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"What do you want your life experience to be? Do you want to be exceptional? Or do you want to walk around in a fog butting up against your potential but never actualizing it?"
On a late summer's night in 1787, George Washington and his boys went deep at the City Tavern in Philadelphia.
Addiction is in many cases stronger than us. Stronger than love. Stronger than life itself sometimes.
"Rule number one for life: pull the goalie"
"Work harder than anyone else. That is easy when you love your job. You might not love your first job, or your second job, or your third. That doesn't matter."
"The times when we fight you can always bring it down to one thing: She is trying to change me or I am trying to change her."
A look into DARPA's new effort to build military constellations in low Earth orbit.
A look into Hidden Brains interesting episode on consumer and behavior psychology by way of the Jersey Shore's cast as anti-influencers.
Robert Schoch is a professor of natural sciences at Boston University who has devoted a large portion of his work and life to the understanding and the exploring of the chronology behind the great sphinx all while challenging the wider known and firmly held stances of the origin construction dating.
"...And so the ability to at least have some time to be able to go back and be able to read things written 5 or 10 or 50 or 100 years ago that have stood the test of time in the form of books I think is very valuable."
There is a technological revolution. It is a deep one. The technological revolution is online video and audio, immediately accessible to everyone all over the world. —Jordan Peterson
Dropping bad habits/friends, bad habits beget more bad habits, alcohol leads to shitty decision making, the activities all humans should do to add quality to their life, who would you rather have dinner with Anthony Bourdain or Steve Rinella?, being secure in what you know, changing your mind with time, Rob's uncle tells David to shut up, a fear of wolves should not stop you from going into the woods, Skin In The Game, eating monkey and domestic dog, the controversial New Jersey bear hunt, project Grizzly.
Highly emotional story, falling to the level of your training, preventing a friend's suicide.
Ambush tactics, speaking with passion, living in the mountains, learning how to snowboard, "Yes, but I didn't run around asking people how to do it." — Mozart, the way Rob calculates risk, going into the wilderness without weapons, the difference between a lion and wolf kill, wolves will make a life for themselves anywhere you drop them, eating game meat, Elk & Peppers™
Feral pig children, this Romanian little girl deserves an Oscar, if you had to be a feral child which pack of animals would you want to be raised by, bonobos are the hippy primates, going tiger.
Getting lost on a 23 mile hike, the worst weather in the world, bears in the area, coming down a mountain at 1am, hitchhiking.
Compounding improvement over a long period is magic, learning from Cars 3, Sam Walton didn't open his first Walmart until he was 44 years old, yoga is a martial art you do against yourself, the things you don't like doing? you have to do them, it is pleasurable to get fat, it is painful to do the opposite, how Rob is using stressors to improve at snowboarding, striving to be uncommon among uncommon people.
What's wrong with a system where one college spends its marginal dollar on gathering smart, poor kids while another school spends that dollar on artisanal cheese?
Ideas are the most powerful things we have, ideas are the operating system for human life, two people with different beliefs communicating without anger.
Theodore Roosevelt on political parties, social media soaks up immense amount of your time for very little reward for it, to say the obvious fact that Capitalism is better than Communism is taboo in academia, the natural tendency of humans is to amass the strongest possible case for your own side.
Why are humans excited by violence, hundreds of thousands of people watched public executions, violence is inherent to human nature, when conversation fails all we have is violence, , guns as technology, flooding The Coliseum, the end of revolutions and more...
"Thats what these kids are like. The ones who make it out. They learn from a very early age where the exits are and they don't let anything get in their way."
How Steve Rinella Spent a Year in the American Wild to Re-create a Feast from the Classic Recipes of French Master Chef Auguste Escoffier, The village storyteller is as old as language. Only there are 6 billion villagers and podcasts are the campfire, building bonds over shared experiences.
They started with babies, history doesn't repeat, human nature does, default skepticism of "leaders", cui bono
Passive consumption vs active participation, are we meant to be a global species?, sugar for the mind, is it possible to have a monopoly on information?
Doing what you dread immediately, early employees of Facebook refusing to use Facebook, the downside to training your brain for short term feedback loops, "billionaire? what the fuck is that word?", hang around smart high functioning people and copy what they do.
How Japan studied wildlife to improve bullet trains, using evolution as R&D, if you could have one trait from any animal what would it be?
