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Want to future-proof your life and career? In each episode of this podcast, Entrepreneur magazine editor in chief Jason Feifer takes something that seems concerning or confusing today, and then learns its surprising history, what important things we’re missing, and how to be more optimistic about tomorrow. (The was previously called Pessimists Archive.)

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    • Technology
    • 4.8 • 482 Ratings

Want to future-proof your life and career? In each episode of this podcast, Entrepreneur magazine editor in chief Jason Feifer takes something that seems concerning or confusing today, and then learns its surprising history, what important things we’re missing, and how to be more optimistic about tomorrow. (The was previously called Pessimists Archive.)

    The Case for Sex Robots

    The Case for Sex Robots

    Sex robots?! For decades, people have debated their dangers or called them ridiculous. But what if these bots can actually be a good thing? Here is the surprisingly human argument for a dystopian-sounding technology — and why it matters far beyond the bedroom.

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    Website: jasonfeifer.com
    Instagram: @heyfeifer
    Twitter: @heyfeifer

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    • 47 min
    This Episode Will Change Your Brain

    This Episode Will Change Your Brain

    People worry that technology changes our brains. It’s the reason why tech critics talk about dopamine, a chemical that they say turns us into social media addicts. But when I called actual brain scientists and asked them to fact-check the critics, I heard a very different story: Our brains are way more flexible than we think, they say. And dopamine? It’s complicated.

    Get in touch!
    Newsletter: jasonfeifer.bulletin.com
    Website: jasonfeifer.com
    Instagram: @heyfeifer
    Twitter: @heyfeifer

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    • 41 min
    Simple Pleasures Aren’t Simple (See: Knitting)

    Simple Pleasures Aren’t Simple (See: Knitting)

    Is everything really political these days? Or has it always been that way?
    To answer that, let’s look at the story of knitting. Can anything get simpler than knitting? Balls of yarn! Comfy socks! So when the knitting community began reckoning with racism recently, many people complained that it ruined their simple pleasure. 
    But the history of knitting is long and controversial — and includes many of today’s most hotly debated topics. (Sexism! Conspiracy theories! Fears of automation!) On this episode: Knitting’s surprising past, and what happens when one knitter tries to make change today.


    Get in touch:
    Website: jasonfeifer.com
    Newsletter: jasonfeifer.bulletin.com
    Instagram: Instagram.com/heyfeifer
    Twitter: Twitter.com/heyfeifer

    Sponsors:
    lightstream.com/BFT
    indeed.com/archive
    betterhelp.com/build
    Teamistry: https://bit.ly/3h1uEXo 
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    • 46 min
    The Not-Boring Truth About Boredom

    The Not-Boring Truth About Boredom

    The most dangerous thing about smartphones, according to critics, is that we're never bored. Boredom is healthy, they say! But history and science may say otherwise. People have spent thousands of years desperately trying to escape boredom, and even considered it a sin or disease. So should we really feel guilty every time we fill a dull moment with a screen?
    In this episode, we dig into the surprisingly fascinating history of boredom — which once terrified America's Founding Fathers and has long been a symbol of class and status — as well as the science of what boredom does to our brains.

    Get in touch!
    Web: jasonfeifer.com
    Instagram.com/heyfeifer
    Twitter.com/heyfeifer

    Sponsors:
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    • 44 min
    Yes, Talk to Strangers!

    Yes, Talk to Strangers!

    You might think you’re bad at talking with strangers. But in fact, you were built to talk to them — and you’re more natural at it than you know. In this episode, we go back millions of years to learn how our cultures and even our bodies were shaped by strangers, and what that can teach us about healing today’s great divides.

    Get in touch!
    Web: jasonfeifer.com
    Instagram.com/heyfeifer
    Twitter.com/heyfeifer

    Check out guest Joe Keohane’s book, “The Power of Strangers”

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    • 47 min
    Why Covid Nostalgia Is… Good?

    Why Covid Nostalgia Is… Good?

    Many people are reminiscing about the things they enjoyed during Covid, which is a surprisingly common thing to happen after bad or challenging times. Why do we do this? Because our memories work in strange, unexpected, but ultimately very helpful ways. In this episode, we take a deep dive into how our memories work — including why we remember good more than bad, why reminiscing about the past prepares us for the future, and how, in some way, we are all living a lie. (And that’s OK.)

    Get in touch:
    Web: jasonfeifer.com
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    Twitter.com/heyfeifer

    Free audio course on how to become more adaptable: https://www.jasonfeifer.com/free-training-audio-course/

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
482 Ratings

482 Ratings

RDeVoe ,

What the world needs right now (and always)

This is one of my favorite shows of all time.

Why? I not only learn something new every time I listen, I feel differently and better about the world each time I listen.

Almost every show I start listening thinking I know how I feel about a thing, and then Jason radically changes my mind and makes me feel better about the inevitable change that is a part of history and every day life.

10/10 recommend.

P.S.III ,

Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!

I love this cast! Interesting stories about historically hilarious pessimism! There is truly nothing new under the sun! Enjoy!

Addendum: I would love to hear business wars from further back in time. Standard oil anyone? East India company?

Very Tall Hobbit ,

A breath of fresh air

The realistically positive approach to these subjects and depth of research is extremely refreshing, as well as thought provoking. The host is a great interviewer, and strikes the right balance of no nonsense discussion without oversimplifying the topics discussed. I find myself as encouraged by the thoughtful empathy of his approach to these topics as much as what is actually said.

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