21 episodes

James and Shawn are two friends who like to talk about life. Science, grammar, parenting, spirituality--they're likely to discuss it.

We now have a Patreon page: patreon.com/lookingoverlife

Looking Over Life James Goering and Shawn D Schmidt

    • Society & Culture
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James and Shawn are two friends who like to talk about life. Science, grammar, parenting, spirituality--they're likely to discuss it.

We now have a Patreon page: patreon.com/lookingoverlife

    21: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories (with guest John R. Perfect)

    21: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories (with guest John R. Perfect)

    James and Shawn talk with John R. Perfect about conspiracy theories. 

    What are they anyway? What makes them so prevalent or easy to swallow? We talked about whether or not a particular person may be more susceptible to believing conspiracy theories and what we can do to avoid falling into that trap ourselves.

    What do you think about conspiracy theories? Are there any particular ones in your community that seem especially strong? Why do you think that is? Send us and email with your thoughts. We'd be glad to hear from you.



    Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com
    Website: lookingoverlife.com
    Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife



    Choice Books

    The Bearded Onion

    James Webb Space Telescope

    James E. Webb - Wikipedia

    Edwin Hubble - Wikipedia

    Conspiracy theory - Wikipedia

    Jesse Walker's 5 types of conspiracy theories - Wikipedia

    Worldview - Wikipedia

    Mental model - Wikipedia

    Flowchart - Wikipedia

    Illusory Truth Effect - Wikipedia

    The Onion - satirical news site

    The Onion - satire on moon landing debunked
    (Read the onion with care—if at all—recognizing its satire and irreverence.)

    The Babylon Bee - satirical news site

    Proportionality Bias - Wikipedia

    Cognitive Bias - Wikipedia

    Critical Thinking Skills - Wikipedia

    Correlation vs. Causality - Wikipedia

    Tyler Vigen - Spurious Correlations

    Edward Snowden - Wikipedia

    How to Use Occam’s Razor Without Getting Cut

    Hanlon's Razor: Relax, Not Everything is Out to Get You

    • 1 hr 19 min
    20: Follow These 7 Easy Steps to Make a Best Friend—You Won't Believe What Happens! — An Episode Out of Time

    20: Follow These 7 Easy Steps to Make a Best Friend—You Won't Believe What Happens! — An Episode Out of Time

    Shawn and James talk about friendship. This is an Episode Out of Time, meaning that it was recorded out the flow of episodes you've been listening to. When was it pulled together? When was it recorded? When was it edited? No one knows....

    We start off the episode reviewing our Digital Declutter from earlier this year before moving into a discussion on what it means to be a friend and how to go about finding friends. Do you know how many hours to make someone your best friend? Listen to find out.

    It would be great to hear from you about your friendships. Do you have a best friend? If so, how did you become best friends? Please share your friend-making tips and tricks. James really needs your help!



    Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com
    Website: lookingoverlife.com
    FWIW: patreon.com/lookingoverlife



    LOL Episode 1: 2020 Yearly Themes

    Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

    "How many hours does it take to make a friend?" study by Dr. Jeffrey A. Hall

    Dunbar's number - Wikipedia

    "Can you have more than 150 friends?" NYT article

    "Friendships: Enrich your life and improve your health" Mayo Clinic article

    "Why friendships are so important for health and wellbeing" Everyday Health article

    • 54 min
    19: Through Mind and Mountains: A Journey on the Great Divide

    19: Through Mind and Mountains: A Journey on the Great Divide

    Shawn and James talk about James's book and the trip it took to get there. We talk about long-distance biking and the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. James did that biking trail with a friend―all 2,500 miles of it from Canada to Mexico!

    We also answer a listener email about tithing with our time instead of our money. We have another question coming up about how single people tithe differently from married people. What do you think?

    Send us an email with your thoughts or any other feedback you may have.

    And don't forget to share the podcast!



    Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com
    Website: lookingoverlife.com
    FWIW: patreon.com/lookingoverlife



    Gas duster - Wikipedia

    Bitterants

    Odorant (Ethyl mercaptan)

    Cardiovascular Effects and Benefits of Exercise (nih.gov)

    When You Hit the Wall: Bonking vs. Fatigue vs. Cramping 

    Great Divide Route

    The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice―Crossing Antarctica Alone by Colin O'Brady



    If you're interested in James's book, we'll be letting you know when it's available for sale later. You can also email the podcast to request to be put on a waiting list.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    18: Are Leaders Really Necessary? (with guest Andrew Crider)

    18: Are Leaders Really Necessary? (with guest Andrew Crider)

    James and Shawn welcome Andrew Crider back to the podcast.

    We discuss leadership. What is it? Who does it? Is it even necessary? These and many other questions are contemplated.

    We also do a lightning round of leadership qualities we think every leader ought to have. Which ones did we miss, or do you think there is one that is more critical than another? Please let us know!



    Website: lookingoverlife.com
    Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com
    Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife



    What causes the seasons?

    What causes the phases of the moon?

    Looking Over Life Patreon

    Javan Bender "Leading With a Servant Heart"

    Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders

    The Way of the Shepherd by Kevin Lehman

    The Birth Order Book by Kevin Lehman

    Christian Light Publications

    The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make by Hans Finzel

    The Effective Manager by Mark Horstman

    Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell

    The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

    Reset by David Murray

    • 1 hr 8 min
    17: FWIW: The Center of God's Will

    17: FWIW: The Center of God's Will

    Sneak peek For What It's Worth episode!

    Shawn and James are glad to have Andrew Crider back on the podcast. This is actually the episode we recorded for our Patron-only podcast For What It's Worth, but we decided to let you all have access to it this time. 

    In this episode, we talk about what it means to be in the center of God's will—or if that is even a possibility. What do you think? Please send us your feedback. You can reach us at our email or on our website.

    Please share the podcast with a friend. We like seeing more downloads, which means we have more listeners.



    Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com
    Website: lookingoverlife.com
    Patreon: For What It's Worth



    Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

    • 15 min
    16: How to Improve Your Bible Reading

    16: How to Improve Your Bible Reading

    James and Shawn talk about their Bible reading. We look at the various methods we've used over the years for reading the Bible and talk about why we choose to read it in the first place.

    We also discuss our favorite translations and formats, including reading-format versus study-format Bibles.

    How do you go about your Bible reading? Do you have a favorite translation? Let us know!



    Website: lookingoverlife.com
    Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com



    Patreon - For What It's Worth episodes

    The boiling point of water at various altitudes

    Imperial units

    Can you survive in space without a spacesuit?

    The Armstrong Limit

    2021 Yearly Themes episode

    YouVersion Bible app 

    Organization of the books of the bible

    NIV One Year Bible

    Types of Bible translations

    Why We Read episode

    Social Media episode

    Reading on paper versus on screens

    Learning differences on paper versus on screens

    Paper versus screens - Scientific America

    Why Bible Typography Matters

    Reader's Bibles

    James's reader's Bible

    Pilcrow (paragraph symbol)

    NIV 

    NLT

    NVI

    How long does it take to read the Bible?

    • 56 min

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