Humanity is one unbroken chain of life stretching back 4 billion years, there is only one place in the universe where atoms can contemplate atoms, we can be both valuable and insignificant at the same time.
Sidewinder intro, the value of old advice, drink shit that is a thousand years old, wasteful twitter addiction, a lake that is a thousand miles wide and an inch deep, no one gets out alive, Naval Ravikant's idea on this moment.
History is the autobiography of a madman, Hitler as the Lil Jon of military strategists, Dan Carlin's reason for starting a new podcast
David and Rob talk about the podcasts they never miss. Here are the podcasts we discussed:
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History The Monday Morning Podcast Exponent The Last Podcast On The Left Serial Revisionist History 99% Invisible Star Talk Radio Joe Rogan Experience Waking Up with Sam Harris Jocko Podcast Dissect: A Serialized Music Podcast Under the Skin with Russell Brand The Way I Heard It With Mike Rowe My Dad Wrote A Porno
A podcast about belief influencing behavior.
A podcast about the birth of the hip hop industry.
A podcast about Dan Carlin and Joe Rogan talking about podcasting.
A podcast about a serial killer that drinks blood.
A podcast that analyzes Monster by Kanye West. One word at a time.
A podcast about a bear attack.
Humans are habit machines.
Marc Andreessen on Elon Musk, Tesla, and self driving cars.
A story about human sacrifice from the Inca Empire. What should human feet look like? Hunting with the indigenous people of Guyana.
Hank Rowan did something unprecedented and no one followed him. A billionaire gives $150 million to Harvard that has $36 billion because he thinks the school needs help opening its gates wider to the most talented students in the world. What? Spending $800 million on 100 students a year? What?
Removing friction from life. Systems that avoid wasting time. The Michael Jackson theory on negative feedback.
Artificial power will give humans access to hundreds of minds. The increased value of human contact in virtual reality. Inventing jobs that can be automated.
A poem about the phallus. The unreliability of the human penis. The driving factor of monogamy in primates.
One of the best podcasts we have ever heard. Your entire life runs on the software in your head why would you not obsess over optimizing it? Honesty as a core value. The importance of reading. What Oprah says about energy. Why is philosophy important.
We had genocide before we had architecture. Our beliefs in myths allow our species to organize in large numbers. The differences between the unknown God and the angry God.
Getting shot in the chess and finishing your speech. Exploring the Amazon. Running to work. The boundless energy of TR.
A four hour debate on theories about archeology, climate change, mass extinctions, and ancient civilizations. We are still confused :(
What would you grab if your house was on fire? A unique philosophical aphorism on the meaning of success. Why Tony is willing to pay for experiences but not things.
What is the actual deal with fracking? Surprisingly the answer to that question is not straightforward. At all.
It's a story about what happens when your personal goals are pitted against the life of another person. And it's about how we make the toughest of moral decisions: whether or not to help someone who's nearly dead.
Getting paid to produce energy. What is net metering? Why are utilities fighting this? The business model fueling the growth of solar power. How to turn your house into a mini utility company.
The arms race for attention. These products are like slot machines. Its not by accident. They will continue to take more time because that is the business model. People regret the time they spend in Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and WeChat. People don’t regret the time they spend listening to podcasts.
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s hilarious tweets on jury duty. I don’t want a mason in my jury pool your honor. The story behind the Batson Rule.
From the Wright Brothers to walking on the moon in one lifetime. The conditions in the universe right after the big bang. Encouraging the youth to experiment.
I cannot imagine the future, but I care about it. I know I am a part of a story that starts long before I can remember and continues long beyond when anyone will remember me. I sense that I am alive at a time of important change, and I feel a responsibility to make sure that the change comes out well. I plant my acorns knowing that I will never live to harvest the oaks. —Danny Hillis, inventor of the clock
Swatting: the action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address.
What you can learn from Napoleon’s maxims. Why Jocko Podcast is inspiring. Simple does not mean easy. Why everyone should start at zero. Napoleon and Jocko agree: Deliberate before you make a decision but once you make a decision you need to commit.
A great story about Socrates. Derek Sivers unique way of thinking. How to test for happiness.
We find out what Rob is interested in when he is hungover. Interesting future application of augmented reality. QR codes > typing. How WeChat handles likes and comments.
