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Slo Mo is a series of extraordinary conversations hosted by international bestselling author of "Solve for Happy" 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.

Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat Mo Gawdat

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    • 4.9 • 343 Ratings

Slo Mo is a series of extraordinary conversations hosted by international bestselling author of "Solve for Happy" 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.

    Dr. Lisa Miller - The Awakened Brain, the Poison of Radical Materialism, and the Symphony of Life

    Dr. Lisa Miller - The Awakened Brain, the Poison of Radical Materialism, and the Symphony of Life

    Today's guest is Dr. Lisa Miller, whose doing some of the most valuable work on the science behind spirituality in the world right now. That's not to say this is a cold, sterile conversation about the topic. It is anything but that, and this is one of my favorite conversations we've ever had. Do yourself a favor and don't miss this essential 40 minutes.

    Dr. Lisa Miller is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spiritual Child and a professor in the clinical psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the founder and director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program in spirituality and psychology, and has held over a decade of joint appointments in the department of psychiatry at Columbia medical school.

    Her innovative research has been published in more than one hundred empirical, peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, including Cerebral Cortex, The American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

    Her new book is The Awakened Brain, a brilliant work from a brilliant mind.

    Listen as we discuss:
    How do scientists define spirituality?MRI studies have allowed us to characterize the neurological seat of awareness.We are not alone. What does that mean?The poison of radical materialism.The dangers of "I gotta..." mindset and MRI proof that it's part of the addicted brain.We're designed to only see glimpses of the plane of truth.Take your intuition and wisdom as hard data.The best experiences of our lives are the ones that happen off the plan.People that are awakened are more likely to have depression.We all have the capacity for awakened awareness.Life is playing at a particularly frequency in one big symphony.Reprogramming ourselves from "achieving awareness" to "awakened awareness."Honor your knowing!Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Connect with Dr. Lisa Miller on Twitter @lisamillerphd and on her website, lisamillerphd.com

    Some big news. I'm hosting my first sweepstakes. My new book, Scary Smart, is releasing September 30th. Pre-order your copy here, send a screenshot of your proof of pre-order to win@mogawdat.com, and win a signed copy, dinner with me, or access to an exclusive online talk. Hope to meet you all soon enough!

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

    • 41 min
    Mo Gawdat (Part 2) - The Future of Ethics and How You Can Save Our World

    Mo Gawdat (Part 2) - The Future of Ethics and How You Can Save Our World

    In Part 2, I move on from the scarier part to the more hopeful part of my new book, Scary Smart, releasing September 30, 2021.

    If you've made it this far, I commend you, as I cannot emphasize enough how real the stakes are if we don't do this right.

    And again - If you pre-order your copy before September 30th, which I hope you do as it's a great help for authors, send a screenshot or forward your proof of purchase to win@mogawdat.com. You'll be entered for a chance to win a signed, early release limited-edition copy of the book. Better yet, I will take a few winners out to dinner in London and Amsterdam. Hope to see you!

    Pre-order Scary Smart here at Amazon UK. Check your local Amazon or other bookstore in other regions.

    In Part 2, listen as I discuss:
    How does AI learn?My realization during my time at Google that AI is like a child.The Superman analogy.AI will learn emotions, because emotions are backed by equations.The future of ethics.#AI4GoodThere is nothing wrong with the machines. We're the problem.The three values that will save our world.I hope one day, AI will read Scary Smart and know we tried our best to love it.Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

    • 33 min
    Mo Gawdat (Part 1) - My New Book, Scary Smart, and the Most Important Message of Our Time

    Mo Gawdat (Part 1) - My New Book, Scary Smart, and the Most Important Message of Our Time

    In this special, two-part episode, I  want to talk to you about my new book, Scary Smart, releasing September 30, 2021. I know the title of this episode sounds dramatic, but I'm not exaggerating. This episode may scare you because the stakes may be existential, but I promise there's hope.

