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This podcast is a personal exploration into what it means to be a human and the experiences it brings. Episodes include essays, reporting, and interviews with people who teach, challenge, confuse, and maybe even piss me off. I may touch on explicit topics and use language not acceptable for sensitive people.

Overlapping topics include philosophy, governance, geopolitics, economics, technology and culture. I try to get out of the usual lanes and cross disciplines, professions, social silos, political tribes and cultural boundaries.

I'm a creative freelancer from the United States; entrepreneur, marketer, inventor, musician, maker, artist, and a podcaster. I’ve been told I live outside of the box, but I really don’t even know where the box is and I don’t care. I have respect for all opinions, beliefs and backgrounds and I’m a good listener and find myself focusing more on the present than worried about the future. I look forward to sharing this podcast with you and welcome your feedback. Let’s all do uncommon things. Cheers!

The Uncommon Podcast Robb Jarrett

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This podcast is a personal exploration into what it means to be a human and the experiences it brings. Episodes include essays, reporting, and interviews with people who teach, challenge, confuse, and maybe even piss me off. I may touch on explicit topics and use language not acceptable for sensitive people.

Overlapping topics include philosophy, governance, geopolitics, economics, technology and culture. I try to get out of the usual lanes and cross disciplines, professions, social silos, political tribes and cultural boundaries.

I'm a creative freelancer from the United States; entrepreneur, marketer, inventor, musician, maker, artist, and a podcaster. I’ve been told I live outside of the box, but I really don’t even know where the box is and I don’t care. I have respect for all opinions, beliefs and backgrounds and I’m a good listener and find myself focusing more on the present than worried about the future. I look forward to sharing this podcast with you and welcome your feedback. Let’s all do uncommon things. Cheers!

    [The Key to a Good Life?] FLOW STATE | 94

    [The Key to a Good Life?] FLOW STATE | 94

    One of the best feelings in the world is losing your attachment to yourself.
    So much of our time is spent in self-focused ways. What happens if I do this? Or that? Doubt. Fear. Self-judgement. The judgement of others against ourselves. Planning. Scheming. It’s a whole lot of I, I, and I. You get the point.
    Yet there’s a paradox: all of this self-focus is not very good for ourselves. Studies show that self-absorption is associated with clinical depression, personality disorders, and anxiety.

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    • 13 min
    Improve Your Sleep Life Hack [Take A Nap] | 93

    Improve Your Sleep Life Hack [Take A Nap] | 93

    As often as we talk about the benefits of sleep, more than a third of Americans are not getting the proper amount of shut-eye. Instead, we push aside our rest to complete more work, hang out with friends, or—let’s be real—binge another episode of Succession. But even though most of us are still yawning into our coffee cups, taking a nap might be the cure to combat those midday crashes because of its health benefits.
    If the thought of adding one more thing to your already busy schedule is making you stress out, you can consider naps as a natural way to recharge for the day. “Taking a nap can enhance your sleep cycle, regulate your sympathetic nervous system, help you think and let go of things that are causing you stress, and be used as a circadian marker to help your body understand where you are in the 24-hour cycle.

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    Hangover Cure + [The Worst Alcohol to Drink] | 92

    Hangover Cure + [The Worst Alcohol to Drink] | 92

    The molecule responsible for hangovers is ethanol,
    which we colloquially refer to as alcohol.
    Ethanol is present in all alcoholic beverages, and generally speaking,
    the more ethanol, the greater the potential for a hangover.
    The symptoms and severity can vary depending on weight, age,
    genetics, and other factors.
    But still, hangovers generally share some common— and unpleasant— features.
    So how exactly does alcohol cause a hangover?
    And is there any way to reliably prevent one?
    Alcohol slows down the communication between neural cells.
    After someone has had their last drink,
    as the concentration of alcohol in the blood drops back to zero,
    the brain rebounds from sedation and swings in the other direction,
    entering a hyperactive state.
    This may lead to the tremors or rapid heartbeat associated with hangovers.
    It also makes sleep shorter and less restful than normal.
    But these effects are just the beginning—
    alcohol impacts so many of the body’s processes,
    throwing delicate balances off-kilter.
    And even the most familiar hangover symptoms have surprising contributors.
    For example, alcohol disrupts levels of many hormones.
    One of those hormones is cortisol.
    Normally, fluctuating cortisol levels help regulate wakefulness
    throughout the day and night.
    So the disruption in cortisol during a hangover
    may cause people to feel groggy or disoriented.
    Another hormone alcohol interferes with is vasopressin,
    which normally decreases the volume of urine made by the kidneys.
    By decreasing levels of vasopressin,
    alcohol causes people to pee more and become dehydrated.
    Dehydration can lead to thirst, dry mouth, weakness, lightheadedness, and headache,
    one of the most common hangover symptoms.
    In addition to dehydration, hangover headaches can result
    from alcohol’s influence on chemical signaling in the brain,
    especially on neurotransmitters involved in pain signaling.
    Alcohol can also damage mitochondria,
    which are responsible for producing the ATP that gives us energy.
    This may contribute to the fatigue, weakness, and mood disturbances
    experienced during a hangover.
    Meanwhile, alcohol stimulates the immune system,
    leading to inflammation that can damage cells within the brain,
    affect mood, and impair memory.
    And it can irritate the gastrointestinal tract
    and inflame the lining of the stomach and intestines.
    Alcohol may also slow down stomach emptying,
    which could lead to increased production of gastric acid.
    This is why alcohol can cause stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting.
    Alcoholic drinks also contain other substances that are produced
    during the fermentation process that give the drink its specific flavor.
    Some evidence suggests that one of these, methanol,
    is particularly bad for hangovers.
    The body doesn’t start metabolizing methanol
    until it’s done processing ethanol.
    And when it does, the toxic metabolites of methanol
    may potentially worsen the hangover symptoms.
    Beverages that are closer to pure ethanol, such as gin and vodka,
    may cause fewer hangover effects.
    Meanwhile, the presence of flavoring ingredients in beverages
    like whiskey, brandy, and red wine,
    may make these kinds of alcohol cause more hangover symptoms.
    So, the choice of alcoholic beverage matters,
    but any of them can cause hangovers, simply because they all contain alcohol.
    So, do common hangover remedies actually work?
    Drinking water and electrolyte beverages can help reduce symptoms
    related to dehydration.
    And eating— especially carbs— can help replenish the glucose levels
    alcohol reduces.
    But ultimately, the only sure way to prevent a hangover
    is to drink alcohol in moderation or not at all.