What can you do with WeChat? Why China is ahead of the West in mobile technology. Why people have a hard time seeing the potential of new technology.
The time Trevor Noah was almost jumped in South Africa. What Trevor Noah noticed about Donald Trump's language. How language can unite and divide. This is a rebroadcast of one of our most popular episodes.
A disagreement over Seinfeld breaks out on today's podcast. Jerry's idea about everything having a right size. This podcast was originally recorded in January.
We talk about one of the funniest podcasts we have ever heard: My Dad Wrote A Porno. This one contains a adult themes, sexual content and strong language. Basically all the good stuff. This originally aired 7 months ago.
More mountain lion stories and the greatest argument against the existence of Bigfoot.
Russell Brand and podcasts go together like peanut butter and jelly. Then a discussion on parenting, learning and books. A Podcast About Podcasts is to podcasts what movie trailers are to movies.
8 minute jeopardy questions, how a mild mannered middle school band teacher terrified America, eggplants as a euphemism for genitalia.
What if Lincoln had a southern accent? The difference between Lincoln and today’s leaders. The sealed letter Lincoln wrote when he thought he lost he would lose reelection.
Your favorite podcasters favorite podcaster. The difference of warfare between Napoleon and World War 1. The parallels between Dan Carlin and Ken Burns.
Driving a tank in Times Square. Crossing the pacific in a hot air balloon. A business is just an idea that is going to make peoples lives better.
The Vice President who resigned because he was impersonating Tony Soprano. The president that wrote the constitution will tell you if something is unconstitutional. A radical choice for repairing public roads.
Who was Wayne? A podcast that investigates the true story of a meme before there were memes. If you were in high school a long time ago you are going to want to listen to this one.
A supervolcano created the loudest sound every recorded, an Ice Age and almost wiped out the human species.
Charlie Murphy was a great storyteller. He will be missed.
What started as a podcast about a broadcast about podcasts turns into a rant about the future and potential of podcasts. Spoiler alert: Not all podcasts should sound the same.
The source of power and misery is the same thing. The meaning of life is not a matter of having the right story about it. Once you realize that then you have a chance of being satisfied.
Safekeeping nukes with a bike lock? The terrifying reality of presidential power. There is no easy answer to nuclear war.
In courage they were equal to their enemies. In discipline, organization and armament they were far superior. —Famous historian Charles Oman on the Byzantine armies.
The best first episode of a podcast ever? The battle for global values. Caught up in a Mexican revolution. There are no 20th century solutions to 21st century problems. The Falling Man.
Something ran into Uranus. 42 years of darkness followed by 42 years of light. What would happen if two planets collide? Predicting the location of planets using math.
Using a wheelchair to get to the front of the line (3:00) how to accidentally become a drug dealer (6:00), how to help us find YOU more podcasts (9:00).
A $100 million lesson (1:00), how to value your time (3:00), handmade (9:00), spontaneity (13:00).
Early retirement the mustache way (1:00), inefficiency is ugly (4:00), improving happiness by removing strong negatives (10:00), Warren Buffet’s personal finance advice (13:00).
Why everyone should read Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (1:00), the age of truth never existed (4:00), what A16Z gets right about podcasts (8:00), building a more flexible society (12:00), what its like being obsessed with podcasts (16:00), how to support A Podcast About Podcasts (22:00)
The catastrophic event that created Britain (2:00), outbreak of STD's in the Koala community (5:00), how do airplanes survive lightning strikes? (8:00), simulation theory (13:00), how to listen to Science In Action: When Britain First Ripped Away From Europe (18:00), how to support A Podcast About Podcasts (19:00).
Kevin Durant: I love basketball. It is not easy. I go to work (2:00), KD on Lebron’s decision (6:00), You have to clock in every day if you want to be great (11:00).
What is it like to get attacked by a mountain lion? (2:00), small mountain lions can kill much bigger prey (8:00), seeing a lion in person (14:00), social media outrage (16:00).
Pulling the trigger (1:30), how did it feel to kill? (5:30), the food chain (8:00), the decision to hunt (10:00).
How do you study people whose job it is to be invisible? (1:00), the Forbes 400 fallacy (6:00), unknown unknowns > known knowns (11:00), the deadly consequences of flashy wealth (17:00).