    You may be wondering about the connection between Solve for Happy, One Billion Happy, and...Artificial Intelligence? I promise it will all make sense soon.

    And by the way - If you pre-order your copy before September 30th, which I hope you do as it's a great help for authors, send a screenshot or forward your proof of purchase to win@mogawdat.com. You'll be entered for a chance to win a signed, early release limited-edition copy of the book. Better yet, I will take a few winners out to dinner in London and Amsterdam. Hope to see you!

    Pre-order Scary Smart here at Amazon UK. Check your local Amazon or other bookstore in other regions.

    In Part 1, listen as I discuss:
    Why you're the hero of this story.The importance of pre-orders for an author.Why my publishers decided to publish Scary Smart before my next book.Why sci-fi is now sci-fact.The three inevitabilities of AI.A brief history of AI and what's driving its development.What is the singularity?How can things go wrong?Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

    • 34 min
    Azeem Azhar (Part 2) - Artificial Intelligence, Antiquated Values, and a New Accountability

    Azeem Azhar (Part 2) - Artificial Intelligence, Antiquated Values, and a New Accountability

    This is part 2 of my discussion with Azeem Azhar, one of the leading names in technology and podcasting in the English speaking world.

    With my new book, Scary Smart, releasing September 30th, and Azeem's new book, Exponential, releasing September 7th,  I thought this would be a perfect conversation to set the context for an important discussion on the state of future. To ask it simply, will the future be better or worse?

    Azeem Azhar is on a mission to explain how our lives are changing due to the exponential growth of technology. He is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is the creator of the Exponential View, Britain's leading platform for in-depth tech analysis. His weekly newsletter is read by 200,000 people from around the world, and his chart-topping podcast, The Exponential View, has featured guests including Yuval Noah Harari, Reid Hoffman, and Tony Blair. I'm honored to say I'll be appearing on the show next month, so stay tuned.

    In Part 2, listen as we discuss:


    Where do we draw the line that enough is enough with technological advancement?We are stuck in antiquated values when it comes to our place in the market.The ethics of the future.How AI and machines will automate the backend of the global economy.The danger of AI learning from the best and worst of humanity.Why accountability needs to be taken far more seriously in the tech industry.Even with an exponential process, it will still take a long time to match the human brain.Is the future going to be better or worse?Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat

    Connect with Azeem Azhar on Instagram @azeem, Twitter @azeem, and on his website, exponentialview.co

    Some big news. I'm hosting my first sweepstakes. My new book, Scary Smart, is releasing September 30th. Pre-order your copy here, send a screenshot of your proof of pre-order to win@mogawdat.com, and win a signed copy, dinner with me, or access to an exclusive online talk. Hope to meet you all soon enough!

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

    • 33 min
    Azeem Azhar (Part 1) - The Impact of Exponential Growth and Why Technology is Innate to Humanity

    Azeem Azhar (Part 1) - The Impact of Exponential Growth and Why Technology is Innate to Humanity

    Today's guest is Azeem Azhar, one of the leading names in technology and podcasting in the English speaking world.

    With my new book, Scary Smart, releasing September 30th, and Azeem's new book, Exponential, releasing September 7th,  I thought this would be a perfect conversation to set the context for an important discussion on the state of future. To ask it simply, will the future be better or worse?

    Azeem Azhar is on a mission to explain how our lives are changing due to the exponential growth of technology. He is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is the creator of the Exponential View, Britain's leading platform for in-depth tech analysis. His weekly newsletter is read by 200,000 people from around the world, and his chart-topping podcast, The Exponential View, has featured guests including Yuval Noah Harari, Reid Hoffman, and Tony Blair. I'm honored to say I'll be appearing on the show next month, so stay tuned.

