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Slo Mo is a series of conversations hosted by bestselling author and former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], Mo Gawdat. With stunning honesty, Mo and some of his wisest friends explore the profound questions and obstacles we all face in the pursuit of purpose in our lives. Achieving happiness and fulfillment is a lifelong journey, but step one is simple: slow down, and listen.

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Slo Mo is a series of conversations hosted by bestselling author and former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], Mo Gawdat. With stunning honesty, Mo and some of his wisest friends explore the profound questions and obstacles we all face in the pursuit of purpose in our lives. Achieving happiness and fulfillment is a lifelong journey, but step one is simple: slow down, and listen.

    Caggie Dunlop - How to Find Yourself through Astrology and the Power of Planet Saturn

    Caggie Dunlop - How to Find Yourself through Astrology and the Power of Planet Saturn

    Almost a year ago around this time, I was still on my Scary Smart book tour. A podcast interview, one of dozens at the time,  popped up in my calendar called Saturn Returns. I dialed in expecting to talk about AI, yet there was Caggie Dunlop wearing a pink Floyd T-shirt - peaceful, calm and spiritual. I could only ask, “Who are you?” Since then I’ve learned who Caggie is, and we’ve been chatting ever since about everything from life to spirituality. Naturally, I had to have her on the show to share her wisdom.

    Caggie Dunlop was an original cast member of the award-winning UK-based reality show Made in Chelsea. She is also a singer/songwriter, poet, entrepreneur and now author. Her new book Saturn Returns explores the relationship between planetary movements and the ups and downs of life. In it, she describes how astrology helped her find her identity and a sense of belonging, and how it can help you too.

    Listen as we discuss:
    05:50: Why Saturn?
    07:40: Who is Caggie Dunlop behind the celebrity?
    09:00: Rescue and return - seeking belonging
    13:15: Reality TV - bursting the bubble
    21:29: Leaving Made in Chelsea - losing yourself
    25:30: Battle of self - key to my heart
    29:00: Finding your tribe - the grief of losing friendship
    31:08: How does it work?  Astronomy and Palmistry - life changes
    35:45: Things fall apart so better things can come
    40:20: Astral bodies
    45:26: Where does the soul go?
    49:15: Shaped by pain
    57:00: Perfectionism, vulnerability and toxic love
    01:06: The non negotiables of love
    01:11: Love in between - closing poem

    Connect with Caggie Dunlop on Instagram @caggiesworld
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    SLO MO REWIND: Dr. Edith Eger on the Concentration Camp in Your Mind

    SLO MO REWIND: Dr. Edith Eger on the Concentration Camp in Your Mind

    In observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, Slo Mo presents what is possibly the most powerful episode we ever aired. If you've listened to Slo Mo across the years, you've surely heard me reference my chat with Dr. Edith Eger more than any other.

    At the age of sixteen, Dr. Edith Eger, a trained ballet dancer and gymnast, was sent to Auschwitz. Hours after her parents were sent to the gas chamber, the “Angel of Death,” Nazi officer Dr. Josef Mengele forced Edith to dance for his amusement and her survival. He rewarded her with a loaf of bread that she shared with her fellow prisoners, an act of generosity that would later save her life.

    On May 4, 1945 a young American soldier noticed Edith's hand moving slightly amongst a number of dead bodies. He quickly summoned medical help and brought her back from the brink of death. Today, Edith is a prolific author, a clinical psychologist, and holds a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Diego.

    Every story I've heard on Slo Mo has left an impact me, but Edith's was the first to make me openly cry while recording. It hit me like a spiritual experience.