Andrew Jackson will kill you (3:00), Jackson the populist (10:00), the importance of historical context (12:00), where did the scar on Andrew Jackson's face come from? (17:00), how to support this podcast, get bonus episodes and keep us ad free (23:00).
Richard Simmons made hundreds of millions of dollars, helped thousands of obese people and then completely disappeared. Find out why.
The V-2 rocket travels at 5 miles per second (1:00), how a small meteor dug a mile wide hole in seconds (7:00), Neil deGrasse Tyson on astrology (15:00), Neil deGrasse Tyson on accessing the 4th dimension (18:00), escape velocity of death (24:00).
The Lewd Gecko (1:30), L. Ron Hubbard flips Yachts? (6:00), was L. Ron Hubbard a genius? (10:30), L. Ron Hubbard the submarine commander (14:30), get exclusive access to premium A Podcast About Podcasts episodes by subscribing on Patreon.
Man vs Machine (1:00), the 5 year old who makes millions on Youtube (13:00), single person million dollar businesses (25:00), an expert called Lindy (37:00).
Listen to the full episode here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/waking-up-with-8484584
The Multiverse Theory (1:00), the earth used to be a giant snowball (11:45), Neil’s plan for an asteroid impact (27:30), the time Neil Tyson was blindfolded and taken to a laboratory that was producing artificial diamonds (37:00), how you can support this podcast (43:00).
Aaron Rodgers UFO sighting (1:00), Star talk (10:00), the religious upbringing of Pete Holmes and Aaron Rodgers (18:00), how rejection motivated Aaron Rodgers (28:00), Pete Holmes on Joe Rogan (41:00), not belonging to a political party or team (1:00:00).
Tom Cruise's superpower (2:00), Tom's Cruise's filmography (13:00) Tom Cruise on work (20:30), we love podcasts like Tom Cruise loves movies (25:00), how to support A Podcast About Podcasts/ our future plans (30:00).
The podcasts we never miss (1:30), technology’s impact on society (5:00), confusing technological change with political change (12:00), the internet enables completely new business models that do the same jobs but in completely different ways (19:00).
The living conditions at the Sunshine Hotel (1:00), how do you wind up in a flophouse? (8:00), the hustlers capital of the planet (20:00), Rob's wedding plans (24:00), a hilarious story about the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (30:00)
The death of Joseph Stalin (8:15), Harry Truman's insecurities (16:00), The Revolt of the Admirals (21:00), Richard Nixon's insane quote on presidential power (25:00), funny Russian and Chinese collusion stories from the Korean War (33:45), the relative size of nuclear mushroom clouds (41:15), Nikita Khrushchev (52:30), weekly premium episodes (1:00:30)
Rob's snowboarding trip (1:00), The Revenant (7:35), bear spray or gun for self defense? (14:15), what do bears eat? (25:30), the probability of getting mauled by a bear (32:30), apex predators (42:45), Rob's bear story (52:20).
David talks about the well deserved praise for Hardcore History (1:20), what is was like to survive the bombing of Hiroshima (4:00), and turning APAP into a daily podcast (9:28).
What did we learn by listening to NPR's Fresh Air Silicon Valley Survivalists?
What did we learn from listening to the Freakonomics podcast episode The No Tipping Point?
What did we learn from listening to Waking Up with Sam Harris #26 The Logic of Violence with Jocko Willink?
What did we learn from listening to HBR IdeaCast #560: Stopping and Starting with Success with Jerry Seinfeld?
We talk about what we learned from listening to Herb Kelleher's interview on the How I Built This podcast.
We talk about what we learned from listening to Kim Dotcom's interview on the Tom Rhodes podcast.
We talk about what we learned from listening to NRP's Fresh Air with Trevor Noah
We talk about what we learned from listening to Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank #277: Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost with Henry Rollins. We talk about Southeast Asia, boats getting trapped in Antarctica, sailing the Nile River and obscure world travel.
We talk about what we learned from listening to Common Sense with Dan Carlin Show 310 Or Else. What happens if our nation’s problems become too large to realistically imagine our politicians solving? What if voting doesn’t help? Can we solve corruption, institute constitutional checks and balances, change foreign policy and create jobs in the future? What happens if we fail to solve these problems?