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    Find Happiness [In Everything] | 91

    Find Happiness [In Everything] | 91

    How to 80/20 Your Life
    You can get the results you want with less. It’s all about identifying where to make the split.
    In 1906 there was an Italian economist named Vilfredo Pareto. One day Pareto noticed that every year, 20% of the pea pods in his garden produced approximately 80% of the peas.
    This got him thinking about economic output on a larger scale. Sure enough, he began to find that in various industries, societies and even companies, 80% of the production often came from the 20% most productive faction.
    This became known as the Pareto Principle, or what is now often referred to as the 80/20 Principle.
    The 80/20 Principle states that 80% of the output or results will come from 20% of the input or action.
    In terms of time management, they often found that 20% of their time created 80% of their productivity, and that 20% of their employees created 80% of the value.
    The examples go on and on. And of course, nobody was actually there with a yardstick measuring out exactly 80% and 20% for all of these items, but the approximate 4-to-1 ratio popped up constantly. Whether it was actually 76/24 or 83/17 is irrelevant.
    The 80/20 Principle became a popular management tool that was used widely to increase efficiency and effectiveness within businesses and industries.
    It’s still widely taught today.
    But few people thought to apply the 80/20 Principle to everyday life or the ramifications it could have.
    For instance:
    What are the 20% of your possessions you get the most value out of?
    What do you spend 20% of your time doing that gives you 80% of your happiness?
    Who are the 20% of people you’re close to who make you the happiest?
    What are the 20% of the clothes you wear 80% of the time?
    What’s the 20% of food you eat 80% of the time?
    Chances are these are easy questions for you to answer. You’ve just never considered them before.
    And once you’ve answered them, you can easily focus on increasing the efficiencies in your life. For instance, the 80% of people you spend time with who only add 20% of the pleasure in your life (spend less time with them). The 80% of crap you use 20% of the time (throw it out or sell it). The 80% of the clothes you wear 20% of the time (same thing).
    Identifying the 20% of the food you eat 80% of the time will probably explain whether you keep a healthy diet or not and how healthy it is. Hey, who needs to follow a diet? Just make sure to switch to where the 20% of food you eat 80% of the time is healthy.
    When I first considered how the 80/20 Principle applied to my own life, I instantly realized a few things.
    A few of my hobbies (television shows and video games) accounted for 80% of my time, but only brought me 20% of my fulfillment.
    I didn’t enjoy a few of my friends who I spent 80% of my time with (hence I was not happy in my social life).
    80% of what I spent my money on was not useful or healthy for my lifestyle.
    Recognizing these things eventually inspired some hefty changes in my choices and my lifestyle. I dropped video games and television for one. I made efforts to identify other friends to spend more time with, and I paid more attention to what I bought with my money.
    And of course, the 80/20 Principle can still be applied to productivity at work.
    What tasks do you spend 80% of the time doing that bring in 20% of the returns (i.e., checking email over and over, writing memos, taking a long time to make basic and unimportant decisions, etc.)?
    What is the 20% of your work that gets you 80% of the credit and recognition from your team or boss?
    And finally, you can apply the 80/20 Principle to your emotional life and relationships as well. What are the 20% of behaviors that cause 80% of the problems in your relationships? What are 20% of the conversations that create 80% of the intimacy with your partner?
    These are important questions that most of us never...

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    The Five Universal Laws of HUMAN STUPIDITY | 90

    The Five Universal Laws of HUMAN STUPIDITY | 90

    We underestimate the stupid, and we do so at our own peril.

    In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.

    Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are abundant, they are irrational, and they cause problems for others without apparent benefit to themselves, thereby lowering society’s total well-being. There are no defenses against stupidity, argued the Italian-born professor, who died in 2000. The only way a society can avoid being crushed by the burden of its idiots is if the non-stupid work even harder to offset the losses of their stupid brethren.

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    Cannibals Ate Him? The Story of Michael Rockefeller | 89

    Cannibals Ate Him? The Story of Michael Rockefeller | 89

    In the early 1960s, Michael Rockefeller vanished somewhere off the coast of Papua New Guinea. His disappearance shocked the nation and prompted a manhunt of historic proportions. Years later, the true fate of the heir to the Standard Oil fortune has been uncovered — and it’s more disturbing than anyone at the time imagined.

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