    Listen as we discuss:
    How taking care of her mom as a child gave Edith immense patience.Revisiting our childhoods and healing the pain.How she forgave the Nazis who joked about her mother's burning.We are not born with hate. We learn it.Question authority, don't blindly adhere to itHow we do everything with feelings except feel them!The healing power of crying.The effects of telling a lie and repeating it.How she danced for the Angel of Death shared the reward, saving her life.The biggest concentration camp is in your own mind.Why she decided to go back to Auschwitz.Feeling pity and sympathy for the Nazis that imprisoned her.Make peace with your parents and your past, or stay a prisoner of itThe positive side of trauma: "You realize you're here now, and no longer there"Conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, and my own Middle Eastern upbringing."There is a Hitler in all of us"How her daughter teamed up with the grandson of a Nazi to spread peace."People killed my parents, not God. He had nothing to do with it."Edith's series of questions for me, which opened me up too.Her advice to young women: become financially and emotionally independent.Her suicidal thoughts after being liberated.Her time spent with Martin Luther King and the Mamas and the Papas.Discussing the passing of my son Ali: "There is no loss. It's just about celebrating what you have while you have it."Connect with Dr. Edith Eger on Facebook @dreditheger, Twitter @dreditheger1, Instagram @dr.editheger, and her website, dreditheger.com
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Chris Voss - How to Become a Master Negotiator with a Heart

    Chris Voss - How to Become a Master Negotiator with a Heart

    The first new guest of 2023 on Slo Mo is Chris Voss, who I met at the Global Citizen Forum in Ras Al Khamiah. What a way to start to the year.

    Chris is the world's top negotiation coach, the former lead negotiator for the FBI, and the bestselling author of Never Split The Difference, which has sold millions of copies. He has used his many years of experience in international crises and high-stakes negotiations to develop a unique program that that helps individuals and businesses get what they want from other people. Chris' collaborative approach to negotiation emphasizes understanding and connection rather than contention as the optimal path to settling a negotiation.

    Listen as we discuss:
    What's it like to have someone's life depend on your negotiation skills?Looking back on his career and saying, "Wow, I can't believe I did that."The ripple effect of a negotiation and why kidnappers honor their ask.Al Qaeda and how terrorism is a form of PR.Understanding the endgame of your negotiation is key.How culture plays a role in negotiating styles across the world.Are we negotiating all the time? Is that being selfish?Win/Lose thinking never beats cooperation.Time and information are the commodities being negotiated in a relationship.The 3 core types of negotiation: fight, flight, or make friends.Chris' top secret for happiness? Adopting a family practice for gratitude.YouTube: @mogawdatofficial
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    SLO MO REWIND: Nir Eyal on Becoming Indistractable

    SLO MO REWIND: Nir Eyal on Becoming Indistractable

    In this third rewind, I revisit my talk with Nir Eyal, my sensei of time management. Start the New Year with confidence by becoming indistractable.

    Nir teaches the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He previously taught as a Lecturer in Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Nir co-founded and sold two tech companies since 2003 and was dubbed by The M.I.T. Technology Review as, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”

    He is the author of two bestselling books, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. Indistractable received critical acclaim, winning the Outstanding Works of Literature Award as well as being named one of the Best Business and Leadership Books of the Year by Amazon and one of the Best Personal Development Books of the Year by Audible. The Globe and Mail called Indistractable, “the best business book of 2019.”

    Listen as we discuss:
    Hooked, which teaches how to apply habit forming design to good habits.Indistractable, which is about empowering people to break bad habits.Social media and tech is not mind control, and we are not helpless against it.The tendency to do things against our better interest is an age-old phenomenon.What is distraction? And what is its opposite?The Four Steps to Becoming Indistractable: Master Internal Triggers; Make Time for Traction; Hack Back External Triggers; Prevent Distraction with Pacts."The time you plan to waste is not wasted time." - Dorothy ParkerHow Nir wrote the books for himself and his own distracted life.The main reason for distraction? Uncomfortable emotional states.The 10 Minute Rule: Instead of saying "no", say "not yet!" (this is magical)Uncomfortable sensations are like a wave, but you can surf the urge until it goes away.Why To-Do Lists are actually toxic: they convince you of your own inadequacy.Why making a time box calendar is the optimal time management strategy.Aligning your schedule with your values and relationships, first and foremost.Reactive Work vs. Reflective WorkSchedule syncing, or how to get your boss to worship the ground you walk on.Communicate your time boundaries clearly, and everyone wins.Indistractable people are reliable to their word and therefore easy to back.The #1 reason people call meetings? To hear themselves think out loud.Brainstorming in groups is a terrible idea, according to studies.Meetings should have one purpose: to gain consensus after doing pre-work.Make a Ulysses Pact by making plans in advance to prevent distraction.Effort Pacts allow you to keep your word by creating a barrier to breaking it.Nir's transition from obese to fit, and how he used his techniques to get there.Consistency over intensity is the best way to keep a haYouTube: @mogawdatofficial
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    SLO MO REWIND: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on Your Only Job as a Human Being

    SLO MO REWIND: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on Your Only Job as a Human Being

    In the second Slo Mo Rewind, I revisit my life changing chat with one of my heroes, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. She is a Harvard-trained and published neuroscientist. In 1996 she experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain causing her to lose the ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Her memoir, My Stroke of Insight, documenting her experience with stroke and eight-year recovery, spent 63 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and is still routinely the #1 book about strokes on Amazon.

