49 episodes

The weekly podcast about happiness, creativity, and the human condition. It's us, Ali and Taimur Abdaal, occasionally joined by guests, talking about things to help us think, do, and be better.

Things like social interaction, lifestyle design, mental models... Things that are hard to examine, but important to explore. And hopefully, things that make for a fun and interesting chat every week.

We'd love for you to join us.

Not Overthinking Ali & Taimur Abdaal

    • Society & Culture

The weekly podcast about happiness, creativity, and the human condition. It's us, Ali and Taimur Abdaal, occasionally joined by guests, talking about things to help us think, do, and be better.

Things like social interaction, lifestyle design, mental models... Things that are hard to examine, but important to explore. And hopefully, things that make for a fun and interesting chat every week.

We'd love for you to join us.

    Not Overthinking: Coronavirus Edition

    Not Overthinking: Coronavirus Edition

    This week we talk about the only thing there is to talk about right now — the Coronavirus crisis. We look back over the past few weeks to see how our thinking about the virus has changed, and we try and figure out how to get ourselves to emotionally care about things that are distant from us.

    • 52 min
    How would you spend your time if you knew you'd die in 2 years?

    How would you spend your time if you knew you'd die in 2 years?

    This week we tackle the conundrum of "how. would you spend your time if you knew you'd die in 2 years?" We discuss some of the different ways of framing and thinking about this question, and to what extent it can help figure out what we're doing with our lives.

    • 50 min
    Low Optionality and Adult Friendships

    Low Optionality and Adult Friendships

    This week we talk about a few topics that Taimur's been noticing more and more — low social optionality (applied to adult friendships), the plight of kids in society, and treating your personal life like a business. We also touch on the ideology of social media lynch mobs/"haters".

    • 36 min
    40 Concepts for Understanding the World - Tweet Discussion

    40 Concepts for Understanding the World - Tweet Discussion

    This week we talk about @G_S_Bhogal's Twitter megathread of "40 powerful concepts for understanding the world". A whirlwind tour of a bunch of mental models that you may or may not have come across before.

    • 59 min
    Motivation, Complaining and Conversationality - A Critique of the Podcast

    Motivation, Complaining and Conversationality - A Critique of the Podcast

    This episode features Calum, a junior doctor working in Scotland who spent 6 years in medical school living with Ali. Calum has listened to every episode of the podcast so far, and shares some critique about the format, the vibe and some specifics about motivation, complaining and conversationality. Enjoy!

    • 57 min
    Margin, Dinner Parties and The Art of Gathering

    Margin, Dinner Parties and The Art of Gathering

    In this episode, we continue to discuss the difficulties with recording a podcast each week, which turns into a conversation about margin & keeping afloat vs optimising for the long term. We then talk about a dinner party that Taimur hosted, which turns into a discussion about The Art of Gathering, a book that explores these issues in much greater detail. Enjoy!

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

mariafinkernagel ,

I’m a better person because of this podcast.

I have been listening to this podcast since it’s humble beginnings. I watch Ali’s YouTube videos on studying and productivity (I’m a nursing student in the US) and when he announced this podcast I knew I would be a fan. This podcast is like listening to my family members have an intelligent conversation about life. They are third culture kids who come from a family who value education and (maybe) making the world a better place. These brothers especially have helped me through the worst time of my life. My mother died exactly four weeks ago today and I kept hearing Ali’s voice about stoicism and how one reacts to events and circumstances. I made very conscious decisions while allowing myself to grieve and it was because of what I learned in this podcast that my mental health did not deteriorate and my actions were not self destructive in spite of my life’s greatest loss. During this time, I am also finding comfort in listening to siblings speak openly and respectfully to each other. It makes my heart smile when I hear them mention their dear mother because they do it with honor and respect which reminds me of my own beautiful mother who spent her whole life working in medicine and worked in different countries (Philippines, Kuwait, and the US) to provide for her family and to ensure that m siblings and I have a great future. Great podcast, guys. I feel connected and engaged with your podcast and it’s definitely a highlight of my Monday when I wake up and drive to my clinical rotations with you guys in my ear. Big hugs.

Justin Reedy ,

A weekly treat!

Two brothers who complement each other very well. From Ali’s constant book references to Taimur’s disgust for anything to do with self-help, this podcast will entertain anyone that wants to hear the two brothers overthinking human interactions. Their insights seem well thought out even though they are for sure shooting from the hip. I especially love when Ali gets Taimur angry by disproving his theories. A must listen.

sage.e.m ,

Happy days

You guys seriously complement each other and makes every podcast enjoyable! Since quite a few of my friends don’t enjoy having a conversation deeper than surface level, you guys make up for it and encourage me to ponder a little more lol. I hope to meet you both someday.

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