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Conversations about entrepreneurship, economics, stoicism, existentialism, health, nutrition, philosophy, and self-improvement. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/aaronolson/support

The Aaron Olson Podcast Aaron Olson

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Conversations about entrepreneurship, economics, stoicism, existentialism, health, nutrition, philosophy, and self-improvement. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/aaronolson/support

    A Celebration of the Life of Kevin Cooper aka Cole Summers

    A Celebration of the Life of Kevin Cooper aka Cole Summers

    Billy Cooper is the father of the late Kevin Cooper, aka Cole Summers. At 7 years old, Kevin started his own business, at 10 he remodeled his own house, and at 14, he wrote the inspiring book Don't Tell Me I Can't: An Ambitious Homeschoolers Journey with Billy Cooper.

    I asked Billy about Kevin's upbringing, his education, and fond memories. We get to celebrate the life and memory of Kevin.


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    • 38 min
    Joel Bein on Hacking Your Career

    Joel Bein on Hacking Your Career

    Joel Bein, CEO of CareerHackers.com, is on a mission to help more people find a career that makes them come alive. He encourages us to follow our curiosity by learning-out-loud. Joel talks about his journey from music teacher to CEO of CareerHackers. He talks about the opportunities that can be found when you really go after something. 

    Links: 

    https://events.careerhackers.com/supercharger 

    https://careerhackers.com/  

    Chapters: 

    00:00:00 Joel Bein https://joelbein.com/ 

    00:02:37 Follow your curiosity  

    00:05:30 Do work that makes you come alive  

    00:07:48 Supercharge your career https://events.careerhackers.com/supercharger 

    00:13:06 Learning UX/UI with no experience https://www.linkedin.com/posts/careercrash_uxdesign-userexperience-changingcareers-activity-6980451308713463808-VANL?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop


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    • 20 min
    Lizanne Falsetto on Entrepreneurship & Building a Health Food Empire

    Lizanne Falsetto on Entrepreneurship & Building a Health Food Empire

    Health food entrepreneur Lizanne Falsetto and I discuss how she built a health food empire that sold for 217 million and how she is now disrupting the dairy industry with betterland milk.

    We talk about how she pioneered the protein bar industry. We also talk about her latest venture - making milk without cows from fermented whey proteins.

    She shares what it takes to be an entrepreneur, how she became so damn smart (my words), and things you can do to improve your odds of success.

    Links:
    https://www.lizannefalsetto.com/

    https://www.woobars.com/

    https://www.betterlandmilk.com/


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    • 24 min
    Bryan Caplan on Thomas Szasz and The Myth of Mental Illness

    Bryan Caplan on Thomas Szasz and The Myth of Mental Illness

    Bryan Caplan and I discuss the ideas of the iconoclast social critic and psychiatrist Thomas Szasz. Dr. Caplan won the Thomas Szasz award in 2005 for his paper, The Economics of Szasz: Preferences, Constraints, and Mental Illness. We have a wide-ranging conversation about Szasz, his ideas, and how to help ourselves and others when struggling with life. Dr. Caplan shares some of his personal experiences with depression during Covid and how he got out of it.

    Related Episodes

    Bryan Caplan on Parenting: https://youtu.be/JM0dGLRgko0
    Anthony Stadlen on Szasz: https://youtu.be/wzVVLgpgLBA
    Jeffrey Schaler on Szasz: https://youtu.be/7wySu4S1w14
    Christopher Lane on Shyness: https://youtu.be/GrV46aVkNvM
    Irvin Kirsch on Antidepressants: https://youtu.be/PtubmyA3BgU

    Related Videos

    John Nash on Schizophrenia: https://youtu.be/SizS1nOOeJg
    Take These Broken Wings (Documentary about Schizophrenia): https://youtu.be/EPfKc-TknWU
    Titicut Follies (Mistreatment of Involuntary Patients): https://youtu.be/e-wVwtN5f-U
    Crazywise Film: https://youtu.be/IXnmBIYaIZE
    Jim Van Os on Schizophrenia: https://youtu.be/sE3gxX5CiW0