What we learned about improving digital security from the Tim Ferriss Show #203
We discuss what we learned from listening to the Nerdist episode #528 with Anthony Bourdain. We talk about America's first prison riot, cities of Asia, and how Anthony Bourdain influences travel decisions.
An extra episode of A Podcast About Podcasts where we discuss all the random podcast episodes we have listened to lately.
We discuss what we learned from listening to the Hardcore History episode The American Peril. We talk about raising your own military contingent, Teddy Roosevelt and cannibalism.
We discuss the ideas shared on the Econtalk episode Nathaniel Popper on Bitcoin and Digital Gold
David and Rob discuss Tim Ferriss Show #195 The Power of Being Outspoken. We discuss parenting, flow states, and what race car drivers do when they have to go to the bathroom.
David and Rob talk about EconTalk episode Taleb on Antifragility . They discuss fragility, Nassim Taleb's criticism of Nate Silver, and the problem with forecasting.
David and Rob talk about Jocko Podcast episode Wooden Leg, Native American Warrior. We discuss Native American culture, warrior rituals, Jocko's motivating podcast and Ego.
David and Rob talk about Are We Living in a Simulation by Radio Motherboard. We discuss Nick Bostrom's Simulation Hypothesis, Artificial Intelligence and computers the size of planets.
David and Rob discuss the Recode Replay episode Elon Musk, CEO, SpaceX and Tesla. They discuss Mars, autonomous vehicles, ideas for governing, the hyperloop and simulation theory.
David and Rob discuss the 99% Invisible episode McMansion Hell: The Devil is in the Details. They discuss differing opinions on design and why there is so much passion for and against McMansions.
David and Rob talk about one of the funniest podcasts they have ever heard: My Dad Wrote A Porno. This one contains a adult themes, sexual content and strong language. Basically all the good stuff.
David and Rob talk about the Infinite Monkey Cage episode about extraterrestrial life. They discuss the enormity of the universe, Professor Brian Cox, and the reason to believe in extraterrestrial life.
David and Rob talk about episode 071 of the Exponent podcast.
David and Rob talk about one of their favorite podcast episodes of all time: Joe Rogan Experience #134 with Kevin Smith
David and Rob talk about the crazy drug and sex stories told by Joey Diaz.
David and Rob talk about new ways to think about work, distractions, fragility, finance, overconfidence of humanity and more. This one gets crazy.
David and Rob talk about the impact of the Jocko Podcast. They discuss discipline, the need for tough love and motivation.
David and Rob talk about Bruce Lee's concept of applied philosophy and how Bruce Lee can inspire you to take action.
David and Rob talk about the podcast episode that inspired them to start A Podcast About Podcasts. They talk about their plans for this podcast and how their love of podcasts influence their life.
David and Rob talk about The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe.
David and Rob talk about one of their all time favorite podcast episodes: Hardcore History #48 Prophets of Doom. They discuss torture, the protestant reformation, hallucinating, your favorite podcasters favorite podcast, and polygamy.
David and Rob talk about 99% Invisible Episode #66 Kowloon Walled City. They talk about a human beehive, navigating by smell and how a city morphed into a single, giant organism.
David and Rob talk about The Tim Ferriss Show with Robert Rodriguez. They discuss creativity, turning failure into commercial success, funding filmmaking with experimental medical research, going your own way, and why art should be imperfect.
David and Rob talk about The Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr. They discuss the Bill Burr's ability to make the mundane funny, the art of standup comedy and Rob's trip to Chile.
David shares ideas from Venture Studio podcast #31 with Naval Ravikant.
He discusses the effect of social media on the 2016 presidential election and Naval's essay "The American Spring".
David and Rob talk about MeatEater Podcast #33 with Steven Rinella and Dan Flores They discuss the American Great Plains, coyotes on rooftops in Queens, Steve Rinella's intelligence and Rob's snowboarding trip to the Andes. ***Apologies for the background noise. Rob was rushing to catch a plane to South America and needed to do laundry. It happens.***
David and Rob talk about $150 billion asteroids, technological deflation, extinction events and a bunch of other shit we know nothing about.
David and Rob talk about Joe Rogan Experience #501: Randall Carlson. They discuss impact events, rapid climate change, and mammoth asphyxiation. This one got a little weird.
David and Rob talk about the Freakonomics podcast Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush. They discuss the book Modern Romance, internet addiction, and heads so big that hats won't fit.