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Expert insights on the science of a fit mind. Topics include psychology, neuroscience, mental health, mindfulness meditation, productivity, brain technologies, Stoicism, happiness hacking, and more.

Liam McClintock, the Founder of FitMind, talks with leaders in their fields, from neuroscientists and psychologists to Buddhist monks and professional athletes.

At FitMind, we believe that the next great human frontier is the mind. FitMind combines ancient techniques with western psychology to provide mental fitness training that is taught at Fortune 500 companies, addiction centers, schools, government organizations, and on the FitMind meditation app.

Liam McClintock received a B.A. from Yale and worked in finance before traveling to Asia to study meditation full-time. He is currently completing an MS in Applied Neuroscience at King’s College London. Liam is an RYS Certified Yoga & Meditation Instructor and has trained in various meditation styles. He has been featured in Time, Vice, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, NBC, and Men’s Health.

The FitMind Podcast: Mental Fitness, Neuroscience & Psychology FitMind: Neuroscience, Meditation & Mental Fitness Training

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 240 Ratings

Expert insights on the science of a fit mind. Topics include psychology, neuroscience, mental health, mindfulness meditation, productivity, brain technologies, Stoicism, happiness hacking, and more.

Liam McClintock, the Founder of FitMind, talks with leaders in their fields, from neuroscientists and psychologists to Buddhist monks and professional athletes.

At FitMind, we believe that the next great human frontier is the mind. FitMind combines ancient techniques with western psychology to provide mental fitness training that is taught at Fortune 500 companies, addiction centers, schools, government organizations, and on the FitMind meditation app.

Liam McClintock received a B.A. from Yale and worked in finance before traveling to Asia to study meditation full-time. He is currently completing an MS in Applied Neuroscience at King’s College London. Liam is an RYS Certified Yoga & Meditation Instructor and has trained in various meditation styles. He has been featured in Time, Vice, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, NBC, and Men’s Health.

    #90: Master of Sleep - Nick Littlehales

    #90: Master of Sleep - Nick Littlehales

    Nick Littlehales has been an elite sport recovery coach for nearly a quarter-century and is the bestselling author of Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps... and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind.
    On this episode, we uncover the common myths and misunderstandings about sleep. We also discuss the circadian rhythm, chronotypes, polyphasic sleep, and treating sleep as recovery.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.co
    SHOW NOTES
    0:00 | Intro to Nick Littlehales
    1:42 | Sleep Tips
    3:45 | Becoming a Sleep Coach
    7:28 | How the Pros Optimize Sleep
    9:38 | What to do Before You Sleep
    19:36 | Understanding Circadian Rhythm
    26:10 | Polyphasic Sleep: Importance of Naps
    28:58 | 7 Key Sleep Recovery Indicators
    37:27 | How to Improve Sleep
    43:54 | Microrest
    45:20 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 50 min
    #89: Consciousness, Perception & Reality - Donald Hoffman, PhD

    #89: Consciousness, Perception & Reality - Donald Hoffman, PhD

    Donald Hoffman, PhD is a cognitive scientist and author of The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes.
    He is currently a professor at UC Irvine, where he studies consciousness, visual perception and evolutionary psychology.
    On this episode, we “take the red pill” and hear Dr. Hoffman’s theory on why reality is not what it seems. He explains this complex topic by comparing reality to a user interface.
    We discuss many topics, such as his mathematical theory of consciousness, questioning beliefs, and how the mind forms new mental models.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.co
    Show Notes
    0:00 | Introduction to Donald Hoffman, PhD
    2:23 | Why Reality Isn’t as It Seems
    7:30 | Reality as a User Interface
    13:51 | Adapting to Evolving Technology
    16:06 | Creating New Mental Models
    18:31 | Moving Beyond Spacetime
    23:06 | Consciousness is Fundamental
    25:26 | Ancient Wisdom & Science of Consciousness
    30:00 | Conversation with the Dalai Lama (starting at 54:40)
    30:15 | Reality Transcends Concepts
    36:39 | Questioning Beliefs
    38:56 | A New Worldview
    45:04 | Mathematical Theory of Consciousness
    45:39 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 50 min
    #88: Profound States of Mind - Andrew Holecek

    #88: Profound States of Mind - Andrew Holecek

    Andrew Holecek is an author and meditation teacher with decades of intensive practice experience, including a 3-year silent retreat in the Tibetan tradition.
    Andrew’s work combines ancient wisdom with modern science.
    We discuss the insights gained from his lengthy silent retreat, the 2 vectors of enlightenment, how our minds construct our realities, and much more.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.co
    SHOW NOTES
    0:00 | Intro to Andrew Holecek
    4:55 | In the Presence of Meditation Masters 
    10:10 | 3-Year Silent Retreat Experience
    18:58 | Insights Gained from 3-Year Retreat
    22:50 | Unsticking the Mind
    30:06 | Enlightenment Defined 
    38:58 | Waking Up & Growing Up 
    44:23 | How Our Minds Construct Our Realities 
    54:20 | Deconstructing Mental Constructs
    62:23 | Rapid Fire Questions 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #87: The Future of the Brain - Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD

