129 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
    • 4.8 • 521 Ratings

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.

    The Case Against the Sexual Revolution

    The Case Against the Sexual Revolution

    In this episode, we discuss a book Taimur’s recently read called The Case Against the Sexual Revolution by Louise Perry. Please note that the content in this episode may be upsetting to some viewers or listeners, so please heed the trigger warning at the start of the episode.

    • 50 min
    How Our Lives Have Changed Through 3 Years of this Podcast

    How Our Lives Have Changed Through 3 Years of this Podcast

    In this episode, we take a look back over the past 3 years of doing this podcast, and how our lives have changed since that fateful day in March 2019 when we decided to start recording “Not Overthinking”. Enjoy!

    • 47 min
    The Conversation that Changed Ali's Life (in theory)

    The Conversation that Changed Ali's Life (in theory)

    In this episode, we discuss Ali's theoretically life-changing conversation with Will MacAskill, a professor of moral philosophy, about how to orient his career for impact rather than personal gain. Taimur is skeptical.

    • 54 min
    Should we share our personal life on the podcast?

    Should we share our personal life on the podcast?

    In this first episode of the new season of the podcast, we discuss the extent to which we should / want to be open about our personal lives on the podcast. Taimur takes an unusual stance towards privacy, which Ali attempts to break down. Enjoy xx

    • 56 min
    Mind Viruses

    Mind Viruses

    In this episode, Taimur presents his new theory of Mind Viruses. We discuss the aetiology, pathophysiology and implications thereof. Enjoy xx

    • 55 min
    The Pathless Path

    The Pathless Path

    In this episode, we discuss our friend Paul Millerd’s new book The Pathless Path, which is all about reimagining our relationship with Work and Careers. Enjoy xx

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
521 Ratings

521 Ratings

Puka Luke ,

Season two!

The comfortable and seemingly intellectual banter is incredibly engaging ;) Their steeze(style & ease) within their own realms of knowledge and experience captivate my attention. I am excited for the return of my favorite podcasting duo! I can’t wait to make this podcast a part of my regular listening once again.

grandmaster grey ,

A little more effort couldn’t hurt.

I love this podcast. I also feel as though a little more effort could go into the planning. I realize this is a side hobby for both host but that’s just my opinion. Also, after listening to the last episode I appreciate Ali trying to get taimur to be more open. I think their openness is what makes me want to listen over other podcast. So I appreciate what you guys share. Keep up the great work

Saagarsyadav ,

Really enjoy this podcast

This podcast has been very fun to listen too. Really enjoy the topics and have gotten a lot of good book recommendations from listening to you both. I also enjoy just the banter and the sincerity coming from you both on random topics. I don’t work in tech or medicine, I work in the construction industry. Im also based in the US and married with two kids. So it’s kind of goofy listening to this podcast. Hope you guys put more good content out!

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