    Chapters:
    00:00 Intro to Bryan Caplan https://twitter.com/bryan_caplan
    00:35 Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids https://amzn.to/3NZcxQg
    00:56 How did you discover Thomas Szasz?
    01:33 The Untamed Tongue https://amzn.to/3NYtTwI
    02:07 Insanity: The Idea and Its Consequences https://amzn.to/3aAp3bn
    02:34 Myth of Mental Illness https://amzn.to/3ANgIvp
    02:57 Ceremonial Chemistry https://amzn.to/3P4IBU5
    03:25 How long did it take you to understand Szasz?
    06:13 What do you think most people misunderstood about Szasz?
    08:14 Heavy drinkers respond to incentives https://wp.me/p8ReVr-1i5
    10:55 How homosexuality got declassified as a disease
    11:41 Transvestism
    12:34 The Useful Lie https://wp.me/p8ReVr-1eT
    12:56 Responsibility
    14:34 Criticisms of Szasz
    15:42 Szasz as a philosopher of mind https://wp.me/p8ReVr-rs
    16:34 Scott Alexander https://slatestarcodex.com/2015/10/07/contra-caplan-on-mental-illness/
    17:53 Drapetomania https://g.co/kgs/5qVtCe
    18:06 What was it like to meet Szasz? https://www.econlib.org/archives/2012/09/thomas_szasz_a.html
    19:29 Suicide https://amzn.to/3RuQS5w
    20:05 Why do you think Szasz wrote so much?
    21:00 Did you get pushback when writing your paper on Szasz?
    22:19 Shakespeare and Szasz
    23:24 Has Szasz helped you in your personal life?
    27:12 Brittany Spears
    28:27 Addiction is a Choice https://wp.me/p8ReVr-9U
    29:05 Karl Kraus https://wp.me/p8ReVr-1hz
    29:51 Szasz's political beliefs
    31:13 Suicide
    32:29 Epicurus https://epicurus.net/en/menoeceus.html
    32:54 Julian Simon https://amzn.to/3P4Kct3
    35:17 Surround yourself with friends
    36:11 How do you stay productive?
    37:51 Lucretius http://classics.mit.edu/Carus/nature_things.html
    39:01 How do you deal with depression during Covid?
    41:16 Faith in Freedom https://amzn.to/3caLvIq
    41:38 Free will https://econfaculty.gmu.edu/bcaplan/freewill
    43:38 Writing advice
    44:45 The Baader Meinhof Complex https://youtu.be/2UPrDdb0r70
    46:43 Economics of Szasz http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/bcaplan/pdfs/szasz.pdf
    49:50 Rational vs. Irrational
    52:53 Schizophrenia https://amzn.to/3AK5yb3
    56:10 Biographies of schizophrenics https://amzn.to/3IBtJu0
    59:15 Hearing voices https://youtu.be/sE3gxX5CiW0


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    • 1 hr
    Mark Eglinton on the Enigma of John McAfee

    Mark Eglinton on the Enigma of John McAfee

    Mark Eglinton talks with me about his adventures in writing, and his latest book on John McAfee's life called, No Domain: The John McAfee Tapes (https://amzn.to/35cIHr8).

    Chapters:

    00:00:00 Mark Eglinton https://twitter.com/MarkEglinton

    00:00:33 How did Mark become a writer? 

    00:01:30 From caddy to writer 

    00:05:30 Do the work, just do it 

    00:06:00 Where do you start? 

    00:08:20 How do you start? 

    00:09:20 Get some distance from your work 

    00:10:27 Writing is the sexiest job ever 

    00:12:00 How is the money in writing? 

    00:12:15 Make shit happen 

    00:13:10 How Mark started working with John McAfee 

    00:14:28 John McAfee is The Great White Whale 

    00:15:45 Was John telling the truth? 

