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Sarah Wilson chats wild ideas for a fired up life.
The multi-New York Times bestselling author, activist, minimalist and former news journalist who founded the global phenomenon ‘I Quit Sugar’ travelled the world for 10 years (living out of one bag) to explore the freshest ways to live fully…and to save this one wild and precious life we have together.
She riffs with philosophers, creatives, poets, scientists (and at least one nun!) on the Big Questions that haunt us. What goes through the mind of a prisoner on death row? How does Sia invent her art? Will we die from climate change and can our rage save us? Is being Australian a mental health crisis? Join Sarah as she wrestles a path to the answers…

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    • 4.8 • 56 Ratings

Sarah Wilson chats wild ideas for a fired up life.
The multi-New York Times bestselling author, activist, minimalist and former news journalist who founded the global phenomenon ‘I Quit Sugar’ travelled the world for 10 years (living out of one bag) to explore the freshest ways to live fully…and to save this one wild and precious life we have together.
She riffs with philosophers, creatives, poets, scientists (and at least one nun!) on the Big Questions that haunt us. What goes through the mind of a prisoner on death row? How does Sia invent her art? Will we die from climate change and can our rage save us? Is being Australian a mental health crisis? Join Sarah as she wrestles a path to the answers…

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    A FUN BACKSTORY: Because I promised it…

    A FUN BACKSTORY: Because I promised it…

    In last week’s interview with a Palestinian and an Israeli Father, I promised to share how we met, a story that involves a famous actor, an Irish author and a bizarre email chain that starts in the Australian outback. Here it is. For some fun. And to remind us all of the power of story and of reaching out to humanity.
    SHOW NOTES
    Catch the original interview hereRead Apeirogon by Colom McannLearn about Parent’s Circle and donate here.Join the conversation and watch the video over on Substack
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    If you need to know a bit more about me… head to my "about" page
    For more such conversations subscribe to my Substack newsletter, it’s where I interact the most!
    Get your copy of my book, This One Wild and Precious Life
    Let’s connect on Instagram and WeAre8

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    • 11 min
    HELEN LEWIS: A heterodox update from TERF island

    HELEN LEWIS: A heterodox update from TERF island

    Helen Lewis (The Atlantic columnist, BBC podcaster, pop culture decoder) has become a darling of the heterodox podcasting community (and this podcast; catch my previous Wild chat with her about THAT GQ interview with Jordan Peterson here), and, relatedly, a pet target of the extreme Right and Left’s ongoing cancelling zeal.
    In this interview, I invite Helen to talk through several very online eruptions that are crucial for fathoming what the hell is going on in the world today. We cover the feminist-trans wars playing out on “TERF Island”; why Kara Swisher has fallen out with Elon Musk and why the Left failed the October 7 “Hamas test”. Mostly this is a conversation about the role of discerning dialogue when the extreme Left and Right are dominating the online arena.
    SHOW NOTES
    Listen to my previous Wild chat with Helen Here’s the episode I did with Hannah Barnes about the trans debate in the UKCheck out Helen’s brilliant The Bluestocking SubstackGet hold of her most recent book, the bestseller bestseller Difficult Women, A History of Feminism in 11 FightsCheck out her Blocked and Reported episode hereWe reference a few of Helen’s recent The Atlantic columns: The Progressives Who Flunked the Hamas Test; Is Kara Swisher Tearing Down Tech Billionaires? and Why I’ll Keep Saying “Pregnant Women” 
    If you need to know a bit more about me… head to my "about" page
    For more such conversations subscribe to my Substack newsletter, it’s where I interact the most!
    Get your copy of my book, This One Wild and Precious Life
    Let’s connect on Instagram and WeAre8

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    A PALESTINIAN AND AN ISRAELI FATHER: “We must all stop being victims; victimhood causes the violence!”

    A PALESTINIAN AND AN ISRAELI FATHER: “We must all stop being victims; victimhood causes the violence!”

    Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan (peace activists with Parent’s Circle) are the two protagonists from Colum McCann’s Booker-Prize-longlisted book Apeirogon. Both lost their daughters to the conflict, ten years apart. Yet in spite of – or because of - this horror they became dedicated friends, or “brothers”, committed to opposing the Israeli occupation of Palestine and working with “the enemy” via Parent’s Circle, a peace group set up for parents from “both sides” who’ve lost a child.
    I spoke to Bassam and Rami on day #169 in the conflict and they’d just come from seeing the Pope. We cover how Bassam decided to study the Holocaust while imprisoned in an Israeli jail as a teenager for seven years, why Israelis are trapped by their victimhood and how we’ve all been locked into seeing this conflict as a football game of two sides.
    This interview is a chapter in an incredible story that involves a big-time Hollywood actor, who reached out to me while I was camping in remote Western Australia, a secondhand book find, a six-way email chain and an incredible love that reaches across history, walls and global fragmentation. 
    NOTE: I will cover the very intersecting story of how we (the dads, Colum, the actor and I met) in the next episode. 
    SHOW NOTES
    Read Apeirogon by Colom McannLearn about Parent’s Circle and donate here.If you want a bit of extra background to this whole story, I write about it here on Substack.I mention Naomi Klein’s work on the role of victimhood. A good starting point is this podcast interview with On the Nose. Naomi has also released two chapters from her latest book Doppelgänger for free online that cover her thesis super well.
    If you need to know a bit more about me… head to my "about" page
    For more such conversations subscribe to my Substack newsletter, it’s where I interact the most!
    Get your copy of my book, This One Wild and Precious Life
    Let’s connect on Instagram and WeAre8

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    • 53 min
    LIV BOEREE: Explaining Moloch, the mysterious game theory force breaking the world (plus a fix!)