    #87: The Future of the Brain - Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD

    Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD is a Brazilian neuroscientist and physician famous for his pioneering work in the field of brain-machine interface (BMI) technology.
    Dr. Nicolelis’s extensive research with brain-machine interfaces blurs the lines between real life and science fiction. 
    In the episode, we discuss neuroprosthetics, monkeys controlling robots, brain-to-brain communication, and the key implications of these wild, futuristic technologies for us all.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.co
    SHOW NOTES
    0:00 | Intro to Dr. Miguel Nicolelis
    4:20 | Monkeys Controlling Robots
    10:30 | Mirror Neurons & Brain-Machine Interface (BMI)
    13:02 | Advances & Applications of BMIs
    17:50 | BMIs for Parkinson’s Disease
    21:36 | Upgrading the Human Mind?
    24:50 | Why Machines Will Never Think Like a Human
    29:56 | Brains are Changed by Digital Systems
    32:50 | Limitations of Computers
    37:07 | How Nature Shaped the Brain
    40:15 | We Only Experience a Sliver of Reality
    49:45 | Viruses of the Mind
    59:30 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #86: The Science of Spontaneity - Edward Slingerland, PhD

    #86: The Science of Spontaneity - Edward Slingerland, PhD

    Edward Slingerland, PhD, is a Professor of Philosophy and Associate Member in the Asian Studies and Psychology Departments at the University of British Columbia. He's an expert on the cognitive science of ancient philosophies.
    On this episode, we discuss the science of ancient concepts like Wu Wei (”effortless action”), hot vs cold cognition, ways to alter consciousness, the paradox of trying not to try, and much more.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.co
    SHOW NOTES
    0:00 | Intro to Edward Slingerland, PhD
    1:39 | Wu Wei & Flow State
    9:34 | Hot vs. Cold Cognition
    13:45 | How to Get into State of Wu Wei
    17:35 | When to Not Use Wu Wei
    19:30 | Paradox of Trying Not to Try
    26:40 | Wu Wei in Daily Life
    30:10 | Microdosing Psychedelics
    32:28 | Alcohol and Ways to Alter Consciousness
    38:06 | How Much Effort is Needed to Become Effortless?
    40:00 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 45 min
    #85: Neuromagic & Illusion - Stephen Macknik, PhD & Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD

    #85: Neuromagic & Illusion - Stephen Macknik, PhD & Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD

    Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde and Dr. Stephen Macknik are neuroscientists who specialize in the science of magic and illusion.
    Both are professors of ophthalmology, neurology, and physiology & pharmacology at the Downstate Medical Center.
    Together they pioneered the study of various aspects of magic such as perception, cognitive illusion, and attentional misdirection.
    On this episode, we discuss how magic tricks fool the brain, why everyday life is an illusion, what neuroscientists and magicians can learn from each other and much more.
    FitMind Neuroscience-Based App: http://bit.ly/afitmind
    Website: www.fitmind.co Show Notes
    0:00 | Intro to Stephen Macknik, PhD & Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD
    8:00 | How Magic Hacks Our Minds
    13:00 | What Neuroscientists Learn from Magicians
    15:54 | What Magicians Learn from Neuroscientists
    17:24 | Testing Attention Manipulation 
    22:25 | Cognition & Calculation
    25:36 | How Our Brains Construct Reality
    28:27 | Vision Produces Our Changing Realities
    29:53 | Microsaccades Explained
    32:58 | Brain on Autopilot
    35:50 | Expertise as an Unconscious Process
    40:46 | Magic for Kids vs. Magic for Adults
    43:43 | Is Magic Still Enjoyable When You Know the Tricks?
    48:24 | Rapid Fire Questions

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
240 Ratings

240 Ratings

Will E Meighkitt ,

Episode 89

What a wonderful podcast. Great presentation of his work and it’s connection to meditation. Listened twice.
Thank you for all of your efforts. Enjoyed and appreciated.

cubanita#1 ,

Just started

Came across this podcast and while scrolling topics, the porn episode piqued my interest. So curious to see how the brain processes porn. Not quite what I thought. Where to begin! Oh yes, equating porn to Romans enjoying gladiators getting tortured and killed. Whoa! And from there it goes on and on with extreme examples. Of course no one wants children watching and being influenced. Or young women being raped and filmed. I’m half way through and I still have not heard one word about the brain. Telling me that young men watching prom and following a script in their own lives is simplistic at best. Long before porn hub humans have experimented and explored their bodies and sexuality. That IS. natural. I could go on but why.

JessCat89 ,

Episode #88

What a delightful episode. Worth a second or even third listen. Both the moderator and guest are humble, relatable, and inspiring.

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