink, Dr Andrew Huberman, Ryan Holiday, James Clear, Robert Greene, Balaji Srinivasan, Steven Pinker, Alex Hormozi, Douglas Murray, Michael Malice, James Smith, Dr David Sinclair, Mark Manson and more.

    #587 - Rory Sutherland - 19 Of Human Behaviour's Weirdest Quirks

    #587 - Rory Sutherland - 19 Of Human Behaviour's Weirdest Quirks

    Rory Sutherland is one of the world's leading consumer behaviour experts, the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy Advertising and an author.
    Humans are an odd animal. Our behaviour sometimes makes very little sense, but when we exchange our money for products it can make even less sense. Thankfully Rory has spent decades studying the most fascinating parts of consumer psychology and today gives us some insights.
    Expect to learn why having a Japanese toilet might change your life, why I've become addicted to first class airline cabin reviews, how ChatGPT will impact the marketing world, how to increase your luck in life, whether vaping should be banned, why VR hasn't taken off, if I'm buying McDonald's grease-proof gaming chair and much more...
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    • 1 hr 51 min
    #586 - Dr Khandis Blake - Why Do Women Take Sexy Selfies?

    #586 - Dr Khandis Blake - Why Do Women Take Sexy Selfies?

    Dr Khandis Blake is an Evolutionary Social Psychologist at the University of Melbourne whose research focuses on status seeking, the menstrual cycle & sexual politics.
    It is no surprise that women try to enhance their beauty, put on makeup, wear high heels and sometimes take off some layers for photos. But what predicts beautification? Is it all a product of the patriarchy or is it something else? Just why are women making all this effort?
    Expect to learn whether women condemn promiscuity more when they have sons, what predicts a high prevalence of sexy selfies, whether society has an incel problem, the relationship between makeup and female assertiveness, how income inequality motivates some very odd behaviour and much more...
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    #585 - Adam Mastroianni - Are Smart People Actually Happier?

    #585 - Adam Mastroianni - Are Smart People Actually Happier?

    Adam Mastroianni is a postdoctoral research scholar at Columbia Business School and a writer whose research focuses on how people perceive and misperceive their social worlds.
    Does being smart make you happy? Does being dumb make you miserable? Why did the guy who created eugenics also get published in Nature for a revolutionary way to cut a cake? Adam is one of my favourite writers so today I get to ask him all these things.
    Expect to learn why super smart people can be so stupid, Adam's issue with the productivity approach of eating frogs, whether you can learn arithmetic by smell, why humans misjudge what other people want to talk about, why we forget so many of the things that we've learned, how come it's trendy to call the general public stupid and much more...
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    #584 - Dr Gloria Mark - How To Take Control Of Your Attention

    #584 - Dr Gloria Mark - How To Take Control Of Your Attention

    Dr Gloria Mark is the Chancellor's professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of California and an author whose research focuses on human-computer interaction.
    Not being able to focus and suffering with distracted attention is one of the most common complaints amongst people in the modern world. The ability to stay focussed on a single task for a long period of time is hugely beneficial and yet has never been more difficult to achieve.
    Expect to learn what attention actually is and how it works, the average amount of time that people spend on a single task in the modern world, why attention is so easy to distract, whether multitasking is actually a thing, how to take back control from your distractions, how to deal with guilt around being distracted, the best way to design your daily routine for maximum focus and much more...
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    #583 - Stephen J. Shaw - Is Population Collapse A Real Risk?

    #583 - Stephen J. Shaw - Is Population Collapse A Real Risk?

    Stephen J Shaw is a data scientist and filmmaker.
    Over the last 7 years, Stephen has visited 24 countries and analysed millions of piece of data to work out what is happening with global birthrates and predict the earth's future population. The answer is shocking and literally every person needs to be aware of it.
    Expect to learn how 70% of countries on earth are below the population tipping point, what the cause of such rapidly changing birthrates can be attributed to, why women seem to find motherhood less attractive in 2023, whether marriage rates need to be raised, if cost of living, hormonal birth control or environmentalism is to blame and much more...
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    #582 - Zack Telander - TikTok Dancing Through The Apocalypse

    #582 - Zack Telander - TikTok Dancing Through The Apocalypse

    Zack Telander is a weightlifter, coach & YouTuber.
    TikTok may be a colossal waste of time, but at least most people consider it to be harmless. A recently blog post made me think differently and today we look at the world's first digital weapon of mass-destruction through pleasure rather than pain.
    Expect to learn why Digital Dementia is a real phenomenon, how young girls are developing tourettes-like tics from watching videos, the dangers of atrophying focus through watching too much TikTok, why Grammarly and ChatGPT are no longer impartial, the awkwardness of vlogging a day in the life at Google when you get laid-off, whether calling a man bald is sexual harassment and much more...
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    • 1 hr 18 min

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