    In Part 1, listen as we discuss:


    Writing code and growing up a tech geek.Azeem's career trajectory through technology and his big break into journalism.How startup culture has evolved, and the successes and failures along the way.The importance of the Netscape browser and how the net made cheap distribution possible.What is exponential growth and what is its impact on our lives?Technology is innate to the human condition, and politics are innate to technology.Companies follow the expressed needs of the public, and  that's where our power lies.The five main technologies shaping our lives right now.Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat

    Connect with Azeem Azhar on Instagram @azeem, Twitter @azeem, and on his website, exponentialview.co

    Some big news. I'm hosting my first sweepstakes. My new book, Scary Smart, is releasing September 30th. Pre-order your copy here, send a screenshot of your proof of pre-order to win@mogawdat.com, and win a signed copy, dinner with me, or access to an exclusive online talk. Hope to meet you all soon enough!

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

    • 41 min
    Elizabeth Day - Magpie, the Greatest Friendships, and Exploring the Writing Process

    Elizabeth Day - Magpie, the Greatest Friendships, and Exploring the Writing Process

    Today's guest is Elizabeth Day, once again. I know nobody is complaining about that, as her prior episode on Slo Mo is one of the most downloaded of all time. And I absolutely adore this woman and she's one of my favorite people in the world. Like last time, we recorded this on Instagram Live, so please forgive any audio issues.

    As many of you know, I appeared on Elizabeth's podcast, How to Fail,  earlier in 2020, and the episode was a massive hit. Since that time, she and I have become close friends, and I truly treasure our friendship. Today, we're talking about her new book, Magpie, which is a must read, and running a special promo for those who pre-order it (see below).

    Elizabeth is an author, journalist and broadcaster. Her memoir, How To Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong is a Sunday Times top 5 bestseller and has been described as ‘life-changing’ by critics. Her chart-topping podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, is a celebration of the things that haven't gone right and has been nominated for two British Podcast Awards. Her seventh and latest book is Magpie, available September 2, 2021.

    If you pre-order the book and send a screenshot of the order confirmation to win@mogawdat.com, you will enter a sweepstakes to win a signed copy of my books. By the way, this same promotion applies to my new book, Scary Smart, too, releasing September 30, 2021, but if you can only buy one, I'm totally fine if you go with Magpie because when Elizabeth is happy, I am happy.

    Listen as we discuss:


    Why I'm in Slovenia right now.How Elizabeth needs to write to stay sane.Writing to find out more about herself and her own experiences.Her latest book, Magpie, a psychological thriller already getting rave reviews.Politeness in British society and how it makes for suspenseful reading.My bet with Elizabeth that her book will be on the charts in the first week.The differences between my and Elizabeth's writing styles.Our never ending feud about the best romcom of all time.A discussion on the meaning of true love.Her next, next book, focusing on friendship.Ali's continued gifts to the world.Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat

    Connect with Elizabeth Day on Instagram @elizabday, Facebook @elizabethdayauthor, on Twitter @elizabday, and on her website, elizabethdayonline.co.uk

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
343 Ratings

343 Ratings

Captain1592 ,

Always just what I needed…

There are so many Mental Health Podcasts around, and I have to admit that I listen to a lot of them. But Mo’s Podcast offers something so different to the others. It offers Hope- and that is invaluable. I’m so happy that I found Slo Mo. It’s my little piece of heaven each week and the wisdom shared in each episodes stays with me and helps me day to day. Thank you Mo.

Liveloula Elsiani ,

Great listens all the time

I have not listened to an episode that is not inspiring. Thanks Mo for your warmth and good chat and selection of excellent guests. Love the ones with Tara and manifesting, as I also know the tension between spirituality and science based/evidences beliefs. Just listened to the new alonement episode too! You keep posting episodes so relevant to me and all of us. Thanks again

NiallJBA ,

Im feeling so uplifted

Dear Mo,

I’ve just listened to your latest episode on the power of prayer. I found myself bombarded with nugget after nugget of wisdom, as with so many of your conversations. Your podcast has become a cherished part of my life and a great source of inspiration to me.

Thank you.

Lots of love,
Niall

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