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Jun 27, 2019

What if you stopped listening to what other people said you should do and just did stuff you wanted to do?

Links:
Feck Perfuction by James Victore
Shepard Fairey
No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert A. Glover
• JKWD: What drives you?
Cal Fussman's podcast
JoshShear.com: Do it for you

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Jun 13, 2019

June 14 is Flag Day in the United States. Where did it come from? How do we celebrate?

We also read the Toast to the Flag.

Links:
WikiPedia: Flag Day
Flag etiquette
Toast to the Flag
JoshShear.com: Where does Flag Day come from?

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May 30, 2019

Every generation has a "kids these days" moment, but between Gen Xers and Millennials, we had a huge technological leap, and problems today aren't even recognizable to earlier generations.

Links:
Millennials are reviving the market for houseplants
#FirstWorldProblems on Twitter
JoshShear.com: Rambling thoughts on innovation
Roger Bannister
The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler
JoshShear.com: Plant parents, 'first world problems' and human improvement

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May 23, 2019

We often think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer in the U.S., but where does it come from? What does it really mean?

Links:
All About History: Memorial Day
JoshShear.com: What Memorial Day means

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May 9, 2019

Were you happy? Are you happy? Will you be happy? Heck, will you have been happy? In the second part of a three-part series on happiness, we discuss the time element of being happy.

Links:
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra
Man's Search for Himself by Rollo May
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
JoshShear.com: When is happiness?

May 2, 2019

What is happiness? What does it look like? What does it do in our brains? We start a three-part series on happiness, one of the core subjects we love exploring at Better Humanhood.

Links:
Which chemicals in our brain are associated with happiness
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
JKWD: Control and letting go
JoshShear.com: What is happiness?

Apr 25, 2019

In the fourth of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at empathy's shortcomings, what we really utilize in creating a moral code and the possibility that morality evolved through natural selection.

Links:
Against Empathy by Paul Bloom
The Psychopath Inside by James Fallon
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
• Ordinary Grace by Kathleen Brehony
Practical Wisdom by Barry Schwartz
• The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
The Moral Arc by Michael Shermer
Chicago crime statistics
Sandy Hook shooting
• Wisdom of crowds
• Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff
JoshShear.com: From empathy to compassion and kindness

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Apr 18, 2019

In the third of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at what free will and how religions and governments remove our empathy by creating an us-versus-them environment

Links:
The Moral Arc by Michael Shermer
The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen
The Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra
How to be more interesting
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Episode 9 of the podcast
JoshShear.com: Empathy, religion, politics and free will

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Apr 4, 2019

In the first of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at what empathy is, how it appears in the brain, and what happens when it's missing.

Links:
Against Empathy by Paul Bloom
The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen
Empathy: Why It Matters and How To Get It by Roman Krznaric
• The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
As the brain spins
Mirroring People by Marco Iacoboni
Phineas Gage
The Psychopath Inside by James Fallon
Simon Baron-Cohen's Empathy Quotient exam
JoshShear.com: Introduction to empathy

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Mar 28, 2019

We recorded Episode 9 before the Mueller report was released, and before Attorney General William Barr wrote a letter to Congress summarizing it.

We do a quick episode on how to talk about it honestly and objectively.

Links:
I Side With
Joe Rogan's podcast with Renee Diresta

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Mar 28, 2019

We talk about how to talk to people about politics, how to listen to people about politics, and how to be on Team People and Team America, rather than Team D or Team R or Team L or Team G or whatever. We also discuss:

  • The role of government in our lives
  • The role of responsible news media in elections
  • Voting with your head first, then your heart
  • Why it's good for political parties to have rifts

Links:
I Side With
Andrew Yang

Mar 21, 2019

We are back, with purpose, and a weekly show. Better Humanhood is for you if you are, want to be, or wish for others to be:

  • Smarter
  • More curious
  • More creative
  • Happier
  • Healthier
  • More disciplined
  • More productive
  • Kinder and more empathetic

We're all making life up as we go along, and we're sharing our work.

In this episode, we restate our purpose, make some promises, and ask for some promises from you.

Links:
PostSecret
Humans of New York
JKWD Podcast
Better Human Project
Team Human | Douglas Rushkoff
Should This Exist?

 

Nov 9, 2018

We do a quick recap of the 2018 U.S. election and aftermath, talk flu shots and start laying some groundwork for the future.

Show notes and such at JoshShear.com.

Nov 2, 2018

It's coming up on Election Day here in the United States. Don't miss out on your chance to vote. It's important. And you could lose it.

We also play a little catch up. Pop on over to JoshShear.com for show notes and such.

 

May 31, 2018

I talk with solo bassist singer-songwriter Seth Horan about that procedure I had, about being a musician on Patreon and about the value of art.

No video for this one but we'll have a few links over at http://joshshear.com 

May 2, 2018

We talk about my varicocele embolization, the ease with which we get drugs in America and upcoming opportunities to hang in Savannah and Syracuse.

More at http://joshshear.com/2018/05/better-humanhood-podcast-episode-4-recovery-hanging/ 

Apr 24, 2018

We talk about an upcoming procedure to help correct an infertility issue, the Waffle House shooting in Nashville and the van driver who killed pedestrians in Toronto, along with our ongoing theme of walking in others' shoes and being a little kinder.

The best things you can do to help support the podcast would be to rate and review it in your podcast app of choice -- that will help more people find it -- and if you know someone who needs the knowledge, please share it with them.

More at http://joshshear.com/2018/04/better-humanhood-podcast-episode-3-impending/ 

Apr 18, 2018

We talk a little bit about being kinder, a little bit about how to approach people you disagree with and a bit about male infertility.

As always, watch http://joshshear.com/ for more.

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