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Sep 5, 2019

You already have some super power. What kind of super hero are you?


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Links:
Mark Henson

Ordinary Superpowers

Mark Henson on JKWD

JoshShear.com: What kind of superhero do you want to be?

Aug 29, 2019

While today Labor Day is often celebrated as the unofficial end of summer — the last day for beaches, vacation seasons and outdoor pools, and in some cases the last day of summer break for public school systems — its intended purpose is to celebrate the contribution of the labor force.


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Links:
NYT article on first Labor Day march

Oregon celebrates Labor Day

Congress declares a federal holiday

May Day Haymarket Riot

Department of Labor outlines Labor Day

AFL-CIO statement on Labor Day

JoshShear.com: The Origins of Labor Day

Aug 8, 2019

Something that many people moving on and up in their careers — or starting new businesses, raising their prices, etc. — suffer from is impostor syndrome. What is it?


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Links:
Impostor syndrome (Wikipedia)

The reality of impostor syndrome

Feel like a fraud?

Carole Lieberman

What is impostor syndrome?

JKWD: In praise of compliments

Valerie Young

5 different types of impostor syndrome

Master Key Experience

JoshShear.com: Impostor syndrome

Aug 1, 2019

HEY! Who needs a rabbit hole to go down?


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Links:
Naval Ravikant on Joe Rogan's podcast

Agrippa's trilemma

Pascal's triangle

Falsifiability (Wikipedia)

Snakehead fish

JoshShear.com: Beliefs aren't facts

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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