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)
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.
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
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!
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
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!
Gas duster - Wikipedia
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.
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!
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
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.
Patreon: For What It's Worth
Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
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!
Patreon - For What It's Worth episodes
The boiling point of water at various altitudes
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
James's reader's Bible
Pilcrow (paragraph symbol)
How long does it take to read the Bible?