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Life lessons from the smartest people on the planet.

Including guests like Dr Jordan Peterson, Jocko Willink, Dr Andrew Huberman, Ryan Holiday, James Clear, Robert Greene, Alex Hormozi, Douglas Murray, Michael Malice, James Smith, Dr David Sinclair, Steven Pinker, Mark Manson and more.

Modern Wisdom Chris Williamson

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Life lessons from the smartest people on the planet.

Including guests like Dr Jordan Peterson, Jocko Willink, Dr Andrew Huberman, Ryan Holiday, James Clear, Robert Greene, Alex Hormozi, Douglas Murray, Michael Malice, James Smith, Dr David Sinclair, Steven Pinker, Mark Manson and more.

    #535 - James Smith - How Do You Develop Real Confidence?

    #535 - James Smith - How Do You Develop Real Confidence?

    James Smith is an author, podcaster, online trainer and not a life coach.
    Many people say that their number one personal development goal is to be more confident. But what if you don't have anything to be confident about? Is competence a required prerequisite to becoming confident or can you fake it until you make it?
    Expect to learn why most entrepreneurs are miserable, how leaving unasked questions can eat up your mental energy, the relationship between anxiety and confidence, how to deal with fear and failures, the heritability of confidence, whether women are actually more confident than men, the simplest way to build genuine confidence and much more...
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    #534 - Dr Stuart Ritchie - Why Is Behavioural Genetics Such A Hated Science?

    #534 - Dr Stuart Ritchie - Why Is Behavioural Genetics Such A Hated Science?

    Dr Stuart Ritchie is a psychologist and science communicator known for his research in human intelligence and an author.
    The influence of our genes on the outcomes we get in life has been long established and replicated in science. However the public response to this has been very unhappy, making Behavioural Genetics one of the most heated areas of research there is.
    Expect to learn why some people dislike behavioural genetics so much, what happened with the recent SSRI rug pull, whether Emotional Intelligence is an actual thing, how to be skeptical without becoming nihilistic, which psychological phenomenon were debunked during the replication crisis and much more...
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    #533 - Matthew Cobb - Should We Genetically Edit Human Life?

    #533 - Matthew Cobb - Should We Genetically Edit Human Life?

    Matthew Cobb is a zoologist, professor of zoology at the University of Manchester and an author.
    Genetic engineering has given humans the ability to modify crops to be resistant to disease and synthesise insulin without needing to kill and extract it from animals. But what are its dangers? Especially in a world where CRISPR and human gene editing is just around the corner.
    Expect to learn whether we can select and edit embryos to increase IQ or athletic abilities, the biggest close calls we've faced with bioweapon leaks from labs, why there has been 4 complete stops on genetic engineering worldwide when the research community has got scared at what they've discovered, the dark truth behind those two Chinese gene edited girls and much more...
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    #532 - Catherine Salmon - Do We Know What Turns Women On?

    #532 - Catherine Salmon - Do We Know What Turns Women On?

    Catherine Salmon is an evolutionary psychology researcher, professor of Psychology at the University of Redlands and an author.
    Women can be a mystery, sometimes even to themselves. Modern culture is making many proclamations about what women like and why they should like it, but are these new headlines accurate, or even desirable?
    Expect to learn why women love erotic stories so much, whether evolutionary psychology is sexist, why Catherine did a study where people rated the attractiveness of faces which had jizz on them, why feminine men are being pushed in media but don't feature in dark romance novels, the role of commitment in female attraction and much more...
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    #531 - Russ Roberts - An Economist’s Guide To Life’s Big Decisions

    #531 - Russ Roberts - An Economist’s Guide To Life’s Big Decisions

    Russ Roberts is an economist, a research fellow at Stanford University, an author and a podcaster.
    Economics promised us a model which works for all of life's decisions. From what to buy for lunch to investing in a company. But when you're faced with decisions like where to live, how many children to have, whether to get married or what sort of person you want to be, it falls short. Thankfully Russ has a new toolkit.
    Expect to learn why Charles Darwin made a checklist before marriage which said his wife was slightly better than a dog, why the decision about whether to have children is so difficult to predict, whether rationality is totally incompatible with the decisions that define us, why happiness is overrated as an optimising function, whether tradition is any use and much more...
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    #530 - Shawn Ryan - Navy Seal To CIA Contractor

    #530 - Shawn Ryan - Navy Seal To CIA Contractor

    Shawn Ryan is a former US Navy SEAL, former contractor for the CIA and a podcaster.
    The world's special operations are done in the darkness. If Navy SEALs are a spectre then CIA Contractors are their shadows. Shawn spent decades working behind enemy lines all over the world and has some crazy insights into that life, plus how it feels to re-integrate back into normal society.
    Expect to learn what it's like to train Keanu Reeves for John Wick, why physical abuse from your fellow SEALs might be just what you need, the crazy breadth of tasks CIA contractors are asked to complete, why the establishment elite are losing touch with every day people, Shawn's reflections on sobriety after drinking to deal with his anger and much more...
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    • 1 hr 52 min

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