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Nontrivial is a podcast that looks to uncover deep patterns in life, discussing them at the intersection of science, complexity, and philosophy.

NonTrivial Sean McClure

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Nontrivial is a podcast that looks to uncover deep patterns in life, discussing them at the intersection of science, complexity, and philosophy.

    Get Yourself Triggered

    Get Yourself Triggered

    Getting triggered means someone experiences a strong emotional reaction to a particular stimulus or event. But there is a good side to being triggered. Getting triggered can compel us towards positive action. We can deliberately trigger ourselves to produce good work by putting in place things that compel us to write/speak/draw etc. in the best way possible.  In this episode I argue that we should set up our projects, and life, so as to be positively triggered.


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    Stop Trying to Be Your Hero

    Stop Trying to Be Your Hero

    A lot of people try to be their hero. But not only can we not do what our heroes do, our heroes cannot do what we do. It is our unique abilities that make us bring value to the world. The same thing can be achieved in countless ways, and those different ways are what the world needs. We need to stop trying to be our heroes. We should use heroes nothing more than peripheral inspiration, and instead flex the muscles we have.
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    Don’t Let Schooling Turn You Into an Idiot

    Don’t Let Schooling Turn You Into an Idiot

    Math education consists primarily of learning rules to arrive at results. But these tricks bypass what is really happening. They can lead to a superficial grasp of mathematical concepts and hinder deeper learning and problem-solving abilities. Many of the skills we learn in schooling, and after, are akin to the mindless rules we learn in math. We have to learn something far deeper than rules to truly understand our work and our world. We can achieve true understanding by asking questions, engaging with the material, teaching others and above all applying our knowledge to real-world situations.


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    Nothing Happens Without Critical Mass

    Nothing Happens Without Critical Mass

    Important things see the light of day, not by some plan or deterministic outline, but by making changes en-route to the goal. It's adaptability that matters in the face of real world situations. Finding the right mix of people, places and things happens as you move.

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    The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age by Steve Olson
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    The Documentary by Alexey Ivanov


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    To Be Brutally Honest

    To Be Brutally Honest

    Some performances deliver deep authenticity, with standup comedy being a good example.  Extremely authentic performances show us something we all should have; that ability to reach deep within us and share what we're really thinking, despite the risk this might pose to our normal, settled lives. Humans have evolved to filter for authenticity, as this leads to better information groups can use to solve problems. The world needs our authenticity, we just have to find it.

    Suggested Reading Related to Intro Example
    Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld
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    Catch It by Yrii Semchyshyn


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    You Need More Bad Ideas

    You Need More Bad Ideas

    History is loaded with "bad" / "dumb" ideas. And this includes those made by high-ranking officials and government agencies. Looking at the various schemes and plots left on the drawing board one wonders how anyone took them seruously.  But most of today’s useful inventions were deemed absurd at the time. This tells us that we need to have a lot of bad ideas to land on good ones, and if that's true, then we should be more concerned with taking the shots, then landing the shots.

    Suggested Reading Related to Intro Example
    Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board by Vince Houghton
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    Sneaky by Oleg Kyrylkovv


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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

juwanplatt ,

All signal, no noise

One of the most refreshing podcasts I’ve listened to in the last few years.

Jmardam ,

Keep them coming

Liking the content. Gives me the language to what I see in life.

kalistowe ,

A wise mentor whispering in your ear...

spinning tales of curiousity, invention, spontaneity applied on top of that solid foindation of rigorous thought and study. This is how the magic happens.

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