91 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
    • 5.0 • 7 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.

    Book Discussion - The Tyranny of Merit

    Book Discussion - The Tyranny of Merit

    In this episode, we discuss Michael J Samuel's book the Tyranny of Merit, which talks about the problems with the ideals of Meritocracy. We take a look at the history of the Rhetoric of Rising, and end with a discussion about why praising people for their achievements feels problematic. Do we really respect people more because of their credentials?

    • 1 hr 37 min
    How can we optimise for a meaningful life?

    How can we optimise for a meaningful life?

    In this episode, we're joined by Neel Nanda to discuss life optimisations, career choices, how to live in alignment with your own values and how to treat your relationships more intentionally. We discuss some of the principles behind how we can do the most good with our lives, while also being fulfilled and enjoying the journey.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Misogyny, Generalisation and Controversial Topics

    Misogyny, Generalisation and Controversial Topics

    In this episode, we’re joined by our friend Sheen to discuss some complaints that a few listeners have raised over the years about this podcast having misogynistic undertones. We discuss some complaints about last week’s episode, and discuss the extent to which generalisation about groups (eg: women) is accurate and / or useful.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    2020 Not Overthinking Highlights

    2020 Not Overthinking Highlights

    In this episode, we discuss the highlights of the podcast from 2020, Ali shares some of the advice he's received about how to be better with women, and we try and figure out how to create a members community for listeners of the podcast.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Probing Questions to Reflect on 2020

    Probing Questions to Reflect on 2020

    In this episode, we answer some reflective end-of-year review questions. We introspect about new ways we've had fun in 2020, new ways we've suffered in 2020, and what lessons we'd teach to others. Enjoy!

    • 58 min
    What do we want from life?

    What do we want from life?

    In this episode, we discuss some thought-provoking questions designed to help us (and you) figure out what we want from life. This turns into a commitment we make to one another to consciously work towards our ‘rock star’ goals.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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A wonderful mess

Although organized and structured (as you’d expect something from Ali to be), the constant rambles and chasing of threads of conversations that sometimes go off topic makes for a fantastic experience to listen to. Especially because I don’t always agree with what the hosts’ opinions are, I find it fascinating to hear and understand how they got to their own opinions. Exceptionally well spoken, Ali and Taimur complement each other very well with a mixture of seriousness and tasteful silliness. Love the show and your insights! A rare oasis in the midst of thousands of other podcasts

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