    00:19:00 Working with John was like being in a James Bond movie 

    00:20:45 John's relationship with his kids 

    00:24:10 John's early life as a programmer 

    00:25:40 John's work for NASA 

    00:27:44 John applied math to relationships 

    00:29:00 Did John ever work hard? 

    00:29:34 John and methamphetamine 

    00:30:28 John didn't want a corporate life 

    00:31:40 John's outlandish spending 

    00:32:23 John McAfee and yoga 

    00:33:15 John's yoga books https://amzn.to/3wBV4Z1

    00:34:50 Amanda Milius https://mobile.twitter.com/amandamilius

    00:35:55 John McAfee weeps 

    00:37:27 John understood the human spirit 

    00:38:25 John leaves Belize 

    00:40:00 John marries Janice 

    00:41:00 John on the run in the US 

    00:41:40 Was John just paranoid? 

    00:42:18 Janice ties to poison John 

    00:43:10 John cancels the book project 

    00:46:30 Was John broke? 

    00:48:00 Canonic books on bitcoin 

    00:49:40 Books as NFTs 

    00:51:00 Will tech control us, or will we control tech? 

    00:52:00 Extras associated w/ the NFT 

    00:55:40 Canonic is seeing into the future 

    00:57:25 Steve Bannon 

    00:59:40 Mark on Twitter https://twitter.com/MarkEglinton

    01:00:00 Mark on Twetch https://twetch.com/u/68864


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Low-Mileage Running: A Short Guide to Running Faster, Injury Free

    Low-Mileage Running: A Short Guide to Running Faster, Injury Free

    Low-Mileage Running is a short guide to running faster, injury free. It focuses on avoiding injury while optimizing your training. The book provides practical training advice, workouts, and sample training plans for the 5k to Marathon. Throughout this book, I share how you can maximize your training and reduce injuries while running fewer miles. By listening to your body and focusing on quality workouts tailored to your event, you can improve your performance and avoid injury. Download the free PDF book here: https://aaronolson.blog/books/

    Chapters:

    00:00:00 Opening Credits 

    00:00:11 Introduction 

    00:00:36 How I Got Started 

    00:02:17 A New Approach 

    00:05:12 Quality Workouts 

    00:06:25 Stress + Rest = Adaptation 

    00:07:42 Creating Quality Workouts 

    00:08:02 Time Trials 

    00:09:52 Race Time Predictor https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/training/a761681/rws-race-time-predictor/

    00:11:25 Intervals 

    00:12:56 Tracking workouts 

    00:13:54 Intensity 

    00:15:19 Training the Central Governor 

    00:16:53 Recovery 

    00:18:40 Training Guidelines 

    00:18:43 Economics of Running 

    00:19:46 Listen to Your Body 

    00:21:12 Adjusting on the Fly 

    00:21:33 Take a Holistic Approach 

    00:22:24 Follow the 80:20 Rule 

    00:23:15 Find the Minimum Effective Dose 

    00:24:15 Race Your Way Into Shape 

    00:25:46 Similar Workouts 

    00:26:19 Train Performance Not Physiology 

    00:27:13 Cross-training 

    00:27:50 Strength Training 

    00:28:19 Stretching 

    00:29:10 Sample Training Plans 

    00:29:51 Training Plans Guidelines http://aaronolson.blog/low-mileage-training-plans/

    00:30:29 5k Training Plan http://aaronolson.blog/low-mileage-training-plans/low-mileage-5k-training-plan/

    00:30:52 10k Training Plan http://aaronolson.blog/low-mileage-training-plans/low-mileage-10k-training-plan/

    00:31:16 Half-Marathon Training Plan http://aaronolson.blog/low-mileage-training-plans/low-mileage-half-marathon-training-plan/

    00:31:42 Marathon Training Plan http://aaronolson.blog/low-mileage-training-plans/low-mileage-marathon-training-plan/

    00:32:17 Jeff Ford Interview https://youtu.be/FG4dJmqPOQA

    00:33:30 Conclusion 

    00:34:26 Closing Credits


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    • 34 min

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