    In 2008 she gave the first TED talk that ever went viral on the Internet, which now has well over 26 million views. Also in 2008, Dr. Jill was chosen as one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and was the premiere guest on Oprah Winfrey’s “Soul Series” webcast.

    In her newest book, Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life, Dr. Jill debunks the myths that we use only 10% of our brain as well as the idea that our right brain hemisphere is our emotional brain, while our left brain houses our rational thinking.

    Listen as we discuss:
    What is 'Whole Brain Living'?What she's learned since her hit TED talk.The four characters of the brain:Character 1: Left thinking tissue is the rational brain that defines the boundaries of ourselves as individuals, has language, and seeks material gain.Character 2: Left emotional tissue that sounds the alarm to protect us against the unfamiliar.Character 3: Right emotional tissue that lives to only experience in the present moment without comparison or time. No conflict can be solved by two Character 2's, and the present moment is perfect.Character 4: Right thinking tissue that embodies the thinking consciousness of the universe, knows no boundaries, and exists only to love, be grateful, and experience blissful euphoria. Purely in awe and blissful euphoria.Is love a thought or an emotion?Our first job as human beings is to love one another. Period.The left brain should not be the boss.The B.R.A.I.N. HuddleHow Jill gave her TED talk because she wanted us to love and revere each other, not her.Character 4 is who we are. The others are so noisy.Her new book, Whole Brain Living, is her roadmap to accomplish her life's work - the reason why she recovered from her stroke.Psychedelics can induce similar states that bring us to Character 4.Character 2 is the one that needs to go into rehab in order to break addictions.Is there a masculine and feminine divide, or is just a cultural construct?Life knows that the present moment is fabulous.Connect with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor and her book, Whole Brain Living, here.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    SLO MO REWIND: Dr. Stephen C. Meyer on Proving the Existence of God

    SLO MO REWIND: Dr. Stephen C. Meyer on Proving the Existence of God

    For the next few weeks over the Holiday break, we'll be revisiting a few of the most impactful episodes of Slo Mo from 2021. Appropriately for Christmas, I wanted to again feature Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, who made a compelling case for the existence of God. For this holiday season, I can't imagine a more important contrast to the commercialization that has come to define this time.
    Dr. Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle.
    He has authored the New York Times best seller Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design and Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, which was named a Book of the Year by the Times of London Literary Supplement in 2009. Stephen’s books and research address the deepest mystery surrounding the origin of human and animal life, particularly the origin of biological information necessary to produce it.
    In his latest book, The Return of the God Hypothesis, Stephen presents groundbreaking scientific evidence of the existence of God, based on breakthroughs in physics, cosmology, and biology.
    It’s no secret that I too used a bit of math, physics and cosmology to try and show that our universe and everything in it is not the result of randomness but rather the product of intricate design. (Chapter 14 of Solve for Happy)
    Give us a chance today to take you through the possibility of the existence of a divine designer. This surely is a topic that, regardless of how busy you are today, is worth taking a little bit of time to slow down.

    Listen as we discuss:
    Political correctness in science.What led Stephen to dive into his work?The highly unlikely probability for evolution to generate new species in such time.The bike lock analogy.DNA is literally like software code, and therefore someone must have programmed it.Information is the hallmark of intelligent activity and inference to the best explanation.Darwin’s Doubt and the Cambrian Explosion.What did Darwin get right?The return of the God hypothesis: who is the designer?Connect with Stephen Meyer on Facebook @drstephencmeyer, Twitter @stephencmeyer, Instagram @discoverycsc, and his website, stephencmeyer.org.
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    • 1 hr 13 min

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