    LIV BOEREE: Explaining Moloch, the mysterious game theory force breaking the world (plus a fix!)

    Liv Boeree (world poker champion; astrophysicist; game theorist) is on a mission to explain why we are all trapped in a zero-sum, race to the bottom…with climate, AI, social media and politics. Why do we keep digging up resources, consuming carbon, getting stuck in nasty online spats and building robots that could kill us? Why don’t we just STOP?? Why CAN’T we just STOP?!
    It’s because of "moloch" – a game theory "force" that sees us do something we know is bad for us - because everyone else is doing it and if stop we’ll be disadvantaged - until we wind up ruining everything for everyone. I’ve been exploring this concept for a while and invited Liv to talk about her antidote to “competition gone wrong”, which I think will intuitively gel for many of you. In this chat we talk about the death spiral of beauty filters, why AI is repeating the nuclear arms race and the joy we share for steadfastly searching for a win-win solution that will see us in a race to the TOP.
    SHOW NOTES
    Subscribe to Liv’s Substack
    Follow Liv on Instagram and via her YouTube Channel
    Read my original Substack post about Moloch 
    Listen to the Wild episode with Meg Wheatley on civilisation collapse
    Watch the beauty fillers video Liv produced The Moloch Trap of AI Beauty Filters and Is the Media Moloch Driving Us Mad?
    Read Scott Alexander’s Moloch essay we talk about
    If you need to know a bit more about me… head to my "about" page
    For more such conversations subscribe to my Substack newsletter, it’s where I interact the most!
    Get your copy of my book, This One Wild and Precious Life
    Let’s connect on Instagram and WeAre8

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    • 57 min
    AMA: How do you, Sarah, deal with a broken heart?

    AMA: How do you, Sarah, deal with a broken heart?

    Substack subscribers have posed some beautiful thought-provoking questions this week. Do I suffer from a broken heart and how do I cope with it at a spiritual level? Do I stand by my I Quit Sugar message all these years later, particularly given an awareness of the triggering effect of restrictive messages? And where do we draw the line when someone we love uses the “mental illness card” to justify piss-poor behaviour. I recorded this with my long-suffering assistant Liana who I got to hang with yesterday.
    Access the full recording on Substack and join the conversation in the comment section and don't forget to add your questions to the AMA thread.

    You can catch my post about why I now distance myself from my bipolar diagnosis here.You can listen to my Wild chat with David Whyte here I mention David's book When the Heart Breaks: A Journey Through Requited and Unrequited Love Learn more about Liana here
    If you need to know a bit more about me… head to my "about" page
    For more such conversations subscribe to my Substack newsletter, it’s where I interact the most!
    Get your copy of my book, This One Wild and Precious Life
    Let’s connect on Instagram and WeAre8

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    • 24 min
    PROF JOEL PEARSON: Gut feeling is (scientifically) real; this is how to use it

    PROF JOEL PEARSON: Gut feeling is (scientifically) real; this is how to use it

    Prof. Joel Pearson (Neuroscientist; AI and intuition expert) developed the first scientific test to measure intuition, dragging it out of the woo-woo realm and into a cognitive framework. He’s now written The Intuition Toolkit: The New Science of Knowing What without Knowing Why to show us how and when to use this mysterious superpower in our lives (not while rock-climbing on a date, not at a casino!).
    Joel is the founder and Director of Future Minds Lab which applies neuroscience findings to art, AI, media, advertising and various philosophical quandaries. He’s also a National Health and Medical Research Council fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
    In this chat we cover when and how to use intuition, why intuition is hijacked by anxiety and depression, whether AI will ever be able to have intuition, aphantasia and a bunch of deep, wide questions about what it means to be human, including the Hard Problem of Consciousness. Mostly, Joel is a great conversationalist, someone you’d want to sit next to at a dinner party.
    SHOW NOTES
    Get Joel’s book The Intuition Toolkit: The New Science of Knowing What without Knowing WhyFollow Joel on his Future Minds Lab Substack You might also like to listen to my WILD chat with Sheena Iyengar, the scientist who first ran those “paradox of choice” studiesAnd with George Paxinos, regarded as the world’s leading brain expert on whether our brains are “good” enough to save the planetI mention the book Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
    If you need to know a bit more about me… head to my "about" page
    For more such conversations subscribe to my Substack newsletter, it’s where I interact the most!
    Get your copy of my book, This One Wild and Precious Life
    Let’s connect on Instagram and WeAre8

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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Stellatundra ,

Striking and critical topics

Sarah interviews the deep thinkers of our time, pairing courage and curiosity with a pragmatic mind for conversations on our future. Listen.

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Transphobic content

I am appalled by the interviewing and spreading of transphobic content. The trans community is at risk of losing their rights and lives and this kind of content should NEVER be posted by someone who doesn’t have the relevant expertise and life experience and surely not shared without a larger context from a trans affirming lens.

Cam2973 ,

best podcast ever

sarah I can’t thank you enough for the path you are paving. I recommend this podcast to everyone

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